Canton, Georgia has a rich history dating back to 1833 and is known for its welcoming hospitality and historical treasures. Active adults are impressed by its appealing combination of beautiful surroundings and modern amenities in addition to its recreational opportunities, entertainment venues and other attractions.
Nestled about 40 miles north of Atlanta, in the heart of the Cherokee Nation, Canton is the county seat of Georgia's Cherokee County. Its setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers plenty of scenic beauty, along with a climate that offers hot summers and cold, but mild winters. Average high temperatures in the summer months are in the high 80s, while winters can sometimes bring cold weather with occasional snowfall.
Despite its recent growth, Canton continues to feature small-town charm. Visitors can enjoy exploring local shops and restaurants, or take in a show at The Canton Theatre or the Cherokee County Arts Center. Those who want to learn more about the area can also make a trip to the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, or visit the 10-acre Wild West Town.
Resident golfers can enjoy playing beautiful Canton courses, like those at Woodman Golf and Country Club, or the Bridge Mill Athletic Club. Seasonal events include popular draws, such as the annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival and the Canton Farmers' Market. Visitors of all ages also love stopping by Cagle's Family Farm for farm tours and pick-your-own vegetables.
Active adults who want to settle in Canton may find their dream home in an age-restricted community. With plans for 728 homes, Soleil Laurel Canyon offers resort-style living with a 28,000 square-foot clubhouse featuring a wide range of indoor and outdoor amenities. Those who want a more intimate neighborhood may prefer something like the 127-home Cadence community.
Just outside of Canton, residents can enjoy a number of retail centers, restaurants and other forms of entertainment. Nearby Alpharetta offers popular destinations such as the Downtown Alpharetta Historic District and the Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park. Other nearby attractions include Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Kennesaw's Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
Canton is also conveniently located approximately 40 miles north of Atlanta's varied urban attractions. In Atlanta, visitors and locals alike can enjoy world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. A thriving arts and theater center features live performances by companies such as the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre. When it comes to sports, Atlanta is home to three professional teams: the Atlanta Braves (MLB), the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Atlanta Falcons (NFL).
Offering a both small-town charm and proximity to urban attractions, Canton may provide an ideal retirement destination for active adults in Northern Georgia.