With a new year comes the chance for a new start. There are plenty of opportunities to try new things throughout Youngstown and Mahoning County this winter. Participate in our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2022 promotion, happening January 12 through February 21! Take a photo and share with us what YOU are doing to start the new year off right. YOU could be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 gift card to a place in the Youngstown area you’ll want to try in the new year, like The Bunker Southern Park, Steel Valley Brew Works, Bistro 1907 or Ely’s To Go, just to name a few.
Need ideas? Follow our blog series! We’ll give you some ideas on how to broaden your horizons and share ways you can expand your palate by trying new foods. Keep reading for some great ways to get active (or see others getting active).
Hit the (Virtual) Links
Just because it’s winter and there may be snow on the ground at times doesn’t mean you can’t hit the links. Work on your swing and improve your game by trying out an indoor golf simulator. The Bunker Southern Park, located at DeBartolo Commons at the Southern Park Mall, offers eight simulators to the public, each with its own private bay and seating for eight. You can play championship courses and compete in online long drive and closest-to-pin contests, all while staying inside and warm. There’s a practice facility area that features a driving range, short game training area and even a putting green. While you’re playing, you can enjoy a full food and drink menu from Double Bogey’s (opening soon), located in the sports bar.
Located adjacent to Kennsington Golf Course, the Kennsington Golf Simulator Lounge features three Full Swing Pro Series simulators with the most innovative golf software available, with features like real-time club and ball data. Play nearly 100 iconic championship courses, or have a little extra fun with football, soccer, dodge ball and more. There’s a putting green, pool table, 11 TVs, and a full bar and food to round out your day of fun.
Take a Hike
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to be more active? Winter weather in northeast Ohio can be unpredictable, but the outdoors can be beautiful this time of year with snowy landscapes along the miles of trails throughout Mill Creek MetroParks. 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. You can also head to the Mill Creek MetroParks North Golf Course and walk along the cart paths or even cross country ski. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to snap some awesome pictures.
Catch a Game
If you don’t feel like getting active, you can watch those who are. The men and women’s basketball teams at Youngstown State University have a full slate of games throughout January and February. Played at Beeghly Center on campus, the action-packed games are fun for the whole family. Join the Youngstown Phantoms at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown for an exciting night of hockey and fun with friends and family. The Youngstown Phantoms are part of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the country’s top junior hockey league. The Phantoms produce top talent on and off the ice and their games are always exciting and great for all ages.
While not exactly a “game,” you can enjoy the competition and action of live thoroughbred horse racing at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course. Live races take place Monday through Wednesday and Saturdays, but you can always place your bests on simulcast races. There’s also over 1,100 video lottery terminals to test your luck while you’re there.
How Do I Enter Snapshots of Youngstown?
- Now that you have some inspiration, start the new year off right, get active and take some photos of the ways you’re doing it!
- Submit your photo here
- Continue submitting photos for more entries!
Two winners of a $50 local gift card will be chosen each week, January 12 through February 21. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesdays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Tap here for the official giveaway rules.