Kent has the benefit of being on the western border of Portage County — and in turn, on the eastern border of Summit County — which puts Kent right in the middle of the action in Northeast Ohio. Situated centrally in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton-Youngstown metro area puts a lot to do within a short drive. It’s the best of both worlds, small town comforts and charm for every day living with access to all those big city amenities when the mood strikes.
From the Warehouse District to Little Italy and the Theater District, Cleveland is in the business of professional entertainment. With pro sports teams, ethnic festivals, arts events, concerts there is always something happening in Cleveland.
- Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame – http://rockhall.com/
- Playhouse Square Theater – http://www.playhousesquare.org/
- Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and Browns - http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/ http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=cle http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/
- Cleveland MetroPark Zoo and Rain Forest – http://www.clemetzoo.com/
- Cleveland Orchestra – http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/
- Great Lakes Science Center – http://www.glsc.org/
- Ralph’s Christmas Story House - http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/
- Cleveland Botanical Gardens – http://www.cbgarden.org/visit/gardens.html
- Cleveland Museum of Art – http://www.clevelandart.org/
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History – http://www.cmnh.org/site/Index.aspx
- Children’s Museum of Cleveland – http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/
When winter comes, no need to stow your bike. Head up to Cleveland and experience the first-ever indoor mountain bike park. Work the pump track, test your technique in the expert skills section, or race your riding partner through the x-country trail that takes you up into the rafters and drops you back down through rock gardens, across skinnies and off various sized drops. Ray’s MTB maze of 88,000 sq. feet (and growing) of trails attracts pro racers (favorite spot for Gary Fisher), sport class riders and beginners, so no rider gets left behind. See: http://www.raysmtb.com/
Downtown Cleveland is a 30 to 40 minute drive from Kent.
A short 10 minute drive takes you from downtown Kent into downtown Akron, where you will find all the amenities of a mid-sized City. Akron is home to the Akron Aero’s professional minor league baseball team and the University of Akron’s men’s soccer team, winners of the 2010 National Championships for Division I soccer. Akron boasts:
- a great restaurant district
- art museums – http://www.akronartmuseum.org/
- the Akron Zoo – http://www.akronzoo.org/
- the Akron Symphony - http://www.akronsymphony.org/
- the Akron Marathon
- the Civic Theater – http://www.akroncivic.com/
- National Inventors Hall of Fame – http://www.invent.org/
- the Radio & Television Hall of Fame
- the Soap Box Derby – http://www.aasbd.org/
- E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall – http://www.ejthomashall.com/
- the Rubber City Rollergirls – http://www.rubbercityrollergirls.com/ - just to name a few of the highlights.
Located 20 minutes south of Kent in Canton Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame honors retired athletes and hosts the annual enshrinement festival, ushering in the next class of Hall of Fame inductees. With memorabilia on display and multi-media presentations, the Hall of Fame is a great way to spend an afternoon whether you’re a new or seasoned fan. http://www.profootballhof.com/default.aspx
Rockin’ On The River
Located 15 minutes from Kent in Cuyahoga Falls, Rockin’ on the River is NE Ohio’s longest running and highest attended outdoor concert series. All Friday concerts are free, as is parking. Rockin’ on the River holds 13 Friday-night concerts featuring some of the region’s top bands. In addition to the wide range of food vendors, the event also features a Beers of the World area where folks can enjoy some of the special brews from around the world. Opening bands begin each event around 5 PM with the headliners starting around 8 PM.
Blossom Music Center
The Blossom music outdoor amphitheater was originally built as the home of the Cleveland Orchestra and now plays to the hottest touring performers in the Cleveland Metro area. Blossom has the ability to accommodate 5,700 seated guests under the pavilion and another 13,500 on the lawn. In 2009 Blossom Radiohead, Phish, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, the Jonas Brothers, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and Kiss. Blossom is also home to the Kent State Porthouse Theater that features premier live summer theater events. Blossom is a 20 minute drive from Kent.
20 to 30 hot air balloons take flight on a September weekend from downtown Ravenna in celebration of one of Ravenna’s earliest industries – balloon manufacturing. The event is kicked-off with the county’s largest parade.
There is lot more in the area. See a partial list.Give a Little