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Explore the Area

Weather grabbing a quick bite to eat or pursuing something more adventurous if time permits, we compiled a list of top attractions, local restaurants, and recreational activities while in the area.  For all listings, click HERE.

Local Eats & Drinks


Athena Greek Restaurant – Authentic Greek cuisine, home made pastries, and the BEST Gyro anywhere!

Buckeye Express Diner – Enjoy an experience like no other in a train car!  Known for their outstanding burgers and homemade fries.

Coney Island Diner – An American diner (Mansfield’s oldest restaurant!) with breakfast served all day. Famous for our coneys and pea salad.

D|L|X  Dan Lew Exchange – Stop by this flex-casual restaurant for dinner and drinks overlooking the Square in downtown Mansfield.  Live music.

Hudson and Essex – Mansfield’s premier fine dining restaurant located in the Carousel District.  Sleek elegant space showcases a distinctive menu featuring local purveyors and our own Cypress Hill Winery.

Malabar Farm Restaurant – French style dining mixed with local favorites all served in a remodeled 1820’s house located on the Malabar Farm State Park grounds.

Relax It’s Just Coffee – Located in the Carousel District, Relax, It’s Just Coffee is a purveyor of specialty coffees, fine teas, and house-made breads and baked goods.

Phoenix Brewing Company – The taproom offers 16 taps of hand-crafted beers made on site and guest Ohio brews, local Ohio wines, and Ohio distilled spirits in the beautifully restored 107 year old Schroer Mortuary.

Must Explore


Historic Ohio State Reformatory – Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Do time in the Shawshank Museum where you’ll immerse yourself in props, set pieces, costumes, and other treasures involved in the movie.

Kingwood Center Gardens – Stroll the historic estate of Charles Kelley King, open all year, showcasing the new Garden Gateway Visitor Center, terraces, gift shop, and display greenhouses.  Dine in the new Gateway Café and tour Kingwood  Hall.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Sit trackside headlined by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association/Trans Am), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (NTT INDYCAR SERIES event), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, or AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (AMA’s annual motorcycling celebration).

Charles Mill Marina – Our entire fleet of pontoon boat rentals are brand new and is the perfect way to get outside and relax on Charles Mill Lake.

Snow Trails – Ohio’s premier resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. We are excited to offer you outdoor winter fun on-snow!

Richland B&O Trail – A paved 18.4 mile bike trail connecting the villages of Butler, Bellville, Lexington, the city of Mansfield, and Kingwood Center Gardens.  Along the trail, there are ice cream stands, a winery, coffee shops, quaint restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts and the famous landscaped gardens at Kingwood Center Gardens.

Carrousel District – The Carrousel District will feed you, entertain you and bring culture and joy to your life! Ride the Carrousel, browse for antiques, grab a coffee or pastry, enjoy local artists’ work, and sop locally owned clothing stores.  All this with beautifully restored Victorian-age buildings, ornate iron fencing, secluded courtyards.

Travel Our Trails

Travel Our Trails

Trek at your own pace along one of Destination Mansfield – Richland County’s organized trails.