A new gateway arch over Louisburg’s historic downtown greets visitors and residents alike to this friendly community in northeast Miami County.
Louisburg has long been a destination for cider and doughnuts but has plenty to keep the whole family entertained from star gazing, getting up close and personal with tigers, shopping, enjoying a bite to eat or taking a stroll along the new downtown streetscape along Broadway.
Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store is not just a fall destination. The mill, in operation since 1977, is open year-round and is one of the top apple cider mills in the nation. Enjoy fresh-squeezed, 100 percent pure apple cider and a delicious hot cider doughnut made fresh daily. See how the apples are pressed into pure cider. At the annual Ciderfest you can enjoy live music, pony rides, a pancake breakfast, a pumpkin patch, a 10-acre corn maze and shop at dozens of vendor booths. Lasting two weekends, the event draws more than 10,000 visitors annually. (Last weekend of September/first weekend of October)
Powell Pumpkin Patch is a 35-acre patch where you can pick your own pumpkins and gourds, as well as buy corn stalks and specialty pumpkins. There is also a corn maze, hayrides, a nature trail and a playground. Admission is free.
D&G Christmas Tree Farm is the place to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. At this family-operated farm enjoy hot chocolate, a hayride and pick out handmade ornaments while warming up by the wood-burning stove.
LIONS AND TIGERS
Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving endangered species and education about their survival. During guided tours, visitors can see everything from African lions, Tonka and Shanta, to wolves, Lakota and Kiowa, and more at the 11-acre viewing facility. Don’t miss the feeding of the tigers Saturday and Sunday afternoons! Admission fees support care and conservation efforts. Group events available.
Middle Creek Winery, Graue Vineyards label, offers samples of all their wines, from dry whites to sweet reds at the New Lancaster General Store. The Cayuga White won a bronze medal in the Mid-American Wine Competition. Middle Creek Winery at the New Lancaster General Store is one of the stops offered on Miami County Trolley’s Wine Tour. Stop by the general store, established in 1874 as a farmer’s co-op and now on the National Historic Register, visit with owners Stephen and Kristin Graue and shop the treasures located there.
Isinglass Estate and Winery, with its 30 acres of vineyards and berries nestled among 600 acres of forests, lakes, trails and fields, offers hand-crafted wines with grapes grown on the estate. More than a dozen different varietals are cultivated, allowing Isinglass to create custom blends each year. The estate also offers horseback riding and trail hiking.
Louisburg Cider Mill
Louisburg City Lake
Powell Observatory, run by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, is home to the largest telescope available for public viewing in a five-state area. The 30-inch mirror in the Ruisinger telescope allows you to see objects as faint as the Andromeda Galaxy more than 2.5 million light-years away. Public viewing is available on Saturday nights. (May-October)
The Metcalf Ridge Golf Club is 18 holes of peaceful, quiet golf tucked in perfectly among the trees and lakes of Louisburg. This course was designed by Leon Andrews and features 6,412 yards of golf, with a course rating of 73.0. Children are welcome to play at the course when accompanied by an adult.
FISHING AND HUNTING
Discover a diverse, high-quality sport fish population at Middle Creek State Fishing Lake. The 281-acre lake has several different aquatic habitats, which support largemouth bass, saugeye, white bass, wiper, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. You can also hunt on the 220-acre upland habitat surrounding the lake. Waterfowl, deer, squirrel, rabbit and turkey are all hunted here. Facilities include access roads, a double boat ramp and gravel pullouts for camping.
Rutlader Outpost, an “Ole West Border Town,” provides full-service RV parking along with a snack bar and recreation area.
Do you like vintage cars? Then you’ll love Cruise the ’Burg, sponsored by the Louisburg Lions Club. This show features cars, trucks and motorcycles, along with a silent auction and chicken plop contest. (May 6)
Louisburg’s annual Freedom Fest celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks show, along with a kiddie train, inflatables, music and food at the almost 100-acre Lewis-Young Park. (July 4)
Labor Day Parade includes a route down historic Broadway and activities located at the Legion Hall park area. Activities include inflatables, bingo, volleyball, music and food. (Labor Day)
The Louisburg Cider Run 5K, 10K, Kid’s Fun Run is a popular run that starts on Broadway Street with live entertainment, local vendors and great food. (Oct. 5)
Shoppers will love Louisburg’s specialty stores full of clothing, antiques and decor.
Simply Se-lah is an antique boutique in downtown Louisburg that features items new and old, including antiques, home décor, jewelry, clothing and accessories with multiple vendor booths displaying items from local artisans.
Bungalow Boutique is filled with a large selection of the hottest new fashions and accessories for women, plus size and juniors. It offers a variety of vintage furniture and decor. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
Louisburg Vintage Market is 26,000 square feet of antique furniture, architectural salvage, unique finds, home goods and more. There’s something for everyone at the Vintage Market. Open Thursday-Sunday.
Blooming Keepsakes, located in a quaint cottage and carriage house, offers furnishings, home décor, refinished and custom upholstery. Classes in watercolor, sign making, furniture painting and more are available in “Your DIY Shop.” Open Thursday-Sunday.
The Tiffin House, a newly remodeled home, is available for meetings, parties and weddings accommodating smaller gatherings.
The Wildcat Activities Center can be rented for any occasion. It is a large gym area that is great for birthday parties, practices and large events.
Along with several national chain fast food restaurants, Louisburg diners have several locally owned choices.
Miss B’s Café is an award-winning restaurant that recently won “Best of Miami County” for two years running — including first place in Reader’s Choice for “Best Fried Chicken” and “Best Breakfast.” Try the Sunday brunch buffet. Breakfast is served until close.
Lucille’s Diner is a 1950s-style burger and shake joint with an authentic jukebox atmosphere. Grab a burger, homemade pie, fried chicken and real Suzy Qs.
Timbercreek Grill serves excellent barbecue and grill fare, with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It also serves Sunday brunch featuring prime rib. Eat on the deck overlooking Rabbit Creek during nice weather. There is also a separate event center available for meetings, parties and wedding receptions.
For spicier fare, La Mesa Mexican Restaurant offers traditional Mexican food and drinks and has a large outdoor seating area.
Rice House Chinese Restaurant offers several options: dine in, carry out and delivery. Catering is also offered.
If you’re in the mood for BBQ, Big L’s Barbecue & Brews serves up ribs, brisket, burnt ends, ham, turkey, chicken and all the fixings. A private dining room is available for small parties.
Stuty III Bar & Grill is located on Broadway. The restaurant is located in an old hardware store with the original tin ceiling. Stuty III has daily food and drink specials.