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Attractions & Points of Interest

  • Hower House

    Completed in 1871 this Second Empire Italianate home was built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower. It remains one of the finest and best preserved examples of its style in the country. This 28-room mansion is filled with treasures and furnishings collected from around the world by three generations of the Hower family who occupied the House. It was deeded to The University of Akron in 1970. Open for tours, events, and programs eleven months each year.
  • Invent Now Museum

    The Museum’s current exhibit, "Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations," highlights delicious food-related patents, innovations and trademarks. Adjacent to the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) School. Free.
  • John Brown House

    Abolitionist John Brown, who would come to fame after the Harper’s Ferry raid, moved to this cottage across the street from Perkins Mansion in 1844. The museum features a changing temporary exhibit and offers educational programming throughout the year.
  • John S. Knight Center

    This convention center is Akron’s premier destination, offering flexible meeting space for small- and large-scale events throughout the year, from private gatherings to giant expositions and sporting competitions.
  • Kent State University Fashion Museum

    The museum, located on the Kent State campus, features eight galleries of rotating exhibits by artists and designers. The Museum boasts a wonderful store as well.
  • Laser Quest Akron

    Mixing the age-old games of hide-and-seek and tag with high-tech lasers, this fun-for-everyone venue is perfect for everything from birthday parties to corporate events. Group reservations are required.
  • Lockheed Martin Airdock

    Goodyear built the Airdock in 1929 as a facility to manufacture its airships. At 1,175 feet long, 325 feet wide and 211 feet high, this is one of the largest buildings in the world without interior supports. Drive-by photo opportunities only.
  • MAPS Air Museum

    Bombers, fighter jets, historical aircrafts and more are on display at the Military Aviation Preservation Society Museum, which showcases both vintage military and civilian aircrafts. While you’re there, also visit a number of interactive exhibits.
  • Mustill Store and Cascade Locks Park Association

    The Mustill Store, circa 1850, is open to the public, weekends, April through October. Across the Towpath, up to 70 boats a day passed through Lock 15, stopping at the store for supplies. Cascade Locks Park Association protects this important history.
  • Northside District & High Street Area

    In Downtown Akron, you will find the center of commerce and culture. Where history meets art, music meets fashion and food meets soul. The Northside District & High Street Area are the center of those findings.
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