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Mansfield, Ohio Area Visitors Information

Welcome to Mansfield, Ohio, a friendly city of approximately 50,000 residents, situated in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Mansfield is surrounded by several smaller communities, each one unique in their own special way. Whether you are a new resident in the area, or just visiting for a few days, we want you to get the most of what there is to see and do while you are here. This page provides links to many of our finest area attractions, as well as links to other local websites that can provide you with additional visitor resources.

For your convenience, we've also included links to several of the many towns and villages that surround Mansfield. Our portion

of Ohio is covered with lakes, rivers, and beautiful countrysides. Farming communities, Amish settlements, and several unique attractions blanket the area, making it a fun and interesting place to live, work and play. We hope your stay with us will be filled with activities that generate fond memories for years to come, and invite you to visit us again often!

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Public Service Organizations

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Visitors & Conventions Bureau
Richland County is home to warm, wonderful people, and is situated comfortably close to many popular amusement parks, sporting venues, and other major family attractions. From NASCAR racing to world class skiing, to county fairs & village festivals, visit the Visitors & Convention Bureau website for a directory of year-round entertainment.

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Chamber Of Commerce
The Mansfield/Richland Area Chamber of Commerce supports our area's economy by providing services, education, networking options, communication and promotional opportunities to businesses large and small. The Chamber maintains an updated county-wide directory of members, a list of service clubs and a list of area banquet and meeting rooms.

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Downtown Mansfield, Inc.
Downtown Mansfield (formerly known as Main Street Mansfield) is the local organization whose purpose is to stimulate economic development, encourage cooperation and leadership, improve the appearance and create a positive image of the downtown as an exciting place to work, live, shop and invest. Members of this downtown group of merchants host regular special events and sidewalk sales to offer shoppers a chance to save money.

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Mansfield/Richland Public Library
The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has 8 locations that maintain resources, in a variety of formats, which serve the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of the people. All locations offer a wide variety of client services including free high-speed internet access.

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BrainTree Business Development Center
Braintree is a non-profit business incubator and entrepreneurial support center which assists business startups and emerging companies in North Central Ohio. Experienced "Braintree Partners" offer counseling, customer referral, access to capital, and training opportunities. Braintree also offers low-cost workspace and many office ammenities to qualifying applicants.

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Housed in the Chamber of Commerce building, SCORE is a non-profit association of retired professionals volunteer their time, offering business counseling and advice at no charge to persons wishing to start a business. A panel of the areas topmost retired executives, Score is a valuable resource to any new business wishing to succeed.

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Ohio Bureau Of Motor Vehicles / Public Safety
Use the link at the left to visit the Ohio Bureau Of Motor Vehicles main website. Click Here for a complete Ohio county listing of license plate registrars. Click Here for a complete Ohio county listing of Driver License Exam stations.

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Richland County Health Department
Public health covers a variety of activities designed to prevent the spread of disease and promote optimal health. We concentrate on prevention and education to promote a healthy community.

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Buckeye Traffic
Provided by the Ohio Department Of Transportation, provides travelers and commuters with up-to-date information on road construction, temporary lane restrictions, and road closures. During bad weather periods, the service also provides snow and ice related reports. Live WebCams are also available for many parts of the state, including several for Richland County.

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Discover Ohio
This site is designed to provide you with tools to plan a memorable trip to the "Buckeye State." But that's not all. Current and historical Ohio facts and stats, links to Ohio state government and a whole section just for kids can all be found here too.


Featured Area Attractions

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Little Buckeye Children's Museum
The Little Buckeye Childrenís Museum, located at 44 W. 4th Street in downtown Mansfield, is a unique, safe, and welcoming environment where young children (0-12) and families can strengthen relationships and experience the benefits of play that are critical to human development. The museumís colorful, interactive exhibits support exploration, imagination, creativity, and self-discovery through science, art, and literacy.

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Kingwood Center Gardens
For anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature at its finest, Kingwood Center is certainly a must-see! The gardens are open free of charge most daylight hours seven days a week except a couple of winter holidays. The mansion and greenhouse plant sales area have slightly more restricted hours.

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Ohio Bird Sanctuary
A great place to bring your family, with nature trails that wind through 52 acres of woods and marsh. The visitors center, outdoor theater and entire live birds display area is accessible by a brick walk way. Songbird lovers will enjoy a walk through the aviary where birds will alight on your hand in search of food. The sanctuary is also a bird rehab facility.

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Mansfield Playhouse
The Mansfield Playhouse is a live-theater stage production facility that showcases the talents of Mansfield area actors and actresses. Plays are scheduled year-round for a wonderful alternative to films and other forms of visual entertainment. Family Season Ticket passes are now available.

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The Renaissance Theater
Built in 1928 with seating for 1,400, the beautiful, majestic, and historic Renaissance Theatre is the only large theatre in North Central Ohio and is the premier venue for a wide range of outstanding entertainment, including comedy, country, gospel, family entertainment, theatre organ concerts, The Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant, and much more. Most importantly, the Renaissance is proud to be the home of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Renaissance Broadway Series. The theater also features the famous WurliTzer Opus 2022 organ, used for many popular recordings and radio shows throughout the 30's & 40's.

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Ohio State Reformatory
The Ohio State Reformatory, closed as a prison in 1990, was transformed into a museum and tour facility, open for public tours during the summer months. The rugged, old castle-like structure has been the setting for several movies, including the blockbuster movie "The Shawshank Redemption", "Tango & Cash", "Air Force One", and "Walter & Harry Go To New York". Being haunted, it has also been featured on Fox's "Scariest Places On Earth", and was also on The Travel Channel's list of "101 Things To Do Before You Die".

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Malabar Farm State Park
Malabar Farm is a working farm that reflects the agricultural tradition of Ohio while focusing on Louis Bromfield's life and philosophies. The 32-room Big House, was built to appear as if it had been added onto over the years. Tours of the mansion, that has been preserved just as Louis left it in 1956, are offered year-round, as are other activities.

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Prairie Peddler Festival
Located on beautiful scenic State Route 97, the Prairie Peddler Festival is held twice yearly. Step back in time and experience the simpler life of a bygone era. Bring the family out for a horse drawn wagon ride through the beautiful Prairietown woods. Ride along the paths where deer roam and wild turkey abound, or join us at the main stage for some great new musical entertainment.

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Mohican Blues Festival
The Mohican Blues Festival has grown and matured into one of the most anticipated events in North Central Ohio. This is an event that everyone enjoys including fans, performers and staff. Some of the greatest Blues gentlemen of our time have graced the stage with legendary performances giving fest fans memories that will last a lifetime. The beautiful hills of the Mohican River Valley offer a rustic and relaxed atmosphere, offering a perfect setting for great musical performances and a lot of fun.

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Mohican State Forest
Visit the Loudonville, Ohio - Mohican area and enjoy our beautiful forests, scenic rivers, and historic sites. From horseback riding, to canoeing down the Mohican River, to primitive camping, to shopping in Amish country, to eating dinner from an open fire, there's something in Mohican country for everyone!

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