What to do and see in Canton, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 11, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

Canton is a town, incorporated in 1806, in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 8,840 at the 2000 census and 10,292 as of the 2010 census. It is bordered by Granby on the north, Simsbury on the east, Avon and Burlington on the south, New Hartford on the west, and Barkhamsted on the northwest. Running through it is the Farmington River. The town includes the villages of North Canton, Canton Center, Canton (Canton Valley), and Collinsville. In September 2007, Collinsville was ranked in Budget Travel magazine as one of the "Ten Coolest Small Towns In America".
Restaurants in Canton

1. Matterhorn Mini Golf

Route 44, At the intersection of 44/202/179, Canton, CT 06019 +1 860-795-0234
Excellent
67%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Matterhorn Mini Golf

A one-of-a-kind, Swiss-themed miniature golf course in northwest Connecticut, 30 minutes west of Hartford. There's something for everyone at Matterhorn: art to see, bells to ring, fun facts to glean... and all on a colorful, Par 45 course. Our Par 3, 18th hole is a 71' long Alpine Meadow complete with wildflowers (watch out for the groundhogs!). Learn about cheese, chocolate and even the Hadron Collider as you putt your way through 18 holes of adventure in Switzerland. Distant yodeling in the background fades in and out as you cover the half-acre course. Come meet our family of goats - each of which was painted by a local school or artist! (They're fiberglass but still lots of fun...). ​ Family designed, owned and operated since 2015.

Reviewed By Leggyj - Farmington, Connecticut

This is an adorable mini golf course that is well maintained. The Switzerland theme along with the out-of-this-world detail makes the course very unique. They have fun facts all around and painted goats by local artists and groups. This course is semi-accessible as well.

I really want to give this place a 5, the poor service I received prevents me from doing so. Additionally, the price ($10 - sorry $9.77 for most people) is exorbitant. When she rang us up, I was shocked to have to pay $4 to go in and watch my son play mini golf. When I KINDLY asked why in the world I was being charged to do so, she got super passive aggressive and snapped at me "I have to pay to insure every person that is on the course, so you have to pay to be a 'score keeper'". Sounds like the price of doing business, eh? I figured that cost would be already included in the VERY HIGH price to play the course. She then continued to make sassy comments about how much I will love the course and it is worth it to pay the $4. I paid the $4 to watch my son have a good time and be in the moment with him, not to see your course.

I will never return, but I do suggest that if you enjoy mini golf and don't mind spending crazy amounts of money for it, this place is a must see! If you're on the fence about draining your bank account, try Farmington - they have a more challenging course and good ice cream, too. :)

2. Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

2 Eastview Dr, Farmington, CT 06032-1230 +1 860-409-7009
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 187 reviews

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure An Escape Room type activity in Farmington, Connecticut Search the room, Find the clues, Solve the puzzles, Complete the mission! It is a great way to: Celebrate a birthday Engage in team building and be considered awesome for choosing it as your company event.

Reviewed By Rooindie - Farmington, Connecticut

We had a group of six, five of whom had never done one of these before. It was super fun, everyone contributed to the solution. I can't imagine doing this with a much smaller group, 6 felt like a good number. We thought we would make it without any hints, but in the last few minutes it became clear we needed help - we escaped with maybe 90 seconds to spare. We all agreed we'd like to come back and try one of the other rooms. We did the Cat Burglar room. We were there about an hour and a half in total.

3. Antiques on the Farmington

10 Depot St, Collinsville, CT 06019-4101 +1 860-693-0615
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
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5 based on 9 reviews

Antiques on the Farmington

Reviewed By Adrienne P - Trumbull, Connecticut

1 master shopper (!) and 2 others. Antique dealers housed in a large, 2-storied, warehouse-size building with good parking right in town. Clean, well lit, organized with a dizzying array of antiques and vintage items in all price points. Our 1 friend decorates beautifully and is always looking for anything that catches her eye and was quite successful. I was going to enjoy browsing but stumbled upon an item I was not expecting to find in CT. Priced well and per my "professional" shopper friend; you'll regret not getting the 1-of-a-kind item; you can always replenish your cash. (I'm kind of careful with my spending.) Bonnie and Colleen work there and are very knowledgeable, helpful and nice.

4. Talcott Mountain State Park

Rte. 185, Simsbury, CT +1 860-424-3200
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Talcott Mountain State Park

Reviewed By RedVegMag - Hartford, Connecticut

Despite several reviews that say this is "easy" hike. That should be modified to "if you are young and in shape with no health issues". It is steep, very steep. There is loose gravel and earth for 80% of the pathway, so going down is problematic.
Also those with young children or animals should make sure they can keep them close and away from the many edges into nothingness.

5. Flamig Farm

7 Shingle Mill Rd, West Simsbury, CT 06092-2311 +1 860-658-5070
Excellent
42%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Flamig Farm

An Enviro-friendly Family-centered Farm with Petting Zoo, alternative energy sources, Earth Products (Mulch, Compost and Comp-soil) division, Farm Shop, Farm-raised fresh eggs and local honey, Pony/Hay-rides, Staycation accommodation, Birthday Parties and Summer Camp programs. Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a modest Egg, Organic Vegetable, and Strawberry Farm into arichly-varied, education and entertainment Farm complex.

Reviewed By Chris F - Farmington, Connecticut

The Flamig Farm Halloween Hay Ride begins several weeks before Halloween and ends soon thereafter. Each Hayride seats about a dozen people and follows the same trail through a variety of Halloween scenes with live actors. Some of the effects are scary and may not be appropriate for young children and some seniors. Dress appropriately for an outdoor ride of about an hour duration. Also be sure to pick up some locally baked donuts before or after the ride.

6. Farmington Valley Arts Center

25 Arts Center Ln, Avon, CT 06001-3746 +1 860-678-1867
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Farmington Valley Arts Center

The Farmington Valley Arts Center is home to twenty professional artist studios, workshops and classes and located in a beautiful park like setting, right of Route 44, Avon, CT., Fisher Gallery with ongoing exhibits and The Drezner Gift Shop and Gallery. You will find painitng, illustration, ceramics, pottery, fine craft, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and more. Incorporated in 1974 as a not-for-profit organization, the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Connecticut, is dedicated to the belief that artistic expression and creativity are vital to daily life. FVAC connects the community to the creative process by offering arts education for people of all ages, supporting and encouraging working artists, and serving as a community resource for promoting the arts. The Arts Center is a vibrant arts community that enables visitors to experience the entire creative process, from seeing artists at work to viewing finished creations in a gallery to learning the skills necessary to create works of their own.

Reviewed By mushroommarlene - connecticut

FVAC has been around for scores of years, supporting local artists, offering instruction, inspiration and connecting art to life! The center is a stone two story enclave that are artist studios, classrooms, a gallery and a visitors/gift gallery. The studio artists offer 'open studios' many weekends throughout the year, there are several special and juried shows, stimulating classes and seminars, live music concerts and great holiday or gift shopping to name just a few of the treats visitors have in store. The varied mediums of art from paintings to sculpture to jewelry and more are incredibly impressive, from local and consigned artists, at all price points. There is also an awesome summer camp for kids! It is a little hard to find, near the Avon Police Station, just off the center of Avon off Rt. 44 but the website will direct you well. Check it often, lots of activity and opportunity for budding artists and collectors of all ages.

7. The Blue House: Nice Old Things and The Junk Shop

161 Albany Turnpike and 181 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019 +1 860-352-2532
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 14 reviews

The Blue House: Nice Old Things and The Junk Shop

Reviewed By lndrcookie - Simsbury, Connecticut

The Blue House is filled with rehomes, previously loved furniture, China, linens, antiques and more. An inviting assemblage of things to brighten your day or your home. Friendly and helpful owner. Avoid the big box, find uniques and help the local economy.

8. Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

41 Bridge St, Route 179, Collinsville, CT 06022
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 7 reviews

Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

Our rental ramp is located at the end of our parking lot where we launch you into a dammed up section of the Farmington River. No need to drive to another location! You paddle upriver about a mile and a half and then back down to our ramp. Our rental crew will fit you for your PFD and paddle then help you into your boat or onto your board and launch you into the river. ​We are dog friendly!

Reviewed By John L - West Hartford, Connecticut

From customer service, technical advice, selection, ability to test drive any craft, post sales support, and most importantly it's beautiful location in historic Collinsville on the Farmington River and along the Farmington River Rail to Trail.

I wouldn't purchase anywhere else. Believe me, since 2000 I have purchased five (5) kayaks for various uses.

Check out their semi-annual sale/trade each Spring & Fall!

9. Farmington River Tubing

92 Main St, New Hartford, CT 06057-2746
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Farmington River Tubing

Reviewed By ctgreenes - Westport, Connecticut

Not sure I'd risk it with little kids, but 4 teens and 2 solidly-middle-agers managed with only some minor tushie bruises from hidden rocks. We didn't, but several people young and old did get flipped and separated from their tubes...water cool but tame in august so very manageable. Fun day for all!

10. Knit & Pearls

395 W Avon Rd, Avon, CT 06001-2200 +1 860-404-0694
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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Poor
11%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Knit & Pearls

Reviewed By Barbanthony

Best knitting store in the Hartford area!! Very knowledgeable and helpful ladies there!! If you are a knitter, this is a must!!Thanks Barbanthony! We are always happy to help :)

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