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A Few Fun & Free Things to Do in Mansfield

Jul 19, 2016 02:46PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Mansfield 88 Project. Courtesy of their Facebook page.

Getting out and doing something, particularly as a family, is fun, but can definitely add up fast. If you are looking to have some fun, but not break the bank, we've compiled a few fun ideas. 

The LOT Downtown

(817) 917-3863

108 South Main Street
Mansfield , TX 

Looking to go to a concert? The LOT Downtown has some great shows, and most are FREE. Their mission is to revitalize Historic Downtown. To learn more, read our article "The LOT Downtown Hopes To Revitalize Historic Downtown Mansfield"

Museum Tours


Mansfield Historical Museum
102 North Main Street
Mansfield, TX

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Mansfield Historical Society was formed in 1970 with the express purpose of collecting, investigating and preserving the richness of our southern heritage through genealogical, biographical and historical data about the Mansfield community and its residents.

The two floors of displays at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center are professionally designed and showcase a diverse collection of period maps, photos, furniture, clothing, tools and other artifacts.

They regularly change many of the displays, so it is likely that you will always see something new.

For more information about museum tours, visit their website here

Historic Mansfield Walking Tours


All walking tours begin and end at
Mansfield Historical Museum & Heritage Center
102 N. Main Street
Mansfield, TX

The walking tours will take you past the homes of some of Mansfield's leading citizens--past the landmarks that made Mansfield what it is today. Several of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or have other historical markers. You can learn about the Mansfield Male & Female Academy and the town's link to the railroad. See an original bank safe from the late 1800's in one of the downtown businesses, and later admire the homestead of Ralph S. Man, one of the founders of the town.

Brochures for each tour are available at the Museum for 25 cents. Visit 
their website for more information. 

Walnut Creek Linear Park Trails

Walnut Creek Linear Trail connects Town Park, Katherine Rose Memorial Park, and McKnight Park East & West.

Walnut Creek Linear Park opened in January 2007 and consists of a 12-foot wide concrete trail that extends from Town Park to James McKnight Park East along Walnut Creek. The trail is 1.9 miles long and connects five parks, three neighborhoods and two schools.  Trail heads can be found at Town Park, Katherine Rose Memorial Park, Hardy Allmon Soccer Complex, Palm Court, James McKnight Park West and James McKnight Park East. menities along the trail include bird watching stations, overlooks and picnic stations. The historic railroad bridge "Jeffryes Crossing" was named after Steve Jeffryes who served on the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation Board from 1994 to 2004.

Click here for a map of Walnut Creek Linear Park, and click here to visit their website. 

Did you know there are 30 whimsical paintings in downtown? They are centered around a two-block radius of the 100 block of North Main Street in Historic Mansfield, Texas. Head downtown for a good ol' fashioned scavenger hunt - look high, look low, look all around and see if you can find all 30. Post your findings on our mural Facebook page!

Mansfield 88 - Piano Art

Mansfield resident Anthony Peterson, 13, was the first to publicly play Piano #1. Peterson is classically trained and performed at Carnegie Hall at age nine.

"A public display of interactive art."

Mansfield 88 is a program in which local residents donate a piano to be painted. These painted works of art are then placed in and around the city of Mansfield, and are free for anyone to sit down and play.

Visit their website for more information about the pianos and their locations throughout the city.

Content courtesy of Visit Mansfield Texas

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