MANSFIELD — Social distancing remains very prevalent and recommended around the world. In Richland County, some businesses and fun indoor recreational activities are still closed, however, there are still a few things open or in the process of reopening that families can enjoy. Here are just a few:
Malabar Farm State Park
This state park in Richland County resides near Lucas and Mohican State Park and offers plenty of things to do, such as hiking trails, visiting landmarks, viewing wildlife and park exhibits. Although the facilities are currently closed, park grounds are still open for visitors to walk the trails from dawn until dusk. Campgrounds and the overnight Maple Cabin can also be reserved. Since all events have been cancelled until July 15, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit their Facebook.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Families can enjoy as well as educate themselves on the history and nature of birds at the Sanctuary located in Mansfield. During the months of June, July and August the Sanctuary will have extended open hours. Outdoor Bird Displays and Trails will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. And if the kids find themselves really enjoying it, parents can get them signed up for one or several of the Sanctuary’s nature camps that they will be hosting during the summer.
Richland Carrousel Park
The park has officially reopened for families to come enjoy a hot dog and take a few spins around the carrousel. For safety reasons, some guidelines have been put in place. Anyone age two and over must wear a mask and must follow the six foot distance rule. The carrousel will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Blueberry Patch
Blueberry season is here! A nice trip to the farm and some fresh berry picking on a warm summer day seems cathartic. The family can also stop by the gift shop and Blossom’s Cafe and enjoy a nice meal in their greenhouse. Picking hours go from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mohican Adventures Canoe & Fun Center
As of July 1, Mohican Adventures Canoe Livery and Fun Center is open, with Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing, an Aerial High Ropes Course, Mini-Golf and Go-Karts. Families can also visit the campgrounds and reserve a cabin for a fun weekend. The playgrounds, sports courts, cabin hot tubs and shower houses are also available. However, the indoor pool, spa, paddle board and pedal boat rentals will remain closed for the 2020 season. All guests must be pre-registered prior to arrival.
Even though this summer is far from normal, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it!