Richland County, Ohio is starting to reopen. As Governor DeWine slowly opens the state one sector at a time, our attractions, recreation sites, arts & entertainment venues, and more have been preparing to open their doors to you!
In our communication with our members, we have learned all about how they plan to reopen and how they plan to follow the Governor’s recommendations for a safe reopen. Now, things may look and operate differently than they did before so be prepared for changes. These changes are for the health and safety of the public as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers who help run these attractions and businesses. Help these business owners succeed by doing your part to follow the policies they put in place. Let’s safely open Richland County.
OPEN NOW IN RICHLAND COUNTY
Kingwood Center Gardens – Open – Kingwood Center Gardens is now open for 2020. View their COVID-19 restrictions here. Admission will be at the Linden Road Gate only. The Trimble and Park Ave gates are closed to the public. Parking will be along Linden Road and at the former business lots on the corner of Park Ave W and Linden Road. Kingwood Hall will open June 17, but the display greenhouse and Peacock Playhouse remain closed. 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.
BibleWalk – Open – BibleWalk will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. On-line ticketing will be encouraged and can be accessed on our website at BibleWalk.us. Visitors will be greeted upon entering BibleWalk and escorted to the lobby counter. Our staff will be wearing face coverings and observing social distancing. Tours will only include people who arrive together and those you previously made arrangements to meet and tour with at BibleWalk. All tours will be self-guided unless a tour guide is requested prior to your visit. Find more information on their COVID-19 policies here.
Malabar Farm State Park – Open — Park campgrounds, trails, and the overnight maple cabin are the only facilities open. Visitor Center, Big House, restrooms, and Gift shop remain closed. The Malabar Farm grounds contain several trails, most through wooded hilly areas. Some parts are handicap accessible and good for beginners, while others are more difficult, crossing streams, cliffs, and caves.
Mansfield Memorial Museum – Open – June 13. Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4. Masks required.
Mansfield Fire Museum & Education Center – Open – July 1.
Oak Hill Cottage – Open Sundays 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. through December. Small group tours throughout the week are also available.
The Gill House – Open.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary – Open – All Outdoor spaces and aviary are open. Lobby and restrooms are still closed.The Ohio Bird Sanctuary outdoor bird display area is open with the following restrictions. A table will be on the front porch to greet visitors and collect admission. The bird area will be restricted to 15 households with social distancing required and entrances and exits will be one-way. Only 10 individuals at a time will be allowed in songbird aviary. View all new visitor policies here.
Ohio Genealogical Society – Open – The Ohio Genealogical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Staff and patrons should wear masks. Seating is marked to maintain social distancing. Computer keyboards and tables should be wiped with disinfectant upon your departure. A temperature gauge is available. Meetings and groups are not permitted.
Ohio State Reformatory – Open – Hours: 7 days a week 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Richland Carrousel Park – Open – Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
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 plan to open July 6. 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.
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. Please note, restrooms along the bike trail are closed. 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.
Der Dutchman Miniature Golf – Open Monday-Friday 12-8pm.
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.
Shelby/Mansfield KOA Resort – Open
Charles Mill Lake Park & Marina – Open – The park is open for boating, hiking, fishing, and boat swimming. The campgrounds opened May 21 with swim beaches open May 22. To learn what amenities will be available, please check their page of frequently asked questions.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park – Open – The park is open for hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing. Campgrounds opened May 21 and new cabins June 19.
Deer Ridge Golf Club – Open
River Run Campground & Canoe Liveries – Open – Please visit their website for a full list of COVID-19 restrictions.
Roselawn Miniature Golf – Open
Tree Frog Canopy Tours – Open. Reservations are REQUIRED for the 2020 season.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Mansfield Art Center – Open June 23, Tues.-Sun. 11-4. Masks required.
Dining rooms are officially allowed to open! Check up on your favorite restaurant to see who’s open. All Richland County Restaurants.
Small events are popping up on our calendar. Visit our calendar of events to see what’s happening!
Comfort Inn Splash Harbor – Open – The hotel and water park is open to guests (limited capacity).
Lex Lanes – Open
CLOSED – WAITING FOR UPDATES.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Renaissance Performing Arts Association – See website for events.
The Brickyard – The Final Friday Concert Series has been postponed until future notice.
Mansfield Playhouse – Closed
Richland Academy of the Arts – Closed
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.