Akron, Ohio has a diverse and colorful heritage of old restaurants and shopping centers. 'Quaker Square' located in the heart of Akron's downtown, is a mall made out of the old Quaker Oats factory, which originally operated there. The oat silos have been transformed into hotel rooms providing a unique experience to the patron. The Trackside Grille, themed with railroads which run parallel to the building, provides a narrative of Akron's history. With the multitude of jobs available in Akron many seek employment through the temporary foreign worker program.
Each summer Akron hosts the All American Soap Box Derby. Children from across the country race their homemade, gravity-powered race cars down the steep hill at Derby Downs in the shadow of the Lockheed Martin Airdock.
Adjacent to the Derby Downs race hill is a 19,000 square foot outdoor skatepark. The park features concrete ramps, including two bowls going as deep as 7 feet, a snake run, two hips, a stair set with handrail, many smaller quarter pipes and a variety of grind boxes. Positioned just a few feet from the Akron Skatepark is a BMX course where organized races are often held in the warmer months.
The city is also home to several museums, including:
Akron Art Museum
The Archives of the History of American Psychology
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
American Marble and Toy Museum
Goodyear World of Rubber Museum
The Akron Aeros, 'AA' affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team plays downtown at Canal Park.
Also, in Akron, you are just a 30 -35 minute drive away in from the Professional Football, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Canton, and Cleveland.
For those sports fans, Cleveland is also home to the 2007 Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, Major League Baaseball's Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.