It is best known as the birthplace of professional American football, since the Canton Bulldogs were the first professional football team. It is also the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and National First Ladies' Library. To this day Canton lives and breathes football.
About 20% of Canton residents report German ancestry, and about 10% report Irish ancestry. The influence of these two ancestries can been seen throughout Canton.
- Canton/Stark County Convention Visitors Bureau, 222 Market Ave. N (inside the Millennium Centre), ☏ .
- 1 Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK IATA). It is in neighboring Summit County about a ten minute drive from Canton.
- 2 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE IATA). A hub for United Airlines, the Cleveland Airport, combined with an approximately one-hour drive is a convenient means to visit Canton.
- Interstate 77. Canton can be accessed primarily by I-77 which provides connection to Akron and Cleveland to the north, runs through New Philadelphia and Marietta, Ohio to the south, ultimately running its course through West Virginia and the Carolinas.
- U.S. Route 30. Route 30 also runs through Canton. It heads to Wooster in the west and East Liverpool in the east.
- Lakefront Lines, 112 Cherry Ave SE, ☏ . At SARTA's Canton Transfer Center.
- Go Bus, 112 Cherry Ave SE. A couple of buses a day from Cleveland, Akron and other cities in Ohio. $10 each way +tax/fees.
- Greyhound. A couple of buses a day from Cleveland and other cities. $10 each way +tax/fees.
- 3 Stark County Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) (SARTA), ☏ (2782). SARTA provides reliable public bus service throughout Stark County. Transfer Centers are in: Alliance, Massillon, and Canton. There is a bus to the Akron/Canton Airport (Route 115) and an express bus between Canton and Downtown Akron (Route 81). Buses on main routes generally depart each stop every hour. SARTA buses run 365 days per year. On holidays, buses run the Sunday schedule. Check website for details. Additionally, Lakefront Lines, a private bus company, operates an office in SARTA's Canton Transfer Center. Lakefront Lines goes through Canton on its route between Cleveland and Charleston, SC. $1.50 regular fare, $0.75 seniors and people with disabilities, children under 6 ride free.
If you want a cab in Canton, or anywhere else in Stark County, you have to call for one. At the minimum you should call 30 minutes before you need a ride.
- Blue Cab Company, ☏ , .
- Lamry Limousine & Concierge Services, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ Sales@lamry.com.
- Yellow Cab Leasing, 4137 Martindale Rd NE, ☏ .
- 1 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 221 George Halas Dr. NW (I-77 to exit 107A (Fulton Road)), ☏ . Summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day) 9AM–8PM daily, fall–spring 9AM–5PM daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hosting the world's largest collection of pro football memorabilia, this site also features the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery and GameDay Stadium theater, which shows the deep archive of NFL Films documentaries. It is undergoing a mammoth expansion in preparation of the NFL's centennial in 2020. The Hall hosts an induction ceremony and Pro Football Hall of Fame Game to kick off the preseason each year. Adults $25, seniors $21, children 6-12 $18, children under 6 free. Parking $10.
- Canton Classic Car Museum, 104 6th St. SW (Market Ave. S at Sixth St. SW), ☏ . Daily 10AM-5PM (except holidays). Thousands of pieces of nostalgia, memorabilia, antiques, and period fashions. There are 45 antique and collectible autos, including a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1937 Fully bullet proof Canton Police Car, and a hand carved 1937 Packard Hearse. Adults $7.50, seniors $6, children 6-18 $5, children under 6 free.
- 2 Canton Memorial Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave N, ☏ , fax: . Numerous events are held at the Canton Civic Center, such as sporting events, car shows, and circuses.
- [dead link] Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave N, ☏ , fax: . This venue houses many of Canton's fine and performing arts, including the Canton Museum of Art.
- 4 National First Ladies' Library, 205 & 331 Market Ave. S, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-4PM. The Victorian family home of US Presidential First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley now serves as an educational center on the subject of contributions by the wives of US presidents and other women with significant roles in historical US politics. Call ahead for tour reservations. Adults $7, seniors $6, children $5.
- 5 Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum (McKinley Monument), 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, ☏ , fax: . M-Sa 9AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. Climb the 108 steps to the top! The memorial for the 25th U.S. President William McKinley is free, but the museum has a charge. Adults$7, seniors $6, children $5.
- 1 Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue N, ☏ . The Palace Theatre is a restored 1920s theater. Be sure to look up and check out the "real" sky, complete with stars and moving clouds. Over 300 events are played at the palace each year, from musicals to matinées. On the first Wednesday of every month $1 matinées are shown.
- Canton Symphony Orchestra, several locations throughout Canton, ☏ . The Canton Symphony Orchestra has been playing since the late 1930s. The orchestra plays new music, classical music, and showcases soloists. Prices vary depending on concert.
- Center Ice Skating Arena, 8319 Port Jackson Ave. NW, ☏ . Call first for open skating times. This ice skating rink has a NHL sized rink, high school and college games, and open skating, along with lessons on skating.
- Italian-American Festival, 305 Wertz Avenue (Stark County Fairgrounds), ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. Usually occurs towards the end of June. Attractions include authentic Italian food, Italian car show, Bocce tournaments. Free.
- Stark County Fair, 305 Wertz Ave, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Usually held during the end of August. $7, children under 2 free.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
The Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival is the biggest event in Canton each year. These events occur for about 10 days each summer last July to early August.
- AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game. This preseason classic is held annually at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement, Fawcett Stadium, ☏ .
- Timken Grand Parade. This parade follows a 2.2-mile route and attracts more than 200,000 spectators.
- Balloon Classic Invitational/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks, 6000 Frank Avenue NW (Kent State - Stark Branch). Free, parking $5 after 3PM.
- National Ribs Burnoff, Stark County Fairgrounds. Free, parking $5 after 4PM.
- Concert and Fireworks, Downtown Canton. Free.
- Lincoln Highway — Travel a section of the historic Lincoln Highway through Canton on Tuscarawas Street.
- 4 Kent State University, Stark Campus, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, ☏ . One of Kent State University's regional campuses of this public college.
- 5 Malone University, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, ☏ . A private university.
- 6 Stark State College of Technology, 6200 Frank Avenue NW, ☏ . A technical college that offers more than 45 associate degrees in several fields.
- Walsh University, 2020 East Maple Street NW, ☏ . A private university.
- [dead link] Canton Centre Mall, 4000 Tuscarawas St W, ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5:30PM.
- 1 Belden Village Mall, 4230 Belden Village Mall, North Canton (I-77 and Everhard), ☏ . Hosts over 110 stores and eateries. Shops in the mall and nearby Park Crossings and Village Commons shopping centers include department stores, shoes and clothing stores.
- 5th Avenue Flea Market, 3800 Harmont Ave. NW (Rt. 62 and Harmont, near Kmart), ☏ . Sa Su 9AM-5PM. Indoor flea market with about 200 vendors.
- Sunrise Cafe, 3020 Harrisburg Rd NE (near SR 62), ☏ . Diner with reasonable prices for breakfast.
- John's Grille, 2749 Cleveland Ave NW, ☏ . M-Th 7AM-10PM, F Sa 7AM-11PM. Dinners $10-20.
- Tim's Tavern, 3323 Parkway St NW, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 7AM-1AM. Dinners $10-15.
- Country Cafe, 333 Walnut St E, East Canton, ☏ .
- Expresso Pizza, 123 Nassau St W, East Canton, ☏ .
- Nicole's Family Restaurant, 800 Nassau St W, East Canton, ☏ .
- [dead link] Arcadia Grill, 321 Court Ave NW, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Su 8AM-2PM, M-Tu 11AM-8AM, W-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-9PM.
- Baker's Cafe, 1927 Stark Ave SW, ☏ . M-Th 8AM-9PM; F Sa 8AM-10PM. While the setting may not be what one would expect, from its location in an industrial area and the plain brick exterior, Baker's has the best steaks in the area. Dinners $15-25..
- Napoli's Italian Eatery, 221 Market Ave N, ☏ . This Italian restaurant is known for its pizza and pasta dishes. Outdoor dining in the summer.
- [dead link] The Desert Inn, 204 12th St NW, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Order a meal "family style" where everyone orders their own meat and shares salad, rice, potatoes and bread. Belly dancers on Fridays.
- 1 Bender's, 137 Court Ave SW, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Th 11AM-9:30PM, F 11AM-10:30PM, Sa 5PM-10:30PM. One of the more upscale restaurants, be prepared to spend around $100 for dinner and wine for two. Dinners $20-40.
Drinking beer outside on public sidewalks is allowed in Canton, but only from plastic cups not cans or bottles. Most bars in downtown will sell beers to-go, though there is no discount.
- Brewhouse Pub And Grille, 426 Portage St, ☏ .
- Harmon's Pub, 2329 Tuscarawas St W, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM. This Irish pub is a local favorite. Harmon's is known for their Irish Fries, potatoes sliced chip-thin, deep fried, and coated with a special seasoning. Harmon's motto, "Good luck, good cheer, good friends!" really describes the atmosphere.
- Tozzi's Restaurant of Magnolia, 144 North Main St. Magnolia (Magnolia is a short drive south of Canton.), ☏ . Tuesday-Sunday evenings. Est.1914 Offering steaks, seafood, chicken and pasta. Join family and friends in the heart of Magnolia. Original tin ceilings, fresh roses and white table cloths make Tozzi's classic atmosphere. Full bar and attentive service. Call for reservations. Cash only. $10-35.
- George's Lounge, 229 Cleveland Ave. N.W. (two blocks right off of Tuscarawas), ☏ . Tu 2-6PM Th 4PM-2:30AM, F 6PM-2:30AM, Sa 6PM-2:30AM. A locally owned bar since 1959, now under new management. MC/Visa accepted. $2-5.
- Lorentz's Diner, 3711 Middlebranch ave NE, ☏ . M-F 6AM-2AM, Sa 7AM-2AM, Su 8AM-2AM. Breakfast and lunch. Casual. under $8.
- Picciano's Martini Lounge, 410 Market Ave N. (1½ blocks south of the Palace), ☏ . Full bar specializing in fresh cocktails, offering finger foods Tu-Sa evenings. Lunch F only. No outside sign.
- Canton Brewing Company, 120 3rd St NW, ☏ , ✉ info@DrinkCantonBeer.com. Speakeasy Tu-Th 4PM-10PM, F 4PM-11PM, Sa noon-11PM; Restaurant Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa 4PM-10PM. A brewery with a restaurant on the first floor and speakeasy in the basement. The speakeasy has an extended line up of draft beers.
- Shale Brewing, 715 2nd St SE, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- Buzzbin Arts & Music Shop, 331 Cleveland Ave NW, ☏ . M-Th 4PM-1AM, F Sa 4PM-2:30AM, Su 6PM-1AM. A bar and arcade that regularly acts as a music venue.
- Mapleton Cider Mill, 8720 Mapleton St SE, East Canton, ☏ . Daily during daylight. Unpasteurized sweet apple cider. Sales start in late September using an honor system. $5 per gallon.
- 1 McKinley Grand Hotel, 320 Market Avenue South, ☏ , fax: . Downtown across the street from the National First Ladies' Library. The building is a older and looks a tad worn, but the rooms are clean. Has an indoor pool and hot tub. $100-200/night.
- 2 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Canton, 5285 Broadmoor Circle NW, ☏ , fax: . Average hotel. Nothing fancy, but nothing horrible either. $90-120/night.
- 3 Comfort Inn - Hall of Fame, 5345 Broadmoor Circle NW (in Belden Village Area), ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Nice hotel, although the rooms could use some updating. Has a sauna and an indoor pool. Also has a pretty decent restaurant/lounge.
- 4 Residence Inn by Marriott Canton, 5280 Broadmoor Circle NW, ☏ , fax: . Kitchenettes in each suite. Allows pets. $150-250/night.
- 5 Courtyard by Marriott Canton, 4375 Metro Circle NW, ☏ .
- 6 Cambria hotel & suites Akron - Canton Airport, 1787 Thorn Dr, ☏ , fax: . This hotel offers suites, free WiFi, and airport transportation.
- 7 The Bertram Inn at Glenmoor, 4191 Glenmoor Road NW, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . Hotel on a golf course. Stay includes use of facilities, such as the golf course and European spa.
Dial 911 from any telephone for emergency police, medical, and fire services.
Areas that are not recommended for travelers:
- Highland Park - Now known as Skyline Terrace - Cherry Ave. south of 14th Street
- Newton Zone - Newton Ave. between Tuscarawas and 5th Street
- Deuce Block - 2nd St. NE by Harrisburg
- United States Post Office, 220 4th Street SW, ☏ . M-F 8:30AM-5PM.
- Hall of Fame Fitness Center, 2700 Roberts Ave, ☏ . Open M-F 6AM-10PM; Sa Su 8AM-5PM. This fitness center offers exercise equipment, a track, and an indoor swimming pool, along with other fitness activities. A free pass can be obtained from their website.
- YMCA, 405 2nd Street NW, ☏ .
- Bubbles & Bleach Laundromat & Dry Cleaning, 1127 12th St NW, ☏ .
- Suds Duds Etc., 3130 Tuscarawas St W, ☏ .
- Suds-N-More Suds, 3102 Cromer Ave NW, ☏ .
- Stark County District Library, Main, 715 Market Avenue N, ☏ , fax: . Su 1PM-5PM; M-Th 9AM-9PM; F 9AM-6PM; Sa 9AM-5PM. The main branch of the Stark County District Library offers free public computers, although you may have to obtain a library card first. Public WiFi is available without needing a library card.
- The Repository. The only daily newspaper published in the Canton area.
- Amish Country centered in Holmes County to the southwest of Stark County.
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park, . This park is primarily north of Canton, and follows the course of the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio & Erie Canal between Cleveland, Akron and Canton. A number of older buildings are preserved here. The Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, with train cars from the 1940s and 1950s also runs through the park from Cleveland to Akron and Canton. The Canal Byway extends from Lake Erie in Downtown Cleveland through the southern suburbs past Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia and into rural Bolivar and Historic Zoar.
- Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom amusement park in Aurora.
- Hall of Fame Cycle. Tourists can plan visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Inventure Place (the National Inventors Hall of Fame) in Akron, and The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
- Hartville. About 15 minutes to the north, Hartville offers two flea markets, antique stores and a handful of restaurants.
- Zoar Village State Memorial, 2½ miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on State Route 212. It is between New Philadelphia and Canton in Tuscarawas County. Referred to as: The quaintest, most interesting and unique village, in this country. Zoar Village was founded by German religious dissenters called the "Society of Separatists of Zoar", in 1817 as a communal society.
- Zoar School Inn Bed and Breakfast take one or two nights for a stay in the historic first school of Zoar. Step back in time circa 1836. Enjoy fireplace and Jacuzzi suites, full gourmet breakfast and explore Zoar Village. +1 216-927-3700
|Routes through Canton|
|Akron ← North Canton ←||N S||→ Dover → Charleston|
|Mansfield ← Massillon ←||W E||→ East Canton → Pittsburgh|
|Columbus ← Massillon ←||W E||→ Louisville → Youngstown|
|Kent ← North Canton ←||N S||→ Waynesburg → Steubenville|
|END ←||N S||→ East Sparta → Barnesville|