Ariel-Foundation Park
P.O. Box 644
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-9577
Email: [email protected]

  Ariel-Foundation Park is a spectacular 250-acre public green space under construction in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The park is being built on the site of the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant. Located within walking distance of Mount Vernon's historic downtown, Ariel-Foundation Park will be one of the most unique public parks in Ohio. Visitors will be able to enjoy lakes, woods, walking trails, picnic areas, a bike path, an events center, a restored railroad depot, historic ruins, terraced landscaping and more. Some sections of the park are already open and ready to visit. Other sections are in various stages of development. The entire park is expected to be completed sometime in 2015. We hope you will visit us soon!

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot
507 West High Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-9577
Email: [email protected]

  The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad depot, located five blocks west of the square on High Street, served as Mount Vernon's front door for more than 95 years as a telegraph office, freight and passenger railroad station. Owned by the City of Mount Vernon, the B&O depot has undergone a complete renovation which was completed in November 2007. The depot is one of Mount Vernon's community resources and is available for events.

As a meeting place, the B&O Depot can seat 60.

Brown Family Environmental Center
9781 Laymon Road
Gambier, OH  43022

(740) 427-5050
Email: [email protected]

  Children investigate the pond in the environmental center's butterfly garden. Hands-on nature programs for children are among the many educational and recreational opportunities available at the center.

Children's Garden
306 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 397-5820

  Open: The Garden is open May through October weather permitting. Hours of operation are 8:00am - Dusk weekdays and 9:00am - Dusk on weekends.

Imagination opens the door to undiscovered worlds. It allows children and adults to escape to that one place where peace is found in an ever changing world. The Children's Garden, housed at the Knox County Career Center, is one of those safe places in the world where imaginations do run wild and tranquility is cultivated right along with the beautiful landscaping. Visitors to the Garden will notice that while the seasons and colors change, the fun and exciting atmosphere remains the same. A major attraction to the Garden is the multicolored open-air steel amphitheater. This whimsical setting is a perfect place for children to watch musical or theatrical performances or even to put on a production of their own. Highlights to the half-acre garden include a hand-painted mural depicting the life of Johnny Appleseed, a gazebo that provides a birds-eye view of the butterfly shaped garden, a screened butterfly house, two forts overlooking a mock Serpent Mound, and a wrought-iron, mushroom-shaped tower with spiral staircas

Colonial City Lanes
110 Mount Vernon Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-2695

  Open: Monday - Tuesday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday 12:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm.

A bowling center that has 24 lanes and offers something for everyone! We offer a wide variety of bowling, from open bowling to league bowling. There is a league for everyone, from junior league starting at age 6, men's leagues, women's league and mixed leagues! Bowling is a great place to make new friends or an awesome place to bring your old ones!

Dan Emmett Birthplace House
South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

  The Dan Emmett house was severely damaged in a fire on June 16, 2014 and is not open for tours. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the renovation of the house may contact the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County,

Home of Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904), father of the American minstrel show and composer of Dixie, Old Dan Tucker, Blue Tail Fly and other classic American songs. Furnished with period furniture. Open by appointment only.

Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive
Gambier, OH  43022

Email: [email protected]

  Open: Summer Hours:
Monday -- Closed
Tuesday-Friday -- 1pm-7pm
Saturday and Sunday -- 1pm-5pm

Regular Hours:
Monday -- Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 1pm-7pm
Thursday -- 1pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday -- 1pm-5pm

The Gund Gallery is a visual arts center on Middle Path at Kenyon College. The gallery exists to be a cutting-edge producer of challenging new knowledge about the visual.

The Gund Gallery is a dynamic, 31,000 square-foot space dedicated to expanding ways of seeing and learning. It will enhance Kenyon College's liberal arts curriculum through provocative exhibitions and collaborative educational opportunities. It will further the cultural conversation on campus. It will prod and challenge to promote better understanding of our world.

Hiawatha Water Park
100 Sychar Road
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-0288 (Seasonal)

  Open: June to August 12:00pm - 7:45 pm.

Summertime cool pool fun is stepping it UP with the Hiawatha Water Park. The Hiawatha Water Park / Pool's unique design includes toddler activity, two pool areas boasting an olympic size with eight swimming lanes, one-meter diving boards, a 30-foot body slide, a playground area with many tunnels, platforms, water jets, and a raindrop fountain. The new complex incorporates additional green space, more umbrellas, lounge chairs, and patron lockers. Celebration and company sponsored activity can be planned.

Junior Tournament Bowlers Association of Ohio
706 North Sandusky Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-2490

  Based in Ohio, but attracting bowlers from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, the JTBA is entering its 34th year providing the best scratch youth bowling competition available. JTBA alumni have a stunning record of success as members of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), Team USA, collegiate All-Americans, USBC state champions,and high school sectional, district, and state champions.

Kokosing River Outfitters
12569 Carey Lane
Howard, OH  43028

(740) 398-2948
Email: [email protected]

  Kokosing River Outfitters "Guided Hunts Among Friends" Offering: Guided Whitetail and Turkey Hunts, Custom kayak trips on the Kokosing & Mohican Rivers, and Lodging.

To meet us and tour our Lodge visit our

New Testament Stone Garden
170 Mansfield Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-3666

  The Faith Lutheran Church is home to the New Testament Stone Garden, which have arrangements of stone designed to illustrate biblical passages. The New Testament refers to stone 48 times in 11 books. The Stone Garden focuses on 14 of these references. Throughout the journey in the Garden, visitors can read the reference passages cut into stone and discuss their significance to the surrounding stones during a guided tour. Started in the late 1960s, the stone collection ranges in weight from less than one pound to stones weighing more than 8,000 pounds and coming from all over the world. The Garden is open year-round and guests are encouraged to visit during daylight hours. A 60 to 90 minute guided tour is available by contacting the church.

Premiere Theatre
11535 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-2220

  Movie Theatre

Matinee (shows before 6pm)
Adult - 6.25
Child (ages 3-11) - 6.00
Senior (ages 62 & over) - 6.00

General Admission
Adult - 8.25
Child (ages 3-11) - 6.00
Senior (ages 62 & over) - 6.00

Special Pricing
Additional 2.00 charge for 3D movies

Quarry Chapel Church
PO Box 849
Gambier, OH  43022


  Kenyon College does not exist in a vacuum. Raised in a forest, in the middle of nowhere, it has since built a small community. This community is important to record for both Kenyon history and the history of Gambier's townspeople. It is easy for the college to forget the town that helped build and maintain Kenyon to this day, but this would be the first step in losing a key part of the college's history.
The history of Quarry Chapel, a small church in a rural land, is interesting in itself, but also it also shows a sub-society of Kenyon. The workers, who built Kenyon, lived outside of town and wanted their own community rather than mix with the school. They started by building a church, Quarry Chapel. The people who built and worked for Kenyon never made a town of their own. To this day Gambier's identity is inseparable from the college, but the history of Quarry Chapel illustrates to see the relationship between the town and the school. The town made the first step of separation. In the nineteenth century a church was a center of a community. A separate church meant a separate people. In the middle of the Civil War, when the attention of the nation focused on the youth killing each other, the townspeople of Gambier built a separate church for themselves. The town did its part for the war, two veterans are buried in the adjacent Township Cemetery, but they pulled away from the college. Ironically, the chapel eventually served to strength ties between Kenyon and Gambier, but the separate history of the chapel remains.

Ramser Arboretum
20718 Danville-Amity Road
Danville, OH  43014

(740) 392-2941
Fax: (740) 392-2940

  Ramser Arboretum contains 680 acres of native woodland, planted hardwood, and agricultural land, with 6 miles of hiking trails through the hilly terrain.

It is open to the public year-round except for deer-hunting season.

Schnormeier Gallery
221 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

740-397-9000 3050
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm.

In light of MVNU's holistic, Christ-centered educational program, the art gallery exist to support the academic program and enlarge the cultural fabric of the community by supporting exhibits by faculty, students, alumni, and other artists that foster inspiration and artistic appreciation through interaction with diverse artistic traditions and media.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Schnormeier Gallery presents a fascinating array of art and artists. It is our goal to bring you thought-provoking, inspirational, and masterfully created works that represent the best in today's world of art and which point toward the Master Creator.

All events are free and open to the public.

Schnormeier Gardens
8701 Laymon Road
Gambier, OH  43022

Email: [email protected]

  Open: 2014 Annual Open House, June 5, 6, 7, 8 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Peace, harmony, serenity. These are gifts that gardens give.

As you explore our grand vistas and intimate niches, we hope you'll find tranquility here...and inspiration.

Schnormeier Gardens are located in the gentle rolling hills of central Ohio. We began building the gardens in 1996. Over the years they have grown to include fifty acres of manicured lawns, ten lakes, a variety of discrete garden areas and several waterfalls.

The focal point of the property is a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. This private residence was completed in 1994. Other structures on the property include a Japanese teahouse, garden house, Chinese pavilion and arched bridge. An ever growing collection of unique sculptures are also located on the grounds.

Our gardens have a distinct Asian flavor and feature a variety of plantings rich in color and texture. Rare conifers are plentiful here. Large boulders and stone walls add dimension and contrast to the landscape. Designed with a bold vision and attention to detail, the gardens offer delightful viewing in any season.

SPI (Science Play-Space Initiative)
227 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 398-8643
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm, CLOSED Wednesday and Sunday.

The Science Play-Space Initiative (SPI) is an educationally based non-profit which supports the idea that play is integral to learning and offers opportunities to playfully explore science and technology. SPI exists to develop natural curiosity in children and to inspire adults in Knox County. We want to enable our visitors and members to experience and appreciate science through body, mind and environment, and to acquaint them with the tools and methods of science. Children of ALL ages are welcome!

The Woodward Opera House
103 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-6142
Toll-Free: 800-837-5282
Email: [email protected]

  In 1850, when the first north-south railroad line was about to open in Mount Vernon, a local entrepreneur leased land on the corner of South Main and West Vine Streets. There Dr. Ebenezer Woodward built a four story building with a theater on the top floor which in time would become the Woodward Opera House. Woodward Hall opened in 1851 and was an immediate success. Citizens had access to new forms of entertainment, local and traveling. In this pre-telephone, pre-electric, pre-central heating era, the theater was regularly used for speeches, political meetings, and special events. So successful was Woodward Hall that in the late 1870s, it was enlarged to encompass the third floor of the building and the building behind it. This larger performance space accommodated 700-800 people and larger professional entertainment groups from as far away as New York City performed. Musicians, comedic, legitimate theater, and minstrel troops regularly visited the Woodward. One notable regular, Al Field's Minstrel Company, was to immortalize Mount Vernon's native son, Dan Emmett. Daniel Decatur Emmett, the author of Dixie, regularly performed at the Woodward, giving his last performance there in 1902 two years before his death. With the advent of moving pictures (the first shown in Mount Vernon was at the Woodward in 1897) and competing first floor theaters, the theater gradually became a less attractive venue. Fortunately the 19th century appearance of the Woodward Opera House was never compromised. For this reason it is justifiably called America's Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater. Today, the Woodward Opera House is being restored to its 19th century appearance but with all the 21st century amenities required for operating a theater.
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Tree Frog Canopy Tours
21899 Wally Rd
Glenmont, OH  44628

(740) 599-2662
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Beginning April 15 until October 30 daily from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Located 9 miles South of Loudonville, Northern Ohio's only zipline canopy tour is an adventure of a lifetime you will never forget. Our 2 1/2 to 3 hour-long, (4,025 ft total length) zip line canopy tour leads adventurers through the tree tops by means of zip lines, sky bridges, and rappels connected to platforms suspended in the tree tops. This tour is a "must do" for first time and experienced zip line enthusiast or anyone visiting the Loudonville Mohican area. Whether you are a nature lover, adventurist, or an adrenaline junkie you will not want to miss being one of the first to ride the Tree Frog Canopy Tour!

Trio Lanes Inc.
98 South Main Street
Fredericktown, OH  43019

(740) 694-2921
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday & Wednesday - 11:00am to 11:00pm
Tuesday - 9:00am to 11:00pm
Thursday - 11:00am to 12:00am
Friday - 1:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday - 9:00am to 12:00am
Sunday - 1:00pm to 10:00pm

Bowling Alley

Fredericktown's Family Entertainment Center! Trio Lanes has been open and operating since July 12, 1958. The building consists of ten wood lanes and automatic scoring. A snack bar and grill supplied with an assortment of food is also available. The bowling hosts parties for birthdays, church groups, 4-H groups, school activities, and businesses.

Velvet Ice Cream, Ye Olde Mill
11324 Mount Vernon Road
Utica, OH  43080

(740) 892-3921
Toll-Free: (800) 589-5000

  Open: May: 7 days from 11:00am - 7:00pm

June - August: 7 days from 11:00am - 8:00pm

September: 7 days from 11:00am - 7:00pm

October: 7 days from 11:00am - 6:00pm

Gift Shop, Museum & Restaurant.