We're here to help you enjoy the world class attractions of Northeast Ohio with clean safe lodgings at reasonable prices and within easy driving distances. Whether you have come to visit the campuses of Kent State University or the University of Akron or if you've come to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, see an Indians or Browns game, walk in the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park or take a boat ride on Lake Erie or fish our many small lakes, we are here, very conveniently located for you.
The Central Portage County Visitors and Convention Bureau can help you with all these services. We serve the communities of Brimfield Township, the City of Kent and the greater Portage County Region. Highway connectors are I-76, the Ohio Turnpike and S.R. 43. Kent and Brimfield are approximately 10 miles east of Akron, 25 miles north of Canton and 31 miles southeast of Cleveland.
Portage County is home to Kent State University, Hiram College and the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine. The Kent State Museum houses the finest collection of fashionable clothing and furniture in existence between New York City and Chicago.
We offer interesting shops and places to shop for unique gifts from artisans, craftsman and merchants or you can browse in more than 70 premium outlets in nearby Aurora. Here, you can savor a glass of wine at Viking Vinyards in Brimfield or enjoy the rustic atmosphere of Beckwith Orchard & Cider Mill. Excellent fresh water fishing is available at nearby Mogadore Reservoir or, to the east, on Lake Hodgson. In summers, kayaking is available on the pristine rapids of the Cuyahoga River as it passes through downtown Kent where visitors can enjoy live music and dining in a cozy, historic atmosphere.
Bicyling The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, a spur of which links up with the bicycle trails of Summit County, is a popular activity. Many come to visit beautiful Randolph Township where a replica of the shrine built in Lourdes, France stands at the historic Saint Joseph's Church.
Planning a Wedding or Conference in Portage County? We can help. The Central Portage Visitors Bureau completed our new Special Event Resource Guide in January and features a comprehensive listing of hotels, restaurants, reception halls & conference centers, catering, florists, and wedding boutiques.
The Central Portage County VCB is located in the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce offices at 138 East Main Street in historic downtown Kent. For personalized assistance, please feel free to give us a call on our toll free line at 1-877-283-8757. Visit our Information Center and pick up a map, Visitors Guide or just browse our office to become familiar with all we offer. We hope your visit to Portage County is a fun and pleasant one. Give us a call or stop in to see us. Check out our website: http://www.centralportage.org for more information.
April - Ocotber 2010 Clevleand Indians and Akron Aeros play baseball
May 1, 2010 Mogadore Fishing Season begins
May 31, 2010 Geauga Lake Water Park Opens
July 3, 2010 Heritage Fest - downtown Kent
July 3, 2010 Hiram College Fireworks
July 23-24, 2010 Kent Blues Festival
August 7, 2010 Portage County Golf Amateur
September, 2010 Brimfest on the Brimfield Town Square
September 3, 2010 Kent State Home Football Homecoming with Akron Zips
November 6, 2010 Kent State Folk Festival
NFL Football Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Kent Museum, Cleveland Art Musuem open year round.