Canton MI Things To Do – Canton MI Travel Guide

  1. Star Spangled Banner Flag House

15900 Ford Rd, Canton MI 48187

The birthplace of the American National Anthem, this museum tells the story of flag maker Mary Pickersgill and her difficult task to sew a flag so large that could be seen by people far away. The writing on the actual Star Spangled Banner is extremely small due to only being able to fit 33 stars onto it. It also outlines how Francis Scott Key was inspired to write his famous poem after witnessing an impressive nighttime battle during the war. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-17 and free for younger children and seniors. Ticket price includes access to temporary exhibits and gardens as well as the permanent exhibit containing pieces of history from the War of 1812.

  1. Canton Historical Museum

3147 Walton Blvd, Canton MI 48188

The Canton Historical Museum tells the story of how the area has evolved over time starting with Native American settlements to overseas immigrant workers in laundries and mills. Displays include old maps, photographs, books and historical artifacts that provide insight into days gone by. The museum is closed Mondays but open Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m.. Admission is free (donations are accepted). Group tours can also be scheduled ahead of time by calling 313-983-6571 ext 12.

 

  1. Plymouth Ice Festival

1 Ice Way Drive, Plymouth MI 48170

Begun in 1960 by John Nicholas, Plymouth Ice Festival is one of the oldest winter festivals in America. Visitors can get an up-close view of ice sculpting demonstrations and enjoy the various activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, children’s games, igloo building contest and more. A family pass will give admission to all individual events for $15.

 

  1. Historic Downtown Canton

30 S Cherry St, Canton MI 48188

Enjoy shopping at over 100 boutiques and specialty shops along the streets of downtown Canton while visiting local restaurants after hours. The shops stay open late on Saturdays during the year with special events throughout the seasons. For example, visitors can experience a warming bonfire in November or take a horse-drawn carriage ride in the winter.

 

  1. Canton Symphony Orchestra

45150 Ford Rd, Canton MI 48187

Founded in 1941, the Canton Symphony Orchestra performs 6 concerts annually including pops and family shows. Kids can also attend a workshop where they can create their own instruments while learning about music history afterwards. The public is invited to enjoy free performances every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m..

 

  1. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pavilion for Accelerating Science & Technology (PASTe) Building

I-275 at Haggerty Rd Exit 73, Northville MI 48167

Opened in February 2014, PASTE is an initiative between Michigan State University Medical School and Wayne State University. As a part of its mission to foster early-career scientists, this facility offers graduate students lab space, equipment and resources needed for their research.

The goal is that PASTE will provide training grounds that will lead to future discoveries made by researchers in Michigan. Admission is free but visitors must register in advance.

 

  1. Canton Historical Museum Garden

3147 Walton Blvd, Canton MI 48188

The Canton Historical Museum has 2 gardens located on its premises known as Pickersgill Pavilion and Bengston Patio Room. Visitors can enjoy the shade while touring exhibits or take time to admire the scenery.

 

  1. Plymouth District Library

24505 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth MI 48170

The library was founded in 1869 and has since grown to include online services as well as 3 other branches including Northville, Canton and Salem. Visitors can sign up for free programs including Story Time, Toddler Time, Preschool Days, Preschool Discovers Reading Program and Summer Reading Program. The library also provides computer classes with job-hunting assistance available on some days.

 

  1. St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store

32 S Main St, Plymouth MI 48170

Founded by Vincent de Paul of France in 1633, St Vincent De Paul is a non-profit organization that provides community service through assistance, education and development. In Canton, the thrift store collects items donated from the community in order to provide assistance to those who need it most. Most of all, the money raised from sales is used for improving lives in Michigan by funding programs and services such as Christmas Angel Tree and Boys and Girls Club.

 

  1. Canton Rotary Public Art

48850 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton MI 48188

Located on Library Street near I-275 Northbound, visitors can take a stroll down this public art pathway while viewing 12 sculptures made of stainless steel and stone inspired by Bloomfield Township history. The trail was funded primarily through donations after its inception in 2006 was announced.

 

  1. Top Of The Park

27900 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton MI 48187

For those who enjoy outdoor activity, Top of the Park offers activities such as soccer and lacrosse for all ages. In addition, visitors can also take a rock wall class or rock climbing session on Saturdays with professional instructors available to teach important safety skills required in the sport. There is also a concession stand that serves food and beverages. Finally, visitors can attend one of their many events held throughout the year including concerts and holiday celebrations. Admission is free but visitors must make an online reservation with payment information before arriving at the park.

 

  1. Slow Roll Detroit

Location Varies by Ride

Slow Roll is a bicycle ride for people of all skill levels. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun while taking part in an activity that can improve your health and reduce carbon emissions. Every Tuesday, Slow Roll gathers at a different spot across the city ranging from 7:30-9 pm depending on which region you join. In addition, they also have rides that take place on Saturday mornings from 9 am-11 am with the length of the ride varying according to experience level. The more experienced riders will be given longer routes by their leaders while newer riders are taken along shorter roads with appropriate rest stops set up throughout the route so everyone can enjoy themselves. Admission is free but visitors must sign up online before arriving at start point.

 

  1. Canton Ice Arena

2501 Haggerty Rd, Westland MI 48185

Those who like playing ice hockey can join a team at Canton Ice Arena as it houses over 25 different adult and youth teams. In addition, the arena provides summer camps where children learn skills such as skating and hockey with professional instructors available to teach them proper techniques for a safe environment suitable for all ages. The arena also provides public skating sessions either on Friday or Saturday nights depending upon which session is chosen. Admission varies upon desired activity but visitors must sign up for programs online prior to arriving at the arena in order to secure their spot on a team or in camp sessions.

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