Canton Arts Walk
By Terri Weeks

When my friend invited me to join her on a trip to Canton last spring, I jumped at the opportunity because I had never visited before. I knew that it was the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but I wasn’t sure what else I’d find. As it turns out, it was the art that impressed me the most.

The first activity on our itinerary was a walking tour with Canton Food Tours. Owner and tour guide, Barbara Abbott, gave us a fascinating tour that included tasty food from Canton’s eateries, accompanied by interesting tales of the city’s history, with lots of fun public art along the way.

I fell in love with these fun animal sculptures that look like they were made from giant washers.





This creative rhinoceros made from recycled tires also caught my eye.





Like many other cities, Canton has painted murals on the sides of buildings.





But how many cities have murals that pop out of the buildings? I just love the way these octopus tentacles come out of this building.









And with Canton being home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it wasn’t surprising to find some football-themed art.





With nearly 30 public art installations, you can spend hours wandering around discovering them. I was left wanting more when it was time to move on to our next stop. Cantonology is a small art studio where you can create your own art in one of their workshops or purchase some of their ready-made pieces.

Our next stop was Escape Room Downtown. We loved that even an escape room found a way to include art. One of the rooms is The Moonlight Gallery, which includes custom artwork by local artists.





Interestingly enough, one of the places that we didn’t have time to visit was the Canton Art Museum. I’ll definitely plan to visit on my next trip, because with all the amazing art I saw elsewhere in the city, I’m certain the art museum won’t disappoint.

For more arts and culture, Find It Here at Ohio.org.

About the Author

Terri WeeksTerri Weeks is a family travel writer in the Cincinnati area and one of the authors of the bestselling book Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent's Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. She and co-author, Laura Hoevener, speak to groups all over Greater Cincinnati and are regular guests on the FOX19 Morning Xtra news program. You can find them at www.adventuresaroundcincinnati.com. Terri and her family are on a mission to visit all 50 states by the time her kids graduate from high school. She blogs about their travels at www.travel50stateswithkids.com and is the author of the ebook How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. She’s a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.