Its no secret my family is full of football lovers! My husband, father, and uncle went to college on a football scholarship. And well I didn’t play football but I have a love for the game, as a former athlete and in general, football has been my favorite sport for YEARS!!!
And the love for the game and sports has been passed down to Emma and DJ. During football season you can find us in all of our football paraphernalia to watch the game, or gathering our family for a tailgating party!
What I love most about the Professional Football Hall of Fame is you don’t have to be a fan of football to fall in love with the Hall of Fame. I love the information about the players, but if you truly listen to the background stories on the Insiders Tour, this place is one of the most motivational places EVER! The messages in the stories are truly bigger than the game itself!
A couple of weeks ago we were invited to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio for a Family Fun Day. Prior to the trip, we took with our church to the Hall of Fame in February, I hadn’t been to the Hall of Fame since I was in elementary school. And now I have been almost two months back to back, but the trips were totally different. When we went with my church it was more of touring the museum on our own and reading the exhibit information. This time around we had a guided “VIP Insider’s Tour”…our tour guide was Gary and he was AHHHHHHmazing!!!
Truthfully, when reading our itinerary I wasn’t excited about our guided tour, I felt like I wanted to wander around and see the things that I didn’t get to see the last time we visited the Hall of Fame. Boy, was I wrong! Our tour guide gave us so much interesting information, Darrick and I rode home talking about how amazing our experience was with both the Tour Guide and the VIP Insiders Tour! I loved how he not only gave us general information but we also received TONS of Black History within our tour. I wanted to give him a hug when we finished just because he really took his time and shared details that you wouldn’t get by just doing a walk-thru.
Of course, there were parts that he and Darrick connected on that I had no clue about, but I never felt totally lost when it came to football information. I know some history of football, just not as in depth as my husband, however, Gary made sure to give background info while sharing the stories just in case we weren’t familiar with the players or stories.
One of my favorite parts of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the Hall of Fame Gallery…
I LOVED walking through this gallery and finding my favorite players! Some of the Bust looked so real! Even the kids recognized some of the players!
Another favorite from the Pro Hall of Fame was the section dedicated to Women in the NFL…I can’t wait to watch this exhibit grow in the coming years!
And of course, we couldn’t visit the Pro Hall of Fame without running around on the practice field/picnic area. I think DJ thought he had been drafted already because he literally left the field in tears after playing for about 30 minutes. It was still a little cold on the day we visited the HOF, however, I can’t wait to go back now that it’s warmer to let he and Emma burn off some energy!
Interested in an Insider’s Museum Tour
Get an insider’s tour of the Hall of Fame by exploring exhibits with our highly knowledgeable and experienced docents. Whether you are a first-time visitor or long-time member, through the insight of our docents you will gain a new perspective on the history of the Game and context for the diversity of our collection and exhibits.
- Members – $8 per person for Members
- Any non-member accompanying the Member will need to pay the non-member rate of $10 plus museum admission
- Non-Members – $10 per person for non-members (Become a Member today!)
- Groups – $8 per person for groups of 15 or more
- Reservations are required 21 days in advance. We will try to accommodate all requests made on shorter notice.
- Call 330-456-8207 to reserve your group tour
- Prices subject to applicable taxes
- Everyday (M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su)
- Time: Noon
- Insiders Tour is one (1) hour in duration
Thank You to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for hosting my family and I…we had an amazing time! From the tour to shopping in the gift shop! We felt like royalty and we are hoping to make a trip back to enjoy some of the Enshrinement Weekend festivities!