Akron enjoys a humid continental climate, with warm and sometimes hot weather in the months from July to September. The best time to fly to Akron is considered to be May and June, when the temperature is mild and the city is host to a number of prominent events, including the Celtic Beltane Festival, although this tends to be the more costly time to visit the city. Mid-July brings the National Hamburger Festival, with competitions, music shows and plenty of games for the children. The months from November to March are the most cost effective time to visit, when cheaper flights are available and cold weather sports are on offer, including ice skating at Lock 3 Park.
Located in the Great Lakes region of the northern U.S.A., in the state of Ohio, Akron has much to offer visitors. The Akron Zoo offers a family friendly day out. Home to over 700 animals representing some 90 species, it is divided into six themed areas including Tiger Valley, Grizzly Ridge and Penguin Point. The zoo participates in breeding programmes to sustain endangered species and has rare snow leopards, Galapagos tortoises and Humboldt penguins. The Art Museum, opened in 1922, boasts a superb collection of works dating from 1850 to the present within its 1,900 sq metres of gallery space. The Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a national historic landmark that is open to the public. This early 20th century 65-room Tudor style mansion is situated on a large estate filled with the most exquisite gardens. For a trip back into the past, a day spent at Hale Farm and Village is highly recommended. This living history museum recreates the America of the 1860s, with guides in period costume offering demonstrations of crafts such as glass blowing and candle making, along with a working blacksmith’s shop. For shows and concerts, Akron offers Lock 3 Park, a marvellous outdoor amphitheatre. Further entertainment can be enjoyed at the John S. Knight Centre and the gorgeously ornate Akron Civic Theatre. Fun filled days out for all the family can be enjoyed at the nearby Fun ‘n’ Stuff and Wildwater theme parks. Lovers of the great outdoors will find that the area adjacent to the city has ample opportunities for hiking, camping, horse riding and biking.
The city’s Metro RTA is the major public transport provider in the area. It has nearly 200 buses transporting six million passengers annually and offers a number of routes serving the Summit County and city areas. A delightful means of transport between Akron and Cleveland is offered by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which takes passengers through a beautiful national park.
The closest major airport to the city is Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK). This deals with domestic flights and is 15 miles (24 km) from the city. For international flights the nearest is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, 40 miles (64 km) away. The Metro route runs from close to the airport to the Intermodal Transit Centre. There are various airport shuttle and taxi services running between Cleveland Hopkins and Akron and the regional airport and Akron.