Fun Things to Do in Canton, Ohio

Fun Things to Do in Canton, Ohio
Canton is located in northeastern Ohio, approximately 19 miles south of Akron. The mid-sized city is home to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National First Ladies Library and Research Center, and was the home of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. Whether visitors are history buffs or sports fans, Canton has attractions for them to enjoy.

Canton Classic Car Museum

Located in downtown Canton, the Canton Classic Car Museum displays both classic and unique automobiles. Guests can delight in looking at classic model cars from the 1930s, a 1937 Aherns-Fox Quad Fire Engine and a 1937 bullet-proof Studebaker police car. In addition to classic cars, the museum also displays vintage toys, a portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt that was made on a typewriter by an inmate at the Ohio State Penitentiary in 1941, and hundreds of vintage advertising pieces.

The Canton Classic Car Museum
123 6th Street SW
Canton, Ohio 44702
(330) 455-3603

Stadium Park

Located near the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Stadium Park Drive, Stadium Park has something for everyone. There is a softball complex for guests to enjoy and a playground for younger children. The 1.5 mile rubberized track makes walking and jogging easy, and it even has exercise stations along the way. The park also has 68 acres of nature areas that are perfect for those who like to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors. The Canton Garden Center is also located on the grounds, and visitors can walk through the lush gardens to see various types of foliage. Outside the Canton Garden Center Building is the Kennedy Fountain, which was dedicated to John F. Kennedy in 1966.

Stadium Park
1614 Stadium Park Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44718
(330) 455-6172

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Football fanatics will relish the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in the northwest corner of Canton. The two-building complex spans 83,000 square feet and has a seven-foot bronze statue of Jim Thorpe in the entryway. On the second floor guests will learn about the first century of professional football, and the Hall of Fame Gallery is filled with a bronze bust of each athlete who has made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There is a Super Bowl room that recaps the Super Bowls previously held and displays Super Bowl rings from the past years. Visitors also can shop in the museum store, which features items for all NFL teams.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
(330) 456-8207

National First Ladies Library and Research Center

The National First Ladies Library and Research Center spans two buildings a block away from each other. The first building, the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home, was once the childhood home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley. Guests can enjoy the historic home and then venture over to the museum located in the Education and Research Center located one block north. The museum has various exhibits including miniature first lady gown reproductions. There is also a gift shop located on site where guests can purchase numerous first lady items such as an Abigail Adams dinner plate, a Lady Bird Johnson Christmas ornament or First Ladies Fact Cards.

Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home
331 S. Market Ave.
Canton, Ohio 44702
(330) 452-0876

Education and Research Center
205 S. Market Ave.
Canton, Ohio 44702
(330) 452-0876

Article Written By Emily Retherford

Emily Retherford has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009. She specializes in travel, parenting, fashion and beauty with work appearing on various online publications.

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