National Parks / Natural World in AKRON with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Akron has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Akron, Ohio offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Akron itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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    (15 miles) Brecksville

    The winding Cuyahoga the "crooked river" as named by American Indians gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna, gives a sense of times ...

  • Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

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    (28 miles) Cleveland

    A beautiful nature filled experience for the whole family! Nature trails, programs and walks...a beautiful family day out in the Ohio woodlands and forests!

  • Pymatuning State Park

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    (61 miles) Jamestown

    All manner of boating and fishing options on the lake, plus beaches for swimming in summer and a feast of activities for winter.

  • Ohio Bird Santuary

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    (64 miles) Mansfield

    Children who visit the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will see many of Ohio's native birds. Non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, songbirds and game-birds are house on site. In the aviary, children and adults ...

  • Dillon State Park

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    (79 miles) Nashport

    Features here include a 1,360-foot swimming beach and separate wading pool, plus disc golf and archery range.

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  • Peninsula Art Academy

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    (11 miles) Peninsula

    Located in the popular Village of Peninsula’s Historic District Peninsula Art Academy includes a fine art gallery and exhibit hall, performing arts stage and working artist studios. Walking ...

  • Canton Classic Car Museum

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    (21 miles) Canton

    The museum currently exhibits forty-five rare and unusual classic and special interest automobiles. The gorgeous vehicles are complemented by the thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia ...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

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    (30 miles) Cleveland

    An interactive, informative, educational and fun experience to immerse the family in contemporary art

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art

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    (30 miles) Cleveland

    The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 40,000 objects. As one of the nations top museums, the Cleveland has long exhibited leadership in acquisitions, presentation, and ...

  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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    (30 miles) Cleveland

    Explore all that we have to offer � from the earth to the sky. We have dinosaurs inside and out, a hands-on Discovery Center for children of all ages, outdoor gardens and wildlife habitats, live ...

  • The Childrens Museum of Cleveland

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    (30 miles) Cleveland

    The Children's Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of kids, ages 6 months to 8 years!

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (31 miles) Cleveland

    Rock and Roll is here to stay! Give kids a lesson in how incredible music used to be and introduce them to all the greats!

  • Great Lakes Science Center

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    (31 miles) Cleveland

    Enjoy a fun-filled, brain-building and interactive experience! Kick back and enjoy the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX Theater and get hands-on with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center ...

  • International Womens Air and Space Museum

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    (31 miles) Cleveland

    A fascinating and insightful look into the history of women in aviation and space - an inspiring experience for kids, especially those little girls!

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum

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    (39 miles) Oberlin

    Comprising more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM's collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of ...

  • The Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (57 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Merry Go Round Museum

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    (67 miles) Sandusky

    "Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood ...

  • Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum

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    (85 miles) Wheeling

    Come and relive your childhood with the kids, rediscover vintage entertainments and classic home railway equipment.

  • Carnegie Science Center

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    (90 miles) Pittsburgh

    Science made fun in Pittsburgh with hands-on exhibits connecting science and tech to daily life. Great interactive fun for kids!

  • Akron Zoo

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    (1 miles) Akron

    When you visit the zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons. One of the many fun ...

  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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    (27 miles) Cleveland

    One of Cleveland’s most popular attractions and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.

  • Noahs Lost Ark

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    (28 miles) Berlin Center

    A beautiful sanctuary that offers a save haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals, where all admissions go directly to helping these beautiful creatures!

  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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    (30 miles) Cleveland

    Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!

  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

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    (46 miles) Vienna

    Feed over 350 animals at this Ohio animal park!. Camels, zebra, bison, water buffalo, ostrich and antelope are just a few of the creatures from 6 continents you will experience on safari!

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    (75 miles) Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Good Zoo

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    (81 miles) County Wheeling

    Visitors of all ages will find something pleasing at our zoo which is dedicated to the memory of a seven-year-old boy named Philip Mayer Good, who loved nature. Come visit our new Outback Exhibit, ...

  • National Aviary

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    (90 miles) Pittsburgh

    Houses a diverse collection comprising more than 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

  • Cedar Point

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    (67 miles) Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!

  • Conneaut Lake Park

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    (73 miles) Conneaut Lake

    Traditional fairground in with a wonderful family vibe, boasting roller coasters through pony rides, located on the largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania!

  • Waterworks Family Aquatic Center

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    (5 miles) Cuyahoga Falls

    Cool off in Ohio with flume slides, water sprays, tube slides and a lazy river...just to name a few! Great waterpark fun for kids.

  • Wildwater Kingdom

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    (20 miles) Aurora

    Water fun galore in Aurora, with slides, thrills, kiddie activities, lessons and lots of family fun!

  • Baylor Beach Park

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    (28 miles) Navarre

    Nature's waterpark with tube slides, paddleboats, and water fun, as well as mini golf, and sports! Great family fun in Ohio!

  • Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park

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    (41 miles) Chardon

    Family fun in Ohio, split into Water Fun Land, Kidsland and Sportsland, offering between them great entertainment to keep the kids happy, from six story high water slides to paddle boats, mini golf ...

  • Kalaharis Indoor Outdoor Waterpark

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    (62 miles) Sandusky

    Experience the LARGEST indoor waterpark in the USA at Kalaharis in Ohio! Outdoor activities seasonally.

  • Cedar Points Soak City

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    (67 miles) Sandusky

    Water fun galore in Cedar Point with thrills, spills, slides and rivers - perfect for the whole family in Ohio!