Jan 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Akron, Tire Capital of the Nation

Akron, Ohio, has steadily risen from a tire capital of the US to a city that is vibrant and full of life. Rising from the rolling hills of the Western Reserve along the Ohio & Erie Canal, Akron is a vital heartland city and an ideal meeting point at the center of multiple major transportation routes. Surrounded by lush greenery and adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron is a playground for active senior travelers. The downtown hosts a vibrant arts scene and world class shopping. Summer brings excitement with the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational and the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Home to Goodyear and Firestone

Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is located in the Great Lakes region approximately 39 miles (63 km) south of Lake Erie along the Little Cuyahoga River. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of just under 200,000. Akron is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which in 2010 had a population of 2,780,440. Located approximately 40 miles south of Cleveland, Akron, Ohio is a booming metropolis in itself. The “Rubber Capital of the World” is home to the Goodyear Tire Company and was home to the Firestone, Goodrich and General Tire.  Today it is home to The University of Akron called the Zips. Akron is world renowned for its advances in polymer research.

These Stars Love Akron

NBA Basketball All-Star LeBron James hails from the city of Akron, where he attended high school at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary. Other famous Akronites include Alice Cooper Band guitarist Glen Buxton, poet Rita Dove, broadcaster Hugh Downs, model Angie Everhart, astronaut Judith Resnik, and football players Chris Wells, Paul Warfield and Mike Vrabel. While they lived in Akron they each had access to the Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and Hale Farm and Village.

Akron, Loaded with Attractions

Looking for something fun to do? Need to find a good park to play with your dog? Then look no further because has you covered. They’ve sought out the best attractions for seniors and have detailed information about parks, museums, festivals, zoos and more. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a major tourist attraction in Akron. The Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America.

Akron Zoo and E.J. Thomas  Hall

Enjoy taking in a zoo now and then?  Akron has a terrific zoo. With 50 acres of awesome adventure, the Akron Zoo is home to more than 700 animals representing each of earth’s seven continents. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Akron Zoo takes part in the breeding of many endangered species, including Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and Komodo dragons.

Akron is home to E.J. Thomas Hall, the largest of three Akron performance halls. Regular acts include the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday Musical Club, and Children’s Concert Society. World-class performances events include Broadway musicals, ballets, comedies, lectures, entertainers, attracting 400,000 visitors annually.

Home of Goodyear Rubber

The Goodyear World of Rubber Museum in Akron, Ohio may not seem like a place that would be tantalizing to visit. After all, who really cares about the history of rubber, right? One peek inside the walls of this curious establishment will leave you wondering why the heck you’d never come here before. Who would have thought that learning about rubber could be so much fun?

And one of the joys that comes with living in Northern Ohio is the presence of the one-and-only Mustard Seed Market,  a natural and organic marketplace and restaurant that celebrates the abundance and deliciousness nature’s plentiful offerings. The Mustard Seed Cafe is a great place to grab a quick and healthy lunch or dinner and is located in the rear of the store. Featuring tantalizing items like soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts, the cafe is always serving up something hot and delicious. Akron sounds like an “All American City” to me, how about you?  jeb

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