Adventures in Akron: Canal Park

At Canal Park, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, baseball is almost an afterthought.

At Canal Park, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, baseball is almost an afterthought.

The park is “the epicenter of family fun in downtown Akron,” said Adam Liberman, director of media relations for the AA minor league baseball team.

akron_canal1Games are affordable—tickets start at $5 and hot dogs cost $2—and an opportunity for families to enjoy the summer weather together, he said.

The RubberDucks have numerous home games through early September, and Canal Park will host the Eastern League Home Run Derby on July 12 and All-Star Game on July 13.

Canal Park holds “zany promotions” throughout the season, Liberman said. Tuesdays are cult movie nights (July features “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Anchorman”), Thirsty Thursdays offer $1 beer (and sometimes midget wrestling), Sundays are Family FUNday with games and activities for kids, and every Friday and Saturday have themed fireworks. They also have giveaways every Saturday.

In the great tradition of unconventional stadium food, Canal Park can hold its own. It’s known for its “extreme” menu, with offerings such as the Three Dog Night—a hot dog stuffed inside a bratwurst stuffed inside a kielbasa—and The Screamer, a brownie sundae with 21 scoops of ice cream and toppings served inside a full-size helmet. If you want something a bit more polished, The Game Grill + Bar is a chef-driven restaurant with a great view of the field.

If baseball really isn’t your thing, the park is hosting two upcoming movie nights where viewers can sit on the field and catch a show—July 2 is “Minions” and August 6 is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Canal Park is also hosting the Canal Park Festival of Beers on September 17.

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