Perhaps the most iconic hub of Akron activity is the nearby Cuyahoga National Park, located on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Native Americans named the river the Crooked River, and guests can test their adrenaline levels on the river's 6.8 miles of whitewater rapids. The rapid is labeled a class1, so it's safe for the whole family. For those who prefer to stay on land, the park offers plenty of dry alternatives. There are miles of bike paths to choose from, including the Bike Aboard! Program, which lets guests bike in one direction and then take a train ride back to their car. The ride costs $2 per person. The park also offers plenty of hiking trails, horse trails and camp grounds, and the winter is open for cross-country skiing and, snowshoeing and sledding. And of course, visitors won't want to miss Cuyahoga's most popular destination, the serene Brandywine Falls.
As far as family outings go, Akron has a host of campgrounds to choose from. Kids will love Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, which has waterslides, mini golf and gem mining, along with the usual hiking and fishing. Another favorite is Woodside Lake Park. The park holds a 70-acre wooded campground for guests to hike or bike through.
For those who prefer to stay a spectator can catch a game at Canal Park, home of the Akron Aeros minor league baseball team. The city also acts as the home base of the all-American Soapbox Derby, a youth racing program that has been in action since 1934. In 1935 a permanent track was established in Akron, and now the World Championship finals are held each August at Akron's Derby Downs.