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Free, Fun, & Safe in Stark County

August 6, 2020 – The warm summer days are almost coming to an end, but that does not mean that there is still not plenty of time to do lots of activities with family and friends! Having fun doesn't mean that you have to break the bank -- so explore some of these activities.

Umbrella Alley: There isn’t a more picture-perfect place to explore this summer with the kids or with a group of adults! This brand-new public art installation in Downtown Louisville will create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for pictures or an afternoon lunch.

Picnic in the Park: The weather is beautiful and there are so many places to picnic. Stop by a local farmers market to pick up your favorite locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and meats. Whether you like lawn chairs or a blanket – this is the perfect time to create your own picnic and explore one of the many Stark Parks locations throughout the county.

McKinley Monument: Walk the 108 steps to the top of the Monument and admire the beauty once you reach the top.

Massillon Museum: Admission is always FREE at the Massillon Museum! Adults and children alike will enjoy visiting the Immel Circus Gallery with 2,620 hand-carved pieces. The Museum currently has 5 exhibits on display and an additional 3 exhibits in the Paul Brown Museum celebrating the accomplishments of Pro Football Hall of Famer, Paul Brown. You don’t want to miss Do the Mu, a FREE virtually taught art project the first Saturday of the Month.

St. Raphael Center: Home to the Mother Angelica Museum, enjoy a visit to this new Museum that showcases the life and accomplishments of Mother Angelica. Visitors are suggested to allow 2 hours for museum, chapel outdoor grotto, and exploring the gift shop.

Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park: In conjunction with Stark Mental Health Addiction & Recovery (StarkMHAR), this one-mile walk travels on several surface types and through different habitats while offering activities related to health and self-care. Enjoy ten stations of activities, including a zen sand garden, a musical instrument, stacking stones, and a labyrinth. The activities are perfect for ages.

Ride your Bike on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail: Grab your bike and enjoy the 25-miles of the trail that wind through Stark County. The 85-mile total Towpath Trail that not only travels through Stark County, but Cuyahoga, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties as well; you truly can explore so much!

Disc Golfing: Haven’t tried Disc Golfing before? All you need is a Disc Golf – and Stark County courses are always FREE to play on. Stark County is home to many disc golf courses; Arboretum-Spiker Disc Golf Course and W.C. Griffith Disc Golf Course are both located in Canton, while Massillon is home to Oak Ledges Disc Golf Course at Lincoln Park.

The Wilderness Center: Enjoy over 10-miles of hiking trails that include an old growth forest, a pond, look-out towers and prairies. Kids especially will love the Nature Playscape – a playground built out of natural materials like streams, plants, boulders, logs, earth mounds and the like to provide a highly creative, interactive play experience.

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Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays. Have an update or comment about the blog? Reach out at

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