Area Notes

MANSFIELD, OHIO WELCOMES YOU!

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No matter what the season, Mansfield visitors will find a wide variety of attractions, local shopping, events and activities throughout the year.

As winter turns to spring, the season’s beauty is on display at Kingwood Center, where tulips explode in a riot of color.  In summer, breathtaking displays of annuals, day lilies and irises draw thousands of visitors to these spectacular 47 acres of estate gardens.

Spring and summer is race season in Mansfield, with major race events taking place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  A 2.4 mile professional road racing course.  It was a favorite place of Paul Newman!

Summer is a lovely time on Malabar Farm. This working farm, now a state park, was home to Pulitzer-prize winning author Louis Bromfield and was the place Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married. Take a wagon ride, tour the Big house and enjoy the petting farm.   Malabar has two original Grandma Moses paintings in the Big House. 

Bring back childhood memories with a whirl on Mansfield's first wooden carrousel to be built since the 1930's at the Richland Carrousel Park.  It's the hub of the Historic Carrousel District in downtown Mansfield.

The Falcon and Friends is a live bird natural educational program offered at the The Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  See birds up-close and learn about these birds of prey while strolling through the songbird aviary.

OHIO'S ONLY LIFE-SIZED WAX MUSEUM

Biblewalk

BibleWalk is a world renowned life-sized wax museum featuring over 70 life-sized dioramas with special effects and over 300 wax figures.  Each scene is complimented by individualized wall murals, authentic costuming and underscored by original music and narration.  BibleWalk offers 5 wax museums, woodcarvings, American votive folk-art, rare Bibles and the ever-popular Dinner with Grace Dinner Theatre on Saturdays. 

FLOWERS, GLORIOUS FLOWERS!

For garden lovers, there are plenty of outstanding greenhouses available in Mansfield.  Alta Florist and Greenhouse demonstrates seasonal centerpieces for any occasion, which is then given to a guest on the coach!  Possum Run Greenhouse is Ohio's most talked about garden center with a rainbow bridge, shopping galore and an enormous waterfall all located in a restored century barn.  And it's one of the coldest spots in North Central Ohio!  The Blueberry Patch Greenhouse and Gifts is Ohio's largest blueberry plantation where you can pick your own blueberries or enjoy them already picked for you!  Along with their amazing shoppe, you will also want to try one of their new group classes with tastings, recipes and goodies!  Wayne's Country Market carries local produce with a year around Amish bakery, Waggoner Premium Chocolates and wine & cheese tasting for your pleasure.

ADVENTURE JUST A BIT!

Hop on your bike and ride the B&O Trail. This 18-mile stretch of former railway takes you through charming small towns where you’ll discover antique shops, diners and more.  Bikes are available at locations throughout the Trail for visitors.

While so many places curl up and nap away the winter, Mansfield comes alive. Downhill skiing and tubing are available at Snow Trails Ski Resort
 

Winter holidays bring even more beauty as Kingwood Center’s Christmas dried-flower and natural ornament displays are breathtaking in the Mansion.  Oak Hill Cottage is decorated in a Victorian Dicken's theme where you are sure you've stepped back in time.  The Herlihy Christmas House is decked for the season with more than 25 themed Christmas trees and welcoming visitors (decorated every odd year in 2015 and 2017).

SAVORY EATS AND SWEET TREATS

Squirrel's Den

You know that when a restaurant, shop or cafe is featured on the Food Network or in national magazines, it’s got to be good. That’s the case with the Squirrel’s Den. This tiny shop in downtown Mansfield is crammed with awesome chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts and popcorn in many flavors – or served plain for the purist.  

The Eatmor Bundt Company offers rich, delicious cakes that are baked from scratch with the finest ingredients in the boutique bakery. Baker Joyce Wells’ mini or full-size bundts are unbelievably delicious. They’re the perfect accompaniment to the world’s finest teas she and her staff make available for purchase. 

How about a stop at Jones' Chips retail store.  Everyone loves Jones' Marcelled Chips!  They are even shipped all over the world and are a Mansfield favorite!

If unique dining is your preference, we have it!  Everybody's favorite home-style cooking and hospitality can be found at Der Dutchman Restaurant where we promise you won't go away hungry!  Ed Pickens' Cafe on Main offers the ultimate Shawshank buffet served on prison trays (don't worry, they are shiny and new!). 

A visit to AngelWoods Hideaway Bed & Breakfast includes a generous made-from-scratch buffet and scrumptious desserts. “Angels In Our Lives” program will offer information, interaction, humor and music to your guests after your meal.

MULTI-CULTURED PEARLS

Some of the areas most intriguing cultural history comes alive at the Mansfield Memorial Museum. Visitors can travel back in time and meet ELEKTRO, the world’s first robot who could walk, talk and even smoke back in the day.  This is a museum not to be missed when you are in Mansfield.

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU

The grand baroque styling of a 1928 movie house, the Renaissance Theatre, is now the area’s premiere venue for live entertainment. Home of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and the annual Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant, the theater offers visitors backstage tours, meals on stage, internationally touring Broadway shows, rock and country concerts, comedy and variety shows. 

The Mansfield Playhouse, Ohio's second oldest and largest producing community theatre, presents a six show Main Stage Season, two Youth Theatre Productions, and two Second Stage Productions.

TRAVEL IN HOLLYWOOD'S FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHAWSHANK TRAIL TOUR

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”
Fans of the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” don't have to travel to Hollywood.  Your personal step-on-guide will provide the most exclusive tour of where this classic movie was filmed!  Visit the same spots as Hollywood once did. Explore 14 real sites and stand in the same locations as Andy, Red and Warden Norton. Hear behind the scenes stories at the Ohio State Reformatory, Malabar Farm, Bissman Building, Renaissance Theatre and many more locations!  Amazing photo opportunities galore, a personal step on guide for two days, exploration of the Hollywood filming locations, themed “Shawshank” dining, lodging and souvenirs!  An experience to be found no where else. 

 

The Shawshank Trail
Renaissance Performing Arts
Prairie Peddler Festival
Pumpkin Seed Bulk Food
Olivesburg General Store