Akron is located on the southern border of
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 40
miles south of Cleveland. The city is home
to the John S. Knight Center. The greater
Akron area has 14 full-service hotels and
non-traditional meeting venues and attractions, including the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron Zoo, Hale Farm & Village, the
Goodyear Theater and Hard Rock Rocksino
“Within steps of our metropolitan ame-
nities, Greater Akron offers breathtaking
vistas of our sprawling natural landscape,”
said Jim Mahon, the Akron/Summit CVB’s
vice president of marketing and brand
management. “Meeting delegates and
groups have absolutely everything at their
fingertips, while also enjoying Greater Ak-
ron’s accessibility and affordability.”
On the northwest side of downtown
Akron is the gateway to Cuyahoga Valley
National Park, Ohio’s only national park.
The 33,000-acre park is a playground for
hiking, mountain biking, birding, water
sports and cross-country skiing, just to
name a few activities. The popular Towpath
Trail follows the route of the historic Ohio
and Erie Canal and passes canal locks and
structures once used to tow the canal boats
through the river valley. In the park, the
Happy Days Lodge and the Howe Meadow
are available for private rentals and events.
Portage Lakes are a group of lakes south
of downtown. With Muddyfoot Kayaks,
groups can explore the area by guided
kayak tours that include basic instruction and gear, and can be customized to
include a stop for lunch or dinner at a
restaurant or a picnic onshore. Northwest
of Akron at Cuyahoga Falls, groups can
opt for self-guided or guided kayak trips
down the Cuyahoga River with Burning
Canton’s top attractions include the Pro
Football Hall of Fame and the William
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum,
as well as the National First Ladies’ Library.
In addition to these main hot spots, 100-
acre Sippo Lake Park sits just outside the
city. Visitors can use the park for outdoor
activities such as boating, fishing, hiking
and biking on its many trails. Nature programs, picnic shelters and rental facilities
are also available. The Exploration Gateway
at Sippo Lake Park is a nature, culture and
learning center with banquet and meeting
facilities for groups of up to 400.
Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Along Lake Erie, centrally located between
Toledo and Cleveland, is a collection of
towns and islands that make up the region
known as Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
ERIE CANAL TOWPATH TRAIL, CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
LAKE ERIE SHORES
Northern OHIO On Display
Art is on exhibit throughout northern Ohio at a variety of outlets. The region is home to world-class art museums, studios and galleries, and even hotels are incorporating the area’s love of art in new ways.
In addition to the Cleveland Museum of Art ( www.clevelandart.org), which celebrated its
centennial in 2016, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) ( www.mocacleve
land.org) showcases cutting-edge art and iconic architecture in the Uptown neighborhood.
The new Hilton Cleveland Downtown ( www.hilton.com) features works of art from local
artists, including 2,800 Cleveland residents who submitted selfies that make up a mosaic
depiction of the city’s skyline. At the Westin Cleveland Downtown ( www.westin.com), guests
can download a mobile app to learn about the more than 1,500 unique pieces of artwork on
display at the property.
The Akron Art Museum ( www.akronartmuseum.org) boasts an eclectic
modern collection. This year, its Inside | Out community-activated art
program will return to four new communities in the area. Reproductions
of pieces in the museum’s collection will be placed in neighborhoods
and outdoor spaces from May to October.
Summit Artspace ( www.summitartspace.org) is home to gallery
space, studios and classrooms representing more than 40 arts organizations. Groups can host meetings and events in the 2,980-square-foot
multipurpose space on the second floor.
The Canton Arts District ( www.cantonartsdistrict.com) revitalized part
of downtown by restoring several historic buildings. Now the neighborhood is filled with lofts,
galleries, artists’ studios, live-music venues, shops, restaurants, bars and public art.
The Canton Museum of Art ( www.cantonart.org) was founded in 1935 and focuses on
19th and 20th century American artists, specifically works on paper and ceramics, beginning in the 1950s.
Since opening in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art ( www.toledomuseum.org) has garnered a
global reputation for its collection of more than 30,000 works of art, its education programs and its architecture. Part of the museum is the postmodern Glass Pavilion housing
a world-renowned glass collection featuring more than 5,000 works of art from ancient to
The Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center Galleries ( www.bgsu.edu) produce
12 to 14 exhibitions each year showcasing contemporary art by nationally recognized
artists, faculty and students. The BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries feature three exhibition
spaces, including the Hiroko Nakamoto Japanese Ceremonial Arts Gallery for traditional
TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART