The 45th National Stereoscopic Association Convention
Local Information and Things to DoOn-line Akron Visitors Guide
Founded in 1921, Summit Metro Parks is the second oldest park district in Ohio. We manage 14,000 acres, including 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 150 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5 million visits.
Summit Metro Parks Mobile App offers park visitors easy-to-access information about the Metro Parks' 16 different parks, including GPS-enabled directions for 125 miles of trails, downloadable maps, restroom locations and information about upcoming programs and events.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is close by, but seems worlds away from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills and open farmlands. Walk or bike the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Visit waterfalls, history centers, camp, kayak and enjoy music in the Valley.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - The history of trains in the Cuyahoga Valley stretches back more than 100 years. In 1880, the Valley Railway began operations, transporting coal to Cleveland, Akron, and Canton from the Tuscarawas River Valley and providing passenger service along the way. Interest in the line was renewed in 1972 as a scenic excursion route, operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canal.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area - designated by Congress - to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. Visited by millions of bikers and hikers annually, the scenic Towpath Trail stretches 87 miles along the canal.
Summit Mall is a large shopping mall with a food court and surrounding businesses just across the street from the 3D-Con hotels.
Akron Art Museum - When the museum first opened its doors in February, 1922, it was located in two borrowed rooms in the basement of the public library. Now it's a remarkable destination comprising the museum's art collection, special exhibits and beautiful gardens.
(3D-Con Excursion No. 1) Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - A 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House and historic gardens and grounds make up this estate, which once belonged to F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The Estate is open from April through December for tours.
(3D-Con Excursion No. 2) Akron RubberDucks baseball is Akron's home of affordable, family fun! The Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate play in downtown's beautiful 7,630-seat Canal Park, which has the largest HD video board in Double-A baseball. A new restaurant and group area was added in 2014 too! Call or go online for information.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 3) The Akron Glass Works is hot glass studio and gift shop located in the basement of an elegant 1930s vintage stone church near the University of Akron campus. The Glass Works features demonstrations, workshops, original glass pieces and art for sale, made on site by local artists. The sanctuary of the church has been restored and converted to an event space, with unique chandeliers made by the Akron Glass Works artists.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 3) Don Drumm Studios - This two-building showplace offers jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture and graphics by more than 500 American artists, plus aluminum, steel and pewter artworks and home accessories created by sculptor Don Drumm. It's just across the street from the Akron Glass Works. The shop itself is a maze of galleries and a work of art, occupying repurposed buildings in a quiet neighborhood.
(3D-Con Excursion No. 4) Bombers, fighter jets, historical aircraft and more are on display at the Military Aviation Preservation Society Museum, which showcases both vintage military and civilian aircrafts. While you're there, also visit a number of interactive exhibits.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 5) The Pro Football Hall of Fame serves to honor, preserve, educate and promote football. Visit permanent exhibits such as the Superbowl Theater and the Pro Football Today Gallery, as well as the new Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center, part of the HOF's "Future 50" Project celebrating the museum's 50th anniversary.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 5) Gervasi Vineyard is a premier destination winery resort located in Canton, Ohio that provides guests with fine Italian dining, indoor and outdoor wedding venues, conference center, beautiful grounds, full-service hotel suites and so much more. The moment you pass under its arched gateway, you are transported to an Italian village that feels miles away from the sleepy Canton neighborhood Gervasi calls home. In total, 14 buildings, including four restaurants, comprise the village-like campus of Gervasi Vineyard.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 5) The Warther Museum is dedicated to Ernest "Mooney" Warther, the world's master carver. Learn about America's unknown genius and how he lived his life and philosophies. The Museum displays the priceless artworks of a sculptor who captured the evolution of the steam engine out of ebony, ivory, and walnut. Warther's home and original studio are on display as well. His wife, Frieda, was an artist in her own right and she created Swiss-styled gardens, which are still kept today. She also amassed a 73,000 plus-piece button collection placed into quilting patterns, and an incredible collection of arrowheads that adorn the walls.
(Part of 3D-Con Excursion No. 5) Harry London/Fannie May Candies - Ever wonder how caramels, Buckeyes, truffles and everything else chocolate-covered are made? Find out at the visitor center at Harry London's operation, which has churned out sweet confections since 1922. Call for seasonal hours and factory tour reservations.
If you're going to be in the area prior to the start of the 3D-Con, check out the Soap Box Derby championships. Akron is the gravity-powered racing capital of the world. Winning cars, and more than 400 young racers, from local competitions in every region of the country, Canada and Japan are being shipped to Akron for Championship Week, July 14-20.
Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society, located on 90 acres in the Cuyahoga Valley with 32 historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, farming and early American craft and trade demonstrations including glassblowing, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, candle making, pottery, broom making and more! Return to life in Ohio during the 19th-century in this living history village, owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Staying in the area after 3D-Con? Hale Farm will host a Civil War reenactment Aug. 10-11.
Hower House - Completed in 1871 this Second Empire Italianate home was built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower. The 28-room mansion is filled with treasures and furnishings collected from around the world by three generations of the Hower family who occupied the House. Hower House Museum is open for public and private tours, as well as group tours. It remains one of the finest and best preserved examples of its style in the country and is on the National Historic Landmark registry.
The Akron Zoo is a wonderful place to come nose-to-nose with wildlife from around the world, while spending time with family and friends. The zoo was designed to provide an up-close animal experience and is right sized for a 3 to 4 hour visit. Besides animals, the Akron Zoo is full of beautiful gardens and landscaping. If native plants interest you, then a trip to the zoo is for you.
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