8 Fun Things to Do: Plan the Perfect Weekend in Youngstown, Ohio

Travel Writer Brandy Gleason shares her visit to Youngstown.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, consider Youngstown, Ohio – a hidden gem of a city that often flies under the radar. Tucked in the heart of the picturesque Mahoning Valley, Youngstown offers a rich industrial history, vibrant culture and diverse outdoor offerings, making it an ideal destination for an unforgettable weekend escape.

Explore the charm of Youngstown just like I did, and enjoy a perfect weekend in this surprising city hiding between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

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Sunflower Fields in the Youngstown Area

Although summer is winding down, sunflowers are starting to bloom! We have compiled a list of where you can pick your own sunflowers, or simply enjoy a beautiful sunflower field to take photos.

You can typically find sunflowers anywhere from early August to late September so check the location’s website or Facebook page before you go. Dates/times vary and not all fields allow picking.

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Angiuli’s Farm Market

Angiuli's Farm Market
9600 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH

Pick your own sunflowers at Angiuli’s Farm Market every day from 10:00am-4:00pm. Cost is $3.00 per stem. Follow their Facebook page for updates.


Mill Creek MetroParks Farm

MetroParks Farm
7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH

Remember: please do not cut the sunflowers so all can enjoy!

The sunflowers are beginning to bloom at the MetroParks Farm. They are expected to be in full bloom the week of August 21 & 28, 2023. Follow the Mill Creek MetroParks Facebook page for updates. They are most spectacular in afternoons and early evenings on sunny days. Feel free to come out for photo ops or to take in their beauty but please remember no cutting is permitted so all can enjoy!


Molnar Farms

Molnar Farms

3115 E. Western Reserve Rd., Poland, OH

The sunflower field is open ONLY during posted times and only accessible via hayride. Follow their Facebook page for dates and times. Admission is $6/person and includes the hayride to the sunflower field and 3 stems. There is no charge for children 3 and under for the hayride/field visit. Additional stems are $2 each.


White House Fruit Farm

White House Fruit Farm
9249 State Route 62, Canfield, OH

Follow their Facebook page for dates and times for pick-your-own sunflowers. Sunflower field is across the parking lot from the Market and next to the Zinnias (also available for pick-your-own). Check in at the Market for clippers.


Winkel Berry Farm

Winkle Berry Farm
12340 Market Street, North Lima, OH

Sunflowers have just started to bloom, follow their Facebook page for updates.


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Eat Fresh! Your Go-To List of Mahoning County Farmers Markets

Summer’s not just the season for outdoor concerts, swimming, and warm nights on the patio – it’s also the time for tasty local produce from Mahoning County’s many farmers markets.

When you buy your produce locally, you’re not just helping a local food grower, or getting healthy fresh fruits and veggies, you’re also doing good for the environment! Plus, many of the markets in Mahoning County also feature local art, baked goods, jewelry and more! Here’s your list of the best Mahoning County farmers markets to check out this year:

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Get Some Fresh Air! Fun Outdoor Activities In and Around Youngstown, Ohio!

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to unplug, get outside and explore all that Mahoning County has to offer.

From camping near some of Ohio’s best lakes and rivers to hiking along scenic trails, there are outdoor activities in the Youngstown area for young and old alike. So, if you’re ready for some family fun or are just looking for a new summer adventure, read on to see why the Mahoning Valley should be at the top of your list for outdoor recreation!

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Outdoor Adventure Awaits! Explore Youngstown’s Campgrounds

Nestled in the heart of the Buckeye State, Youngstown, Ohio offers a multitude of outdoor adventures just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re an avid camper, a weekend warrior seeking a peaceful retreat, or a family in search of unforgettable memories, this area offers an array of camping options. So, if you’ve been searching for camping resorts, this blog is for you – plan the perfect camping getaway!

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The YO’s Live Music Scene: Discover Youngstown’s Best Venues

There’s a lot more to the Mahoning Valley than our history, golf courses and really great food.

Live music in Youngstown is always trending, whether you’re looking for an intimate performance or a big concert. Indie, punk, jazz, country or rock – the Youngstown area has it all. So, let’s check out some of the best venues featuring our favorite live bands!

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Get to Know YSU – A Top Public University in Ohio!

Considering attending college in Ohio? When it comes to higher education, the choice can be difficult. Whether you consider one of the smaller Ohio colleges (like Case Western Reserve University), a large public university, or attend a technical college, the choice is yours! But if you’re on the hunt for an unbeatable public university in the Buckeye State, we know where you should start – Youngstown State University!

Why Youngstown State? Because YSU offers unbeatable academics, a dynamic campus life and an abundance of important resources!

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Get to Know Youngstown’s Best Public Golf Courses

Warm weather is on the horizon in Ohio, and it’s time to dust off those golf clubs!

If you’re looking for the best public golf courses to play in northeast Ohio, look no further! We’ve got your list of locations from Youngstown and beyond; see for yourself why Golf Digest ranked the Youngstown area as #4 in the country for top-quality, affordable courses!

Whether you’re an experienced golfer or just learning how to play, there’s a place on this list for you. Not only do our local and regional courses offer unique challenges, but they’re also filled with history and have hosted countless tournaments!

Now, grab your golf bags and take a swing at some of the best public golf courses in northeast Ohio.

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Make the Most of Your Youngstown State University Campus Visit – Check Out These Downtown Hot Spots!

Whether you’re a high school student starting your college search or you’re a parent whose teen is thinking about higher education, it’s nice to get to know the places around the college or university you’re interested in.

The Youngstown State University campus and its surrounding areas are rich with culture and history. So, why not make your Youngstown State University visit a little more fun and memorable with some extra stops while you’re in town?

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Legends in Baking: The Youngstown Area’s Best Bakeries

Youngstown is a melting pot of cultures, with diverse ethnic traditions, celebrations and foods – including some unique, delicious desserts! You can find all sorts of goodies here in the Valley (with many that trace their origins back to Italy, Germany, Eastern Europe and more).

Some of our favorites ethnic treats include nut horns and Mexican wedding cookies from Classic Bakery, kolachi from Butter Maid Bakery, pita from Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods, those delicious macarons from Bake Me Treats, tres leches from Papa’s Bakery and Sandwiches and cannoli from Napa Grocery…just to name a few!

So, if you have a sugar craving, take a bite out of this list to discover the best bakeries throughout Youngstown and the greater Mahoning County area!


Classic Bakery display in Boardman, Ohio.

Classic Bakery has been baking Youngstown favorites for over 50 years, and they cover the entire spectrum of baked goods, from sweet to savory.

Need some dinner rolls for your family gathering? They’ve got you covered. Craving a dozen donuts? No problem! Looking for a cake in a hurry? Classic Bakery can help you out. Everything is made from scratch with love and time-tested family recipes.

Classic Bakery is famous for seasonal specialties (like hot cross buns, available in the spring, or cut out cookies for holiday celebrations), unbelievable breakfast pastries, muffins, delicious pies, an extensive offering of cookies and homemade bread (homestyle, Italian and Vienna).

Classic Bakery
7135 Tiffany Blvd
Youngstown, OH 44514
Thursday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Kolachi from Butter Maid Bakery located in the Boardman Plaza, Ohio.

A Youngstown staple since 1955, Butter Maid Bakery specializes in numerous old-world style cookie varieties and is renowned for their kolachi (which they make in over a dozen flavors)!

They have two locations, conveniently located in Austintown and Boardman. Plus, you can easily shop their entire selection online. If you’re ordering around the holidays, be sure to make your selections early – their treats sell out quickly!

Butter Maid Bakery – Boardman
425 Boardman-Canfield Rd. 
Boardman, OH 44512
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Butter Maid Bakery – Austintown
100 Victoria Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44515
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m to 4 p.m.


The Amish Market in Boardman, Ohio.

The Amish Market originally opened in 2013 as The Valley Marketplace, and in 2017, it became fully Amish-owned and -operated. The market has over fifteen vendors offering meat, dairy, produce, and of course, baked goods!

You can find handmade fry pies loaded with fruit filling, or try a donut from Aunt Martha’s Donut & Coffee Shoppe. Products vary from vendor to vendor, so make sure you ask if you’re hoping to find items that are gluten-free or organic.

The Amish Market
6121 South Ave. 
Boardman, OH 44512
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


If you’re looking for a pastry shop with delicious sweets in a variety of flavors, Bake Me Treats is your destination. This small bakery has an enormous selection of unique delicacies: authentic macarons, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, oatmeal cream pies and Loaves of Love (phyllo wrapped sweets filled with soft honey caramel and pecans).

Need a specialty cake for a gathering or event? Bake Me Treats can handle that too! Plus, you can even order online and have their delicious macarons delivered straight to your door.

Bake Me Treats
16 S. Main St. 
Poland, OH 44514
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Bread Chef in Boardman, Ohio.

Craving some amazing breads made from scratch with quality ingredients? Pay a visit to The Bread Chef! You can find an incredible selection of breads baked in the old-fashioned style, but there’s also pastries, cookies and more!

The Bread Chef
850 E. Western Reserve Rd. #5
Boardman, OH 44514
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m to 2 p.m.


Ghossain’s baked goods in Boardman, Ohio store location.

What started in 1970 as a family-run neighborhood bakery (known for their pita and flatbread) has grown exponentially and is now a Valley-wide household name. While they still offer delicious baked goods, like savory open-faced pies, buns, pita, wraps and pizza crusts, their locations also have a (seemingly) endless list of retail items, deli favorites and lunch specialties.

Grab a couple Ghossain’s gift cards on your next trip, or pick up information about their catering and Corporate Lunch On-The-Go program.

Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods – Boardman
3990 South Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44512
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods – Canfield
4559 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Suite 820
Canfield, OH 44406
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Maggie’s Magic Muffins in Boardman, Ohio.

Maggie’s Magic Muffins are exactly as the name suggests – magical! Pop in for a visit to find muffins in dozens of flavors, like blueberry cheesecake, cinnamon streusel and peanut butter with chocolate fudge icing. (There are also special seasonal flavors to try throughout the year!)

If you stop in on an empty stomach, you’ll find more than just muffins; there’s a whole menu of breakfast sandwiches, lunch options, coffee drinks and smoothies, too!

Maggie’s Magic Muffins
7932 Southern Blvd. 
Boardman, OH 44512
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Custom cake art from The Cake Cabin.

Recently opened in 2021, The Cake Cabin in Austintown has quickly become a Valley favorite for completely custom cakes, cookies, biscotti and more. The brainchild of TJ Henry, The Cake Cabin’s cake art specialties include fondant designs and wedding cakes, along with intricately decorated sugar cookies.

Whether you’re celebrating a special event, holiday, wedding or an ordinary Wednesday, The Cake Cabin is a must-visit!

The Cake Cabin
5416 Mahoning Ave. 
Austintown, OH 44515
Hours: Tuesday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


One Hot Cookie in Boardman, Ohio.

If you’re craving cookies, One Hot Cookie is one-of-a-kind! After all, have you ever had a cookie topped with Fruity Pebbles? We didn’t think so!

No matter your cookie craving, they have one that’s right for you. Looking for something more than a cookie? Snack on their edible dough or one of their ice cream cookie sandwiches. You can also order cookie cakes for parties or a decorating kit to bring some fun home to your little ones!

Have a gluten allergy? They sell gluten-free cookies, cookie cakes and macarons!

One Hot Cookie
1315 Boardman-Canfield Rd. 
Boardman, OH 44512
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Donut held up in front of OH Donut Co. storefront.

With two locations in Boardman and Poland, (in addition to their famous Donut Truck), OH Donut Co. is a fan favorite, and for good reason! They offer a full menu of unforgettable donuts (Maple Bacon or Brown Butter Blueberry, anyone?), coffee, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and handcrafted drinks.

OH Donut Co. is a sister company of One Hot Cookie, and is always a great choice, whether you’re popping in for a sweet treat, taking a box of donuts to the office or looking for a unique catering option for your next event.

Oh Donut Co. – Boardman
1315 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
Boardman, OH 44512
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oh Donut Co. – Poland
101 S. Main St.
Poland, OH 44514
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Baklava from Abigail’s Bakery Creations in Austintown, Ohio.

With their new location in Austintown, the Valley’s popular Abigail’s Bakery Creations decided to partner with Canfield’s JR Grinders and Marlowe’s Premium Coffee to expand into a bakery, breakfast, lunch and coffee shop!

If you’re a baklava lover, Abigail’s Bakery Creations is a must-visit Valley business. Named after the owner’s daughter, Abigail’s is known for its made-from-scratch specialties: cakes, pies and signature desserts (muffins, spanakopita, baklava…the list goes on and on).

Abigail’s Bakery Creations
4771 Mahoning Ave. 
Youngstown, OH 44515
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Papa’s Bakery and Sandwiches in Youngstown, Ohio.

Papa’s Bakery and Sandwiches serves up incredible Puerto Rican baked goods that you won’t find anywhere else in Youngstown! Try the tres leches, a vanilla cake made with three types of milk, or sink your teeth into the cantinflas, a pound cake filled with guava fruit and covered in powdered sugar. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have a treat you won’t soon forget!

Papa’s Bakery
669 McCartney Rd. 
Youngstown, OH 44505
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Cannoli from Napa Grocery in Canfield, Ohio.

Inspired by California-style prepared foods markets, Napa Grocery is one of the area’s newest locations for grab-and-go lunch and dinner items and/or artisan Italian cheese and desserts. In addition to some classic favorites like cannoli, tiramisu and sfogliatelle, Napa Grocery is the place to go for unique sandwiches, scratch made soups and Roman-style pizzas (made with their own complex dough recipe).

Napa Grocery
4350 Boardman Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Sugarpan Bakery in Campbell, Ohio.

Sugarpan Bakery specializes in stunning custom cakes and cupcakes, but hungry visitors can also find lemon bars, brownies, and giant chocolate pretzel rods. It all started as one woman’s dream to open her own bakery, and Sugarpan Bakery now delivers cakes all over the country!

Sugarpan Bakery
196 McCartney Rd. #3 
Campbell, OH 44405
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sugar Showcase in Austintown, Ohio.

Family-owned and -operated, Sugar Showcase has been delighting locals for over 55 years. If you need a cake for any occasion, Sugar Showcase can make your vision come to life. They’re known for their elaborate, tiered designs, and are a favorite among brides-to-be and special event hosts.

If handheld sweets are more your style, they can also provide you with delicious cookies worthy of any Youngstown cookie table. Amateur bakers should also check out their stock of baking and cake decorating supplies.

Sugar Showcase
1725 S. Raccoon Rd. 
Austintown, OH 44515
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy some sweet treats. Now that you’ve got this list, start checking off our delicious Youngstown area bakeries one by one!

Looking to make a day (or weekend) of it? Discover even more of what Youngstown has to offer – visit Youngstown Live for insider information on restaurants, concerts, events and other fun things to do!