Who Wouldn’t Want to Spend a Day in Akron?
When you don’t have time for a full vacation but need a travel fix, consider Akron. It offers a detour from routine and is rich with day trip possibilities.
If you like sports … Cheer on the RubberDucks. The Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate (formerly the Aeros) plays downtown in the comfortably cozy 7,630-seat Canal Park. Check the schedule ahead of time for promotions and giveaways. Make time to grab tacos or old-school Mexican food at El Gato Taqueria pre-game. For tickets, visit akronrubberducks.com or call 330-253-5151.
Train for one or two of the area’s best-known races. The 16th FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay will take off Sept. 29; akronmarathon.org. The Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K follows Towpath Trail between Akron and Cleveland on Oct. 7; towpathtrilogy.com/marathon.
If you like the outdoors … Look at the Cuyahoga National Valley Park from a different perspective. Paddle a kayak 2, 4.5 or 6.5 miles on the Cuyahoga River with Burning River Adventures. Choose either self-guided or guided kayak trips. You’ll be dropped at a starting point and paddle with the river flow. Remember your camera. For reservations, visit paddletheriver.com or call 330-969-BOAT.
Pack up your camera, lace your hiking boots and visit Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall accessed via boardwalk or more demanding trail, in Sagamore Hills Township; www.nps.gov/cuva/learn/historyculture/brandywine-falls.htm.
If you like history … Flashback to the mid-1800s at Hale Farm & Village to see an average village. Double your fun with a visit June 9-10 to the Sow and Grow Farm Festival & Plant Sale. In addition to the usual demonstrations — glassblowing, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving — learn about draft horses, beekeeping, sheep shearing, fiber dying and more. Shop historic and heirloom annuals, perennials and herbs....