Previously named one of Ohio Magazine's "Best Hometowns", Mount Vernon is a city that has it all. An authentic hometown that has a flair for local arts, revitalized (and repurposed) historic neighborhoods, charming shops and award-winning restaurants; there is something for every curious explorer.
With three major performing arts venues this charming town brings big acts to their historic stages. Find yourself on Main Street every August to celebrate local artists and regional performers at the Mount Vernon Music & Arts Festival.
When you experience Mount Vernon, you'll find out quickly it's a city with big dreams and lots of caring hands. Home to unique entrepreneurs, hand-crafted makers and manufacturing legacies, Mount Vernon is a space for creatives forging a new path.
What's a trip to downtown without a stop at the infamous Dog Fountain? The focal point of South Main Plaza, next to the Schnormeier Gallery, this fun fountain was inspired by world-renowned landscape architect Claude Cormier’s fountain in Toronto’s Berczy Park. The fountain features painted cast aluminum sculptures of 18 dogs, one cat, two pairs of birds, a pony and an apple.
South of Main Street, immerse yourself in the 250-acre, Ariel-Foundation Park. A stunning example of adaptive reuse, this park was created on the former site of the PPG Glass Factory. Featuring three lakes (open for kayak and fishing), a reflecting pond, labyrinth paths, the Schnormeier Event Center and nearly 5 miles of paths. For the thrill seekers, challenge yourself to climb the Rastin Observation Tower.
When you're planning your visit and needing more information, stop by the CA&C Visitor Center on South Main Street. Home to the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce; trail-users, community members, business owners and visitors will find maps, guides, public restrooms and resources for all your city and Knox County needs.