What To Do In Canton, MICHIGAN
Consistently ranked one of the safest cities in America, Canton is Michigan’s second largest township and eleventh largest community. Located just 8 miles from both Ann Arbor and Detroit, it’s also one of the fastest growing communities in Michigan.
Created by act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1834, Canton was carved out of a southern portion of Plymouth Township. It was named after a city in China to honor the growing trade relations the US had with China.
Most of the early settlers in the area were from New England, bringing with them a strong belief in education. The first settlers created self-sustaining farms as their main source of income, growing a lot of sweet corn. The area was known as “The Sweet Corn Capital” from the 1950’s to the 1960’s, and the profitable crop was sold at farmer’s markets throughout the region. Canton’s central location made dairy farming an important product, too.
Nine schools were constructed in the early town, making education accessible to children who were walking to school. Four of those original nine schools are still around, and three of them have been named historical sites. The original schools were made of logs and used as social centers for the surrounding areas.
Today Canton is a diverse city. Close to a variety of colleges and universities, its six community parks, world-class theater, two golf courses, and a state-of-the-art community center make it an ideal location.
Canton’s thoughtful amenities and low crime rate played a part in it being named one of the best places to retire. We love it no matter your age.
Our Favorite Things to Do in Canton,MICHIGAN
When it comes time to chow down in the Buckeye State people normally think of the German and Polish heritage with things like kielbasa but Canton actually has a multicultural flare. So when in Canton be sure to partake in some of these local favorites that will leave you feeling like you’ve traveled the globe.
Nehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food
Family owned and operated, Nehee’s offers authentic Indian street food. Open the menu and you will find mouth-watering flavors from Mumbai to Delhi, their version of old fashioned ice cream, and sugarcane juice extracted from the sugar cane stalks on-site. Nehee’s has been reviewed as “Arguably the best Indian street food in and around Detroit” (Yelp), so expect long waits.
Nehee’s is wheelchair accessible.45656 Ford Road
Canton Pita Restaurant
Traditional Middle East cooking at its finest, Canton Pita Restaurant is a hidden gem in Canton. Using fresh ingredients for their healthy (and also vegetarian!) options, the food is cooked with pride and care. If you like falafel, you’ll find some of the best in Michigan on their menu.
Canton Pita is wheelchair accessible and can be found at: 45450 Ford Road
Call them at (734) 451-1411
Typical of restaurants in Japan’s small, MatsuChan is as authentic as they come. Serving up large bowls of traditional Japanese noodle soups like udon and ramen, each dish is a joy to the taste buds. Daily choices range from a corn butter ramen to pork, curry,and duck options. There arenoodle and rice dishes to choose from as well as dinner options like pan sautéed squid, fried mackerel, and chicken teriyaki. Takeout and limited seating available.
Harvard Square Shopping Center, 5990 Sheldon Rd
Most Loved Local
Skip the fast food and settle into one of Canton’s best-loved casual dining establishments. Whether you have a hankering for pizza (with a fusion twist!), crave a great burger or want a good sized breakfast served all day you’ll have no problem finding something to satisfy your appetite. Check out some of our favorite casual dining options below.
Curry on Crust Desi Pizza
South Asian food meets…pizza! Feeling a little adventurous? Then this is the place for you. From Paneer pizza to veggie pizza to the Mango Chicken pizza to a build your own option, there is sure to be something for everyone on their menu. A concept born from a family recipe, the pizza here is freshly baked and made to order. Extra garlic, chillies and ginger are on the house. Takeout and seating available.
Get your pizza fix at: 45490 Ford Rd
Crow’s Nest Bar and Grill
This locally local favorite deliverd great service and good food. The Crow’s Nest is a fun atmosphere offering darts, arcade games, a jukebox, a full bar and a wide selection of beers.
If you’re a sports fan,you’ll be happy to find an array of big screen TVs broadcasting live sporting events. Crow’s Nest also has daily specials including Monday Burger and Beer, Two for Tuesday (any two sandwiches or burgers are on special after 5pm), Wednesday Burger Night ($1 off any burger), Slider Thursday with specialty sliders, and All You Can Eat Fish and Chips on Friday.
Crow’s Nest is wheelchair accessible. They’re at: 6166 N Canton Center Rd
L. George’s Coney Island
The owners here believe in hospitality and courteous service. L George’s is a go-to breakfast spot in Canton although they also offer a full lunch and dinner menu. Service is quick and portions are large, leaving you fat and happy on your way out the door!
While you can always expect a crowd, food is delivered hot, fresh and fast. Be sure to try the Coney Island hot dogs while you’re there.
L.George’s is wheelchair accessible. You’ll find them at: 43711 Michigan Ave
Soak Up Some Art
Known for its burgeoning arts and culture, Canton has a variety of activities to offer, whether you are traveling with your family or simply traveling. From theater to parks to annual events and festivals there’s plenty to do in Canton, Michigan. These are some of our favorite places to explore!
The Village Theater
Owned and operated by Canton Township, the Village Theater offers arts and culture for all ages. From live theater to fine art exhibits, multicultural events to the magic of dance,this 30,000 square foot center has 400 seats and hosts a vast array of performances year round. All seats offer unobstructed views and there’s a limited selection of beverages and snacks available for purchase.
The Village Theater has wheelchair and scooter accessible seating and can be found at: 50400 Cherry Hill Road
Located just behind the Canton Administrative Building, Heritage Park spans 105 acres and features a pedestrian path, splash playground, a pond, a play scape playground, picnic tables, sand volleyball, and a variety of sports fields.
Within walking distance to the Canton Public Library, The Canton Historical Museum and The Summit on the Park Recreational Center, the park offers both cultural and recreational activities within a stone’s throw of each other.
You’ll find the part at: 1010 S Canton Center Road
Canton Farmer’s Market
Held rain or shine, the Canton Farmer’s Market is open air and features local Michigan produce and crafts. As you shop the market you can listen to live music. Be sure to walk through the Historical Society Pole Barn to learn about Canton’s early farm culture. Local chefs are on hand at every market for live cooking demonstrations and your kids can sit in on the Canton Public Library Story Time. There is also a bouncer for jumping, weekly crafts and interactive music activities.
The Farmer’s Market is open (May 14 – Oct 15, 2017) at: Preservation Park 500 N. Ridge Road
Bevy Of Fun Activities
Looking for something fun to do for the whole family? Canton Michigan boasts a bevy of fun activities for all ages. The following list is a brief sampling of things to do for young and old. Whether you want to relax a bit by taking in a movie or two, there are two theaters from which to choose:
Or, if you prefer something a bit more active, here are a few options ranging from cerebral stimulation to activities that will get your blood flowing:
- Sky Zone Trampoline
- Super Bowl Bowling Alley
- Arctic Edge Skating Rink
- Zap Zone
- Escape Room Zone
Whether you choose any of the above or explore some of the many other options, your family will be sure to enjoy a wide variety of fun things to do in Canton!
Get Some Fresh Air
Looking to get outside and some fresh air? Canton Michigan is loaded with fun things to do from children’s and adult sport leagues, to hiking and biking trails to messing around in the water on a hot day at one of the many parks around town. Here are some resources to start your exploration to get out there and do it!
- Splash Playground
- Canton’s Splash Playgrounds are typically open Memorial Day through Labor Day 11 am – 8 pm, weather permitting.
- Flodin Park, Located on Saltz Road between Morton Taylor Road and Sheldon Road.
- Walking and Biking Routes
- Hiking Trails
- Best Trails around Canton
You won’t have an excuse for not enjoying all the fun that Canton Michigan has to offer.