Displays at The American Toy and Marble Museum
Displays at The American Toy and Marble Museum
Akron Trolley
Akron Trolley
Akron RubberDucks pack the stands
Akron RubberDucks pack the stands


Welcome to Downtown Akron!

If you’re looking to get off campus and discover Akron, Downtown is the place to start. Downtown puts you in the center of vibrant cultural amenities, living opportunities, delicious dining options and so much more, all accessible to students within minutes of campus.

Getting Downtown


Downtown Akron is just a short walk from campus.  Fantastic dining, night life, shops and art are just around the corner.


There are numerous biking options available in Downtown Akron.  Bike lanes and bike racks can be found all throughout Downtown, and the towpath is a favorite for many local cyclists.

Ride the Roo Express

The Roo Express loops Downtown day and night and is available to all university of Akron students. Take a look at the shuttle routes before planning your next trip Downtown.

For questions about the Roo Express, contact 330-972-7213.

Zip Home on the Roo Express with a valid student ID, Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.. Get dropped off at your right at home. Click here for details.


MetroZip is a test program that allows all University students, faculty and staff to ride any regular* Metro route in Summit County free of charge simply by swiping their Zip Card!

The Roo Express shuttle stops regularly at the RKP Metro RTA Transit Center - see the Roo Express schedule - South and Weekend routes. Click here for details.


There are lots of parking spaces available all over Downtown!  Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends and holidays in city-owned lots and decks!  A parking map can be found HERE.

Downtown Parking App

Need help finding conveneint parking in Downtown Akron? Find rates, information and the closest spaces to your Downtown destination with ParkingFriend. The ParkingFriend app is now available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones. Click on your App Store icon and search for "ParkingFriend Akron" to download the free app.

Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassadors

Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassadors are available to assist you with directions, safety escorts, lock outs and jump starts. Find them around Downtown in safety green uniforms or call 330-706-7383 to speak to an On Duty Supervisor for assistance.

Explore Downtown Akron

Do Downtown Discount Program

Love getting discounts?  You should sign up for the Do Downtown card at www.downtownakron.com/do-downtown!

The Do Downtown card will give you great ongoing discounts in Downtown Akron, such as discounts on t-shirts at Rubber City Clothing as well as discounts on food at Downtown favorites such as The Lockview and The Peanut Shoppe.  As a member of Do Downtown you'll get email reminders twice a month about events and discounts in Downtown.

Downtown Akron Passport

Downtown Akron Passports can be bought for $15.

The passport includes 16 events, including First Night Akron, and promotes arts and cultural activities throughout the Downtown area from December 2014-December 2015.  The actual value of the passport is typically more than $180, making the admission costs to these venues less than $0.94 per event!  Passports go on sale the day after Thanksgiving and can be purchased online or at various businesses Downtown.

There is Always Something to Do Downtown

Take in a RubberDucks game at Canal Park, tour the world-class galleries at the Akron Art Museum, take a walk on the Towpath Trail, do some shopping at Noto, We Gallery and Akron Glass Works, or listen to live music at Musica, Jilly's or The Lockview. Explore Akron's artistic side at a Downtown Artwalk the first Saturday of each month (except January).

Great Dining

Downtown features more than 40 restaurants where you can grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a delicious meal with friends!

Try a pita from Street Treats Grill, pizza from Luigi’s or DaVinci’s, a deli sandwich from Diamond Deli, a snack from The Peanut Shoppe, a hip and trendy meal at Crave, or sushi at House of Hunan or Cilantro!

Visit www.downtownakron.com/dining for a list of all of the restaurants in Downtown Akron.

Exciting Nightlife

Head Downtown for a night out on the town and choose from a variety of different atmospheres that Akron nightlife has to offer.

Enjoy food, spirits, dancing and the neighborhood feel at Brubaker’s Pub, sample a martini at 3 Point, dance the night away at Lux nightclub, sip your favorite wine at Uncorked Wine Bar or watch the game at Barley House.

Visit www.downtownakron.com/nightlife for all nightlife options in Downtown Akron.


FREE Parking

All city owned decks and lots in Downtown Akron are FREE after 6 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends. Click here to find the best spot to park in Downtown Akron.

Park once, enjoy Downtown before the game, ride a shuttle to the stadium and come back Downtown after the game to celebrate!