Whether you’re traveling to northeast Ohio or you call this place home, we’ve got the kids activity list for you. These things to do with kids near Akron, Ohio will keep you busy with animals, children’s museums, indoor playgrounds and art exhibits. Scroll down for our must-do activities for kids and families.

Visit the Akron Zoo

With more than 35 acres of animals to explore, this is a great spot to bring the kids. Meet some penguins, find out about the prehistoric Komodo dragon and learn about how plants and animals adapt in the Curious Creatures exhibit. They even have designated quiet zones and sensory bags for kids who might need a little sensory break during the day. Mark your calendars for the always-fun Boo at the Zoo during October and Wild Lights during November and December. 

505 Euclid Ave.
Akron, OH
Online: akronzoo.org

 

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Visit Wingfoot Lake State Park

With over 700 acres of space to explore, you'll find something new every time you visit Wingfoot Lake State Park. Located just 15 miles from Akron, this park has a massive playground, mini golf, paddle boats and hiking trails. If you time your visit right, you just might see the Goodyear Blimp leaving the hangar across the lake. Kids will especially love the storybook trail where they can read the book "One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!" by John Micklos Jr. while they walk through the area.

Online: ohiodnr.gov

Cast Your Line at These Fishing Spots Near Akron

There’s nothing that teaches patience more than a day of fishing. With tons of lakes and creeks near Akron, Ohio that are perfect spots to take the kids fishing, you might just catch that trophy-sized Walleye that you can brag about for the rest of the year. 

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Go Back in Time at Hale Farm & Village

Hale Farm & Village is an outdoor living history museum where you can learn about farming and early American crafts like blacksmithing and glass blowing. They are currently offering timed ticketed visits on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Buy your tickets here

2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, OH
Online: wrhs.org/plan-your-visit/hale-farm/

 

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Head to the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

If you know anything about Akron history, you know that F.A. Seiberling is the co-founder of Goodyear Tire and responsible for taking Akron from small town to the "rubber capital of the world." He donated over 400 acres of parks, of which F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a part. Here you can visit the rock and herb garden, look for wildlife at Seneca Pond, hike across the suspension bridge and explore. 

Online: summitmetroparks.org

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Drive Through the African Safari Wildlife Park

Drive your own car through and get in touch with your WILD side with hundreds of exotic animals! Have you ever fed a Bison? Been nose-to-nose with a Giraffe? If not, you will in this drive-through safari. From Alpaca to Zebra, you’ll see it all here. There's also a walk-through option if you prefer.

267 S. Lightner Rd.
Port Clinton, OH
Online: africansafariwildlifepark.com

 

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Hit the Bike Trail

Akron has miles of bike paths that are perfect for all ages, from the famed Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath to lakes that are encircled by paved paths. Find our favorite bike paths here

Soar Across the Adventure Zone

There's so much to do at Adventure Zone that you'll have fun no matter your age. Test your teamwork in the escape room, zip across the zipline, go for speed on the go carts and bounce on the bungy tramp. Head to the snack shack for break and then take a spin on the carousel. 

5600 Lake Rd. E
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH
Online: adventurezonefun.com

Score Big at Make Believe Family Fun Center

Make Believe Family Fun Center is a portal into another world, unlike any you’ve ever known. Each attraction has it’s own theme allowing your family to explore enchanted forests, climb about a pirate ship, enter a volcano and so much more. There's a special area for toddlers and high-octane fun in the laser tag zone and ninja climbing wall. Everything is indoors so it’s air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter, plus you’ll never have to worry about the rain!

8303 Day Dr.
Parma, OH
Online: makebelieveparma.com

Learn about Art at the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum collects work from 1850 to the present. Comprised of over 6,000 objects, the collection is home to important works by a broad range of artists in a wide variety of media from across the globe, including sculpture, glass, paintings, photography, digital art and more. They often run special programs for kids and families. 

1 South High St.
Akron, OH
Online: akronartmuseum.org

COVID-19 Update: The museum's modern and contemporary galleries are currently open for timed ticketed entrance. 

Play at the Akron Children's Museum

You'll definitely want to put this museum on your list those rainy or cold days in Akron. Kids can fully immerse themselves in the exhibits and learn about healthy food, earthquakes, wind and electricity. Pick fruit in the Down on the Farm exhibit and gather eggs from the chicken coop. The Little Monster Maker Space is a particularly fun spot for hands-on discovery and building. There's even a special area just for babies to explore. 

216 S. Main Street
Akron, OH
Online: akronkids.org

COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently closed. Check back for updates. 

Ride the Rides at Memphis Kiddie Park

This spot is perfect for the young ones. Ride the kiddie coaster, take a spin on the carousel and cruise around in the open-air train. Most rides have a max height limit so check that out before you head over. 

10340 Memphis Ave.
Brooklyn, OH
Online: memphiskiddiepark.com

COVID-19 Update: Memphis Kiddie Park is currently closed. Check back for updates. 

—Kate Loweth

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