The Pro Football Hall of Fame - Canton’s crown jewel.
The nearby Canton and Stark County, Ohio region boasts numerous activities and dining options. There are world-class museums, national historic sites, and a presidential monument, just to start the list of reasons to visit.
Add to that list of reasons, a wide selection of top-quality, public golf courses in what has been deemed “Ohio’s Golf Capital!”, along with a variety of award-winning craft breweries or “Hall of Fame Hops”, wineries and a distillery. As if those were not enough reasons to have you well on your way to visiting, there is at least one more reason to navigate to Canton. Many people have it on their bucket list of must-see places, the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is often best recognized as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League. On September 17, 1920, the owners of eleven football franchises attended a meeting in Canton, Ohio to formalize a league, the American Professional Football Association. Two years later, at an owners meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, the two-year-old league created a constitution that officially changed its name to the National Football League.
"The Draft" by artist Gail Folwell recognizes the creation of the NFL draft. / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton
Take a road trip to the Hall of Fame City and discover an abundance of public art displaying the city’s history and passion.
The Eleven is a series of public art pieces to commemorate the eleven greatest moments in the first 100 years of NFL history. A sculpture, Birth of the NFL, marks the location where the NFL was founded, and another sculpture, The Draft, recognizes the creation of the NFL Draft as one of the greatest moments in the sport’s history. The re-integration of pro sports by The Forgotten Four is another moment memorialized in art in downtown Canton.
“The Forgotten Four” memorializes the re-integration of pro sports. / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton
At the city’s center, discover the new Centennial Plaza, completed in 2020 and constructed in celebration of the 100th birthday of the NFL. At the park, you can view the names of every player that played in the first 100 seasons of the league displayed on the eleven NFL 100 Year Player Recognition Steles. The Pro Football Hall of Fame manages the venue in partnership with the city of Canton, with a regular slate of events and activities open to the public. There’s also a small café on the property and an abundance of unique, local, and delicious dining options in the small, walkable downtown. There are also plenty of live music venues and a full calendar of concerts and events, not only in downtown Canton but throughout Stark County.
Umbrella Alley is the newest art attraction in Stark County.
Seating areas line the alley so visitors can enjoy food and drinks purchased from nearby restaurants / Photo courtesy of Visit Canton
There are several designated outdoor refreshment areas in Stark County as well. The cities identify specific boundaries within which you are permitted to purchase an adult libation at participating businesses and stroll the streets, galleries, and shops. DORA locations in Stark County include downtown Canton, the largest at 69 acres, as well as Canal Fulton, Louisville and even a couple more in the works! The outdoor refreshment areas are great while enjoying special events like First Fridays each month in downtown Canton, the Louisville Farmer’s Markets on Friday evenings, or while exploring the great outdoors in Canal Fulton along the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area and Towpath Trail.
Discover more and plan a visit at VisitCanton.com.