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Akron Local History

General Simon Perking founded Akron in 1825, meant as a stop on the Ohio and Erie Canal Systems. The Canals around Akron were replaced by railroads, which made the city more industrially based. The city is the center of the great cereal mills and the rubber industry. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich started the first rubber plant in 1879, but this plant was scarcely noticed until the automobile was created and there became a great demand for tires. The Corporate headquarters of GenCorp, Uniroyal-Goodrich and Goodyear tires have made Akron their home

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Quaker Square 135 S. Broadway. This is the site of the renovated factory buildings of Quaker Oats Company, which is now an area of restaurants, boutiques, specialty shops and nightclubs. The shops are housed in the mills and silos of the original Quaker oats cereal factory.

Akron Activities

Akron Zoological Park 500 Edgewood Avenue. At this zoo you will find over 300 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Some of the specialities include a walk-in aviary, an Ohio Farmyard, where children can feed the cows, lambs and other barnyard animals, a river otter exhibit, which has an underwater viewing area. The highlights at the zoo include the bald eagles, trumpeter swans, Chinese alligators, the Tiger Valley and a fossil dig site.

Six Flags Ohio 1060 N. Aurora Road. This amusement park offers over 100 rides and attractions; some of these are the world's longest 'floorless' roller coaster, the world's first vertical spiralling impulse coaster. Visitors to the Six Flags Ohio have access to Hurricane Harbour, which is a 25000 square feet water park. There are shipwreck falls, a family boating adventure, a Turtle Beach, a wet and dry play area and pirates.

Akron Parks & Gardens

Blossom Music Center 1145 W. Steels Corners. There is an outdoor concert pavilion, which is outstanding for its architecture as well as its acoustics. This is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Concerts, ballet and pop shows are presented in a natural woodland setting in this 800 acres park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park 15610 Vaughn Road. There are three visitors' centers in the park, where you can pick up detailed maps and a list of the park facilities. In Winter the visitor can enjoy the two privately owned ski areas, which tempt downhill skiers, while cross-country enthusiasts can take advantage of several cross country ski trails and the 20 mile Towpath Trail. During the summer there are 125 miles of trails to explore on foot or with your bikes. This gives you a chance to spot species of birds and animals typical to the region. To be able to fish in the area, you will require an Ohio fishing license. Climbing and camping are prohibited, but picnicking is allowed throughout the park.

Akron Restaurants and Bars

Akron Restaurants

Charley's 3265 W. Market Street. Charley's offers today's health conscious consumers a great alternative to high calories and a fat laden menu. The food is nutritionally beneficial with a wide range to choose from such as chicken sandwiches, gourmet fries, freshly squeezed lemonade, a variety of salads and soups and a made to order grilled steak.

Friendly's 2934 S. Arlington Road. Friendly's has been around since 1935 and is best known for its delicious ice creams. There are a variety of different flavors to choose from, but Friendly's has also become a great place for freshly prepared breakfasts, steaks and super melts.

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 3924 Medina Road. This is a genuine Italian restaurant, which deals with the simple pleasures of great hospitality and good food. When you visit the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, you become family.

Applebee's 2897 S. Arlington Road Applebee's has the best food in town, but not only that you are going to get great service in a hometown atmosphere, you are also going to have a great time. The menu varies from Sirloin to Crispy Orange Skillet and Oriental Salad.

Akron Bars & Clubs

Sloopy's Burgers, Brews and Boogie-Woogie 1232 Weathervane Lane. At Sloopy's you will find some of the best brisket in town and the sounds of the 50's and 60's. On Friday's and Saturday's the dance through time show kicks off at 8:30pm, where sounds from the 50's and 60's start you off and you dance through the decades until the 90's closes down the floor at 2:30am.

Sadie Rene's Nightclub This is a friendly joint, which serves up hot wings and drink specials along with an electric mix of regional and local bands.

Boot Scoot'n Saloon If you are itching to do some line dancing or two-stepping; this is the place for you. This is a lively country-western club, which has plenty of drinking as well as dancing.

Hilarities Comedy Club If you are a comedy fan this is the place to be for the best headliners on the national circuit. Laugher can be heard here from Monday through to Saturday, on Wednesday's Hilarities becomes a non-smoking joint.

Akron children's activities

Akron Zoological Park 500 Edgewood Avenue. At this zoo you will find over 300 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Some of the specialities include a walk-in aviary, an Ohio Farmyard, where children can feed the cows, lambs and other barnyard animals, a river otter exhibit, which has an underwater viewing area. The highlights at the zoo include the bald eagles, trumpeter swans, Chinese alligators, the Tiger Valley and a fossil dig site.

Six Flags Ohio 1060 N. Aurora Road. This amusement park offers over 100 rides and attractions; some of these are the world's longest 'floorless' roller coaster, the world's first vertical spiralling impulse coaster. Visitors to the Six Flags Ohio have access to Hurricane Harbour, which is a 25000 square feet water park. There are shipwreck falls, a family boating adventure, a Turtle Beach, a wet and dry play area and pirates.

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