There’s nothing like autumn in Akron-Canton, from the brilliant fall foliage
throughout the Cuyahoga valley to the many farmers' markets brimming with
ripe apples, pumpkins and gourds.
Winter may be right around the corner, but right now visitors are discovering why
fall is our favorite season here at City Visitor.
Here are a few of our favorite indoor and outdoor things to do.
1. Akron Zoo: Just a mile and a half from downtown Akron, this conservation-minded zoo is home to more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins and a new snow leopard cub! The Legends of the Wild exhibit includes jaguars, lemurs, flamingoes and other colorful species from around the world. Pride of Africa features the beauty and wildlife of the savannas of Kenya. Grizzly Ridge is home to North American grizzlies, bald eagles, wolves and otters. And Komodo Kingdom lets you get nose-to-nose with the world’s largest lizard species. The zoo offers numerous seasonal events throughout the fall, including Veterans Appreciation Days and holiday lighting displays. Open daily, 11am-4pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Visit akronzoo.org for more information.
505 Euclid Avenue, Akron 44307; 330.375.2550
CV TIP: The Akron Zoo is sensory-inclusive, opening early on certain days for people who don’t like crowds or loud noises. Visit akronzoo.org/accessibility for more information.
2. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: This National Historic Landmark is the former home of F.A. Seiberling (founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.) and his family, and is one of the largest homes in the United States. Join a guided tour as the fall colors begin to appear, and check their website for events and seasonal activities, like Lasting Impressions and Murder in the Mansion. Open for tours Tues.-Sun. 10am-6pm with last entry at 4:30pm.
Visit stanhywet.org for more information.
714 North Portage Path, Akron 44303; 330.836.5533
3. Brandywine Falls Overlook: One of the most popular attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Brandywine Falls, just 25 minutes from downtown Akron. The picturesque 65-foot falls was carved by Brandywine Creek and showcases classic geological features, including a layer of hard rock that caps the waterfall, protecting softer layers of shale rock below. A boardwalk and steps bring you into the waterfall’s gorge and let you view the waterfall up close and personal. Open daily, dawn to dusk.
Visit nps.gov for information.
8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills 44067; 330.657.2752
4. Hale Farm and Village: This working museum helps re-create everyday life as it was in the early 1800s. Connecticut businessman Jonathan Hale built the red brick farmhouse that still stands today. Today, the attraction is part of the Western Reserve Historical Society and features the farmhouse, livestock and 19th century artisan workshops, including candlemaking, glassblowing, pottery making, spinning, weaving and blacksmithing. Artists and musicians are in period dress. Open Sat. and Sun. 10am-5pm through October.
Visit wrhs.org/plan-your-visit-2/ for a list of events in November and December.
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath 44210; 330.666.3711
5. Great Lakes Science Center: More than 300,000 visitors come here to experiment, create and enjoy hundreds of hands-on exhibits, daily science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Enjoy an unforgettable cinematic experience in the six-story-high Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and learn more about the space program at the NASA Glenn Visitors Center. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm; CLOSED DURING BROWNS' DAYTIME HOME GAMES.
For more information, visit greatscience.com.
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland 44114; 216.694.2000
CV TIP: Use the Visitor Value Pass® found on cityvisitor.com for discount on admission. Discounted parking is available in the GLSC’s attached garage.