What to do and see in Kent, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Kent is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County. It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county. The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and was estimated at 30,071 in 2016. The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Kent

1. May 4th Visitor Center

Taylor Hall, Kent, OH +1 330-672-4660
Excellent
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

May 4th Visitor Center

Reviewed By pfefmeister - Petaluma, California

We stopped here on a Saturday in July because of the historical significance. We had to ask a couple people on campus where the memorial was located, and were underwhelmed by the presentation. Is there is visitor center where the events of that fateful day are documented? Who knows, since all the buildings were closed. There are a couple of metal signs talking about the events, but no acknowledgements of the the four people killed. For me, this was a big letdown, and I expected much more. Especially for such a watershed moment in American history.

2. The Loop Escape Room

149 Northmoreland Ave, Munroe Falls, OH 44262-1731 +1 330-338-9407
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5 based on 9 reviews

The Loop Escape Room

Reviewed By kaydm - Akron, Ohio

First Escape Room experience for oldest's birthday party was sooo much fun!! Challenging-check. Discouraging-no. Engaging or everyone-yes. FUN!!!-YES YES YES! And, the $ goes to help the Youth Group's Mission Trip to Puerto RIco is June-Check check check.
Well worth finding it!
Loopescaperooom.org
The Loop Escape Room

3. Hudson Springs Park

7095 Stow Rd, Hudson, OH 44224 +1 216-447-1754
Excellent
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Hudson Springs Park

Reviewed By MWK51 - Hudson, Ohio

there is something for everyone at this community park. The lake provides opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing. (Bring your own equipment, there are no rentals).
Children seem to love the play ground, there are shelters for group picnics, tables and grills available. The hiking trail around the lake is a favourite of all ...some running, some taking a leisurely stroll, It is a beautiful spot just to sit by the lake and relax.

4. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303-1363 +1 888-836-5533
Excellent
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5 based on 664 reviews

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is open April-December. Located in Akron, Ohio, is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his family. Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet is the one of the most important remaining examples of an American Country Estate built by the wealth created during the Industrial Age at the turn of the twentieth century, when the emergence of modern America made Akron the "Rubber Capital of the World." The Tudor revival Manor House is 64,500 sq. feet and the 6th largest home open to the public in the U.S. Open from April through December, Stan Hywet includes a 65-room Manor House, a conservatory and more than 70 acres of artfully landscaped ground. It is Akron's oldest National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Reviewed By kwissy75 - Mentor, Ohio

Our first time at the manor and it was spectacular! We went for the afternoon self-guided tour of the manor house and greenhouse, conservatory and rain forest, it was absolutely stunning. Parking is very easy you walk over to the admission and get your ticket and they have a gift shop and a small eatery and then you walk to the manor house, it’s three stories and you can walk outside to the gardens, the conservatory greenhouse. In all we spent about three hours there, but it was freezing cold and they did have warming stations but we didn’t do a lot of the outside stuff they do have a large kids play area outside during nice weather. You get a nice booklet with a map and there’s volunteers everywhere around the manor and outside if you have questions, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful! We would definitely go again.

5. Ledges Overlook

701 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264-9734
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5 based on 69 reviews

Ledges Overlook

Reviewed By Andi-BrownCounty - Gnaw Bone, Indiana

We spent a couple of days at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and did 4 hikes. This was our only non-waterfall hike and it was our favorite. The cliffs and rock formations are endlessly fascinating, the woods are very pretty, and the CCC built stairs are worth a look all on their own. If you want to shorten the hike you can come back across the meadow from the Overlook but it would be a shame to do so.

You could do this hike in an hour or so but we all took so many pictures and kept going into the little side rock formations that it took us almost 2 hours to do it.

6. Tallmadge Church Historic Site

115 Tallmadge Cir, Tallmadge, OH 44278-2346 +1 330-633-0855
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5 based on 9 reviews

Tallmadge Church Historic Site

Reviewed By Ligaya2 - Portland, Oregon

Tallmadge Church is part of the Ohio Historic Connection (formerly Ohio Historic Society).
Tallmadge Church is federal style architecture and located in the Tallmadge Historic Circle.
During the Tallmadge Circle Festival (August), this site was open and they had "Historic Vignettes" presentation. Otherwise, call ahead to ask about hours of operation or to book the place for an event.

7. Cafe O'Play

911 Graham Rd, Ste 27, Stow, OH 44221-1169 +1 330-928-7517
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Cafe O'Play

Cafe O'Play is an indoor play cafe combining recreation, entertainment, and physically active play in a 9000 square foot facility. It includes a comfortable and relaxing 70 seat coffeehouse/cafe serving a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. The Play Area includes a huge climbing structure, sports court, Gaga Ball pit, EyePlay interactive floor, dedicated Toddler Area and two Party Rooms. Admission during the week for crawlers to 23 months is $8. For 2-12 year olds it is $10. On Saturday crawlers to 23 months are $8 and 2-12 year olds is $12. The last two hours we are open is Happy Hour and admission is only $7.00 per child. Cafe O'Play is built for children 12 and under who are no taller than 4'10".

Reviewed By gottcoke - Hemet, California

We took our 7,3 and 1 year old grandsons here with our daughter in law. The kids had a blast and we eat at the cafe. Our 3 year old was afraid to go down slide so it took a while before he would go by himself. Toward the end of our day he found a little girl to play with and they went down slide holding hands a couple times. It was cute to see them playing together. On one of the times our grandson wanted to go across bridge area and grabbed the little girl to go that way instead of down the slide. They had been playing very well but he caught her off balance so it looked like he was pulling her and she was half tripping and half going with him. She was not even close to being hurt and was not unwilling to go. He just needed to let her get her footing. Her mom was watching laughing at this and I told my grandson to let her go. Well the older guy at this place told us that we needed to tell our grandson to keep HIS HANDS TO HIMSELF. ok give me a break! We took care of it and there was nothing going on but 3 year olds tripping over themselves having fun. Why did he not tell them not to hold hands going down slide or running around?
Let parents do their job
We had it handled
We will be back!
And hope my grandson finds his friend again

8. Kent State University Museum

515 Hilltop Drive, Kent, OH +1 330-672-3450
Excellent
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Kent State University Museum

Reviewed By Llibsenoj - Cleveland, Ohio

Time line of fashion exhibit was quite interesting as it placed clothing into the context of what was happening in the Western World. This exhibit segues, space-wise into their extensive glass collection display with indepth examples of famous Ohio glass factories and craftspeople. The second floor's open plan lets them show you how the flapper dress evolved in great depth. Fascinating. In a smaller space, the curators show how coutures created very attractive clothing on the exterior as well as how they resolved structural issues that made their fashions possible and did so with artfully done "lining" that is as interesting as the exteriors.

9. Heaven Bound Ascensions

66 N Village View Rd, Tallmadge, OH 44278-2040 +1 330-633-3288
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Heaven Bound Ascensions

Reviewed By Kyle H - Mogadore

This company overcharges and under-delivers when it comes to balloon rides. "Heaven Bound Ascensions", the balloon ride portion of Fun Makers Inc. promises approximately 60 minutes in the air, but instead descended after 35 minutes. Those operating the balloon were also quite rude during the process, offending my family and I on multiple occasions. Furthermore, instead of providing a step stool or proper assistance when helping my 83 year-old grandmother into their van, they managed to push her, resulting in a cut on her leg. The champagne toast at the end of the flight was not sparkling wine (which is part of what we paid for) but is instead cheap grape juice. As one member of our party is a diabetic, we declined. When we discussed this with the owner of Fun Makers, he informed us that we should have assumed that the timeframe was flexible. He also kept intimating that we do not care about our grandmother's safety, and that they decided she could not handle the expensive sixty-minute ride, all without consulting us. I understand that one has to be flexible when dealing with something as delicate as flight, but we received less than 60% of what was a very expensive ride, and our complaints were met with demeaning responses. A simple apology would have been more than enough to satisfy my disappointment, but apparently this company is too stubborn to admit they made a mistake.

10. The Kent Stage

175 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240-1405 +1 330-677-5005
Excellent
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4 based on 68 reviews

The Kent Stage

Reviewed By Czaplicki - Norwalk, Ohio

We purchased tickets for another couple and us to attend the Uriah Heap Concert. We had never been to Kent Stage but will look into attending future concerts.
The price of the ticket was reasonable. Parking was available in a nearby parking garage for $5 ( no cash, credit card, not American express).
Venue could use some updating.

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