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Canton is a mid-sized city located in Stark County, Northeast Ohio in the State of Ohio, USA. 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.


Tourist office[edit]

Get in[edit]

Map of Canton (Ohio)

By plane[edit]

  • 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.

By car[edit]

  • U.S. Route 30. Route 30 also runs through Canton. It heads to Fort Wayne in the west and Pittsburgh in the east.

By bus[edit]

  • Lakefront Lines, 112 Cherry Ave SE, +1 330 456-7323. They are located at SARTA's Canton Transfer Center.
  • Go Bus, 112 Cherry Ave SE. A couple buses a day to/from Cleveland as well as other cities in Ohio such as Akron. $10 each way +tax/fees.
  • Greyhound. A couple buses a day to/from Cleveland as well as other cities. $10 each way +tax/fees.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • Stark County Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) (SARTA), +1 330-47-SARTA (72782) (2782). SARTA provides reliable public bus service throughout Stark County. Transfer Centers are located 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/ 75 Reduced fare (Seniors, Disabled)/ Children under 6 ride free.

By taxi[edit]

If you wish to get 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.


Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • 1 Pro Football Hall of Fame, 221 George Halas Dr. NW (I-77 to exit 107A (Fulton Road)), +1 330 456-8207. 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 presently 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. Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wikipedia Pro Football Hall of Fame (Q778412) on Wikidata
  • Canton Classic Car Museum, 104 6th St. SW (Market Ave. S at Sixth St. SW), +1 330 455-3603. 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. $7.50/6/5/Free (Adults/Seniors/Children 6-18/Children under 6).
  • Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave N, +1 330 452-4096, fax: +1 330-452-4477. This venue houses many of Canton's fine and performing arts, including the Canton Museum of Art.
    • 3 Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave N, +1 330 453-7666. Tu-Th 10AM-8PM; Fri 10AM-5PM; Sa 10AM-3PM; Su 1PM-5PM. Known for collections of watercolors and ceramics. $6/4 (Adults/Seniors and Children). Canton Museum of Art (Ohio) on Wikipedia Canton Museum of Art (Q5033908) on Wikidata
  • 4 National First Ladies' Library, 205 & 331 Market Ave. S, +1 330 452-0876. 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. $7/6/5 (Adults/Seniors/Children). First Ladies National Historic Site on Wikipedia First Ladies National Historic Site (Q5453137) on Wikidata
McKinley Monument


  • Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue N, +1 330 454-8172. The Palace Theatre is a restored 1920's 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, +1 330 452-2094. The Canton Symphony Orchestra has been playing since the late 1930's. The orchestra plays new music, classical music, and showcases soloists. Prices vary depending on concert. Canton Symphony Orchestra on Wikipedia Canton Symphony Orchestra (Q5033918) on Wikidata
  • Center Ice Skating Arena, 8319 Port Jackson Ave. NW, +1 330 966-0169. 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.

Annual Events[edit]

St. Josephs

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival[edit]

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. Dates for 2010 are July 30 - August 8.

  • 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, +1 330 458-2048.
  • 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.



  • 1 Kent State University, Stark Campus, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, +1 330 244-3300. North Canton Kent Stark is one of Kent State University's regional campuses. This public college is positioned on approximately 200 acres and has more than 10,000 students as of 2007. Kent State University at Stark on Wikipedia Kent State University at Stark (Q6391919) on Wikidata
  • Malone University, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, +1 330 471-8100. Malone University is a private university that has an enrollment of 3,700 students as of 2007. Malone University on Wikipedia Malone University (Q6744514) on Wikidata
  • Walsh University, 2020 East Maple Street NW, +1 330 490-7090. North Canton Walsh is a private university that has approximately 2,500 students as of 2007. Walsh University on Wikipedia Walsh University (Q3444269) on Wikidata


Canton is home to the Fortune 1000 headquarters of:

  • 417 The Timken Company, bearings and specialty steel manufacturer
  • 671 Diebold, Electronics and ATM manufacturer


  • 1 Belden Village Mall, 4230 Belden Village Mall, North Canton (I-77 and Everhard), +1 330 494-8815. 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. Belden Village Mall on Wikipedia Westfield Belden Village (Q7988646) on Wikidata
  • 5th Avenue Flea Market, 3800 Harmont Ave. NW (Rt. 62 and Harmont, near Kmart), +1 330 453-3803. Sa-Su 9AM-5PM. Indoor flea market with about 200 vendors.



  • Sunrise Cafe, 3020 Harrisburg Rd NE (near SR 62), +1 330 588-8080. Diner with reasonable prices for breakfast.


  • Baker's Cafe, 1927 Stark Ave SW, +1 330 454-0528. M-Th 8AM-9PM; F-Sa 8AM-10PM. While the setting may not be what one would expect, from it's 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, +1 330 452-7456. Napoli's is one of Canton's best downtown restaurants. This Italian restaurant is known for their pizza and pasta dishes. Outdoor dining in the summer.


  • 1 Bender's, 137 Court Ave SW, +1 330 453-8424, fax: +1 330-453-9009, e-mail: . 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.

  • Harmon's Pub, 2329 Tuscarawas St W, +1 330 453-2144. M-Sa 11AM-2:30AM. Open . 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.), +1 330 866-9878. Tuesday-Sunday Evenings. Tozzi's Restaurant of Magnolia. 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. Please call for reservations. Cash only. $10-35.
  • George's Lounge, 229 Cleveland Ave. N.W. (two blocks right off of Tuscarawas), +1 330-452-0029. Tues 2PM-6PM Thurs 4PM-2:30AM, Fri 6PM-2:30AM, Sat 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, +1 330-454-6280. M-F 6-2,Sa 7-2,Su 8-2. Breakfast and lunch. casual. under $8.
  • Picciano's Martini Lounge, 410 Market Ave N. (1 1/2 Block South of the Palace), +1 330 454-3800. A Unique cocktail lounge and gathering place for friends and family. Full bar specializing in fresh cocktails, offering finger foods Tues-Sat evenings. Lunch Fri only.Located on Market Ave and 4th St. North. No outside sign.
  • Canton Brewing Company, 120 3rd St NW, +1 330 409-0343, e-mail: . 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, +1 330-776-8812, e-mail: .
  • Buzzbin Arts & Music Shop, 331 Cleveland Ave NW, +1 330 754-6770. M-Th 4PM-1AM, F-Sa 4PM-2:30AM, Su 6PM-1AM. A bar and arcade that regularly acts as a music venue.




  • 1 McKinley Grand Hotel, 320 Market Avenue South, +1 330 454-5000, fax: +1 330 454-5090. 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.
  • 3 Comfort Inn - Hall of Fame, 5345 Broadmoor Circle NW (In Belden Village Area), +1 330 492-1331, fax: +1 330-492-9093. 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.


Stay safe[edit]

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, +1 330 438-6444. M-F 8:30AM-5PM.




  • Hall of Fame Fitness Center, 2700 Roberts Ave, +1 330 455-4348. 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 orientated activities. A free pass can be obtained from their website.


  • Bubbles & Bleach Laundromat & Dry Cleaning, 1127 12th St NW, tel: +1 330 456-9949.
  • Suds Duds Etc., 3130 Tuscarawas St W, tel: +1 330 454-0088.
  • Suds-N-More Suds, 3102 Cromer Ave NW, tel: +1 330 492-2387.


  • Stark County District Library, Main, 715 Market Avenue N, +1 330 452-0665, fax: +1 330 452-0403. Hours: Su 1PM-5PM; M-Th 9AM-9PM; F 9AM-6PM; Sa 9AM-5PM. The main branch of the Stark County District Library offers free internet access, although you may have to obtain a library card first.


  • The Repository is the only daily newspaper published in the Canton area.

Go next[edit]

  • Amish Country centered in Holmes County to the southwest of Stark County.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, [1]. Located primarily north of Canton, this park 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. Located about 15 minutes to the north, Hartville offers two flea markets, antique stores and a handful of restaurants.
  • Zoar Village State Memorial, 2.5 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
AkronNorth Canton  N I-77.svg S  DoverCharleston
MansfieldMassillon  W US 30.svg E  East CantonPittsburgh
ColumbusMassillon  W US 62.svg E  LouisvilleYoungstown
KentNorth Canton  N OH-43.svg S  WaynesburgSteubenville
END  N OH-800.svg S  East SpartaBarnesville

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