Once chronicled in a song about its woes by Bruce Springsteen, present day Youngstown now enjoys a picture of community vitality. Along with its revitalization, the city boasts a plethora of fun things to do for visitors.
Once a mecca for immigrants seeking work, the Youngstown area’s ethnically diverse eateries are a palate-pleasing remnant of its past. The unique MVR with its classic Italian fare and Bocce courts; O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill, one of many Irish culinary vestiges; and Kravitz Delicatessen, a traditional Jewish restaurant and bakery, are just a few of the area’s numerous restaurants offering a virtual feast of cultural diversity.
Mill Creek Metroparks offer more than 4,400 acres of things to do in the form of a formal garden and visitor center, a historic grist mill tour, a 400-acre working farm, a championship golf course and a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, tennis, volleyball, cross country skiing and sledding to name a few.
With an abundance of museums, the city celebrates the nation’s cultural history at The Butler Institute of American Art, the first museum of American art. The architectural masterpiece houses more than 20,000 pieces of art in a wide variety of media. While the modernist McDonough Museum of Art features a collection of contemporary art just across the street. The Arms Family Museum, showcasing the Arts and Crafts period and local history, and the Children’s Center for Science and Technology are well worth a visit as well.