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#Zips100 Challenge

Do you want to REALLY experience The University of Akron and the City of Akron?

Do you want to graduate knowing you had the TOTAL college experience?

Are you prepared for the bragging rights you'll get?

Do you like fun?

If you answered YES, then dive in and begin our #Zips100 challenge! Become a true Akron Zip by completing the 100 items on this list before you graduate!

UA student and founder of Zips100 Nathan Hill in Akron
#Zips100 creator Nathan Hill


► Complete this list in any order you like.

► Take pictures of you completing the activity or at the location of the destination.

► Post via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Zips100.

► Keep track of your own progress, there will be a prize for anyone who completes the #Zips100 list.


Artists part of the Art Bomb Brigade painting a mural on the side of a building in downtown Akron
#47 Art Bomb

1. Ride a bike on the towpath (bonus points if you take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard program - only costs $5.00)

2. Visit The Mustill Store on the Towpath

3. Visit Summit Lake and the Floating Towpath (bonus points for canoeing or kayaking)

4. Get a slice at Luigi's (bring cash!)

5. Visit Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

6. Attend a SpringFest

7. Get a picture with Zippy

8. Paint the Rock

9. Study in Coleman Common

10. Bowl a game in the Union's Roo Lounge

11. Visit Akron Art Museum (Free any time with Zip Card)

  • Find Linda by Chuck Close

12. Take a photo of the Goodyear Blimp

13. Attend Winter Activities in Lock 3

14. Attend a Wagon Wheel / UA vs Kent Game (any sport)

15. Take a selfie in front of the Chihuly Sculpture (the Rock Candy Sculpture)

16. Borrow a UA Bike Share Bike

17. Visit the shrine to Lebron James in the Summit Lake Community Center

18. Attend a Greek Life ice cream social

19. Hand feed birds at the Nature Realm

20. Go skiing or tubing at Boston Mills / Brandywine

21. Get a cup of coffee at:

  • Akron Coffee Roasters
  • Angel Falls
  • Artisan Coffee
  • A Walk in the Park
  • Compass Coffee
  • Nervous Dog
  • Wholly Joe’s

22. Browse some vinyl records:

  • Time Traveler Records
  • Square Records
  • Hollow Bone Records

23. Take in some live music:

  • Musica
  • Old 97
  • The Vortex
  • Jilly’s Music Room
  • Lock 3
  • BLU Jazz
  • Hive Mind
  • Goodyear Theatre
  • Akron Civic Theatre
  • Blossom Music Center

24. Go down the Otter Slide at The Akron Zoo

25. Explore Lock 2 and Lock 4

Brewing up some coffee at Akron Coffee Roasters in downtown Akron
#25 Akron Coffee Roasters
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

26. Visit Don Drumm Studios and Gallery

27. Attend an event at Exchange House in North Hill

28. Grab a bite to eat at a food truck in Cascade Plaza on Fridays

29. Attend a Senior Week event

30. Go to a Rubber Ducks Game

31. Visit Northside Marketplace

32. Visit the Emily Davis Gallery in Folk Hall

Akron football players posing with the wagon wheel after a victory over Kent State
#14 Wagon Wheel

33. Go to a movie at the Union Theatre

34. Attend a show at EJ Thomas Hall (909's)

35. Take a selfie with the John R. Buchtel statue

36. Hike to the top of the historic Glendale Steps

37. Go vintage shopping at The Bomb Shelter

38. Visit Kenmore Komics

39. Take a selfie with Mayor Horrigan

40. See a movie at The Nightlight

High Arts Festival Performance
#90 High Arts Festival
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

41. Eat at Nepali Kitchen

42. Bowl a game at Stonehedge

43. Attend 10 UA Sporting Events

44. Fill the hill at a Zips Soccer game

45. Sit in the Ak-Rowdies’ section at any sporting event

46. Attend a Homecoming Event

47. Take a selfie in front of an Art Bomb Brigade Mural

48. Rock out to WZIP 88.1

49. Attend a free class at The Rec

50. Climb the Rock Wall at The Rec

Akron Art Museum signage lit up at night in downtown Akron
#11 Akron Art Museum
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

51. Go swimming at The Rec

52. Volunteer on Make A Difference Day

53. Get free headshots at UA's Career Center

54. Meet potential employers at the UA Career Fair

55. Participate in Founders Day activities through the Alumni Association

56. Have a meal with friends at Rob’s Dining Hall

57. Visit the new National Museum of Psychology (Free any time with Zip Card)

58. Do a Snapchat takeover of UA’s account

59. Attend an on-campus performance

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Band Concert
  • Choirs / A Capella

60. Join a Student Organization

61. Walk through the split rock

62. Run through the fountains in Coleman Common

63. Study in the ASEC Library (a hidden gem!)

Wide shot of ice skating rink during First Night at Lock 3 in downtown Akron
#13 Ice Skating at Lock 3
(Photo by Shane Wynn

64. Visit John R. Buchtel’s Grave at Glendale Cemetery

65. Explore UA's archives in Polsky

66. Ride the Roo Bus to Polsky

67. Visit the historic Hower House

68. Visit the Maker's Space in Bierce Library

69. Find some zen in the Coleman Common labyrinth

70. Attend a ReThinking Race event

71. Take a selfie at UA Coin in Honors circle

Musician performing at BLU Jazz in downtown Akron
#23 BLU Jazz
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

72. Attend a free ZPN bus tour

73. Play sand volleyball at Spicer or Exchange

74. Hang out on the Zook Hall terrace balcony

75. Participate in any of the Akron Marathon Race series or cheer on the runners as they come through campus during The Akron Marathon

76. Participate in a #ZipsInvade event

77. Learn how to throw the Z (LEFT OVER RIGHT!)

78. See a movie at The Highland Theatre

79. Explore Highland Square and find the giant frog created by PR Miller

80. Attend Third Thursday and check out local artists

Ice cream cone with multiple colored scoops at Chill Ice Cream in downtown Akron
#81 Chill Ice Cream
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

81. Get a scoop:

  • Chill Ice Cream
  • Mary Coyle
  • Akron Creamery

82. Take a hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

83. Take a selfie with a custom guitar at Lay’s Guitar Shop in Kenmore

84. Take a walk, run, or picnic in any Summit Metropark

85. Attend a Countryside Conservancy’s Farmer’s Market

86. Get a burger at the original Swenson’s location on West Exchange

87. Get a Handshake account for internship and job opportunities

88. Visit The Perkins Stone Mansion (bonus points if the sheep are on-site at Mutton Hill!)

89. Get a fresh cannoli at DeVitis Italian Market

90. Attend a Festival in Downtown Akron:

  • Italian Fest
  • PorchRokr
  • Stage Fest
  • Signal Tree
  • High Arts
Akron Zoo's otters exhibit statues.
#24 The Akron Zoo
(Photo by Shane Wynn)

91. See a play

  • Balch Street Theatre (New World Performance Lab, Ma’Sue Productions)
  • None Too Fragile Theatre
  • Ohio Shakespeare
  • Rubber City Theatre
  • Weathervane Playhouse

92. Have breakfast at an iconic Akron spot:

  • Fred’s Diner
  • Wally Waffle
  • Akron Family Restaurant
  • Valley Café
  • Mustard Seed
  • Honeymoon Café

93. Find your way out of the corn maze at Szalay’s

94. Find the pine tree forest in Hampton Hills Metro Park (Planted by the Girl Scouts in 1968)

95. Take a selfie in front of the Signal Tree in Cascade Valley Metro Park

96. Take a sip of some NORKA soda (If you don’t drink soda, a picture will do)

97. Check out the Christmas window displays at Polsky and O’Neil

98. Stop by The Peanut Shoppe to grab study snacks (15% off with your Zip Card!)

99. Practice your survival skills and team work at The Great Escape

100. Volunteer in the City of Akron:

  • Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Haven of Rest
  • Keep Akron Beautiful
  • St. Bernard’s
  • Akron Snow Angels
Nightlight movie theatre in downtown Akron
#40 The Nightlight
(Photo by Shane Wynn)