Plan a road trip to Youngstown & Mahoning County and enjoy our outdoor recreation, golf courses, local dining, and unique treats. Here are seven ideas to get you started:


1.  Explore Mill Creek MetroParks

Fellows Riverside GardensEncompassing more than 2,800 natural acres, Mill Creek MetroParks offers 45 miles of trails to explore. Boardwalks, paved walkways and unpaved trails take visitors through the diverse lands and scenery of this breathtaking park. Located in Mill Creek MetroParks is Fellows Riverside Gardens. This twelve-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays, roses of all classes, seasonal displays of annuals, perennials, and flowering bulbs, and scenic vistas. Enjoy lunch overlooking Lake Glacier at the Garden Cafe by Kravitz, located inside the Davis Visitor Center.


2.  Get Inspired at the Butler Institute of American Art

Butler Institute of American ArtWalk through history at the world-renowned Butler Institute of American Art. Known as “America’s Museum”, The Butler was the first museum in the country established to house artwork created solely by American artists. Its ever-expanding collection now exceeds 22,000 pieces in all media types, dating back to 1710. Max Mason: Painting the Game is on exhibit June 13 – September 5, 2021. The paintings of Max Mason are impressive on a variety of levels. Staying with the magical theme of baseball he presents a virtual clinic on composition and color usage. Admission to the Butler is free.


3.  Visit White House Fruit Farm

White House Fruit Farm is known for their homemade produce including strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, sweet corn, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, cucumbers, and eggplant. You’ll also find a deli (40 cheeses and 40 meats), bakery (can’t forget their famous blueberry donuts!), homemade fudge, 3000 specialty foods, and freshly pressed apple cider.


4.  Enjoy Award-Wining Wineries

Youngstown Area WineriesThe Mahoning Valley is home to five beautiful wineries, each with their own ambiance, and ready to welcome you! Enjoy scenic outdoor patios, glistening lake views, stunning sunsets and sprawling vineyards. Learn more in our Wineries Guide.


5.  Play a Round!

The Youngstown area has 12 top quality, affordable public golf courses. Whether you want to tackle a Donald Ross-designed course, or a links-style course, there are plenty of challenges awaiting you. Stay-and-Play Packages are available at area hotels, so grab your clubs and get ready to tee-off. Learn more about our courses in our Golf Guide.


6.  Dine at our Local Restaurants

The Youngstown area restaurant scene offers a variety of local favorites. Patio dining is available at many restaurants.


7.  Taste THE Best Ice Cream in the World!

Handel's ice CreamEvery visit to Youngstown should include a stop at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream! This Youngstown favorite is made fresh daily, one batch at a time. Stop at one of Handel’s six Mahoning County locations. Visit their website for current flavors and locations.


Mahoning County offers visitors a wide variety of comfortable, clean lodging. Our hotels are taking additional measures to ensure your safety is of the highest priority.


Download our Travel Guide and other guides to help you plan your summer road trip! For more ideas of what to do in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Spending time outdoors is a great way to stay active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we also strongly encourage you to follow the health recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – including social distancing of six feet apart.


With the kids home from school and your own working-from-home regimens, you’re probably itching for some fresh air – and we don’t blame you! Luckily, there are plenty of ways you and your family can enjoy the outdoors in Mahoning County, while still keeping an appropriate social distance.


Take a Hike

@martinomotorsports_millcreekbridgeDepending on the trail you choose, hiking can be either a relaxing or invigorating outdoor activity, suited for all ages. Hikes and walks are known to lower stress levels, improve mood and improve health. In the Youngstown area, you’ll find miles of both paved and wilderness hiking trails. In Mill Creek MetroParks alone, there are 45 miles of trails for you to explore. For an easy and scenic 0.25-mile loop, hike the Lily Pond Circle Trail. For a more difficult hike, opt for the 1.5-mile East Cohasset Trail. In Lake Milton State Park, visitors can hike the 1.25-mile paved nature trail. And, at Boardman Park, try the ADA-accessible 4-mile North Trail. For more details about popular area trails, take a look at our online Outdoor Recreation Guide.


Ride Your Bike

@bryanews_millcreekbiketrailBike rides are another great way to relax, unwind and explore the outdoors, by yourself or with family. For a 10.6-mile paved ride, head out on the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway. This trail is part of the larger 100-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway and has parking available along the route. Other popular bike trails in Mill Creek include the 2-mile East Cohasset Hike & Bike Trail, the 1.75-mile East Newport Hike & Bike Trail and the 1.5-mile East Golf Hike & Bike Trail. The 10-mile asphalt Stavich Bike Trail is the only bicycle trail in the United States that takes cyclists through two states and three different townships. You can start the trail at Broad Street and Coit Road in Struthers. For those of you that prefer the (bike) path less-traveled, take your mountain bike to the Lake Milton Mountain Bike Trail. This trail is approximately 4 miles long, with tight turns and punchy climbs, and is ridden as an out-and-back. For more information about area bike trails, download our Outdoor Recreation Guide.


@carleetravels_berlinlakeGo Fishing

With the weather warming up, it’s nearly time to dig out your fishing poles and take a fishing trip to one of Mahoning County’s beautiful lakes. Lake Milton and Berlin Lake are each equipped with several boat launching sites and are open to recreational fishing.


Perfect Your Golf Swing

millcreek_@kimmie_nappiLike fishing, golf is a sport that can be just as enjoyable played alone as it is with other people. The North & South Courses at Mill Creek Golf Course have reopened with adjusted operating hours and mandated guidelines. Kennsington Golf Club is open seven days a week from 6am (Early Bird Special) to dusk. Individual carts are available now for safe social distancing and full-length golf cart cab dividers will be installed by May 23. Knoll Run Golf Course is asking golfers to call ahead for bookings and their outdoor patio will open on May 15. For current updates on all area golf courses, please visit their respective websites.


Try Disc Golf

@youngstowndiscgolfclub_austintownparkDisc golf is widely popular in the Youngstown area and can be enjoyed free of charge at local parks, by all age levels. The only expense to new disc golfers are the discs themselves. Beginners can get started with a single multi-purpose disc for around $10 or purchase a starter kit of multiple discs for around $25. Discs are available for purchase at certain outdoor recreation stores. Once you have your discs, play on one of our four local courses:

  • MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course – 9-hole learn-to-play course and an 18-hole championship course set among wooded areas, meadow and pond landscapes
  • Boardman Park – 18-hole course that runs through both open space and woods
  • Austintown Township – 18-hole course with holes ranging from 161 to 488 feet
  • Wick Park – 9-hole, par 31 course through the mature trees of historic Wick Park



As we adapt to these uncertain times, take time to enjoy the outdoors, alone or with your family. For more information about Youngstown’s beautiful parks and other outdoor attractions, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Ohio restaurants and bars opened outside dining on Friday, May 15, 2020 and inside dining on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Visit for the latest information including requirements for Restaurants and Bars and COVID-19 Restaurant & Food Establishment Guidance. Please check with each restaurant individually for their safety precautions.


The following restaurants and bars are OPEN:
An asterisk (*) denotes outside patio


Another Round Bar and Grille* (at Reserve Run Golf Course) | Visit Website
625 E. Western Reserve Rd., Poland, 330-758-1017


Biker BrewHouse* | Visit Website
5700 Patriot Blvd., Austintown, 330-520-2266


Blue Wolf Tavern* | Visit Website
1295 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman, 330-726-1736


Buffalo Wild Wings* | Visit Website
7401 Market St., Boardman, 330-726-1313
6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, 330-779-0201


Café 422* | Visit Website
8586 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-2422


Carmella’s Café* | Visit Website
850 E. Western Reserve Rd., Boardman, 330-758-0544


The Casual Pint* | Visit Website
393 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-787-9799


El Cowboy Tex Mex Grill & Saloon* | Visit Website
1739 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown, 330-953-2754


El Jalapeno II* | Visit Website
4626 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, 330-799-6500


Forty10 The Grille on the Hill* | Visit Website
4010 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield, 330-967-4400


Halliday’s Winery* | Visit Website
2400 NE River Rd., Lake Milton, 330-654-9463


Hole 55* (at Mill Creek Golf Course) | Visit Facebook Page
1 West Golf Drive, Boardman, 330-740-7112


Inner Circle Pizza* | Visit Website
1816 Boardman-Poland Rd., Poland, 330-757-3719


Inner Circle Pizza | Visit Facebook Page
6579 Ironwood Blvd., Canfield, 330-533-7575


Kennsington Grill* (at Kennsington Golf Club) | Visit Website
4171 Westford Place, Canfield, 330-533-8733


Knoll Run Golf Course* | Visit Website
1421 Struthers-Coitsville Rd., Lowellville, 330-755-2499


Lil Paws Winery & Brewery* | Visit Website
17574 Mahoning Ave., Lake Milton, 330-970-9463


L’uva Bella Winery* | Visit Website
6597 Center Rd., Lowellville, 330-536-6450


Magic Tree Pub & Eatery* | Visit Website
7463 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-2667


Mastropietro Winery and Sports Bar* | Visit Website
14558 Ellsworth Rd., Berlin Center, 330-547-2151


Michael Alberini’s Restaurant & Wine Shop | Visit Website
1140 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-965-2524


The Mocha House – Downtown Youngstown* | Visit Facebook Page
120 E. Boardman Street, Youngstown, 330-951-0070


Nicolinni’s Ristorante II* | Visit Website
1247 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-259-3343


Paladin Brewing* | Visit Website
6520 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, 330-550-6338


Peaberry’s Café and Bakery* | Visit Website
4350 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield, 330-702-9230


The Phoenix Fire Grill and Bar* | Visit Website
5231 S. Canfield-Niles Rd., Canfield, 330-533-9999


The Pour House Bar & Grill* | Visit Website
3620 Starrs Centre Dr., Canfield, 330-533-3522


Quaker Steak & Lube* | Visit Website
5800 Patriot Blvd., Austintown, 330-349-9464


Rachel’s Restaurant* | Visit Website
54 Westchester Dr., Austintown, 330-799-1700


Scacchetti’s Ironwood Grille | Visit Website
6580 Ironwood Blvd., Canfield, 330-967-4800


Springfield Grille | Visit Website
7413 Tiffany South, Boardman, 330-726-0895


StoneBridge Grille & Tavern* | Visit Website
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman, 330-629-8040


TJ’s Restaurant & Lounge (inside Holiday Inn Boardman) | Visit Website
7410 South Avenue, Boardman, 330-726-4893


V2 Wine Bar Trattoria* | Visit Website
100 W. Federal St., Downtown Youngstown, 330-742-5595


The Vineyards at Pine Lake* | Visit Website
14101 Market St., Columbiana, 330-549-0195


Vintage Estate Wine & Beer* | Visit Website
7317 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-8080


Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine* | Visit Website
584 E. Main St., Canfield, 330-286-0800


Listing last updated on 6/2/20.