What to do and see in Mansfield, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 12, 2017 Misti Hsu

Despite having provided the backdrop to several Hollywood films, Mansfield manages to keep its all-American small town vibe. Its charming Main Street and Historic Carrousel District boast unique shops, galleries and an antique hand-carved carousel. The landmark Ohio State Reformatory has been the setting to several films, including The Shawshank Redemption and Air Force One. Mansfield's action-packed racing scene thrives at Mansfield Motorsports Park and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Restaurants in Mansfield

1. Kingwood Center Gardens

50 N Trimble Rd, Mansfield, OH 44906-2654 +1 419-522-0211
Excellent
78%
Good
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

Kingwood Center Gardens

A historic estate and garden which features 47 acres of landscaped gardens, greenhouses, hiking trails, and tours of the mansion. We hold many events, including corporate rentals, weddings and parties, Garden Club events, children's events, and community events such as Pumpkin Glow and Christmas at Kingwood.

Reviewed By taycamsmom - Ashland, Ohio

We've gone to Kingwood several times for prom photos and family photos. We've been taking our two daughters here for over 20 years and there's always something new and beautiful to see. The holidays at Kingwood are gorgeous and they do a pumpkin glow at...MoreThanks so much!

2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary

3774 Orweiler Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903-8655 +1 419-884-4295
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 62 reviews

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Reviewed By FromSea2ShiningC - Mansfield, Ohio

I'm a native to Mansfield. I've been going her for awhile. I've went with my family, friends, and even a ladies Bible study group. There's lots of birds to see...hawks, eagles, owls, etc. You can purchase a cup of worms for I think $1 inside to feed the birds in the closed in area. I usually walk around the left of the building to see the outdoor birds first. You can't feed these birds, and some of them bite. There are signs marking this. Then you come to the closed in area where you can feed a variety of birds...bluejays, chickens, etc. There's benches to sit on. There's also some hiking trails. This place is a great place outdoors for all ages.

3. B&O Bike Trail

2295 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44907-3027 +1 419-884-3764
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 46 reviews

B&O Bike Trail

Reviewed By Anthony F - Mansfield

From beginning to end 18.5 miles
Relatively easy ride. Smooth surface. Southbound slightly downhill over the entire distance. Lightly traveled. You do need to watch for deer. Bike trail speed limit actually 15 mph. In addition to deer trail is used by walkers, runners, and roller bladers. Excellent trail for beginners to intermediate riders. Bike shop on trail around mile 12

4. Biblewalk

500 Tingley Ave, Diamond Hill Cathedral, Mansfield, OH 44905-1234 +1 419-524-0139
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Biblewalk

Visitors walk through life-sized re-creations of favorite Old and New Testament stories.

Reviewed By J5649CFmichaelt - Middletown, Ohio

The trip to Bible Walk can be summed up by one word AMAZING! It is Ohio's only life-sized wax museum. Total biblical based. It was such a pleasant change from many of the wax museum's we have visited. The figures were very well done and each presentation was done professionally. There are museums for different presentations. Life of Christ, Miracles of the Old testament, Paul's missionary journeys . But my favorite was the Christian Martyrs museum . There are so many amazing things in this museum. The scenes in the main lobby of this museum which are made from different items (jewels, rings, gold, etc. glued together was the most fascinating thing I have ever seen. Plus it is the only exhibition like this in the U.S. Another simply amazing thing which is located in the main lobby were the pictures which are made from words. ( Pictures that look like drawings but with the use of magnifying glass can be seen they are made from words only) Hard to explain, must see to believe. Recommend this attraction to everyone. Well worth the 2hr and 40 min drive from home.

5. Snow Trails

3100 Possum Run Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903-7524 +1 419-774-9818
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Snow Trails

Reviewed By Christina C - Nashville, Tennessee

Spent a fun 2 hours speeding down snow tube trails as Snow Trails. It’s just a short one hour drive from downtown columbus. You can reserve tickets in advance. The set up is actually quite efficient and more fun than I expected speeding down the slope. You pick up your tube and there is a conveyor belt that guides you to the top of the hill. The conveyor belt would be tough for young kids as even I felt at a loss for balance at times given there is nothing on which to hold. The tickets are for 2 hour increments which is honestly more than enough time. There’s a small warming hut with light snacks at the bottom of the hill. The Hill has actually quite robust bumps making for quite an exhilarating ride. Worth the visit.

6. The Blueberry Patch

1285 Hanley Rd W, Just 2.2 Miles off I-71 at Exit 169, Mansfield, OH 44904-1523 +1 419-884-1797
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

The Blueberry Patch

Reviewed By L_D_vacation - Oxford, Ohio

We stopped in late afternoon on a Friday. Went 15 mins out of our way, because of reviews but disappointed. We were the only customers. Saw plenty of staff but none of them were welcoming or friendly. Tons of stuff to buy. Winery is attached. We didn't do a tasting because it was $8 for 3 or 4 samples, a bit pricy. Wine ran $14-$18/bottle. We did buy a bottle of the blueberry. I asked staff if it was from the blueberries they grow on the property & she claimed it was.

7. Gorman Nature Center

2295 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44907-3027 +1 419-884-3764
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Gorman Nature Center

Reviewed By TomGrandy - Ashland

When the kids were little, we would be regulars to the Gorman Nature Center.

The trails are easily traversed and cover a variety of woods and plains and have plenty of adventure for kids. They have programs there for kids, but we always just went out to get away from the city for a bit.

Easy to get to and it feels like you are way out in the country though you are just out of town by a few miles. Worth going to if only for some fresh air and exercise.

8. Little Buckeye Children's Museum

44 W 4th St, Mansfield, OH 44902-1206 +1 419-522-2332
Excellent
74%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Little Buckeye Children's Museum

The Little Buckeye Children's Museum is a hands-on children's museum located in downtown Mansfield. With many different exhibits, the Little Buckeye is an ideal location for group and family visits by children ages 2-12 years. We understand that exploration and play are critical to child development, imagination, and creativity. We know that play benefits children socially, emotionally, and intellectually! At Little Buckeye, we know that not every child gets the opportunity to play in a safe and creative environment. Little Buckeye Children's Museum provides that opportunity. Our museum features exhibits in the arts, sciences, transportation, and imagination play. You can: shop for groceries in the Little Market, learn in the science lab, perform on stage, have fun in the bank, discover in the tree house, get wet in our Water Table, play auto mechanic at Little Buckeye Auto Repair and much more

Reviewed By Katherine G

Since my families first visit to the little buckeye we fell in love. This place has all sorts of ways for my children to be active and learn about the world around them. The dress-up stage area is our favorite. Right now its being repaired...MoreThank you for your review. Little Buckeye strives to provide children and families opportunities to learn and discover through the power of play! Come and visit us again soon!

9. Apple Hill Orchard

1175 Lexington Ontario Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903-7703 +1 419-884-1500
Excellent
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Apple Hill Orchard

Reviewed By Traveler3348 - Ohio

Apple Hill has excellent apple doughnuts and apple cider. If you come early enough in the day there will usually be a batch of doughnuts that are fresh out of the oven! They are tender, moist and delicious! They also have a variety of apple ciders with samples you can try!

10. Mansfield Art Center

700 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44906-5006 +1 419-756-1700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Mansfield Art Center

Reviewed By taycamsmom - Ashland, Ohio

We always enjoy visiting the Mansfield Art Center. Our daughters have had artwork displayed here over the past five years and they always display everything beautifully. They offer a gift shop with handmade items and you can take many classes here from wine and canvas, to pottery throwing, to glass classes. Check out their website for current exhibits and classes.

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