Akron residents tired of cold and of snow have an option

February 28, 2014 by  

A series of winter storms has pummeled the Midwest, leaving piles of snow and freezing temperatures in their wake, but Akron residents who are tired of being in the deep freeze have an enjoyable option: Cleveland Metroparks RainForest.

The RainForest, which is part of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, about 40 miles from Akron, is always warm and welcoming, with the temperature a balmy 80°F.

The RainForest comprises two acres inside a glass dome, which is now 21 years old, and displays more than 600 animals and over 10,000 plants from the jungles of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The exhibit is two stories tall and one of the largest such facilities in the country. The centerpiece is its 25-foot waterfall, along with a rain shower that occurs every 12 minutes, just as it does in a real rain forest. Other displays include a simulated tropical storm with lightning and thunder effects, and a weather station.

The RainForest has a mission, which is to remind people these areas are vital to life on earth and must be protected. Rain forests cover only 6% of the surface of the earth but generate approximately 20% of the planet’s oxygen.

Zoo officials could work with a postcard printing company to create a mailer reminding residents of the fun of visiting the RainForest, especially in the winter.

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