There’s still some time to squeeze out some fun before the sun sets on summer.
Sure the first day of fall isn’t until Sept. 22, but the arrival of Labor Day usually means putting the flip-flops away and rolling up the old Slip ’n’ Slide for another year.
There’s still time to do something summery, but you will have to hurry.
A good start might be looking toward the sun — just not directly at it!
Sure you can always pull out a chair and sit in the front yard and watch the sunrise or sunset while your neighbors watch you suspiciously.
But if you want to be a real hipster, head to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where all the cool kids go to take selfies.
The Ledges Overlook off the Ledges Trail at 701 Truxell Road in Boston Township can be a very busy place at the crack of dawn or, better yet, when the sun goes down for the night.
It is one of the park’s most popular overlook as its rocky terrain provides an unobstructed view across the valley.
With a clear view to the west, it offers some pretty spectacular pictures at sunset.
All that walking will probably work up an appetite, so you can always treat yourself to a Galley Boy at Swensons Drive-in. And what a treat this double cheeseburger with two sauces — barbecue and tartar — is.
Swensons dates to the 1930s when Wesley “Pop” Swenson began flipping burgers and sold them out of the back of his car by Buchtel High School.
The original car hop opened on South Hawkins near Market Street, but there are other locations in North Akron, Stow, Copley, Jackson Township and North Canton.
The rest is, well, culinary history.
If you are looking for a slower way to wave goodbye to summer, then a trip to the Akron Zoo might be in order.
It is always fun to see the critters and beasts lounging in the sun, but the zoo is also home to a classic symbol of summertime — a carousel.
With its familiar organ music, the zoo’s Conservation Carousel features 33 figures and one peacock chariot.
The Carousel opened in 2010 and its animals and critters represent endangered animals from seven continents, including a parrot, baby moose and a wolf cub.
Be sure to take note of the one-of-a-kind, original, hand-painted murals that highlight animals native to the seven continents.
A real farewell
If you want to take a sentimental journey, this weekend will mark the end of an era as Wildwater Kingdom will shutter its doors forever on Labor Day.
The water park on the east side of Geauga Lake is the last remnant of a once bustling tourist destination that had Geauga Lake amusement park on one side of the lake and Sea World on the other.
After a series of ownership changes through the years, all that was left was Wildwater Kingdom water park.
If you look closely, you can still see sections of the Big Dipper wooden roller coaster poking through the trees across the lake and some of the original Sea World buildings when Shamu still called the park home.
Wildwater Kingdom’s huge wave pool still packs a real punch and the Liquid Lightning water raft attraction that resembles a giant toilet bowl is a real hoot to ride.
We are fortunate in the Akron area that we have a lot of good choices to get an ice cream cone.
There are plenty of Dairy Queens offering up soft serve cones and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt locations in the area. Another local favorite is Pav’s.
But if you are hankering for an Akron original, Strickland’s Frozen Custard Inc. at 1809 Triplett Blvd. might be a cool choice.
Family owned and operated since 1936, old-fashioned custard machines are still used to make the custard that are hand dipped in a cone.
The Triplett location is where Bill and Florence Strickland originally set up shop.
Bill perfected his recipe during his years at Akron Pure Milk of cream, eggs, sugar and other ingredients. He then created an ice cream machine that quickly froze the treat limiting how much air was whipped into the product. Other locations include Cuyahoga Falls, Bath Township, Green and Streetsboro.
Picnic and song
Nothing says summer more then a picnic and night with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.
The orchestra will perform the score to Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday and Sunday nights while the movie is shown on a giant screen.
As if listening to the orchestra under the direction of Brett Mitchell do its thing and watching the adventures of Indiana Jones on the silver screen is not enough — the evenings will end with fireworks.
The boys of summer will take the field this weekend as the RubberDucks host their last homestand of the regular season.
The four-game series will start off Friday with a doubleheader of sorts as the Ducks complete the final innings of a previously suspended game against Bowie at 6:05 p.m. The night will end with fireworks.
There will also be fireworks after the games Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday is John “Hot Rod” Williams Night with bobbleheads given to the first 1,000 fans.
There will be a closing ceremony Monday on Fan Appreciation Day with a 2017 RubberDucks schedule giveaway for the first 5,000 fans.
Craig Webb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-996-3547.