Five Things to Love About Warren, Ohio

Warren, Ohio, is a city rich in history with fascinating stories to tell. In 1801, Warren became the county seat of Trumbull County, with industry and urbanization at the forefront. Today, Warren continues to be home to creatives who are taking the city to new levels of pride and revitalization, a place where you are welcomed to enjoy a delicious meal, stroll the historic homes, and experience a destination steeped in tradition. Here are the best things to do in Warren, Ohio.


The Mocha House in Warren Ohio

Iconic Places to Eat in Warren

The Hot Dog Shoppe has been serving up delicious hot dogs, fries, and milkshakes since 1946, with a menu that hasn't changed in decades and one of the best chili dogs. Sunrise Inn of Warren is the city's first pizza shop and has been serving up delicious old world Italian classic for years. With a cozy and inviting atmosphere, Sunrise is still a classic today. There is something to be said about a place that has been around since 1916, and locals will tell you that.

The Saratoga should make your bucket list, where you'll find exemplary food served right. Established in 1956 Buena Vista Cafe is a must stop restaurant for foodies in Warren and is a local favorite that continues to serve Uncle Nick's traditional Greek Fried Chicken. To top everything off you can stop at Mocha House for their mouthwatering desserts, which are freshly made on-site. 

Tip: While in Downtown Warren, visit the Dave Grohl Alley, and see the world's largest drumsticks.

Millionaires Row in Northeast Ohio

Historic Places to see in Warren

Warren is a city brimming with history and places that have been saved for future generations to learn from. Start your historic tour at the National Packard Museum, featuring an impressive collection of Packard automobiles and artifacts, where visitors can learn about the legacy of one of America's most iconic car manufacturers. Afterwards you can enjoy a walking tour of Millionaire’s Row, where the rich and famous lived in the 1800s.

Most of these homes are now private residences and businesses; however the John Stark House, built in 1807 and the oldest home in Warren can be visited for a small fee and by advance appointment, the Morgan History Center has limited hours in which you can enjoy their rotating exhibits and the Kinsman House is open on the first Sunday of each month.

Tip: Check all the websites for the historical stops prior to visiting.

River Rock at the Amp in Warren Ohio

Unwind And Be Entertained

Sing the night away while experiencing all the city has to offer; River Rock at the Amp showcases all genres of music during their summer concert series; find a style that you love and buy your tickets. This open-aired theater is home to great entertainment right off of downtown Warren.

Take in a live concert or movie at the beautifully restored Centennial Robins Theatre and celebrate history while experiencing the modern-day arts. Named after the successful Packard family, the WD Packard Music Hall hosts local events, music, and entertainment throughout the year.

Tip: Click here to plan a trip during one of the epic festivals in downtown Warren or find out more about other events throughout the year.

Fatty Cakes in downtown Warren Ohio

Stroll Warren and Shop Downtown

Shopping in historic Warren shows the creativity and uniqueness of local small business owners and those who are working to shine in the downtown area. Fatty Cakes Soap Company opened up with the need for a specific soap for a family member; her passion has spilled over to share her life-changing and fantastic soaps with visitors. Up your style game with 5 Grands Boutique where you can find flair and sophistication to fit any shoppers needs. Trumbull Art Gallery is a must-visit for art enthusiasts, where you can admire incredible pieces by local artists, or go home with a purchase from the TAG gift shop. Round out your stroll at All American Cards and Comics, a superhero's paradise, where you can find everything from classic comic books to the latest action figures and collectibles.

Tip: Don't forget to explore the thrift stores and flea markets as well as local boutiques and specialty shops in Warren for unique finds and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Elm Road Triple Screen Drive In Theatre in Warren Ohio

Watch a Movie at a Drive-In Theater

There is nothing more quintessential than a night at a drive-in movie, and Warren has not one but two drive-ins! With only 300 of these left in the United States, this Northeast Ohio location is keeping the nostalgia of a drive-in movie alive and well. Elm Road Triple Drive- In Theatre has been welcoming moviegoers for 73 years, and today their snack bar is filled with all of your favorites for watching a flick by starlight.

Skyway Twin Drive-In Theatre is more than a drive-in; play a game of Laser Storm before you watch your movie and settle in for a whole night of fun.

Tip: If you fell in love with the downtown, stay at the Best Western Park Hotel or click here for a list of all the other well-appointed rooms.

Author: Brandy Gleason