The Status of Attractions & Tourism in Richland County
Updated 8/21/2020. Many Attractions, recreation, arts & entertainment, dining, and shopping locations are OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Richland County. The locations below updated our office on their status. If you don’t see what you are looking for, check the business website/facebook page or give us a call at 800-642-8282 and we’ll try to help. Things do change quickly, but we are attempting to keep our list current. Please check with attractions before making plans, and be sure to follow all CDC guidelines and government instructions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All sites found on www.DestinationMansfield.com.
Biblewalk – Open – Tues.-Sat. 10-4. Sunday by group reservation only. See tours offered including the NEW Kingdom of God tour.
Kingwood Center Gardens – now open for its 2020 season. Admission continues to be $5.00 per person and free for children 12 and under. Kingwood members also receive free unlimited admission. Kingwood Center Gardens is open daily 10 AM – 7 PM; the Garden Shop will be open 10 AM – 5 PM. New in 2020 is Free First Mondays. On the first Monday of every month, everyone is admitted free of charge. Kingwood participates in the Museums For All program which provides $1 admissions to those with an Ohio Direction Card and photo ID. For additional information please visit the website kingwoodcenter.org or call 419-522-0211.
The Gill House – Open – Daytime tours begin June 20. Tours are by appointment at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., limited to 4 people in each time slot. Use Gill HOuse Facebook page and private message for appoinments.
Gorman Nature Center – All park district trail systems (Gorman Nature Center, B&O Bike Trail, etc.) and grounds are still open to the public, dawn-to-dusk, throughout the year. The Gorman Nature Center Visitor Center will begin small group outdoor programming on June 13 and you must register in advance for activities. The building remains closed. Restrooms are closed at GNC. Check website for updates.
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – Open to members only at this time.
Malabar Farm State Park – Park campgrounds, trails, and the overnight maple cabin are the only facilities open. Visitor Center, Big House, restrooms, and Gift shop remain closed.
Mansfield Art Center – Open – hours will be Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Masks are required. The opening does not include the new expansion area, but the original space.
Mansfield Fire Museum – Normal Hours: Mid May through Mid October Sat & Sun 1-4pm. Other tour times by appointment. Bingo is open.
Mansfield Memorial Museum – Hours: Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 12-4. Masks required.
Oak Hill Cottage – Tours open. Reservations accepted on the website. Walk-ins by availability.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary – All Outdoor spaces and aviary are open. Lobby and restrooms are still closed. See their website for visitor policies.
Ohio Genealogical Society – Open. Bring your family and start researching!
Ohio State Reformatory – Open. Hours: 7 days a week 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Large space, self-guided tours only. See website for Blood Prison info.
Richland Carrousel Park – Open – masks required (excludes 2 years and younger). Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays moving forward. The park will be closed on Mondays for deep cleaning. The park’s new health guidelines require face coverings in the gift shop, in the Carrousel line, and on the Carrousel.
Shady Lane Alpaca Farm – Open – Schedule a visit at 419-560-0780. Visitors can hand feed the alpacas. Farm store is open to visitors.
Gorman Nature Center – Open – All park district trail systems (Gorman Nature Center, B&O Bike Trail, etc.) are still open to the public, dawn-to-dusk, throughout the year. The Gorman Nature Center Visitor Center and restrooms remain closed at this time. All programs, events, and group usage of the building is canceled, as well, until further notice. Outdoor access restrooms are also closed. Outdoor programs are starting to resume, but you must register. See the website.
Der Dutchman Miniature Golf – Open for golf Saturday Noon – 8 p.m. – The restaurant and bakery is open for summer hours: Monday–Saturday: 7am–8pm – Breakfast Every Day!
Richland B & O Bike Trail – Open – the bike trail was never closed, but guests are still encouraged to practice social distancing while on the trail. Free bicycle rentals are available at Y-Not Cycling and Fitness for those that are out of school or work. A great way to destress, get some exercise and get outside. If you would like a “drive up” rental, please follow this link to download the rental form from the appropriate location and fill out. When you arrive to either store, please call and we will bring the bicycle out to you.
Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail – Open – This 8-mile hike traverses 570 acres of nature preserves, incorporating old-growth forest, rolling terrains, and prairie flowers and grasses. This path connects with the B&O Bike Trail in Butler at one end and Malabar Farm and Mohican State Parks at the other. The 8 miles includes two spurs, including Valley View Spur, which with an elevation of 1,370 feet, is one of the highest points in Richland County. Skipping the two spurs will make the path about 6 miles.
Deer Ridge Golf Club – Open
Lex Lanes – Open
Pleasant Hill Lake Park – Open – The park is open for hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, camping (including new cabins)
River Run Campground & Canoe Liveries – Open – Please visit their website for a full list of COVID-19 restrictions.
Roselawn Miniature Golf – Open
Shelby/Mansfield KOA Resort – Open
Tree Frog Canopy Tours – Open – reservations required.
Comfort Inn Splash Harbor – Open – The hotel and water park is open to guests (limited capacity).
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Mansfield Art Center – Open – Tues.-Sun. 11-4. Masks required.
Renaissance Performing Arts Association –Open- See website for events.
Richland Academy of the Arts – Taking fall class registration.
Mansfield Playhouse – Open.
The Ohio State University at Mansfield Theatre & Stage – Visit website.
Dining rooms are officially allowed to open! Check up on your favorite restaurant to see who’s open. All Richland County Restaurants.
If you are looking for a status or carryout options, see our Takeout blog.
Events are popping up on our calendar. Visit our calendar of events to see what’s happening!
CLOSED – WAITING FOR UPDATES.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Brickyard – The Final Friday Concert Series has been postponed until future notice
As more attractions and entertainment options are allowed to open, we will continue to update this list. To learn more about what Richland County businesses are doing to protect your health and safety during your visit, check out our Clean is the New Green blog.