Stan Hywet is a Unique and Special Place for Family Fun

Stan Hywet is a Unique and Special Place for Family Fun


A must-see during any visit to Northeast Ohio is a trip to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron. Once the residence of F.A. Seiberling (co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company) and his family, the 70-acre estate features a historic Manor House and beautiful landscaped gardens. And lots of family fun.


Geared for families and children, the new Youth Tour is offered twice daily beginning June 1 and provides elementary school age children an overview of what life was like at Stan Hywet Hall early in the 20th century. Given from the perspective of F.A. & Gertrude Seiberling’s youngest child, Franklin, the tour explains to children the differences between growing up growing then, and now. 


Families with children ages 3-6 will enjoy the Seiberling Explorers program, offered twice daily (10:30am & 1pm) on Wednesdays from   June 6-August 15. The adventure begins in Playgarden and takes place throughout the estate. Children and par­ents will go on a variety of adventures learning about bugs, butterflies, geocaching, questing, and physical fitness.


Just want to stop by for fun? Perhaps Akron’s best back yard, Stan Hywet has plenty to entertain you.


Playgarden, open April – October, is the centerpiece of Stan Hywet’s family corridor.  A 5,000-square-foot handicapped-accessible, multi-generational interactive garden, Playgarden captures the essence of several features of the estate. For example, the Playgarden gate echoes the arched ceiling of the Great Hall in the Manor House, the Splash Fountain mimics the floor of the Manor House Round Room andthe Tudor Revival Playhouse, inspired by the estate’s Carriage House, is 15 feet tall, and includes a slide, marble chase, footbridge and a rock climbing wall.

Stan Hywet Playgarden

Nearby is the butterfly habitat, Beauty in Flight: Butterflies of North America, open mid-June – early September where families may learn about the life cycle of and get up-close to native butterflies.  Homes of Nature are interactive installations to encourage the youngest guests to climb up, down, and all around each structure.


When it’s time for a break, guests head over to Molly’s Café in the Carriage House. Once the stables, Molly’s is named for one of the horses who once lived there. Seating is located in what used to be the horse stalls.


There’s so much to see and do at Stan Hywet!

Stan Hywet Playgarden Bike


Hours & Admission

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is open Tuesday-Sunday, April 3 – December 30. Closed to the public on Mondays, except Memorial Day and Labor Day when regular hours apply.  Hours are 10am-6pm, last admission at 4:30pm. Special events: hours may differ. Visit for complete information and admission fees.

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19 Mar 2018