Get to the forefront of your Akron Experience!

Want to explore a fun part of Akron and meet some new people before classes start? We're bringing you the keys to Unlock Akron with this exclusive opportunity for all incoming freshmen.

Unlock Akron brings together some unique-to-Akron experiences that you can enjoy with others. Facilitated by current UA students, Unlock Akron experiences give you the opportunity to meet new people before classes start and get the additional low-down on starting college off on the right foot.

July 17th

Akron RubberDucks Game @ Canal Park | Bike & Ball Downtown


July 31st

Akron Zoo Field Trip | Paint & Chill @ Chill Ice Cream


August 7th

Akron Art Museum Scavenger Hunt | Paint & Chill @ Chill Ice Cream



Akron RubberDucks Game & Canal Park

  • Experience the fun of an Akron RubberDucks baseball game! The Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, which has seen current stars such as Francisco Lindor and Mike Clevinger travel through the Rubber City on their way to Cleveland, is located in the center of downtown Akron!
  • Included in this experience is a ticket to the RubberDucks game against Bowie and a Perfect Game Coupon redeemable at Canal Park for a hot dog, chips and a drink.
  • Fireworks will follow the game!

Akron Art Museum Scavenger Hunt


  • Hop on over to experience one of Akron’s cultural gems. The Akron Art Museum features galleries displaying its various collections of art since the 1850s. The museum also hosts visiting shows from national and international collections. New zips will receive a welcome and introduction from the museum before venturing off in a scavenger hunt challenge throughout the galleries. You will have the chance to win some prizes from the museum! Afterwards, Zips will enjoy Chill Ice Cream downtown.

Akron Zoo Field Tripzoo

  • Experience the wonder of the city's local zoo through a special field trip just for Unlock Akron participants! A local hot spot right downtown, the Akron Zoo has been a part of the community for decades. Students will be guided through the park and get the opportunity to experience some of the animal habitats as well as learn more about the zoo.
  • Each student will receive a gift card voucher for use at the concession stands.

Paint & Chill @ Chill Ice Creamchill

  • Take some time to relax and cool off from the sun with local artisan ice cream shoppe, Chill Ice Cream, while channeling your inner artist. Students will have the opportunity to paint an iconic UA symbol while enjoying the unique flavors of locally made ice cream. Painting will be guided by UA art faculty and your scoops of ice cream are on us!

Bike & Ball Downtownbicycle

  • Bike through the vibrant and growing downtown scenery to learn more about the history and present efforts to revitalize your new community. Following the tour, have some fun with Summit Sports & Social, playing yard games and enjoying iconic local treats.

What is Unlock Akron?

Only incoming freshman! This an exclusive opportunity for incoming freshman to UA. Spots are available to any student who will be enrolling as a freshman for the upcoming fall semester. Any incoming freshman is eligible to participate in multiple days of Unlock Akron if they wish. Each is a separate confirmation payment.

Your confirmation payment goes towards all costs associated with the experiences including food, travel, or entertainment that occurs on the trip.

All events are rain or shine unless severe weather causes the cancellation of a planned event that is out of our control. There is no refund for an event being cancelled. In the case that weather cancels a planned event, alternative arrangements will be made to still have a valuable experience on the day you sign up.

You will be prompted to select a specific experience for the day you pick. Students can only register for one experience per day. Each experience's description is listed above. 

Hang tight! You'll be getting more information about where to go, what time to be there, and a full itinerary through the email you used to register for the program.

That's awesome! We're glad you're interested. Email Nino Colla at ncolla@uakron.edu with any further questions.