Introduction to Ravenna, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio is 15 miles E of Akron, Ohio (center to center) and 33 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. It is in Portage County. The city is part of the Akron metro area. The population of Ravenna is 11,771.
Benjamin Tappan, a member of the Ohio State Senate, founded the present day city of Ravenna. Tappan visited the area on June 11, 1799. It was named after Ravenna, Italy. The area was originally part of the Township of Franklin. The first school of Ravenna opened in 1803. Ravenna became the County seat in 1807 after the formation of the Portage County. The Congregational Church was the first church of Ravenna and was established in 1822. The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad entered the city in 1851. Ravenna is also home of the Quaker Oats Company, which was established in 1877.
Ravenna and nearby Attractions
- West Branch State Park
- Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
- Kent State University Museum
- Glamorgan Castle
Things To Do In Ravenna
There are many parks and playgrounds located in and aroundthe city of Ravenna. The City Park offers facilities for basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, and picnic shelters. The Havres Woods Park also offers several recreational facilities. Lake Hodgson is a popular tourist spot. Golf can be enjoyed at Chestnut Hill Golf Course and Windmill Lakes Golf Course.
Air transportation is available from Akron - Canton Regional Airport.
Ravenna Higher Education
Higher education is provided by Kent State University - Main Campus, Boheckers Business College - Ravenna, Mount Union College, and University of Akron - Main Campus, all located nearby.