Northeast Ohio: Summer

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Northeast Ohio: Summer

I’ve always wanted to do a blog post on my hometown of Akron, Ohio! But once I started listing all my favorite things to do, see, and eat, I realized I was going to need to do a few blog posts on it. I thought a fun way to separate them all would be to do them by season. So this past July, Nate and I went to Ohio for a long weekend and tried to check off some of our favorite summer Ohio activities.

Ohio is a seriously underrated place, especially Northeastern Ohio, which is so different than the rest of the state. It’s also used as a “filler” state in just about every tv show, movie, book, etc. What I mean by that is that the average American (not from Ohio) doesn’t know a lot, if anything, about the great buckeye state. So it’s an easy place to say someone is from, or that you’re driving through, or to use as the butt of a joke because…it could basically mean anything and doesn’t have a stereotype or reputation except…for just being Ohio. My friend Chelsea and I always joke that “Ohio is in everything.” and now that you’ve read this, you will also notice that it comes up, A LOT. I don’t really know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but we’ll pretty much take whatever recognition we can get, haha!

Something I LOVE about Ohio, and didn’t realize how unique it was until I moved, was the absurd amount of ice cream that comes out of it. Most people know that the famous Graeter’s Ice Cream and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream companies are from there, but in Akron alone there are at least 4 amazing mom and pop ice cream places, not to mention Cleveland which houses another 4 great ice cream companies. They all started in Ohio and people are verrrryyy into it, including myself. Once in the 4th grade, I was too skinny for my height, so my parents decided to take me to get ice cream every night at Strickland’s Frozen Custard in the summer to fatten me up. I got a banana split every evening that entire summer. It was a childhood dream. I ironically didn’t gain much weight but my serotonin levels were off the chaaaaaarts. I think that’s when my unquenchable love for ice cream started. So when we were planning our trip home I thought it would be so fun to do a little ice cream tour of the Akron/Cleveland area. I didn’t get to all the places I wanted to since we were only there for 4 days, but I will list them all below. If you have ever met me, you know that Jeni’s ice cream is by far my favorite in Ohio but also anywhere else in the world. They have actually expanded to most major cities in the US (except for nyc, WHY GOD) which is great! Also, VERY randomly…Handel’s and Strickland’s ice cream have 1 location each in southern California where we used to live (Irvine and Redondo Beach) which is fun! All the places listed below I have had except for Mason’s Creamery in Cleveland, which came super highly recommended to me by a few people (it’s new, so I haven’t had a chance to try it) but I thought it would be worth putting it on the list! Also, there are a few good ice cream places I left off the list because it’s too overwhelming to list them all, so I decided to just mark down my top 7.

The Official Akron/Cleveland Ice Cream List

Here’s also a list of…

My Favorite Akron/Cleveland Summer Activies