City Orientation Walk, Youngstown (Self Guided)

As a part of the U.S. “Rust Belt” region, Youngstown suffered major decline in the 1970s. Today, despite that decline, the city offers an array of cultural and recreational facilities owing to which in 2012 it was declared by Forbes the 4th best city in Ohio for raising a family. The range of local attractions has grown in recent years, seeing among the newest additions the Covelli Centre in the downtown area, a number of sport venues and more. Follow this orientation walk to discover some of the best attractions Youngstown has to offer.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Youngstown (See other walking tours in Youngstown)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Author: AudreyB
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Downtown Youngstown

1) Downtown Youngstown

Downtown Youngstown is the traditional center of the city of Youngstown, Ohio, United States. After decades of precipitous decline, the downtown area shows signs of renewal. Civic leaders have expressed hope that the district will emerge as a significant arts and entertainment district within the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area.

Downtown Youngstown is the site of most of the city's government buildings and banks. A number of entertainment venues are also located in the downtown, including the Covelli Centre, Powers Auditorium (the original Warner Bros. Theatre), the DeYor Performing Arts Center, Oakland Centers for the Performing Arts and The “Man on the Monument”. The “Man on the Monument” is a familiar landmark to those of us who live in the area. In addition, the downtown sits to the immediate south of notable cultural and educational resources, including Youngstown State University, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the McDonough Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Realty Building

2) Realty Building

The Realty Building, constructed in 1924 as home to the Realty Guarantee and Trust Company, is a Neoclassical Revival high-rise designed by Morris Schiebel and Edgar Stanley. This twelve-story building is a significant example of Youngstown’s unique collection of architecture.
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Metropolitan Bank Tower

3) Metropolitan Bank Tower

The Metropolitan Bank Tower, another wonderful design of architect Morris Scheibel, is a 224 foot 18 floor building, and Youngstown’s tallest structure since 1929. Designed in the Art Deco style for the Central Savings and Loan Company, it features an Egyptian-inspired entrance, a lavish Art Deco lobby and other beautiful elements of the style. In 1976 the building was purchased by Metropolitan Savings and Loan and was renamed. Subsequently purchased by First National Bank, nowadays it is also known by this name.
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First Presbyterian Church

4) First Presbyterian Church

Founded in 1799, the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown is the oldest church in the Western Reserve. The present sanctuary was dedicated in 1960, featuring classic Georgian Epoque elements. An impressive architecture with four immense columns and three grand doorways, the First Presbyterian Church is one of the most prominent religious buildings in Youngstown.
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Jones Hall

5) Jones Hall (must see)

Jones Hall, constructed in 1931 in the Gothic Collegiate style, is Youngstown State University’s oldest building. Named in honor of Dr. Howard Jones, the college’s first president, nowadays Jones Hall houses the university’s administration and is known to be one of the most photographed buildings in the city.
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McDonough Museum of Art

6) McDonough Museum of Art

The McDonough Museum of Art is a center for contemporary art located on the campus of Youngstown State University (YSU).

Opened in 1991 in a building designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the museum focuses on contemporary art through exhibits and art education. The origins of the museum begin in 1986 through the donations and efforts of local physician and art collector John J. McDonough, who used proceeds from the sale of his painting Gloucester Harbor by Childe Hassam to fund construction.

The museum features changing exhibitions, installations, performances, and lectures by regional, national and international artists, and also functions as public outreach for the YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Art, exhibiting work by students, faculty and alumni. In addition the museum offers free lectures, performances, and programs organized in collaboration with various departments at the university and the Youngstown community at large.

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Butler Institute of American Art

7) Butler Institute of American Art (must see)

The Butler Institute of American Art was the first museum dedicated exclusively to American art.

Established by local industrialist and philanthropist Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the museum has been operating pro bono since 1919. Dedicated in 1919, the original structure is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional highlights include an iconic depiction of George Washington's wedding, William Gropper's celebrated Youngstown Strike, an interpretation of the area's violent 1937 Little Steel Strike, and Albert Bierstadt's 'Oregon Trail, 1869.

In recent years, the Butler has expanded significantly. A 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) south wing, the Beecher Center, was constructed in conjunction with Youngstown State University in 2000 with a focus of uniting technology and art. Two years later, the 3,400-square-foot (320 m2) Andrews Pavilion, featuring a sculpture atrium, gift shop, and café, was added to the rear of the facility. In 2006, the Butler purchased the neighboring First Christian Church facility and converted it into an education and performing arts center.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

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St. Columba Cathedral

8) St. Columba Cathedral

St. Columba Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral.

The first Mass celebrated in Youngstown occurred in 1826. St. Columba Parish was founded in 1847.

The first church was completed in 1853 and the parish school was opened in 1860. As the parish grew a larger church was needed. The second church building was completed in 1868.

The parish continued to grow and yet another church was built and it opened in 1897. The second church building was torn down in 1940.

St. Columba’s was named the new diocese’s cathedral. The cathedral was destroyed in a fire. The new cathedral was completed in 1958 and it became the parish’s fourth church building.

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Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

9) Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (must see)

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, located in Youngstown, Ohio, preserves the history of the steel industry that dominated the Youngstown area's economic life for much of the 20th century.

The museum is operated by the Ohio Historical Society. The facility, which was designed by noted architect Michael Graves, is reminiscent of a steel mill, complete with stylized smoke stacks.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in 1986. The center opened with temporary exhibits in 1990, and established a permanent collection in 1992.

The center's permanent exhibit, titled "By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley," examines the community's industrial past using video, photographs, artifacts, and reconstructed scenes.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Open Holidays: 12 pm - 4 pm

(Memorial Day and Christmas Eve from 10 am -3 pm)

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Powers Auditorium

10) Powers Auditorium

Powers Auditorium is the largest auditorium in the Youngstown-Warren area. The facility is the main venue of downtown Youngstown's DeYor Performing Arts Center.

The complex also includes the Adler Art Academy, Beecher Flad Pavilion, and Ford Family Recital Hall. Originally built in 1931 as the Warner Theatre, the former movie palace was renovated and reopened as Powers Auditorium in 1969.

The main tenant of Powers Auditorium is the Youngstown Symphony, which performs from October through May. The facility also hosts other musical acts, touring Broadway productions, and locally produced theater (primarily from Ballet Western Reserve and Easy Street Productions, two Youngstown-based theater companies).

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Hungarian Presbyterian Church

11) Hungarian Presbyterian Church

As with several other Youngstown churches, the Hungarian Presbyterian Church is a beautiful reminder of the city’s multicultural influence. A work of fine masonry, its facade was designed to resemble a medieval tower. This unique church remains a significant addition to Youngstown’s array of splendid landmarks.
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Fellows Riverside Gardens

12) Fellows Riverside Gardens

Fellows Riverside Gardens (11 acres) are public botanical gardens included in the Mill Creek Metro Parks system. The gardens are located at 123 McKinley Avenue, in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. They are open daily with no admission fee.
In 1958, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fellows bequeathed the property to Mill Creek Park, together with funds to create a public garden on the site. The first plantings began in 1963.
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Mill Creek Park

13) Mill Creek Park (must see)

Mill Creek Park is the second largest metropolitan park in the United States after Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, and the 140th largest park located within the limits of a U.S. City.

The park was founded in 1891 due to the "untiring efforts of Youngstown attorney Volney Rogers".

Mill Creek Park now stretches from the near west side of Youngstown to the southern borders of the city and neighboring Boardman township. The park "encompasses approximately 2,600 acres (10.5 km²), 20 mi (32 km) of drives, and 15 mi (24 km) of foot trails" as well as a variety of bridges, ponds, streams, well-tended gardens, and waterfalls.

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Walking Tours in Youngstown, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Youngstown

Create Your Own Walk in Youngstown

Creating your own self-guided walk in Youngstown is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 2

Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 2

A multicultural city, Youngstown is home to a variety of beautiful religious edifices, many of them red brick buildings with lovely arched doors and windows. Take the following tour to discover Youngstown's splendid collection of religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 1

Religious Buildings Walk in Youngstown, Part 1

Youngstown is a haven for those who love religious architecture, from Colonial Revival to stone fortress-like churches, the city contains a wide variety. Take the following tour to discover Youngstown’s most beautiful religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Museum and Art Walk in Youngstown

Museum and Art Walk in Youngstown

Youngstown’s rich history and culture is preserved in its wonderful museums. Exhibiting both local and international art in its galleries, specialty museums, including the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the Arms Family Museum and the Rose Melnick Medical Museum can be found here as well.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Youngstown for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Youngstown has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Youngstown, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.