Akron is the home of the founder of Alcoholics anonymous, and it is the perfect location to explore without the influence of spirits. Sobriety is not a substitution for fun.

Sober City Guide

Brightview Addiction Treatment Sober City Guide

Sobriety is not a substitution for fun.

There are plenty of places you can visit and explore while still maintaining your alcohol free lifestyle.

BrightView Addiction Treatment center has compiled a list of sober friendly environments in the greater Lexington area that you can attend and have the time of your life!

Contact BrightView using our online form or call us at 888-501-9865 today to find out more about our drug addiction treatment programs.


Parks can be the perfect places to meditate, get some exercise or simply unplug and unwind. Akron has several beautiful landscapes to chose from:

  • Brandywine Falls
    • Nestled inside of Cuyahoga Valley National Park you can trek to the falls and enjoy the scenery from the scenic boardwalk that is located below. Plus, you may be greeted by an indigenous salamander.
  • F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
    • Part of the Summit County Metro Parks in Akron’s nature ecosystem. This serene landscape is ideal for meditation and escaping for a day. The beautiful rock and herb garden are Instagram worthy.
  • Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
    • This trail runs from north to south through Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas counties. Working out is the best ways to distract the mind while strengthening the body.
  • Nimisila Reservoir
    • Enjoy all the amenities of a lake, a reservoir, fishing, and camping, with the comforts of the monitored campground, portable toilets, and kayak launch.

No matter what your favorite outdoor activity happens to be, there is a place for it in the parks listed above.


Ignite your intellectual senses in one of Lexington’s interactive art galleries.

Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum is a beautiful structure in itself but what is inside is just as exciting. The selections are dedicated to enriching lives through modern art, showcases regional, national, and international art.

Canton Art Museum

Originally created for local artist to highlight their work. This museum still retains the unique and rustic perspective on art mixed with some modern selections.


Thirsty for a new adventure? Try a new experience that will get your heart pumping in more ways than one:

  • Akron Zoo
    • Home to over 1,000 animals representing over 100 different species and it has over 400,000 visitors annually. Plus, you are never too old to take the train or carousel.
  • Akron Fossils and Science Centers
    • The brainchild of a local science teacher and has a wide range of interactive exhibits such as the jawbone of a woolly mammoth, a large range of fossils, dinosaur teeth, and even bones and eggs. There is also a mastodon skeleton and games that teach you about amino acids and proteins.
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
    • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a Class III railroad operating diesel-electric and steam-powered excursion trips through Peninsula, Ohio in the Cuyahoga Valley, primarily through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Water Works Family Aquatic Center
    • Enjoy, including water slides, a lazy river, spray fountains, a zero-entry pool, and more. There are also plenty of lounge chairs located right by the pool, some umbrellas for those who prefer to stay out of the hot sun, and open green space perfect for a picnic lunch or for kids to play during safety breaks.


Expand your palette beyond the distraction of spirits. The eateries listed are dry but the flavorful bites are anything but.

Grille 91

All American comfort food done right. Enjoy family favorites in elevated casual dining environment. Shrimp cocktail, chicken tenders, pork chops and even deliciously decked out salads for our healthy conscious comrades.

Akron Family Restaurant

Something for everyone. This loveable mom and pop establishment has everything from hearty chili to wraps and sandwiches. Not to mention assortment of pasta are better than your mom’s. Shhh I won’t tell if you don’t.

Buckeye Hibachi

Japanese steak and seafood in large portion sizes with out of this world flavor.

Diamond Deli

A hidden neighborhood jewel this delicatessen offers the finest meats and sandwiches. Our vote is on the New York Style Pastrami and corned beef piled sky high.


  • Kent Museum
    • This gem has eight different galleries that feature static and rotating exhibitions of artwork in different forms. Pieces range from the 18th century until the modern-day.
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
    • Historic house museum includes gardens, a greenhouse, carriage house, and is the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Hower House at The University of Akron
    • This 28-room 1871 Victorian mansion was built by John Henry Hower and filled with furnishings collected in the family’s world travels. Enjoy tours, exhibits and more in the only Second Empire Italianate structure in Akron.
  • Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum
    • Located in Nativity of the Lord Jesus Church sits this replica of the cave where Jesus was born. Additional church highlights include a 16th century church bell and stained-glass windows depicting the Christmas gospels. Guided tours available with advanced reservation.


If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for substance use disorder, contact BrightView today. If you’re ready to regain control and start a personalized medication assisted treatment program that works, we’re only a phone call away. Whether you need in-person or care via telehealth, medication assisted treatment, and an outpatient or an intensive outpatient program, our team of professionals can help.

Most BrightView facilities can see you within 24 hours of calling to schedule an appointment. Admitting that you need help takes courage, and it can be the most important decision you ever make. Call BrightView at 888-501-9865 and take back your life.