THINGS TO SEE & DO IN CANTON
THINGS TO SEE & DO IN CANTON
Pro Football Hall of Fame, George Halas Dr NW, Canton, Ohio
NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame
Canton is the birthplace of American professional football and home to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. Each year, the nation watches as a new class of enshrinees are inducted during a week-long celebration that includes sporting history, a nationally televised football game, the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner and much more.
The museum has undergone many enhancements in recent years, but the most exciting development is the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. Once complete, the nearly $600 million project will include a luxury hotel, retail and restaurants, a virtual reality amusement park, an updated stadium, a youth sports complex, and a sports research and medical center. While development is well under way, the opening of the full facility is projected to come online in 2019 to coincide with the NFL’s 100th season.
As Hall of Fame Village looks to revolutionize the fan experience, it will do so using the latest technology, thanks to its partnership with Johnson Controls. The company, which specializes in efficiency building and energy storage, is helping Hall of Fame Village become what many refer to as a “smart city.” In essence, a smart city refers to any series of smart buildings and infrastructure that are interconnected to create efficiencies; they can be controlled remotely through a central location.
The William McKinley Presidential Library/National Monument
The McKinley National Monument is a majestic domed structure that towers over beautiful parklands just outside downtown Canton. Open year-round from dawn until dusk, the McKinley Monument is an architectural marvel worth exploring. The final resting place of both President William McKinley and his wife, First Lady Ida McKinley, the monument serves as a source of pride for Canton residents.
McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum are a stone's throw from the McKinley Monument. With a miniature 1800s town, the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world, a science museum and a discovery center for children, the museum offers something for every family member. National First
Ladies Library and Research Center
Founded in 1995 and expanded several times since, the National First Ladies’ Library has brought further historical acclaim to the city of Canton as the only facility dedicated to the lives of America's First Ladies. This historical museum is a must-see for women and men of all ages.
The Canton Charge, a member of the NBA Development League, is a professional basketball team owned and operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team plays their games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and offers an affordable, family-friendly professional basketball experience.
Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS)
This internationally known museum is dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation. It features 47 types of aircraft dating from the one-of-a-kind 1908 Martin Glider to an F-16 Fighting Falcon. In addition to the more than 60 displays of acquired historical artifacts and interactive exhibits, MAPS also hosts special events and educational programs.
Canton Classic Car Museum
The Canton Classic Car Museum, housed in a 1914 Ford dealership, displays more than 40 rare and unusual classic and special-interest automobiles, plus thousands of pieces of historical memorabilia.
In addition, Canton offers a vibrant arts community. The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Ballet and Canton Museum of Art give residents a place to experience art and culture from around the world, and our growing local artists' community is quickly becoming well-known as a dynamic presence in the region.
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