Affordable Family Fun

For many families keeping the kids entertained and engaged for an entire vacation can be a challenge. Stark County specializes in affordable fun for families of all ages. While exploring the many family friendly attractions, restaurants and events throughout the area here are a few low cost highlights that you want to be sure to include in your itinerary. Every attraction mentioned in this article is under $9.00 per person!

Discover World at McKinley Presidential Library & MuseumExciting interactive science and hands-on history exhibits abound at Discover World located at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton. Get up close and personal with “Alice” the animatronic dinosaur, put your hand through a tornado, check out the galaxies at the planetarium and even slide down the fire pole in the old-fashioned fire station located in the “Street of Shops.”

While visiting the museum be sure to save time for a memorable trip to the McKinley Monument, the official resting place of ournation’s 25th President William McKinley. This free and reverent attraction is something to be seen with over 100 steps to the top; you get an amazing view of the greater Canton area and of the stoic and impressive beauty of the memorial.

After your visit to the McKinley Presidential Museum get ready for a snack at one of America’s sweetest places - Harry London Chocolate Factory in North Canton. Tour and taste your way through this delicious factory and see how all of your favorite confections are created. Take home your favorites from their store, which often offers amazing savings on their famous chocolates.

If outdoor fun is what your family craves how about a boat ride down the Ohio & Erie Canal? The St. Helena III Canal Boat offers families an authentic horse-led canal boat ride along the same route that travelers used over 150 years ago.

Beech Creek Butterfly HouseThe Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio is a nature lover's paradise and offers miles of trails, many classes and a gorgeous interpretative center. Beech Creek Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve in Alliance, Ohio is a truly enchanting nature preserve complete with a Butterfly House and a Sensory Garden, where visitors can touch, smell and experience plants that stimulate the senses. What makes this even better is that The Wilderness Center and the gardens and trails at Beech Creek are both free attractions, which makes them a great way to stretch your vacation dollars.

This is just a small slice of the affordable family fun that awaits you in Stark County. You can also check out our list of free things to do in Stark County