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Mansfield Winter Fun - Sledding, Tubing - Haring Realty

The arrival of winter doesn't mean the end of all the outdoor fun in Mansfield, Ohio! Quite the opposite, in fact. Our REALTORS® are always excited to welcome the snow for all the opportunities it brings, and these are some of our favorite spots for winter fun in the Mansfield area!

  • Go Tubing at Snow Trails - 3100 Possum Run Road, Mansfield, OH 44903
    Skiers and snowboarders flock to Snow Trails every winter to hit the slopes, but some of the best fun for the whole family can be found at the snow tubing area. Snow tubing is pure fun, with no skill or experience necessary. The massive snowmaking system at Snow Trails ensures powdery slopes from December right through March, and tubing (including after-dark glow tubing) offers endless excitement through the winter months. Snacks and warm beverages are available at the Snow Tubing Lodge. Snow Trails is Ohio's premier destination for winter sports, and there are many Mansfield homes for sale just minutes away.

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Fall Hikes Around Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

With fall on the way, our REALTORS® are excited about a whole new season of possibilities in Mansfield. Cooler days means perfect hiking weather, and as the leaves start to turn, we're about to have some of the best opportunities of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure to check out a few of our favorite places to go hiking.

  1. Gorman Nature Center - 2295 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, OH 44907
    Gorman Nature Center is one of the most extraordinary outdoor resources Richland County has to offer. Located just a stone's throw from our best Mansfield homes for sale, Gorman Nature Center encompasses 150 acres of forests, fields, ponds, and streams. The Nature Center offers four miles of easy hiking trails that cover gentle, rolling terrain through a wide range of habitats. The public is welcome from dawn to dusk, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Malabar Farm State Park
Malabar Farm State Park is one of Richland County's great outdoor treasures and a popular place for events throughout the year. During the summer, the farm hosts popular barn dances, local club meetings, car shows, paranormal nights, and so much more. This summer also features a special, one-time event that you won't want to miss – the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Malabar Farm State Park barn raising. Enjoy three full days of family fun and events at Malabar Farm, while celebrating a local landmark. Our REALTORS® love local fun, and we've got all the details on what to expect when you visit Malabar Farm.

Location: Malabar Farm State Park – 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44838
Dates: August 31 – September 2, 2019

  • The History of Malabar Farm, a Local Landmark
    Malabar Farm State Park is one of the Mansfield area's most storied local destinations and continues making history to this day. The farm was established by Pulitzer-winning author Louis Bromfield, an Ohio native, in 1939. Bromfield purchased three local farms and combined them to form Malabar Farm. From that point forward, Bromfield would develop the farm, including the iconic barns, until his passing in 1956. Just as it is today, Malabar Farm was a working farm then, with healthy crop rotation, livestock, and a busy harvest season.

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Mansfield Shawshank Redemption Anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, the beloved 1994 film that was shot almost entirely in and around Mansfield, Ohio. Our REALTORS® are very excited to welcome the anniversary celebration to Mansfield on August 16-18, not only because it's one of our favorite movies of all time, but also because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite Mansfield landmarks that appeared in the film!

Celebrate 25 Years of The Shawshank Redemption
Mansfield Courthouse Sign

The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary Weekend takes place in Mansfield August 16-18, 2019. Tickets are on sale now, providing an immersive experience that includes touring the filming sites and getting to meet some of the cast and filmmakers. Events include: 

  • A screening of the Shawshank Redemption at the Renaissance Theatre, where the movie originally premiered in 1994.

  • Exclusive Shawshank Reception and Actor Autograph Session at the Ohio State Reformatory, the historic prison that stood in for Shawshank in the film.

  • Background Actors Panel, featuring extras and background actors who have fascinating stories to tell about the film. 

  • Shawshank Authors Panel and Production Panel, featuring unique insights from the writers and production team behind the movie. 

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Mansfield Ohio Community Dog Parks

Tails Are Wagging at These Mansfield-Area Parks

There's nothing like the bond between a person and their dog, so why not celebrate that special relationship with a fun activity that both you and your pet can enjoy? Many local parks and recreation destinations in the Mansfield area are dog-friendly, with trails, natural scenery, and fun activities designed with dogs in mind. There are off-leash dog parks, as well as great places to take your pup on a walk with a leash through well-defined trails. Our REALTORS® love exploring the great outdoors, and we've got the details on six dog parks in the Mansfield area to enjoy with your four-legged friend.

  1. North Lake Park – 268 Rae Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44903
    Mansfield homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of great local dog parks, including North Lake Park. With beautiful lakeside trails, stunning landscaping, and tons of room to play, North Lake Park has everything you need for a great day with Fido. This cozy park also features a playground, picnic areas, and a busy schedule of special events.

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Mansfield Ohio Picnic Areas

There's nothing like enjoying a picnic on a warm, sunny summer day in the Mansfield area, with a pleasant breeze at your back and natural beauty all around you. National Picnic Month, observed every July, is the perfect time to get out and explore all of the excellent picnic spots that the area has to offer. From parks to nature conservatories, reservoirs, bird sanctuaries, and art centers, the Mansfield area has no shortage of idyllic spots to enjoy a picnic. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate National Picnic Month, and we've got the details on six of the best picnic spots in the Mansfield area.

  1. Gorman Nature Center – 2295 Lexington Ave., Mansfield 44907
    Mansfield homes for sale make it easy to reach every destination on our list, including the gorgeous Gorman Nature Center. This is a great spot to plan a day around your picnic, with free educational programs, extensive trails, and more than 150 acres of natural beauty. You can even have a picnic under the stars, and enjoy various night sky programs at Gorman Nature Center.

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Mansfield — are you ready to rock this summer? Join our REALTORS® for the Final Friday Concert Series in the Brickyard District. This five-event concert series will take place at The Brickyard on the last Friday of the month between May and September. Party each night with your family, friends, and neighbors as you dance to live music, sample delicious food and celebrate summer the Mansfield way.

2019 Final Friday Brickyard Series

Where: The Brickyard – 24 E. Temple Ct., Mansfield, OH 44902
When: The Last Friday of Each Month

  • May 31, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • June 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • July 26, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • August 30, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • September 27, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Parking: Free guest parking is available. All metered spaces are free after 4 PM Monday through Friday, as well as all day on Saturday and Sunday. There is also free parking available at the Municipal Parking Lots located on 4th Street and Main Street and 3rd Street & Diamond Street.

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Mansfield Studebaker Meet
If you love classic cars, whether you are already a homeowner in our area or are shopping Mansfield homes for sale in hopes of becoming one, you'll love being in Mansfield this September. That's because Mansfield has been chosen by the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) to host the 55th annual SDC International Meet. The Antique Studebaker Club will also hold their 2019 International Meet in Mansfield in September. That means that Studebaker owners from all over North America and beyond will roll into town with their classic Studebakers for a week-long celebration of all things Studebaker.

Studebakers In Mansfield

The Richland County Fairgrounds is the place to be for classic car lovers from September 9th through the 14th. The fun will kick off on the 9th and 10th with the Antique Studebaker Club's 2019 International Meet, which features Studebaker vehicles built between 1913 and 1948. Owners of these antique vehicles will show them and share their history and restoration details, and patrons can also peruse the wares of the many vendors who participate in this annual event.

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Mansfield Renaissance Theatre
Nicknamed the Heart of Ohio for good reason, Mansfield is a city teeming with Midwestern history and beauty. One local landmark, restored to its Roaring Twenties glory, has plenty of both: the Renaissance Theatre. While you're browsing Mansfield homes for sale, get to know the city and its neighborhoods a little better, starting with one of the landmarks that make our downtown district so special. Here's what you need to know about the Renaissance Theatre on Park Avenue.

Mansfield's Own Renaissance Theatre

Its Original Name was the Ohio Theater

Renaissance Theatre Interior
The Renaissance Theatre started life as a majestic movie house called the Ohio Theater. A Clara Bow movie was the main attraction on opening night, and it thrived for its first two decades, hosting movie premieres and touring Broadway shows when it wasn't showing iconic films like The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca. In 1980, the Ohio Theater became the Renaissance Theatre, and the lights came back on after years of wear and tear. The theater still has its original seats and Grand Baroque design details, but other elements bring it into the 21st century, such as the hydraulic lift in the orchestra pit and the updated glass skywalk connecting the theater to the hotel next door.

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Mansfield Ohio Valentines Day
As the shortest month of the year, it's hard not to spend all 28 days of February caught up in the love and laughter that surrounds Valentine's Day. When Cupid points his arrow towards Mansfield, the town embraces the celebration of Saint Valentine like a warm hug. As you indulge in all of the fun, romantic and special events within a short drive from Mansfield homes for sale, our REALTORS® at Haring Realty suggest that you spend a weekend finding out if you're Love/Sick at the Mansfield Playhouse!

Love/Sick: A Most Unromantic Comedy for the Romantic in Everyone

With love comes moments of heart-stopping happiness and heartbreaking sadness. Award-winning actor and talented playwright John Cariani's popular production Love/Sick will take audiences on a journey that delves into the heartache and bliss that love brings. A typical Friday night in an alternate suburban reality sets the stage for these nine hilariously twisted short plays.

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Mansfield Little Buckeye Children's Museum
It's easy to see why Mansfield, Ohio is dubbed as the "Fun Center of Ohio."  It houses an indoor wooden carousel, 33 city parks, and a number of outdoor concert venues.  However, if you're looking for things to do with your children this winter, our REALTORS® are here to share details about a local attraction your children are sure to love--Little Buckeye Children's Museum.

Hands-on Fun for the Family at the Little Buckeye Children's Museum

The Little Buckeye Children's Museum features 30 different exhibits that promote hands-on learning for young children two to ten years old. It uses play exploration throughout their exhibits to encourage children to use creative, critical thinking, motor skills, and social interaction skills. These exhibits provide familiar and realistic experiences.

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Ontario Ohio Wokano Steakhouse
Did you know that everyone's favorite local sushi and hibachi spot is moving to a new, updated location? Wokano Japanese Steakhouse, formerly located at 2067 W. 4th Street in Mansfield, is on the move... but not too far. The new place, also located on 4th Street in Ontario, promises to offer even more of what you love about the original Wokano, along with a few new twists. Our REALTORS® have all the tastiest details about what you can expect from Wokano Japanese Steakhouse in its new Ontario location.

Searching for Sushi in Ontario? Wokano Japanese Steakhouse Moves to a New Location

Wokano Japanese Steakhouse
New Location: 2284 W. 4th St., Ontario
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 12 pm-10 pm

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Mansfield Ohio Homes Herlihy Christmas House
If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, you'll love the festive splendor of the Herlihy Christmas House. This private family home in Mansfield is adorned with thousands of lights, hundreds of Santas, trains, villages, Disney-themed displays, and over 25 decorated Christmas trees. This private collection of holiday decorations has been cultivated for decades, with some pieces dating back more than 50 years!

Each decoration is hand-placed by family members and volunteers who carry on the tradition that began all the way back in 1987. It only takes one visit to the Herlihy Christmas House to see why it's has become a favorite tradition among our REALTORS® and Mansfield residents of all ages.

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Mansfield Ohio Christmas Events

Our REALTORS® are already gearing up for all of Mansfield's Christmas events, and we want you to do the same too. That's why we are making a list (and, yes, we're checking it twice) of the top holiday events in our community you won't want to miss. Tour decorated mansions, see a play, take a sleigh ride, and cut your own Christmas tree right here in Mansfield, Ohio.

  1. Start Your Christmas Shopping at the Carrousel District
    W. 4th St. and N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902

    The Carrousel District has over 50 shops and eateries located in our Downtown. Perfect for crossing off a few names from your list, you'll find everything from antique and retro shops to chocolatiers and cigar stores.

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Bellville Ohio Christmas Holiday Events
Richland County, Ohio offers no shortage of fun places to enjoy the holiday season. From cutting a tree to hopping aboard a wagon ride, dozens of local farms and farm markets offer a chance to get into the Christmas spirit. Our REALTORS® are especially fond of Kleerview Farm, home of Santa's Barnyard Express!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Starts in Bellville at Kleerview Farm

Just 10 minutes outside Bellville, Ohio, Kleerview Farm is nestled in the Clear Fork Valley, surrounded by the rolling hills and farmlands of Richland County. Every year, countless locals and visitors flock to the 230-acre farm to cut Christmas trees, take part in all kinds of fun holiday happenings – and to meet the herd of reindeer that call Kleerview Farm home.  

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Bellville Ohio - Put Down Roots
A rich history and bright future come together in Richland County, Ohio. It's a great place to put down roots, literally and metaphorically – the county's name comes from the fertile soil found here – and thanks to the help of the Ohio Genealogical Society, it's a place where many Ohioans can trace their families back through the years and miles. So whether you're interested in learning more about your family's history or planning for its future, our REALTORS® believe Richland County is a great place to do so.

Trace Your History to Bellville, Ohio

The Richland County village of Bellville is an excellent example of this region's unique and fascinating history. Founded in 1808 and the site of a minor gold rush in 1853, it's a tight-knit but welcoming community that offers small-town charm just minutes from the larger city of Mansfield. The Bellville Bandstand, built in 1879, still stands in the heart of the village, and you can trace the path of the B&O Railroad right through Bellville. 

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Mansfield Haunted House
Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year? If you love all things spooky, scary, and sensational, then there are few better places to be than Mansfield for the Halloween season this year. In addition to all of the local events going on throughout October to celebrate Halloween, Mansfield is home to one of the most stunning haunted "houses" in the entire country. The Ohio State Reformatory – a beautiful, historic prison loaded with stories from across the centuries – is the site of the annual "Escape from Blood Prison" haunted house. It's the perfect way to get your adrenaline flowing during the spooky season, and our REALTORS® have all of the haunted details on this popular, local event.

Spooky, Spectacular Fun in Haunted Mansfield 

Escape from Blood Prison: The Annual Haunted House - the Ohio State Reformatory
Dates/Times: September 28 – November 4, 2018 – Gates Open at 6 pm
Location: 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905

The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory was designed by architect Levi T. Schofield, with the first stones for the spectacular structure being laid in 1886. While you definitely won't find it on the list of Mansfield homes for sale, the Ohio State Reformatory did serve as a sort of home throughout its working life. The prison housed some of the most dangerous criminals in Ohio, and ghost stories were very common even before the prison became a well-known historic site.

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Bellville Ohio Buckeye Express Diner
If you're looking for the perfect house in a small town, you'll find it in Ohio among our Bellville homes for sale. As a local, you'll settle into a beautiful, affordable home in a quiet neighborhood. When you need fun and excitement, you can make an hour-long drive to Columbus, but you don't have to. Bellville residents enjoy art and culture venues, museums and wineries, and great places to shop, relax, and eat.

Our REALTORS® invite you to spend a weekend touring Bellville homes and getting to know our town. If you love trains, burgers or both, be sure to make a stop at the Buckeye Express Diner. It's an Ohio State Buckeye-themed restaurant serving homemade comfort food inside a pair of repurposed passenger train cars. 

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Mansfield-Relax It's Just Coffee
When you feel drawn away from your big-city life, be sure to include Mansfield homes for sale on your must-see list. Mansfield, Ohio is the perfect place for a lifestyle change. With a population of 46,000 plus, it's small but not too small

The homes are beautiful and affordable. You'll enjoy local and regional art, museums, and parks. For a weekend change of pace, you'll love touring the Living Bible Museum or the ominous Ohio State Reformatory where they filmed "Shawshank Redemption."

Mansfield has a lot going on. But if you want to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in a warm community atmosphere, Our REALTORS® are here to introduce you to Relax, It's Just Coffee.

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Lexington Ohio Blueberry FestivalThe Fun Takes Place in Lexington, Ohio

Summertime fun awaits you and your family at the 16th Annual Lexington Blueberry Festival. There's no better way to get to know the community while searching for your dream home than to join in the activities of this Lexington tradition. Our agents are ready with information on Lexington homes for sale, and make plans to enjoy the sights, sounds, and, of course, tastes of the Lexington Blueberry Festival from August 16 - 19.

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Mansfield Ohio Motorsports Heaven
These days, when it comes to real estate, moving fast is usually much better than moving slowly.

If you want to buy the home of your dreams, you need to keep up the pace. Our REALTORS® help you make it happen by giving you expert guidance at every turn. That means you can explore Mansfield homes for sale, choose the right one for you, and close the deal with the help of our team at Haring Realty.

When you decide to move to Mansfield, you'll have the chance to enjoy exciting motorsports any time you feel the need for speed. Mansfield is home to its own motor speedway and sports car course, so it attracts plenty of racing enthusiasts to our community.

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Shelby Ohio Bicycle Days
There's lots of fun to be had by every member of your family at Shelby Bicycle Days! Mark your calendars, and make plans to join the activities at Black Fork Commons park in Shelby July 12 - 14. Whether you're a local, a visitor to the area, or someone interested in buying one of many great Shelby homes for sale, this action-packed festival is an exciting way to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and charm of our community.

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Ontario Ohio July 4 Festival
Since Independence Day is just around the corner, there's really no place like home to celebrate special holidays with family and friends. Ontario, Ohio is no exception. Our REALTORS® know that when it comes to celebrating, Ontario ranks second to none. Read on to find out what you'll love most when you buy one of our homes for sale in Ontario.

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Richland County Mohican Weekend
There are a lot of reasons to get excited about living in Richland County, Ohio. The landscape itself tops the list, especially if you're the type who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. Richland County has it all—state parks and forests, lakes streams, hiking trails, spectacular spring wildflower blooms and vibrant fall foliage—and the best time to appreciate it is right now.

One of the great outdoor events of the year, Mohican Wildlife Weekend, is right around the corner. Our REALTORS® want to make sure you're here to enjoy it!

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Shelby Ohio Home of The Vault Wine Bar
When you're looking for a new home it's exciting to check out all things to do and features that make the neighborhood unique. You'll always want to know the best places to go to socialize to meet new neighbors and friends. Our REALTORS® know the neighborhoods we serve well and can tell you about some of the great places to go. If you're searching for homes for sale in Shelby, you'll want to be sure to ­­check out The Vault Wine Bar.

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Mansfield 1285 Winery
Have you tried 1285 Winery? Mansfield residents who haven't tried 1285 Winery at the Blueberry Patch soon fall in love with it. This sweet little spot is a blueberry farm, a winery, a restaurant, and more. Drop in sometime, on your way to work or after a long day of looking at Mansfield homes for sale, and see the best that this community has to offer. Located at 1285 West Hanley Road in Mansfield, the winery is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. 

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Mansfield Ohio Outdoor Adventures
Enjoying time out in nature is a great way to relieve stress and feel better about life. All over the U.S., millions of people enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, and other activities. If you live in Mansfield, Ohio, you have plenty of options!

When you visit this city of about 47,000 people, there's one thing that's easy to notice right away: Beautiful green spaces that are well-tended and equipped for people to visit. You can camp overnight or for several days in a relaxing environment.

And, of course, you just can't forget the fishing!

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Spending time having fun with your kids is a great way to create family memories when you move to a new city.  Winter officially arrives in Mansfield on December 21 and our REALTORS® have a long list of family-friendly activities in our community to share with you. One great way to get the most of winter in our neck of the woods is to hit the slopes at Snow Trails Ski Resort.

Mansfield Ohio Winter Family Fun

Nestled in the Possum Run Valley, Snow Trails is situated in one of the coldest spots in the region, a great place for making and maintaining a solid layer of snow. The resort opened its doors in 1961, making it the first ski resort in Ohio. It's still one of our favorites, and if you love skiing, snowboarding or tubing, you'll find everything you need to have fun in Mansfield.

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Mansfield Christmas Kingwood Center Gardens
The gorgeous gardens and beautiful outdoor spaces of Kingwood Center Gardens provide a perfect backdrop for fun throughout the year, and the holiday season is certainly no exception. In fact, this just might be the best time of year to visit Kingwood Center Gardens. There are special events throughout the holiday season, and Christmas at Kingwood is always one of the biggest holiday events of the year in the Mansfield, Ohio area. Our REALTORS® are already gearing up for this year's event, and we've got all the details on Christmas at Kingwood Gardens in 2017.

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Wayne's Offers Mansfield Families Fall Fun  

Mansfield Ohio - Waynes Country Market
Mansfield, Ohio comes alive in fall. As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, you'll find no shortage of fun ways to enjoy the season throughout Richland County. Our REALTORS® know all the best places to experience autumn in the Mansfield area—and Wayne's Country Market, located at 2440 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, is a local favorite.

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Haunted Homes in Mansfield
It's October, and you know what that means. Leaves are changing color, everything is pumpkin spice, and it's time for haunted houses. Though some people don't quite get the thrill of haunted houses, there's something enticing about the idea of getting a scare – as long as it doesn't get out of hand.

In Mansfield, Ohio, family, friends, and neighbors go all out on their haunted house shenanigans.  Mansfield is the county seat of Richland County. Home to about 75,000 people, with more than 124,000 in the Greater Metro Area, it is known as the "heart of Ohio." For many brave souls, it is also the heart of Halloween!

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Best Fall Foliage in Ohio

Mansfield Area Ohio Fall Colors
Fall is just a few days away.  While the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire may get an enormous amount of press when leaf-peeping season arrives, anyone who has spent any time in Ohio knows that there are plenty of colors to go around.

Ohio's Richland County area offers some of the best leaf-peeping opportunities in the state. To experience the best fall foliage that Ohio has to offer, these are the top spots in the Mansfield area to take a hike and watch the changing leaves.

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Sylvester Stallone Escape Plan 3 to Film at Mansfield's Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield Welcomes Hollywood Back

When you think of filming sites for some of the most beloved movies ever made, does the city of Mansfield, Ohio spring to mind? It should! In addition the everyday pleasures of living in Mansfield, you'll find that the streets of our city have been walked by some of the biggest stars that Hollywood has to offer, and blockbuster season is about to return to our corner of Ohio with the production of a new Sylvester Stallone film in the city. Our REALTORS® are ready for lights, camera, action, and we've got all the details on why Mansfield is a true Hollywood hot-spot.

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Downtown Mansfield Hosts Heart of the City Cruise-In

Mansfield Heart of the City Cruise In

One of Ohio's most popular car shows is returning to the Mansfield area this Saturday, August 26. You've still got time to polish up your ride for the big show. The Heart of the City Cruise In – presented by the Downtown Mansfield organization – is always one of Mansfield's most well-attended special events, in part because it grows bigger and better with each passing year. There are activities during the show for every member of the family, to go along with all of the great food and community fun you'll enjoy throughout the day. Our REALTORS® are here to give you the inside scoop on what to expect from this year's Heart of the City Cruise In.

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6 Mansfield Wineries You Won't Want to Miss

6 Mansfield Wineries
When many Americans think of wine and beer production, California comes to mind. However, Mansfield, Ohio residents know a different story.  Before prohibition, Ohio was a major wine and beer producer. While local companies don't produce nearly as much wine and beer as they did in decades past, a new generation of vintners and brewers are re-establishing lost winery and brewery traditions.

Our REALTORS® want to share information about a few of the wineries and breweries in the Mansfield area. They are important to our local economy and they provide exciting refreshment, dining, and entertainment alternatives for people owning homes in Mansfield.

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Richland County Fair Mansfield Ohio
Nothing says summer in Ohio more than going to a local county fair. Whether it's the 3-Cs (carnival rides, cotton candy and cattle) you like or the feeling of camaraderie experienced by attending a community event, county fairs come alive with attractions and activities for all ages. The Richland County Fair in Mansfield, Ohio is no different.

Toward the end of every summer, the Richland County Fair provides the perfect place to catch up with old friends and make some new ones too. There are fair events geared toward every member of the family, and our REALTORS® are excited to share all of the attractions at this year's Richland County Fair.

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Richland County has a lot to offer.

The county's rich environments include the rolling countryside of Clear Fork and Lucas as well as the historic downtown Carrousel District of Mansfield. Locals also enjoy choices for higher education in Ontario, beautiful parks, and numerous attractions like Kingwood Center, the Renaissance theater, Snow Trails and the Ohio State Reformatory (just to name a few).

For all of the opportunities we might enjoy this summer, it's also important to remember to give back to our community.

Volunteering is one way to help those in need and make the community stronger. It is also incredibly rewarding. Below, we've listed just a few reasons we believe volunteering is worth your while, as well as some suggestions for places to get started.


1. Meet New People

Whether you're new to the area and looking to make friends or you've lived here for years, volunteering is an easy way to meet people. The people you meet volunteering may be people you would never have met otherwise, yet they might become cherished friends or even valuable business contacts.

If you're looking for a social experience, you may consider joining a service-based club or organization. Richland County is home to a Kiwanis chapter, five Lions International chapters (Bellville, Butler, Crestline, Lucas and Madison), and RSVP of Mid Ohio, a club for retirees and seniors dedicated to serving the community. There are also two divisions of Lions International for teenagers, the Leo Alpha Club in Lexington and the Leo Alpha Club in Lucas.


2. Give Back

Think of someone who has had a positive impact on your life. Where would you be without them? How would your life be different?

There are plenty of opportunities to be a positive, perhaps even life-changing presence in another person's life. Whether that means being a mentor dad or mom through the Richland Pregnancy Center, helping out your local library, or being a smiling face that makes that visit to the hospital a little easier, there's a way for everyone to pass kindness on to another.


3. Pursue Your Passion

Volunteer positions aren't one-size-fits-it-all. There are nonprofits and organizations dedicated to a variety of interests and causes.

Do you love the arts? Consider helping out at the Mansfield Art Center or selling tickets at the Renaissance.

Are you passionate about fitness? Become a sports or aerobics instructor at the YMCA.

If you enjoy gardening, there's a place for you at Kingwood Center Gardens or the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

If you're skilled at home repair or auto maintenance, you can provide aid to an elderly widow or widower through Samaritans for Seniors.


4. Learn a New Skill 

Volunteering can be an outlet for your current skills, but it can also be a way to learn something new. You'll see what it's like behind the scenes at a hospital, food pantry or after-school program and possibly be trained in a task you didn't know how to do before.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio prepares volunteers to teach economics and personal finance classes to young students.

If you give time at a local hospital, you may learn to assist physical and occupational therapists. 

OSU Extension trains master gardeners and certified volunteer naturalists so they can pass on their knowledge to children, the elderly and other gardening enthusiasts.

Many organizations just need someone with practical office skills, and will be happy to show you the ropes.


5. Find a Career Boost 

Volunteering can be especially beneficial to job seekers. The search for employment can be draining, but the chance to do something productive and meaningful a few hours a week can improve your mentality and your mood.

Volunteering has been shown to contribute to a positive mindset and give volunteers a sense of purpose. It can also help you land a job—volunteering helps build connections and looks great on a résumé. Your giving of your free time shows a potential employer that you are compassionate and driven. Volunteers are also likely to work well in groups—a valuable attribute for any employee.


6. Strengthen Your Community 

A strong community is one where everyone contributes. And there are several local organizations whose daily work is achieving a better community. 

Volunteers at the Culliver Reading Center invest in the next generation with homework help and afterschool programs.

Harmony House volunteers help the homeless and unemployed get back on their feet with mentorships and life skills training, child care, transportation to job interviews and much more.


7. Watch a Little Become A Lot

Most people want to make a difference. You don't have to solve world hunger or donate millions of dollars to make a positive impact. Just a little bit of time and effort can generate a better life for someone else.

Every dollar raised at Relay for Life means hope for a cure.

One toy from Toy Time can brighten a child's Christmas.

Being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters takes one hour a week, but it's been shown to boost a child's confidence as well as reduce risk-taking behaviors.


If you are considering giving your time, go for it! There are so many great reasons to get involved. For a list of local organizations in need of volunteers, click here


"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  — Winston Churchill


Riding a horse is great exerciseit strengthens the core, improves balance and coordination and may even get your heart pumping. Here in north central Ohio, riding a horse also means the chance to soak in the serene natural beauty of family farms and ancient forests. Whether you've never sat in a saddle or are looking for a place to ride and train your own horse, there are plenty of options nearby.

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farms

1. Pleasant Valley Lake Park & Malabar Farm, Perrysville/Lucas

Both Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm contain riding trails; there is also a trail that connects the two parks. These trails are free to use year-round. Riders can stage their horses from either park. The horseman's ground at Malabar is free to use. The staging area inside Pleasant Hill Park (located off State Route 95) requires a $5 parking fee for non-campers.

If you want to take your horse camping, Pleasant Hill's equine campground has 37 lots, each with its own campfire ring and picnic table and restrooms nearby.


Photo courtesy of Mohican Lodge and Conference Center 

2. Mohican State Park and Memorial State Forest Trails, Loudonville

The Mohican Forest is filled with history. Once the hunting grounds of the Delaware tribe, it later became pioneer territory when Native Americans were driven out during the War of 1812. Later, John Chapman (or as he is more commonly known, Johnny Appleseed) planted trees in the area. Today, you can ride through this historic forest on 22 miles of public bridle trails. Two staging areas are available off of State Route 97 on the western side of the Memorial State Forest. They are free to use.

Photo courtesy of Equestrian Valley Farm

3. Equestrian Valley Farm, Mansfield

Founded in 1815, Equestrian Valley Farm is made up of 200 acres of rolling hills, open pastures and pristine Mohican Forest. Trail rides allow you to see it all from atop your horse as you ride up and down the hills and through the woods. You don't need to own a horse to ride at Equestrian Valley -- the farm's herd includes a Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walker, Haflinger, Mustang and Percheron. Rides last about 75 minutes and are suitable for newbie and veteran riders alike.

Photo courtesy of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

4. Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Mansfield

In 1918, Frank Black founded his estate and named it Raemelton Farm after the Irish town where his father was born. In 1995, the estate was converted into a therapeutic riding center with an outdoor riding arena, indoor riding arena, two barns and beautiful pasture. Today it serves more than 100 students each week.

Raemelton's programs are specially designed for riders with physical handicaps, impaired mobility, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and/or psychological and emotional disabilities. It also offers a non-mounted class for at-risk youth that explores goal-setting and emotional development. Active, inactive or retired military members and their families can access these programs for free through the Hooves for Heroes program.


Photo courtesy of All Hoofed Up Ranch

5. All Hoofed Up Ranch, Crestline

All Hoofed Up is a great choice for kids and beginners as well as skilled riders. The ranch's one- and two-hour trail rides begin with a brief lesson before venturing through the fields, into the woods, and maybe through a creek or two! Take in the breathtaking natural views while you ride a calm Paint horse, Draft mix or gaited Tennessee Walker.

Marc and Lisa Sleeckx also provide horseback riding lessons year round and a kids' summer day camp in June and July.


Courtesy of Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch

6. Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch, Loudonville

Triple M is a non-profit horse rescue that gives riding lessons and guided trail rides. The 3rd generation family-owned ranch consists of 200 acres of some of Ohio's most beautiful forests. Trail rides are led by capable guides in groups of 6 or less for a more intimate, personal experience.


Photo courtesy of Arnold Show Horses

7. Arnold Show Horses, Ashland

Chris and Debbie Arnold have been in the equine business for over 30 years. They offer numerous services including coaching, lessons and a youth equestrian team for junior and senior high students. The Arnolds love coaching riders of all ages and help them train their horses.



8. McCartney Stables, Mansfield

Mike McCartney has over 30 years of experience training horses. He designs lessons based on customers' needs with a focus on safety, horsemanship and establishing a connection between the horse and its rider. In addition to training, McCartney Stables offers trail rides and riding lessons.

Fun Fact: Morgan Freeman boarded his horse at McCartney Stables during the Shawshank Redemption. 


Photo courtesy of Berry Valley Ranch

9. Berry Valley Ranch, Mansfield

If you need a place to board your horse, check out Berry Valley ranch. Berry Valley has over 120 acres of pasture and riding trails and facilities including a riding arena, tack room and  12X12 stalls with windows. Boarding options range from full care to stall only.


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Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Imagine a perfect day on the lake - a gentle breeze blows as the waves playfully crash against the side of the boat. The sun beats down on the water, which sprays up in drops of crystal as you whiz by. Or perhaps you'd rather be sitting in a canoe, watching the water, a fishing pole in hand. Either way, the perfect summer day is easier to come by than you think! North central Ohio's abundant freshwater supply means a lake or river may not be far away.

Note: This blog post discusses places to fish, water ski and operate jet skis and motor boats. For information on kayaking and canoeing in north central Ohio, click here.


Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

1. Pleasant Hill, Perrysville

With 850 acres of water surface and no horsepower limit, Pleasant Hill is a no-brainer for boating, fishing, water-skiing and jet-skiing enthusiasts. Fish species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and more. A valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish at Pleasant Hill.

Pleasant Hill Marina offers seasonal docking as well as a public launch ramp. The full-service marina also rents fishing, pontoon and cruise boats as well as waverunners, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards. Multi-day and season passes are available for some boats.


Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

2. Charles Mill, Loudonville

Charles Mill is located just 6 miles east of Mansfield and is easily accessible via US 30 and I-71. It has a surface area of 1350 acres and a maximum depth of 24 feet. The 10 horsepower limit ensures a more relaxed atmosphere ideal for exploring in a kayak or on a paddle board. Pontoon, fishing and house boats are also popular on the lake. You can rent boats in the full-service marina or launch your own from the public ramp off St. Rt. 430.

The lake is home to channel catfish, flatheads, batfish bullheads, white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappies, bluegills and saugeye. State licenses are required for boating, fishing and hunting.

Charles Mill also has a swimming beach, a nature trail and a full-service campground.


Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.

3. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

Shelby Reservoir 3 has a concrete boat ramp open to boats of any size. Rowboats, canoes paddle boats and electric-motor watercraft are welcome. Boats with gasoline motors are prohibited.

Bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, channel catfish and rainbow trout live in the stocked reservoir. Controlled fishing is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

 Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.

4. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield

The Clear Fork Reservoir contains 997 surface acres of water and 14 miles of shoreline. The public launch ramp on the south side is free to use. The speed limit is 8 mph and while there is no horsepower limit, a no wake policy is enforced. Boat rentals are available at the marina.

Fishing from boats is allowed, provided boats stay at least 500 feet from the dam. Shore fishing is also allowed on the south and west shores. Fish in the Clear Fork Reservoir include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, white bass and more!

The Clear Fork Reservoir also offers hiking trails and picnic areas.

5. Mohican and Clear Fork Rivers, Loudonville and Bellville

Ready for some fly fishing? If you're angling for some brown trout, you may get lucky in the Clear Fork and Mohican rivers, which are stocked annually. Much of the Clear Fork runs through private property, but the stretch the runs along Gatton Rock Road is a popular spot for fishing. According to Mohican Fly Fishers of Ohio, the best place to fish in the Mohican is in the park, between the Pleasant Hill dam and State Route 3.


Looking for a high speed, heart-pumping adrenaline rush? Our list of "outdoor thrills" is sure to help. Below you'll find adventures suited for all ages, all within an hour of Mansfield, OH.

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures.

1. Aerial Park at Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Just south of Richland County, Mohican Adventure Park offers numerous outdoor activities, including its newer aerial park. Six courses range from beginner to advanced level so even younger children can participate. Participants can climb up the "spider web" and cargo net, cross the rope bridges and cheese wall, and soar on the lily pad swings. More advanced courses include zip lines and a free fall jump (don't worry, there's a harness!) The green and blue courses, which are 12 and 22 feet high, are most suitable for children under 11. Ultimate thrill seekers will love the black course, situated 42 feet in the air. This exciting activity is great for groups and families.

 Photo courtesy of Battle Zone Paintball Park.

2. Battle Zone Paintball Park III, Mansfield

Paintball is a great way to get some exercise and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Battle Zone Park has 5 battlefields including a woodsball fort course, a speedball field with a castle, a village urban-assault course, a full military field and a minefield. All equipment is provided; however, you are permitted to bring their own. Groups must register a week in advance and may customize their own military simulation and objective-based missions. Guests can come without a group or reservation during the park's "free play" hours each weekend (Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The park also has monthly tournaments, which you can register for on its website.


Photos courtesy of The Infield.

3. The Infield, Lexington

The Mid-Ohio Sports Cars Course draws a lot of visitors to Richland County every year, but you don't have to be a professional to zoom around a racetrack. The Infield's go-cart courses are well-suited for thrill seekers of all ages. Adults and children ages 10 and up can zoom around the ¼ mile track--one of the longest go-cart tracks in Ohio. Children ages four and older can ride with an adult driver or head over to the kiddy course for a five-minute drive. See the Infield's website for height safety requirements.


4. Mountain Biking Trails at Mohican State Forest, Loudonville

These exciting trails are not for beginners. The short, six mile loop begins at the staging area across from the main campground on State Route 3. This "moderately difficult" path winds through the hillside and past the campgrounds. For a more challenging ride, try the 25-mile, one directional trail. Filled with gradual climbs and steep descents, this rollercoaster-like trail takes you past breathtaking Mohican scenery, so you can enjoy the pristine woodland and stunning lake views as you zip by.


Photo courtesy of Tree Frog Canopy Tours.

5. Tree Frog Canopy Tours, Glenmont

Located about 15 minutes south of Loudonville along the Mohican River, Tree Frog's zipline tour is worth the drive. Soar through the forest on a 2 1/2 hour tour with seven ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels. With more than 4,000 feet of zipline cable, a peak point of 120 feet and a highest recorded speed of 51 MPH, Tree Frog is the longest, highest and fastest canopy tour in the state. Professional guides lead the way, so no prior experience is needed. 


School may be out for the summer, but who says the learning should stop? Whether you've got curious kids or simply love exploring the great outdoors, Richland County and the surrounding area offers a wealth of parks and nature ed programs worth exploring!

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Hiking through the nature trails is just one way to observe local wildlife and natural habitats. The park also has a visitor center that's open Monday thru Saturday from 9 to 4. Inside the center, there are educational displays as well as staff naturalists and volunteers who can introduce you and your family to the center's resident wildlife. All of the animals at the center are native to the state of Ohio, including different species of frogs, snakes, turtles, salamanders and owls.

The Richland County Parks Department sponsors weekly education programs for the public as well as private programs for schools, youth groups, garden clubs, senior citizens and service organizations. Public program topics include naturalist-led guided hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops and night sky programs. 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve, rehabilitation center for injured birds and a "living museum" with 60 permanent residents--rehabilitated animals whose injuries would prevent them from flourishing in the wild. The 90-acre preserve is open to the public year round and free-of-charge. Live bird displays include species such as Baltimore Orioles, Great Horned Owls, Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles. The aviary boardwalk wanders through grasslands where songbirds living in their natural habitat. If you stop by the Visitor Center to purchase special feed, you may get to see Blue Jays and doves eat right from your hand!

In addition to free visits, the sanctuary offers nature-themed summer camps, a junior naturalist program and programming designed specifically for homeschoolers and large groups.

Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

Everyone knows Kingwood is the place to go to see thousands of beautiful flowers, but the center also has educational opportunities for children and adults. The Peacock Playhouse is a horticultural education center designed for children ages 2-14. It is open daily and offers craft time, painting spaces and displays on birds, plant growth and composting. The newest features of the Peacock Playhouse include a monarch butterfly display, worm and ant farms, and a sensory garden. Kingwood also has one-hour Cultivation Education sessions every Tuesday, where children learn about birds, bugs, planting and the environment. Adult activities vary by season and may include yoga, meditation and cooking classes. For a full list of activities, visit Kingwood's event page 

4. Mohican State Park, Loudonville
Mohican offers numerous educational programs and themed hikes lead by a staff naturalist. Guests can meet some of the snakes and turtles native to Ohio or learn about raccoons and frogs at the Critter Open House. Head into the woods to hunt amphibians, help clean the park, or learn which plants are safe to eat during the Forest Foraging Hike. Additional hikes include the Butterfly Hunt, Night Hike and Owl Hike. These hikes and programs are a great opportunity for hands-on learning and typically last between an hour and an hour and a half. All programs are open to the public. To view the calendar, please click this link and select Mohican State Park.



Exercise—we all know we need it. Why not enjoy it? From gorgeous flower gardens to woodland paths to 5K runs, there are plenty of places nearby to take in the beauty of the outdoors during your next workout.

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Mansfield's 150-acre nature park includes over five miles of free public trails that are open from dawn to dusk, all year round. Hike, run or walk at your own pace through deciduous forests and grassland prairies while taking in the surrounding ponds, streams and wildlife. The trails are not paved; however, there are no major inclines and the paths are not considered strenuous for the average hiker. Dogs on short leashes (no longer than six feet) are permitted to hike with their owners; plastic baggies for clean-up are available at the beginning of each trail. Bikes and motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted.


Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield—Richland County.

2. Richland B&O Bike Trail

Originally a railroad track, this scenic stretch was converted into a public trail in the late 1980s. The 18-mile trail begins at North Lake Park in Mansfield and winds it way south through Lexington, Bellville and Butler. The B&O trail is a paved blacktop and goes through sunny spots, shaded wooded areas and across historic bridges. It's level surface is great for walking, jogging, running, roller skating, rollerblading or riding a bicycle. Dogs with short leashes are permitted. Motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted. Parking is available in various spots along the trail. This trail is free to use.


Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

The history and beauty of Kingwood Center makes it one of Mansfield's most unique attractions. The former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King opened to the public in 1953, a year after Mr. King's death. Since then, the 47-acre estate has been meticulously maintained. Brick paths through the gardens as well as the pebble foot trails through the woods create an easy network of paths that's great for all ages. There are also a few grass paths. Pets are not permitted in the park. Admission is $5 or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.


Photo courtesy of Malabar Farm.

4. Malabar Farm, Lucas

This historic farm contains four moderate-level trails as well as short path to the Mt. Jeez overlook. Butternut Trail forms a loop through the forest to a small cave. The Doris Duke Woods Trail circles through the woods. The Jungle Book Trail meanders through lowland areas teeming with undisturbed plants and wildlife. The fourth and longest trail, the Pleasant Valley Bridle Trail, is the only one open to horses as well as foot travelers. This trail features over five miles of scenic views, winding streams and stunning rock formations. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Cross country running is permitted. Parking and admission are free.


Photo courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

5. Mohican State Park & Memorial State Forest, Loudonville

Roaming through the beautifully preserved Mohican forests is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. The State Park and State Forest offer one- and two-mile hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. The Discovery Forest Trail is a two-mile educational trail that's wonderful for kids. Use of the trails is free.


Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield.

6. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield & Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

The trails at the Clear Fork Reservoir are one of the lesser-known hiking options in the area. Dirt paths along the north side of the lake offer approximately 15 miles of trails through the woods. Dogs on leashes are permitted and there is no entrance fee. 

Shelby Reservoir No. 3 offers two public trails: a 3-mile wooded nature trail and a 1.25-mile paved surface surrounding the reservoir.


Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

7. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

Bird watchers will love strolling through the trails at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, which is home to 52 species of breeding bird and migrating species. Four miles of foot trails lead through 90 acres of meadows, marshes, forest and waterside terrain. The Wood Duck Trail, one of the most populated bird habitats, has a wheelchair accessible portion. The trails and Sanctuary are free to visit. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails but not near bird enclosures or buildings.


Photo courtesy of the Shawshank Trail.

8. 5Ks, 7Ks, half and full marathons

Running is a great way to get fit. It's also a great way raise funds for some of Richland County's beloved organizations and landmarks. Annual runs include the Kingwood 5K, the Ohio State Reformatory's Shawshank Hustle 7K, Lexington Blueberry Festival 5K & Glow Run and Ontario's Liberty 5K. All of these runs benefit community organizations, parks and local sports teams. Just outside of Richland County are Galion's Pickle Run 5K and the Mohican Trail Marathon.


Mini golf courses have been around for over 100 years, but they're still as beloved as ever. Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro, these courses are a great place to put your skills (and your luck) to the test.

Photo courtesy of Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf

1. Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, Mansfield

Nothing says summer like mini golf and an ice cream cone. Putt your way through the 18-hole course, complete with trees, a pond and a creek, then head to the patio to enjoy a cool, creamy ice cream cone. Kelly's serves 22 hard dip flavors and 40 soft serve flavors, including classic chocolate and vanilla as well as unique options like cheesecake and Jamaican rum. 


Logo courtesy of Roselawn Miniature Golf

2. Roselawn Miniature Golf, Shelby

Located in downtown Shelby, this family-run, 18-hole miniature golf course offers lots of surprises, including putt putt staples like the windmill and loop-d-loop. You can also enjoy a game of pinball in the arcade and satisfy your sweet tooth at the candy counter.


Photos courtesy of The Infield

3. The Infield, Lexington

An 18-hole putt putt course is just one of the family-friendly activities you'll find at the Infield. Adult and child-size go-karts, a video arcade, batting cages and a playground mean hours of summer fun.


Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

4. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Mini golf is just one of the summertime activities you can enjoy at Mohican Adventures. The park offers three courses, including the challenging Grist Mill, the rock and stream-filled Adventure Course and a Level Skills Course.


Photo courtesy of Bellville Der Dutchman

5. Der Dutchman, Bellville

Der Dutchman is known for its delicious, Amish-style fare and wonder-filled Carlisle gift shop, but it also offers an 18 hole mini golf course that's great for all ages!


From kayaks and canoes to less traditional options like tubes and stand up paddle boards, Richland County offers numerous destinations for summertime fun on scenic lakes and rivers. 


Photos Courtesy of Mohican Adventures

1. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Looking for a fun water activity but lacking proper gear? Mohican Adventures has a variety of watercraft available onsite, including canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes.

Canoe or kayak down the Mohican and Black Fork rivers with the seven- or fifteen-mile trips. Both one and two-person kayaks are available. After you've finished, Mohican offers a free shuttle back to your vehicle. 

For a more relaxed trip, rent a tube and float down the river, taking in the wildlife and natural scenery as you go. Four- to six-person rafts are also available and make a great choice for families and groups. Shuttle service is available. 


Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Marina

2. Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Perrysville & Charles Mill Lake Park, Mansfield/Mifflin

Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill are great destinations for every skill level. Guests can bring their own boats; however, both the Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill Marina offer various rental options including kayaks, pontoon boats and stand-up paddle boards. Newbies can enroll in free "try-it" sessions or sign up for beginner lessons. Themed kayak tours offer the chance to discover the wildlife and history of the lakes. Fishing from your kayak is permitted with a valid fishing license.


Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield

3. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield 

Bring your own kayak or canoe to the reservoir and take in the natural beauty of the Clear Fork Valley's 997-acre reservoir. Pontoon and fishing boats are available for rent at the marina. The reservoir has no horsepower limit but does have an 8 mph speed limit and no wake policy. 

The surrounding park has spaces for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and picnicking. Three picnic areas located along State Route 97 are free to the public and include tables, charcoal burners, shelters, restrooms and drinking fountains. Picnic area #2 is handicap accessible. 

Fishing from boats is allowed except within 500 feet of the dam. Shore fishing is allowed on the south and west shores.


Photo courtesy of Loudonville Canoe Livery

 4. Loudonville Canoe Livery, Loudonville

One of the oldest canoe leasing companies in Ohio, Loudonville Canoe Livery offers plenty of options for floating down the Mohican river. Choose between eleven canoe trip options that range from a three mile trip to a seven day excursion. Single or double kayaks, tubes and rafts are available for rent.

After your journey down the river, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the free, onsite picnic areas or head to the River Room Lounge for pizza or barbecue on the patio. 


 Photo courtesy of the City of Shelby

5. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

Located northeast of Shelby, the reservoir is open to row and paddle boats and boats with electric engines. Boats with gas-powered engines are not permitted. Guests can also stroll along the paved walk path that surrounds the reservoir (1.25 miles) or hike through the wooded nature trail (3 miles). Fishing is permitted in part of the reservoir.





Calling All Campers! You don't have to travel far to fall asleep under the stars, watch the sun set across the lake or roast marshmallows over a campfire. Here are some of the area's best camping destinations:

 Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Mohican Adventures

1. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Set in one of Ohio's most notable state parks, Mohican offers campsites for tents, RVs and campers. There are also cabins available.

Surrounded by the scenic Mohican-Memorial State Forest, the park houses more than 800 campsites. The park's numerous activities means your family will never be bored--there's something for everyone! Canoe or kayak down the river, go fishing in the pond or the lake, or head to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub. You can also follow the hiking and biking trails leading into the forest or towards downtown Loudonville. The campground also has a mini golf course, sand volleyball and basketball courts, go-kart track, and three playgrounds.  

Free modern shower houses are available for all campers.


Photo courtesy of Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District.

Photo Courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

2. Charles Mill Lake Park, Ashland

Charles Mill is a 2,000 acre park with campsites for tents and RVs. The park offers two campgrounds with scenic wooded and waterfront sites. 

The lake was formed in 1936 when the Charles Mill Dam was built on the Black Fork Creek. It has a surface area of 1350 acres and is great for sailing, boating and fishing. Hunting is permitted in designated areas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

Amenities at Charles Mill include a public swimming beach, a full-size basketball court, a swimming pool, a 9 hole Frisbee golf course, a hiking trail, playgrounds, a bocce ball court and a shuffleboard court. 


3. Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas

Malabar's fifteen primitive campsites have access to drinking water and handicap-accessible restrooms. The sites also have hitching posts for equestrian campers. If primitive camping isn't your style, reserve a room at the B&B style hostel. 

While smaller than other campsites in the area, Malabar Farm State Park has lots to offer its visitors. The 900-acre farm maintains the charm of its former days as the residence of Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-prize winning author and conservationist, who purchased the farm in 1939. Visitors can still tour Bromfield's home and observe the farm in action. The park also features hiking trails, a quaint restaurant, and numerous exhibits the whole family can enjoy. For more information on Malabar Farm, click here.


Photo courtesy of Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District.

Photo Courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

4. Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Perrysville

Pleasant Hill is every water lover's paradise. The grounds surround an 850-acre lake perfect for jet-skiing, water-skiing and boating. Primitive, RV and equestrian campsites are available as well as cabins. Campers have access to modern restrooms and hot showers. 

Amenities at Pleasant Hill include the swimming beach, game courts, hiking and equine trails, a playground, picnic shelters, and the Pleasant Hill Marina. Hunting and fishing are permitted in certain areas.


Note: All campgrounds listed above include a picnic table and fire ring at each site.


Photo Courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources

5. Mohican State Park, Loudonville

Different than Mohican Adventures, Mohican State Park also has primitive campsites, RV hookup sites and camper cabins. There are also two bedroom family cabins and cozy lodge rooms available. Campers at the state park have easy access to the hiking trails, mountain biking trails, basketball and volleyball courts, and swimming pool.



Mansfield Ohio Family-Fun Things to Do
There is a long laundry list of pros and cons when moving your entire family to a new city.  You most likely have a lot of questions about everything from homes for sale and schools for the kids to things to do for your entire family.  The good news is that if you are relocating to Mansfield, Ohioour real estate agents at Haring Realty have the answers for you.  Our sales associates make it their mission to not only help you find the perfect home, but also the perfect town, city or neighborhood for your lifestyle. So if you're looking for fun, family-friendly activities in Mansfield, Ohio, we have got a few ideas for you:

  1. Ride a Historic Carrousel
    The Carrousel District in downtown Mansfield offers seemingly endless rows of unique shops, eateries and attractions. Its centerpiece is a 1930s carousel, still in operation, which was the first carousel to be built in the United States.

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