Activities & Attractions: Stark County

HIDDEN GEMS:  Akron Area  / Cleveland Area

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

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Baylor Beach
Baylor Beach Park / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton

Baylor Beach Park
Discover the joys of summertime at this well-maintained, family-friendly water park and RV campground. The two-acre sand-bottom swimming lake features a 90-foot tube slide, three kiddie slides, water fountains, log rolls and more. Another one-acre lake is available for leisurely rides on a paddleboat or funyak. And when you’re ready to return to dry land, there are basketball and beach volleyball courts and an 18-hole mini-golf course where you can keep the fun going. (8777 Manchester Avenue S.W., Navarre 44662; 330.767.3031; baylorbeachpark.com)

 

Kayaking
Looking for something a bit physically challenging? Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the Tuscarawas River.

Canal Fulton Canoe Livery
Take a paddle on the scenic Tuscarawas River and learn about Ohio history along this former trade-route waterway. The Tuscarawas is still largely undeveloped, and a guided canoe or kayak tour offers the possibility of seeing great blue herons, bald eagles and many other native species along the way. The canoe livery also offers bicycle rentals and a combined six-mile Paddle and Peddle trip. Located between the Olde Muskingum Trail and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, both popular biking trails, the Canal Fulton Canoe Livery provides a perfect blend of recreation for land and water lovers. (219 W. Cherry Street, Canal Fulton 44614; 330.347.4412; cfcanoe.com)


Center Ice Sports Complex
This year-round skating facility is a premier recreational destination, with an NHL-size rink, a full-service hockey pro shop and a large video arcade. The complex is open to the public, providing open skate sessions, lessons, hockey leagues and a broad range of special programming for all ages. You can even learn how to play broomball, a winter sport that combines elements of hockey and soccer while wearing spongy-soled shoes instead of skates. (8319 Port Jackson Avenue N.W., North Canton 44720; 330.966.0169; centericesports.com)


Glamorgan Castle
Glamorgan Castle serves as the administration building for the city's school district, and is open for guided tours. / Photo: Pearl Pullman

Glamorgan Castle
Built as a private residence in the early 1900s, Glamorgan Castle is situated on a 58-acre property. The original owner, Colonel William Henry Morgan, was the inventor of the overhead steel crane. Today, the building is owned by the Alliance City School District and serves as the district's central administration building, but there also are guided tours. The grounds serve a variety of purposes for the community throughout the year, from car shows and Shakespeare plays to ball games and the annual Fire Truck Pump-In. (200 Glamorgan Street, Alliance 44601; 330.238.8787; glamorgancastle.com)


Haines House Underground Railroad Museum
Managed by the Alliance Area Preservation Society, the Haines House was built between 1828 and 1842 by John and Nancy Grant, whose daughter and son-in-law operated a station on the Underground Railroad in the house. Today, visitors can view the restored mid-Victorian parlor, early 19th-century kitchen, children's room, Grant bedroom and attic where fugitive slaves were hidden. The museum also features displays and exhibits including the Timeline of Slavery and Abolitionism in the U.S. (186 West Market Street, Alliance; 44601; 330.823.5353; haineshouse.org)


Haunted Heartland Tours
Rated one of the top five best ghost tours in America by US City Traveler, Haunted Heartland Tours will take you to all the best locations for exploring dark history, folklore, science and alleged paranormal activity in the Canton area—including the infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Owner Sherri Brake, author of "Haunted Stark County: A Ghoulish History," has been featured on several television shows, including ABC’s Scariest Places on Earth and the Travel Channel’s Destination Fear. (330.412.6114; hauntedhistory.net)


Harry London Candy
Get a mouthwatering behind-the-scenes look at the process used to craft gourmet chocolate at the Fannie May Chocolate Factory.

Fannie May / Harry London Chocolate Factory
Experience the exquisite aroma of fresh chocolate and get a mouthwatering behind-the-scenes look at the process used to carefully craft gourmet chocolate confections. Harry and Gilbert London first began making chocolate in the basement of their Canton home in 1922. Today, the company, which joined forces with Fannie May® in 2003, is a subsidiary of Ferrero International and operates out of a state-of-the-art plant near the Akron-Canton Airport. Tours are free and depart hourly. (5353 Lauby Road, North Canton 44720; 800.321.0444; fanniemay.com/chocolate-tour)


Maize Valley Winery And Craft Brewery
The rustic setting of Maize Valley provides an idyllic backdrop for more than just tasting award-winning wines and home-brewed beers from Stark County’s first craft brewery. The 750-acre farm is also a year-round destination for family fun, including weekend concerts, wagon rides, craft dinners, corn mazes, classic car events, holiday-themed celebrations, an annual hot-air balloon liftoff and Oktoberfest. There’s also a market and café featuring local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods. (6193 Edison Street N.E., Hartville 44632; 330.877.8344; maizevalley.com)


Massillon Museum & Paul Brown Museum
MassMu, as locals call this admission-free cultural gem, is an art and history museum featuring impressive collections of costumes and textiles; china, glass and pottery; domestic appliances; and circus memorabilia. It’s also where you’ll find the Paul Brown Museum, honoring the career of the Massillon native and legendary football coach who co-founded the Cleveland Browns and led them to four AAFC championships and three NFL championships. He then co-founded and coached the Cincinnati Bengals. The museum’s exhibits also pay homage to Brown’s tenure as head coach of the Massillon Washington High School Tigers, during which he lost only 10 games in nine years. He then went on to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to their first NCAA national championship before eventually heading to the pros. (121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon 44646; 330.833.4061; massillonmuseum.org)


Nickajack Farms Fall Festival
Each fall, from mid-September through October, Nickajack Farms invites you to celebrate the splendor of autumn at this 120-acre farm just west of Canton. Take a train out to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your own pumpkin; make your way through the corn maze by the glow of a flashlight; go for a hayride; play a quick game of pumpkin bowling; or just enjoy lunch at the Farmers Café. You’ll no doubt discover why so many Northeast Ohioans say fall is their favorite season. (2955 Manchester Avenue N.W., North Lawrence 44666; 330.323.9714; nickajackfarms.com)


Quail Hollow Park
Quail Hollow Park, managed by Stark County Park District, features over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, pine and deciduous woods and gardens. The centerpiece of the park is the former manor house of the H.B. Stewart family, a 40-room building now used for educational and community programs and events. The manor is where you’ll find the Carriage House Nature Center and Quail’s Nest Gift Shop. A small campground at the park offers primitive camping, and trails include a 3.25-mile mountain biking trail and a section of the Buckeye Trail. (13480 Congress Lake Avenue, Hartville 44632; 330.477.3552; starkparks.com/parks/quail-hollow-park)


Sluggers & Putters Amusment Park
Sluggers & Putters Amusment Park / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton

Sluggers & Putters Amusement Park
This nostalgic theme park in Canal Fulton features all your favorite classic rides, including Stark County’s only roller coaster, The Lil’ Dipper. But there are also two mini-golf courses—including one featuring props from the original Mother Gooseland in Canton—plus Go-Karts, bumper cars, bumper boats and Ohio’s largest outdoor laser tag field. A covered pavilion provides a popular spot for birthday parties, company picnics, field trips and other special occasions. (333 Lafayette Drive N.W., Canal Fulton 44614; 330.854.6999; sluggers-putters.com)


The Wilderness Center
The Wilderness Center / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton

The Wilderness Center
This nonprofit nature center and land conservancy on the southwestern tip of Stark County offers a wide variety of educational programming to help people of all ages reconnect with nature. The 620-acre site, which is free and open to the public year-round, features ten miles of hiking trails through old growth forest, meadows, prairie, wetlands and creek and pond habitat. Near the main building, a Nature Playscape area provides children with boulders, logs, streams, plants, earth mounds and other natural features to ignite imagination and heighten the outdoor play experience. There’s also a Nature Store, a native plant nursery, a viewing tower and an Astronomy Education Building featuring a digital planetarium and observatory. (9877 Alabama Avenue S.W., Wilmot 44689; 330.359.5235; wildernesscenter.org)

 

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