Flights to Akron
Situated in northeastern Ohio is the city of Akron. Once nicknamed the Rubber Capital of the World, this city boomed mainly because of the rubber industry. Visitors to Akron can still see part of this legacy in the attractions the city offers, along with a fairly unique range of other attractions too.
Akron has its own small airport, the Akron-Canton Regional Airport (airport code: CAK) that does handle several major airlines. Delta Airlines often has the cheapest flights to Akron from South Africa, involving two stops along the way, in Atlanta and Baltimore. The most expensive option is with United Airlines, with different a flight route through New York City and Philadelphia. Other options include Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, both have flights to Akron going through London and then Atlanta.
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The Tourist Attractions in Akron:
Akron Art Museum
First opened in 1922 the Akron Art Museum features collections dating from 1850 to the present day. Visitors will be treated to impressionism, modernism, and Pop Art amongst others, including pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol and local artist William Somner. The museum is now housed within a purpose built building that was completed and opened in 2007 and features striking modern architecture.
Other Akron Museums
In addition to the Akron Art Museum the city is home to several others. There is the Akron Police Museum which focuses on the history of the city through it crime, as well as the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Here you can see interesting inventions from Americans which have made it into the hall of fame.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
This impressive country estate is open to the public between April and December, except on Mondays. The house and grounds were constructed for the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Frank Sieberling, between 1912 and 1915. The Tudor Revival style house would look more in place in the countryside of England than in Ohio, but to counter this, the grounds do include an English Garden, and many other beautifully landscaped themed gardens.
Akron Zoo is one of the city’s popular family attractions. As the zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation this means visitors will have the opportunity to learn more and contribute to the protection of wildlife while viewing the 700 or so animals on display here. These include some rare species such as a snow leopard, and Andean condor.
Soap Box Derby
One event that Akron is famous for is the All American Soap Box Derby. This is an event for children in which they design and develop non-motorised cars then race for titles. If you’re visiting Akron during July be sure to check out this national and popular event.
When Should You Visit?:
Like most cities that have a humid continental climate Akron experiences warm and humid summers and cool, changeable winters. The hottest, though also the wettest month of the year is July when the average high temperature is 28C and low 16C. To avoid so much rainfall and high humidity levels it may be better to visit Akron in the autumn – October is one of the drier months (though still has rainfall) and an average high temperature of 16C. Winters are cool and snowy.