Downtown Akron is alive and thriving with many exciting entertainment, dining, shopping, and attractions for the entire family. Choose from among the best things to do in Downtown Akron in the following list.
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The recently renovated and expanded Akron Art Museum is 12,000 sq feet of galleries containing art collections dating back to 1850 until today. Revolving art exhibits are also on display. There are exciting and enlightening programs available for every age group. Facilities include a gift shop, café, auditorium, children’s gallery, and classroom. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11am – 9pm Pricing: Adult $7, Students & Seniors, $5, Kids 12 and under are free.
Akron Art Museum
One S. High St.
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Lock 3 Park is your entertainment headquarters year-round in downtown Akron. During the summer, enjoy Lock 3 Live! concerts & festivals in the outdoor amphitheater and Homegrown Saturdays for locally grown products, plants, and flowers. During the Winter, enjoy outdoor skating and festivals including the popular German Christmas Market.
Lock 3 Park
200 South Main St.
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The John S. Knight Center is the downtown Akron destination for concerts, shows, lavish galas, and more year-round. The facility is well laid out with three stunning exhibit and ballroom spaces. Popular shows include the Akron Home & Flower Show
, Holiday Tree Festival, and Healthy Baby Fair.
John S. Knight Center
77 East Mill St.
(courtesy of the Akron Visitors Bureau)
Enjoy world-class entertainment in downtown Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. The performing arts complex and cultural center is home to a variety of performances year-round including Broadway musicals, ballets, comedies, lectures, entertainers, and special events. It is also home to The Akron Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday Musical Association, Children’s Concert Society, and Akron Youth Symphony.
E J Homas Hall
198 Hill St.
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The Akron Civic Theater is one of the last theaters in the country that is atmospheric, where you experience the twinkling star-lit sky and moving clouds on the ceiling. It is an ornate, gorgeous hall that is host to a variety of shows, concerts, ballet, films, and events throughout the year. It's rumored to be haunted
Akron Civic Theater.
182 South Main St.
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Catch an Akron Aeros baseball game in downtown Akron’s Canal Park. This minor league team has held the “Team of the Year” title by "Baseball America" and has won Eastern League Championship five times (most recently in 2003 and 2005). You will be entertained by an all-star team in a convenient small-town setting. Pricing: adults $10, kids 12-under $8
300 South Main St.
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You can’t go wrong by beginning or capping off your trip to downtown Akron with a trip to Big City Chophouse. You will be pampered with the attentive staff and delighted by the menu of tender, juicy steaks; Italian dishes; and fresh seafood. The dining room is elegant and inviting, as is the seated bar. Big City Chophouse is a destination all in its own. Hours are Monday – Thursday from 11amto 10pm, Friday 11am to 10pm, and Saturday 4pm to 11pm.
Big City Chophouse
45 E. Market St.
The Lockview is fast becoming a favorite ‘after event’ for Akronites. The eatery markets themselves as a casual, relaxing gathering place for authentic traditional foods, with an impressive selection of wines and imported beers. Stop by after your next event in downtown Akron. The Lockview is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Friday from 11am to midnight, and Saturday from 4pm to 2am. The bar is open until 2am daily. Prices start at under $10.
207 South Main St.
Eat, drink, and crave in downtown Akron’s CRAVE. Crave is all about enjoy favorite foods in a casual, yet fun and eccentric setting. With two chefs, they have combined their talents to provide you with all of the foods you crave with a new, flavorful twist. Crave is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday from 11am to 11pm, and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Prices range from $5 to $18.
57 E. Market St.
69 Taps is a casual place to hang out with friends that is open every day of the year, including holidays. Of course they offer a list of 69 beers available all the time, with the list changing on demand. Enjoy happy hour Saturday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and their super happy hour from 4pm to 9pm on Fridays. They also offer daily specials that change monthly including steak night, $2 margaritas, karaoke night, ladies night, and special events. 69 Taps is open from 4pm to 230am everyday.
370 Orleans Ave.
(courtesy of Radisson Hotels)
The Radisson Akron City Center is located within walking distance of many downtown Akron attractions. It boasts 50 Jacuzzi rooms, a rooftop indoor pool & fitness center, complimentary wireless Internet access, and 15 meeting rooms and banquet spaces for up to 1,000 people. Room rate range from around $80 to $120 per night. To check current rates and availability, click here.
Radisson Akron City Center
20 West Mill St.
(courtesy of Rubber City Clothing)
Rubber City Clothing has a trendy boutique in historic downtown Akron. They offer a whole line of tee-shirts, hoodies, caps, and apparel for men, women and children with Akron logos and phrases. The clothing line is fun and edgy, great for Akronites and for souvenir gifts. Rubber City Clothing is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm.
Rubber City Clothing
18 N. High St.