Activities & Attractions in Canton

HIDDEN GEMS:  Akron Area  / Cleveland Area

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS:  City of Canton  /  Other Stark County Communities

MUSEUMS / THEATER / OPERA / DANCE


1899 Indoor Golf
Photo courtesy of 1899 Indoor Golf

1899 Indoor Golf
As the owners of 1899 like to say, “The golf season just got longer!” The weather is always 73 degrees and sunny at this indoor golf entertainment center. State-of-the-art virtual courses include Muirfield Village, St. Andrews, a driving range and a number of target games. There’s also a twist on the traditional clubhouse, with a stylish bar featuring craft cocktails, beer, wine and artisanal snacks. And in case you’re wondering about the name “1899,” that’s the year that an avid golfer and an employee of the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron received a patent for the first rubber golf ball! (4700 Everhard Road N.W., Canton 44718; 330.639.4928; 1899golf.com)


Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
An eclectic music venue, beer joint and art gallery — also features an adjacent record store and recording studio. Stop by for the latest local sounds, grab a drink and a bite to eat, and peruse the curated selection for an addition to your home music library. (339 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton 44702; buzzbincanton.com)


Canton Arts District
The Canton Arts District is a four-block area downtown, featuring more than 25 galleries and studios. / Photo: The Canton Arts District

Canton Arts District
This lively four-square-block district in the heart of downtown Canton features more than 25 galleries and studios, dozens of pieces of public art, a theater, restaurants, cafés and nightspots featuring live music and dancing. Even garbage cans are decorated with original art! Once a month, the district holds its popular First Friday party, featuring themed music, performance and visual arts eventsand always a few surprises for adults and children. Be sure to stop at the Canton Museum of Art (1001 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.453.7666; cantonart.org), which offers free admission on First Fridays. (330.453.1075; visitcanton.com/directory/canton-arts-district-nightlife)


Canton Food Tours
Calling all foodies! Eat and drink your way through Downtown Canton during a three-hour guided experience through the Canton Arts District. The tour includes visits to four restaurants to taste chef-selected small plates, adding up to a full meal, with numerous stops at points of interest along the way. The signature Hall of Fame City Tour focuses on Canton’s history as the Birthplace of the NFL and other fun trivia. (555 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.495.0929; cantonfoodtours.com)


Escape Room
Photo courtesy of Escape Room Downtown

Escape Room Downtown
Come have a heart-pounding adventure where history meets mystery! Escape Room Downtown offers four different scenarios for teams of 4-12 people — the Black Hand Society, Moonlight Gallery, Bootlegger’s Lair and Edison’s Lost Invention. You and your group will work together to find clues, work puzzles, complete your assignment and exit the room before time expires. Some games may require guests under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. (203 Market Avenue S., #200; Canton 44702; 330.844.1492; escaperoomdowntown.com)


Factory Of Terror
Warning: this extreme haunted-house experience is not for the faint of heart! More than a mile long, Factory of Terror is a three-time Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Longest Haunted House and consists of five spine-chilling scenes. It’s an interactive activity, where participants become part of the show and come into contact with the actors and special effects. There are air blasts, water effects, strobes, smoke, loud noises, claustrophobic conditions, confusion, moving walls, sudden movement, and plenty of strange and demented characters! Still interested? Be sure to check out the website for information on how to prepare for the experience. Not intended for children under 12. (4125 Mahoning Road N.E., Canton 44705; 330.455.3327; fotohio.com)


Hall of Fame Village
The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, within the Hall of Fame Village, is the site of the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game.
Photo: Tyler Church Photography

Hall of Fame Village
Canton is known for the Football Hall of Fame, the hallowed grounds for football lovers where legends are commemorated and visitors are starstruck by immersive experiences. The Hall of Fame Village is a world-class sports and entertainment destination that is currently in Phase 2 of an enormous three-phase expansion. As of now, the campus includes the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex, NFL Alumni Academy, and an onsite Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Additional attractions that are being added include a Hall of Fame Indoor Waterpark, a retail promenade, Play-Action Plaza, and more. (2626 Fulton Drive NW, Canton 44718; 330.458.9176; hofvillage.com)


Game Board
The Settlers of Catan is just one of the many game options available when you visit Sapphire City for a fun, casual game night out.

Sapphire City
This board-game parlor has a library of hundreds of games to play, from classics to the latest craze, for a cover fee of just $5 per person. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, an occasional dabbler or just interested in trying something new, you’ll enjoy the friendly comradery and the helpful staff. There’s even a yummy selection of tabletop-friendly foods to keep you fueled for fun! (129 S. Main Street, North Canton 44720; sapphirecitygames.com)


Sing Stark!
Founded in 1939 and originally known as Canton Civic Opera, Sing Stark! has been performing opera, operettas, musicals, madrigals and musical reviews for audiences in the greater Canton area for the past 80 years. The founding chorus has performed all over the world and, in 2015, was honored by an invitation to perform at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Sing Stark! is a multi-ensemble choral arts organization that includes a main chorus as well as Vox Audio, Canton’s a cappella singing sensation; Voices Rock!, an inclusive pop/rock chorus for anyone with a love of contemporary music; and Senior Sing, a program for seniors in partnership with Aultman Hospital. (1001 Market Avenue N., Canton 44702; 330.452.4098; singstark.org)


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