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Canton and Amish Country Visit

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Canton and Amish Country Visit

We will make a short visit to the area in early June. Due to my kids summer activities, we will only have 3 nights (Wed to Friday) in the area. I already have 1 thread, but am opening another one.

After receiving a lot of info through the mail, our current idea is below.

We will stay at the Amish Door Inn. (We also considered the Guggisberg Swiss Inn, but the Amish Door won out.) After my wife looked at the info we received and researched it online, she fell in love with the idea of staying there.

We will only have 2-3 days in the area. We will plan to spend most of one day in Canton. My son and I will visit the Pro Football HOF (our main reason for picking the area) and my wife and daughter will visit the First Ladies Library and McKinley areas. After spending several hours at these areas, we will probably try to find some fun things in Canton that our kids will enjoy. The other day will be spent in Amish Country. My son (17) will likely be bored. Our daughter (15) thinks it will be fun. Even though he isn't thrilled about the Amish part of the trip, he loves fried chicken and mashed potatoes, so the Amish Door restaurant appeals to him :).

I would appreciate any suggestions that anyone has about possible things in Amish Country that teenage kids might enjoy. We plan to visit an Amish Farm and visit shops. My wife just read a book set in Charm, Ohio and she wants to go there. We also considered splitting time between Canton and Wilmot, but it looks like a 30 minute drive, so we had rather stay in 1 place than have to unpack. It will also allow us to have a choice of activities in case of rain. If there is a rain day, we will spend it at the museums and use the best weather day for Amish Country.

We may decide to stay in the area until early afternoon on our last day and either drive home late or stop for the night somewhere in Kentucky. Also, on our way back, we may try to make a brief stop in Columbus so he can see the Buckeyes Stadium. He is a huge football fan and loves to see famous stadiums.

Thanks for any advice.

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Not far off I-71 on your way to or from Canton, consider the new Tree Frog Canopy Tours near Mohican State Park. Teens normally love ziplines, as do their parents once they've experienced one.



Check "tours/visitor information" here for information about tours of Ohio Stadium and Ohio State's Schottenstein Center, home of Value City Arena and the Ohio State Ahtletics Hall of Fame, which contains many great displays of Ohio State athletic history and athletic greats.


Your teens might enjoy the new, gigantic Ohio Union. It's not a long walk from there to the stadium, and campus buses are free to anyone.


If you're golfers, the Jack Nicklaus Museum also is on the Ohio State campus.


Just south of the Ohio State campus on High Street (added since the article below was written) is a Jeni's ice cream store. Don't miss it!



If you like German food, consider dining at Schmidt's Sausage Haus in Columbus' famed German Village, one of the largest historical residential districts in the U.S.




A stroll through German Village's Schiller Park is a great way to work off some of the calories acquired at Schmidt's! With 23.5 acres, it's the Columbus mini-version of New York City's Central Park.


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Thanks for the suggestions. We got one of the summer schedules today and it looks like we can add a 4th night to our trip. If that works out, we could spend 2 nights in Canton and 2 in Amish County and have a more relaxed schedule.

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