Welcome to the Ozarks! Mansfield is a quiet town where the pace is slow and the people are friendly. We want you to enjoy your visit with us so we have gathered together some of the local places you might want to check out while you're here.
The Mansfield Community Center offers a fully equipped weight room and indoor walking track. The adult daily use fee is $4. They are open Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 417.924.7070
Seymour and Mountain Grove have YMCA facilities. Each offers a weight and cardio room for a daily use fee of $4.50, or $6.00 for use of the weight room and indoor pool. Seymour is open until 8:30pm and Mountain Grove is open until 9:00pm. Seymour - 417.935.2177 Mountain Grove - 417.926.6737 www.ozarksfamilyymca.org
Seymour Lanes is open for bowling. Call for availability 417.935.2000
Ava Family Theatre offers live music on Thursday nights at 7pm, and top box-office movies are shown Friday through Tuesday. Check for show times. 417-683-5728 www.avafamilytheatre.net
Enjoy a blast from the past at Ava Drug Store, famous for its five-cent ice cream and ten-cent sodas served at an old-fashioned soda counter. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it's a must on your to-do list. Located at 124 W Washington Ave, just off the town square. (417) 683.4127 www.avadrug.com
If you like a drink in the evening, try the Hitching Post Bar and Grill, located on Hwy 5 and 76 in Ava 417-683-1088
Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield. Wilder, Mansfield's most famous citizen, wrote the Little House books while living in this historic home. The museum displays an extensive collection of Ingalls/Wilder artifacts, including Pa's fiddle. Hours are seasonal. 417.924.3626 or toll free 877.924.7126 www.lauraingallswilderhome.com
Nestled in the Ozarks foothills, Rockbridge Trout Farm is much more than the name implies. Stunning scenery will surround you as you fly fish in pristine waters, hike the trails, dine in the first-class restaurant or relax at the Grist Mill Club. Truly a gem of the Ozarks! www.rockbridgemo.com 417-679-3619
Visit the grounds of the Assumption Abbey, a secluded Catholic Monastery 20 miles South of Ava. They have a small gift shop and are quite famous for their fruitcakes. See their website for directions or call 417.683.5110. www.assumptionabbey.org
Baker Creek Seed Company operates a pioneer village just north of Mansfield. Included is a General Store that offers an incredible line of heirloom seeds. Check their website for hours of operation, and while you're there take a look at their poultry. They raise some fantastic birds! rareseeds.com 417.924.8917 http://rareseeds.com/bakersville/poultry/
Rosewood Farms offers a wide selection of gifts, including their in-house line of lotions and scents. World famous Grandpa Joe's Chocolates are made on-site. A great store well worth visiting. Check their website for store hours and directions. www.grandpajoeschocolates.com 417.741.6915
There are lots of geocaching opportiunites in the area. Grab your GPS system and go find some treasure! wwww.geocaching.com
Mansfield is located about an hour away from Springfield, Missouri where there are all the amenities, parks and shopping you would expect to find in a city. Here are some resources for you if you want to check out the area.
Branson, MO, also about an hour away, offers outlet malls, top-name entertainment at their many theatres, and a great riverside shopping area known as the Branson Landing. Restaurants and entertainment venues abound. The following websites give more Branson info. www.bransonlanding.com www.explorebranson.com and www.branson.com
If you are traveling though Missouri, check out the official state tourism website for other opportunities in our great state. www.visitmo.com.
Local Hotel Information
Super 8 Ava, MO
(Be sure to tell them you're here for the seminar and receive a discount.)
1711 South Jefferson St.
Rte 5 and 76 Southside of Ava
Ava, MO 65608 US
Weaver Inn Bed & Breakfast
100 Sourth Park Square
Mansfield, MO 65704
The Missouri Fox Trotters Horse Breed Association has RV hookups available 417-683-2468 www.mfthba.com