The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll throughout the summer with the cancellation of major public events such as festivals, concerts and other tourist attractions. Although the current situation may have altered many people’s plans, here are some safe and fun alternative places to visit and things to do in and around Kent.
Kent offers a number of public parks to visit and enjoy, including Fred Fuller Park and Franklin Mills Riveredge Park, located close to the city centre. The Cuyahoga River runs through these public spaces, providing panoramic views of the rushing waters and people traveling by canoe or kayak. The town of Kent requires customers to wear a face covering in public places whenever social distancing is limited to less than six feet. For a full list of parks in the Kent region visit Kent’s Parks and Recreation website.
Golf courses and outdoor venues
Kent offers a number of golf courses, country clubs and outdoor entertainment in the area. Here is a list of classes, times, social distancing guidelines and locations:
Birdie Hut Mini Golf: open seven days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Birdie Shack features an 18-hole putt putt course, batting cages and driving range. Wearing a mask is compulsory when approaching the counter. More information here.
Kent also offers a number of indoor entertainment venues. Here is a list of their hours, social distancing guidelines and locations:
Filmscoops Kent: this is the local cinema in Kent. Masks are mandatory inside. The theater is open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to midnight, Friday from 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to midnight. Visits and more information here.
Sto-Kent family entertainment: a bowling alley with bar and volleyball. Social distancing is encouraged inside with distance markers and informative signs. The mini golf course is closed indefinitely. They are open Monday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. More information here.
Kent lanes: a bowling alley with volleyball courts and a bar. Masks are required indoors and social distancing is encouraged. The bowling alley is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. More information here.
Spins Bowl Kent: bowling alley with arcade, kitchen and bar. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is encouraged. Open Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Monday. More information here.
Kent Free Library: Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged with designated entry and exit locations. Special hours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and high-risk visitors. Regular hours Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the library is closed on Sunday. More information here.
Local parks outside Kent
Only 25 minutes from Kent, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park [CVNP] offers over 200 km of hiking trails and various tourist attractions such as Brandywine Falls and Blue Heron Falls. While the Visitor Center is closed and all summer programs have been canceled due to the pandemic, park rangers are encouraging the use of masks in areas with high concentrations of people and to practice social distancing . For a full list of attractions and activities at CVNP, visit its website.