If you love football (and I know you do) you will want to check out the Pro-Football hall of fame. The profiles of the greatest men who ever played the game are saved here, along with the records of their achievement. There are many exhibits, some very interactive, to keep or even build interest in the sport. Plus, being a San Diego Chargers fan in the Midwest, it is the only place I know of where I can buy a Ladanian Tomlinson jersey outside California.
The best time to come is in late July, early August when the Hall of Fame festival is going on. When I lived here, many of the former players and Enshrinees were very accessable to the public, it was a fan's dream come true! I have actually met Bart Starr, and Dan Fouts at Hall of Fame events. Did I mention that the events go an entire week? The Ribs burnoff and parade are fun for the whole family, and then there is the game itself! The hall of fame game is played in Faucet Stadium, a high school football stadium. Don't laugh, this town is football crazy, in fact the whole area is. Once here it will be no surprise as to why the Hall is located here. Rent the movie "Go Tigers" to see what the area's fans are like, just for High School football. If you plan to attend the game, pick up the phone and call the hall of fame right now for tickets! Seriously, these things have been known to sell out a year in advance.
Football fans will love this museum! Collections abound in every form ranging from uniforms, shoes, autographed photos, statistics, Super Bowl rings and team jackets to recorded news segments and other related articles.
Beginning at the lower level, a walkway winds up and around as you view your favorite team memorabilia. Displays pertaining to particular players or teams are nicely featured and account for much of the museum's collection. Footballs from specific games are highlighted, as well as a columned area listing Super Bowl participants and the scores.
A rotating stage area adds some moments of realism as you experience a football game from the stands.
What museum would let the opportunity pass to sell lots of "stuff"? This large gift shop carries most things related to your favorite football teams. You'll find videos, keychains, mugs, glassware, banners, bumper stickers, books, jerseys, jackets, hats, socks, wallets, postcards, toys, jewelry, pens, pencils, notebooks and other items to take home.
Beyond the entrance to the gift shop is a small eating area with vending machines from which to choose snacks. Restrooms are located here, as well.
The lower level also contains a football toss game that will hold the attention of amateur football fans for a good while.
The Football Hall of Fame gives homage to the Pittsburgh Steelers for their success in reaching the Super Bowl five times. Some think it was accomplished by sheer talent and others think it could be the magic of The Terrible Towel.
The terrible towel is an actual towel fans purchase to wave wildly above their heads when the Steelers play. It's a tradition in Pittsburgh! You can find this wacky part of Steeler lore at the gift shop located in the museum's lower level.
There is something kind of cool about a President who ran his entire campaign while sitting on his front porch in a small ohio town, and never leaving to go out an make speaches in every place in the nation. The man was very much symbolic of Canton. So, at his death the people of Canton erected this memorial to the man.
It is astounding to see up close, because you just don't expect it to be there. The architecture and style of it are so different from anything else in the area, that it just increases the magnitude of the effect.
The Memorial itself sits in the largest park in Canton. It has long since shifted away from the sad reminder of death, to a place where locals "Party with the Pres!" The fourth of July is one of those occasions where the monument serves as a backdrop for the festivities, with the marble of the dome reflecting the fireworks and the cheers of the crowds. Artists love to sketch the building, and it is often a place to come and sit and reflect on life while getting a great view of the park
This rightly goes under the town of Zoar, OH but it is so close to Canton that I thought it made sense to include it in this Travel Guide.
Tucked away in the middle of Ohio was a separatist religious group with German ancestry called the Zoars. Going into their community (Zoar, OH) is like stepping back into the 19th century. The heritage, daily life and livelihood and some of the buildings of these people come alive in Zoar Village for under $10 (under $5 for children).
There are German style farms and buildings, homes and offices, bakery, dairy and tinshop, and much more. Volunteers provide authentic costumes and activities to give the feeling of living as a Zoarist.
Spend at least 2 hours or do as we do and spend the morning then get German-style lunch at the local restaurant.
The village does have some places accessible for the handicapped but many places are as they were in the 1800's.
The village is closed during the winter.
Canton, Ohio, is proud to have been home to one of eight Ohio presidents from 1867 to 1923. (The other seven are; William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding) Born in Niles, Ohio, It was from his Canton home that William McKinley built his career as lawyer, prosecuting attorney, congressman, governor and president. William McKinley and his wife, Ida Saxton McKinley of Canton, spent many years of their married lives living in the Saxton family home which now serves as the home of the National First Ladies Library, located at 331 Market Avenue South. They later owned a home at 723 Market Avenue North, which is no longer in existence. It was to the Market Avenue North home that the McKinley's were planning to return after the second presidential term when assassin Leon Czolgosz took the president's life in Buffalo, New York. The McKinley National Memorial is a classic and beautiful memorial to the president and his family, who are entombed here.
The Saxton Home is now the home of First Ladies National Historic Site. Dedicated to the preservation of the contributions that the First Ladies have made. President William McKinley lived here in the home of his wifes family, while involved in politics. But rather than remembering his contributions, the home recalls the contributions of all the wives of the presidents from Martha Washington to the present. Home of Ida Saxton McKinley
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has drawn thousands of visitors each year since it opened in 1963. The football-shaped building is located in Canton, Ohio, about an hour's drive south of Cleveland. Canton was chosen for the site because the city was the original home of the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of the NFL.
Everything about the Pro Football Hall of Fame is larger than life. The first thing you see when you enter is a seven-foot statue of Jim Thorpe, pro football's first big-name star. The exhibits take you through 100 year of football history. In addition to profile on the over 200 inductees, there is a dazzling display of Super Bowl rings and a "behind the scenes" film about a team preparing for game day.
It was constructed by the Jaycees in the early 1960s and unfortunately closed in the late 1980s. At last check, you could still see the big blue whale to the right of the 77N off-ramp to Tuscarawas Avenue, and many of the other elements were moved to Sluggers and Putters in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Every year a festival is held in honor of the members being inducted in the hall of fame. There is a parade the morning od the ceremanoy and evrything from concerts and firewords and even shows this is an event you will not wanna miss, it is fun for the whole family (even the non-football fans like me!!!)
the stark county bicycle club is a very viable and active club offering several ride options each day...if you brought your road bike to canton, and want to ride with a group, visit the website at http://www.bikescbc.com/
If you are a fan of American Football, or want to see everything about one of America's favortie pastimes, you should definitely check this place out. Has something about anything relating to NFL basically.