Fun times in any weather at the Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield!
By Meg Berno

Fun times in any weather at the Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield!

Growing up, I have spent many days, going around and around the lovely carousel in downtown Mansfield and didn’t really “re-discover” it until I had a child of my own. My wife, daughter and I visit the Richland Carrousel Park every month. It’s a nice little inexpensive trip that our little girl absolutely loves.

Having an art background, I enjoy and appreciate the artwork that goes into the hand-carved animals. The 53 figurines are a “throwback” to carousels from the early 1900s (in the style of G.A. Dentzel). They have many horses, safari animals, and a couple mythical figurines as well. My personal favorite would be the half white horse/half mermaid. The creativity as well as the paint job is something that MUST be seen in person to appreciate. There also are carriages to ride in as well, so its perfect for a nice day out with the grandparents that doesn’t include much walking.

With any fun day out, we also like to stop at one of the many classic restaurants in the area. Athens Greek Restaurant is one of our favorite stops. The prices are  reasonable, and the gyros are delicious. Other choices include  Coney Island, with its soda fountain and homemade pies, as well as Buckeye Tony’s diner with its juicy burgers and subs. Each of these places offer a better selection (and potentially better for you) than your typical fast food stop. All in a weekend of fun with your family.

In closing, if you’re going to take a trip to see the beautiful artwork and (depending on the season) landscaping out at the Richland Carrousel Park, be sure to bring a camera and some extra money for the souvenir shops. They offer many shirts, toy and trinkets to commemorate your trip. Enjoy!

 

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

 

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.