The businesses and organizations of the greater Massillon area cater to the needs of its ever-growing tourist population, whose interests range from visiting an exhibit at the Massillon Museum to attending a wedding at the historic Five Oaks mansion.
Two hotels serve Massillon’s business and leisure travelers: The Hampton Inn Massillon offers 73 rooms with ample amenities, complimentary high-speed Internet and use of its banquet and meeting facilities; and The Red Carpet Inn offers 45 rooms, courtesy transportation and discounts for AARP members and truckers. Both hotels provide complimentary breakfasts, are easily accessible from the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, and are located within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, historic Fourth Street and four beautiful murals throughout the downtown area.
Tourists and locals alike benefit from ample area attractions, ranging from museums and historic areas to water parks and wooded trails. Public and group tours enhance experiences at Spring Hill, Five Oaks, Fourth Street and Massillon Cemetery. The highlight of Spring Hill Historic Home is the secret stairway, which the Rotch family used to slip fugitive slaves to their second floor hiding space as part of the Underground Railroad. Five Oaks, an 1890s mansion, anchors historic Fourth Street, where outstanding architectural examples span a century of design. Three National Register churches and a 160-year-old cemetery replete with architectural style attract visitors’ attention. A self-guided tour of Massillon’s award-winning murals and the “gallery in the alley” is best enjoyed with a devil dog and to-go coffee from Liebermann’s, a 125-year-old, fifth-generation family bakery.
The Massillon Museum offers tours, though most visitors, regularly returning locals and travelers prefer to browse on their own through the art and history galleries. A sports gallery and photography gallery appeal to most, while the Immel Circus gallery is a perennial favorite for the young and old alike. The Ohio Society of Military History chronologically exhibits artifacts representing Ohioans and their roles in all eras and branches of military service. Its research facility augments that of the Massillon Public Library’s excellent genealogy department. Both museums offer free admission. Clay’s Park Resort (a water park and outdoor concert venue), the trails along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Sippo Valley Trail offer outlets for the adventurous and active tourist.
More than 100 restaurants, ethnic eateries, pubs and pizzerias decorate Massillon’s busy streets. Locally run restaurants like Smiley’s Pizzeria, Kozmo’s Grille (named after Kozmo Kramer of “Seinfeld”) and Menches Bros. (whose founders claimed to have invented the hamburger), as well as Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe and Margarita’s Mexican Grill are downtown favorites. Be sure to visit one for a “taste of Massillon!”
Massillon’s locally operated restaurants are known for their friendly servers who often know customers by name, reasonable prices and laid-back atmospheres. National chain restaurants and fast food eateries are common in the area and provide familiar surroundings to out-of-towners.
Massillon’s unique location in Northeast Ohio allows for small town living with easy access to surrounding metropolitan areas, which have cultural, entertainment and recreational resources that augment Massillon’s unique qualities. Massillon is the place for a quiet getaway, a thought-provoking gallery tour or a night on the town!