Y-town is MY town.

… it seems like no matter where you go, you can always find someone with a connection to Youngstown. 

Y-town is MY town. I was born and raised here in Youngstown and I tell everyone I meet that it’s the “center of the universe.” No matter when or where I travel, I always meet someone who:

  1. lives here/used to live here/knows someone who lives here
  2. has relatives here
  3. has a story to tell about the area
  4. has met a friend from Youngstown who is “…just the greatest person!”

Okay… maybe not quite up to Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon standards, but it seems like no matter where you go, you can always find someone with a connection to Youngstown. Those that live/have lived here know what a special place it is. We know the sense of “belonging” you get from living in a tight-knit community.

What do YOU know about YOUngstown? I’ll let you in on some of the little-known facts about our area:

The food is fantastic.

We eat well here! Because of the ethnic diversity of our area, dining is a treat for your taste buds. During the summer months, there are ethnic festivals almost every weekend. From Simply Slavic, to The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, and everything in between, you can feast on ethnic delights from across the world right here in Youngstown.

Youngstown has a world-class art museum.

The Butler Institute of American Art houses one of the finest museum collections in the country, including works by Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, and William Merritt Chase.

Mill Creek MetroParks is the crown jewel of Mahoning County.

With more than 4,400 acres (yes, that’s larger than Central Park) of diverse lands to explore, experience and enjoy, MCMP offers abundant outdoor recreation and numerous special facilities. Fellows Riverside Gardens, one of the finest public-display gardens in the country, welcomes over 400,000 visitors annually.


The Warner Brothers lived in Youngstown before heading to Hollywood to make their fortune in the movie industry.

When brother Sam Warner died unexpectedly, just before their premiere of the first talking motion picture, the surviving brothers decided to honor him by constructing “the finest theater ever built” in their adopted hometown as a tribute to his vision. They spared no expense and the result is an opulent, breathtakingly beautiful facility. Today this magnificent auditorium, DeYor Performing Arts Center, is home to our Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

youngstown - deyor performing arts center lobby (former warner brothers theater)

Youngstown has the best ice cream in the country.

National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything awarded Handel’s Ice Cream the #1 spot for the best ice cream you’ll ever taste. Handel’s has also been selected among the best by USA Today and featured inPeople, Chocolatier Magazine, Country Living, and on The Travel Channel.

Golf Digest has ranked our area as #4 nationally for top-quality public golf courses. We can challenge you with everything from Donald Ross-designed courses to a links-style course. Grab your clubs, book a tee time and get here!

SEE ALSO: 7 Things to Do in Youngstown

OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology

The “Happiest Place in Youngstown” opened in 2011 in the heart of downtown. Since then, it has welcomed oodles of inquisitive kids of all ages to learn while playing. Hands-on, STEM-based exhibits and activities captivate the young and young-at-heart alike.

We are home to the #1 beer retailer in the world.

Vintage Estate in Boardman enjoys that ranking because it has more than 1,300 craft beer labels and over 1,000 wine labels on its shelves. And the inventory just keeps growing. Visit VE and enjoy tastes from around the world.

Youngstown now has seven great wineries and five craft breweries.

Two of our wineries can be accessed via your boat from Lake Milton! Gorgeous sunsets and great wine: what could be better? The Vineyards at Pine Lake is the newest winery in the area and promises to become a fabulous destination. Beautiful tasting room and plenty of outdoor areas to sample new varietals and enjoy gorgeous lake views. Their restaurant will open in 2017. If wine is not your “thing”, try one of our five craft breweries, including one in an old church, and a micro-brewery located inside of a Harley Davidson dealership!

And finally, WE claim ownership of the Wedding Cookie Table.

Forget it, Pittsburgh—it started HERE! Invited to a wedding in our area? You’re sure to find one at the reception.

So, visit Youngstown! We’ll make you feel like YOU belong here, too! For more information on all of the great things happening in Y-town, visit www.youngstownlive.com and download a Visitors Guide. To keep up with special events, like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/youngstownmahoningcountycvb.

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About the author: 
Linda Macala
Executive Director
Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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