What is a key ingredient to planning the perfect reunion? Location, location, location! Anyone who has taken on the task of organizing a reunion for family or friends will tell you that this factor alone can make or break your next gathering. But not to worry – we have what you’ll need to cover all your bases and create an extraordinary reunion that everyone will be talking about for years to come.
Akron, Ohio has long been known as a hub for innovation. For many years this hard-working city just 40 miles south of Cleveland has shaped industries that have made America the thriving country it is today. And amid the buzz is a welcoming town that opens its arms to visitors year round. From a vibrant arts scene to stunning outdoor beauty just outside of town and some incredible options for foodies – this town has it all. Whether you’re a group of five or 500, a reunion in Akron is sure to be a hit.
What can we do in Akron?
Spend some quality time bonding over Akron’s cultural scene. At the Akron Art Museum view the impressive collections, including a stunning display of modern art. Also check out Akron Glass Works and witness glassblowers create colorful works. What better place to purchase a small memento of your time together? In the evening, catch a performance at the Akron Civic Theatre.
Everyone will enjoy the nationally recognized Akron Zoo, where 700 animals from continents around the globe fly, swim, roam and graze. Hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR, which offers special packages throughout the year including the popular Polar Express train during the holidays. Choose a dining car or simply take a seat by the window and enjoy breathtaking scenery, impressive bridges and quaint houses.
At Kendall Cliffs rock climbing gym you can test your wits on their walls while getting in a great workout. If you’re more in the mood to watch sports, the Akron RubberDucks play at Canal Park throughout baseball season and there’s nothing better than lounging there with family, snacks in hand, to watch America’s favorite pastime.
Does wine, cheese and chocolate sound like a winning combination to you? Then don’t pass up the food trail that is sure to please everyone. Eight counties have partnered together to offer their regional specialties to tickle your taste buds. Popular local stops include Sarah’s Vineyard, The Winery at Wolf Creek and Red Horse Winery. Groups can participate in the Summit Brew Path and collect stamps on their “passport” at all 14 participating breweries. Once all stamps are collected, participants will bring them to John S. Knight Center before December 31st, 2017 to receive a t-shirt and an entry for the grand prize drawing.
What other dining options await us in Akron?
Bonding over meals is a true reunion tradition. In fact, you can’t make a great reunion without putting some real thought into what will keep everyone full and happy. Luckily Akron has no shortage of great eats that include local Ohio fare as well as treats from around the world. At Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, dining isn’t the only thing on the menu. In addition to a wide selection of food, there is a casino, shows and entertainment galore. Be sure to allot plenty of time because there is no shortage of food and fun to be had.
Does Swenson’s Drive-In really make America’s Best Cheeseburger? The only way to find out is to try it for yourself. So bring everyone along and dine in the classic ̓50s-themed diner while sharing memories of a great trip and recounting the adventures of your day.
Where can we stay in Akron?
Choosing a suitable place to lodge your family is one of the most important decisions you can make when planning a reunion. From large chain hotels to smaller family-owned properties and rental options, groups of all sizes can easily find something to fit their needs in Akron. The Hilton Garden Inn Akron East and Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown/Northside will make your family’s stay convenient and hassle-free.
How do we get there?
Resting in Ohio’s beautiful Cuyahoga Valley, Akron certainly has its share of nature and offers much to be explored. With Lake Erie to the north and quaint Amish life to the south, you can see just how diverse this region is and why it is a popular choice among groups year after year. And getting to Akron couldn’t be easier. Akron-Canton Airport offers regional service, while countless options await at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, only 40 miles to the north.
Welcome to Akron/Summit
With the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau there to help, you’re not alone in planning the best family reunion yet.
Akron offers a relaxing charm that is just waiting to host your next reunion. For a mix or fun, relaxation and adventure, you don’t have to look any further than this industrious Ohio town. An ideal meeting point for friends and family, it’s sure to leave everyone talking about your reunion for years to come.