PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
When you visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, take your time with each and every exhibit. The entire Hall can be done in this manner over a period of about four hours.
The initial era of pro football is very interesting and the exhibits will hold your attention with short videos and memorabilia displays.
One thing that really caught my eye was the stunning display of a Hall of Fame enshrinement ring inside the Hall of Heroes where you'll also find all of the bronze busts.
The ring is really a hologram but you can actually try it on your finger to see how it fits.
There are some interactive skill activities that involve passing footballs and testing your knowledge of NFL trivia while competing with other visitors.
Of course the best time to visit is during annual enshrinement ceremonies. In the museum store you can purchase jerseys from every NFL team or Hall of Fame shirts honoring the latest enshrinees. Of course the easiest way to get to Canton would be flying into nearby Akron or Cleveland but I took the scenic route by first flying into Columbus then driving a rental car east and north through the Ohio countryside.
I spent two days in Columbus attending an Ohio State University football game and visiting the Columbus Zoo. Yet the main reason I flew into Columbus was so I could drive the country backroads into Amish country.
I had never seen Amish people before and in fact my first glimpse of the Amish was a family at the Indonesian orangutan exhibit in the Columbus Zoo! (The Amish were looking at the apes while I was staring at them.)
From Columbus I drove northeast on State Road 62 and then turned east on Route 39 before continuing north to Canton on Highway 77. The Amish are of course famous for getting around by horse and buggy. They wear old fashioned homemade clothing and their hairstyles resemble 18th century wigs. I passed a horse and buggy between Berlin and Walnut Creek and saw many bakeries and cheese shops with Dutch and Swiss themes.
The reason for being in Canton was just an overnight stop on the way to Washington D.C. We planned to stay overnight here because it houses the ever-famous National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame. That is a museum that should very well be visited.
Canton Ohio - A Hall of Fame City
"Welcome to Canton"
Canton Ohio, the place that brought you Jeffrey Dahmer, Marilyn Manson, and Macy Gray. Yep 3 of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse come from my hometown! Despite this, Canton is a lovely little town with a nice history and surprisingly a lot to do for a town of its size.
Plus, it is close to Cleveland and Akron if you are looking to do something which can't be found in Canton.
"What to See and What To Do?"
The most obvious tourist attraction in Canton is the Pro-Footaball Hall of Fame. Great for the football fans, not so great for the others. But this being a city with other things to do, you are not forgotten!
The Belden Village Mall area has a lot of the local nightlife and shopping, the kids will enjoy the parks area near the hall of fame and McKinley Monuments, plus the Monument sits next door to a childrens museum which is a great place for kiddies to learn and play! For car buffs, there is the Canton Classic Car museum, and there are a lot of outdoor activities like canoeing to be had within a few miles of downtown.
"The feel of the city"
Canton is a small town, don't get me wrong, but there are some great things which most big cities will never have that Canton does. Even a movie there can be a treat if seeing it at the Palace Theatre. I used to love to go to the palace just to watch the ceiling. The clouds on the mural on the ceiling actually move! How cool is that?
There is a lot of golf to be had in Canton. One of the luxuries of a lot of open space. And you are very close to the Menonite country and just a trip through the country can be breathtaking.
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I've lived in Canton for 23 years and often wondered what there is to do around here, both from a kids perspective and now an adult's (argh). Any, I've went to great lengths to figure out what there is to do here, and I've found some nice things to do that would be great for someone who's never been here or even if you've lived here your whole life.