Canton is full of family-friendly activities! So whether you are looking for a quiet afternoon on the trails or an exciting day on the river, Canton has it all! check out some of our recommendations below and check back often for new ideas!



Paddle & Shop

Get to Canton early and start your day off at one of our restaurants. After breakfast, head to Collinsville Canoe and Kayak to rent canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards. Then, grab your rental and paddle off to explore the beautiful Farmington River. The calm, slow-flowing stretch of the river near Collinsville Canoe and Kayak is perfect for beginners. Spend the morning on the water, taking in the views, and see if you can spot the eagles that live in and around Canton! 

For your afternoon, hop in the car and drive to the Shops at Farmington Valley for a shopping adventure. This open-air shopping mall boasts excellent dining options for lunch and an exciting variety of shops for the whole family.

A family trip to Canton wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Canton Creamery. Treat the family to one of their delicious homemade micro-batch ice creams. Of course, you can find some of your all-time favorite flavors, but we encourage you to try some of their unique creations. Each batch features fresh local ingredients from Connecticut farms in season!

Explore the Farmington River Trail

The Farmington River Trail is perfect for a  walking or biking adventure. This paved and accessible trail is a great way to spend the day with family members of all ages and abilities. It was built on the abandoned "Canal-line" railroad that served the Collins Co. Axe Factory.

Before hitting the trail, be sure you pack your lunch or grab lunch to-go at one of our local canton restaurants. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches on the way for a quick break or picnic with a scenic river view.

While on your walk, explore the Collinsville Pollen Trail. This area runs parallel to the Farmington River Trail in the area of 7 Allen Place, Collinsville. This area is the result of a community planting effort to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants great for pollinators, biodiversity, and birds.

Family fun

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