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Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

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Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Hi

I will be visiting Ohio from 18th December 2013 to 5th January 2014. Is the Reformatory open to visitors during this time?

Thank you

Laura

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1. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Laura, welcome to the TA Ohio destination forum!

Unfortunately, the Ohio Reformatory tours are only open from May 1 to Sept. 1, except for some Halloween season programs.

http://www.mrps.org/explore/tours

Where will you be staying in Ohio? Perhaps post for activities on local destination forums other than Mansfield, or perhaps on just the Ohio destination forum.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28956-i265-Ohio.h…

One regional attraction a couple hours from Columbus is the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. If you decide to visit, also check out the Cabela's superstore in Wheeling, much larger than the small Cabela's in Columbus. Cabela's is a great cultural experience for many non-Canadians visiting the U.S.

http://www.oglebay-resort.com/fol.htm

A major attraction year-round are the aviation history attractions in Dayton:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60785-c185858/Dayton…

Check out December events at Carillon Historical Park.

http://www.daytonhistory.org/event/

Another popular Ohio attraction is Ohio Amish Country, the world's largest Amish community. The most visited portion is around Walnut Creek southwest of Canton, Ohio.

Stan Hywet Hall in Akron is one of the nation's largest historic residences and usually has a themed Christmas exhibit.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

Cleveland offers several excellent holiday season traditions, including Cleveland Orchestra Christmas programs, which vary slightly but typically feature one or more of the orchestra choruses. The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world's best, and Severance Hall is Cleveland's Taj Mahal and often considered the most beautiful concert hall in the U.S. (see discussion in following travel article). Advance ticket purchases for the holiday programs are necessary as the programs typically all sell out in advance. Also check out PlayhouseSquare offerings, including the Great Lakes Theater production of "A Christmas Carol."

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-c198218/Clevel…

The Mill Stream Run Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks offer Ohio's only refrigerated ice toboggan chutes. Cleveland offers outdoor skating, including a non-ice rink in the Wade Oval, next to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Recreation/Sled…

Columbus' Franklin Park Conservatory is very popular during Christmas season. Shadowbox Live also offers very good and fun holiday programs.

The Hocking Hills southeast of Columbus are one of Ohio's most beautiful destinations in any season.

Many ski resorts from Mansfield north in Ohio offer downhill skiing, tubing, sledding and snowboarding, weather permitting. Cross country is even more available. Even better skiing and snowboarding is available in western PA and NY.

Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield offers old-fashioned winter experiences, including even pond skating in sufficiently cold weather.

Popular sporting attractions include pro basketball in Cleveland; pro NHL (highest level) ice hockey in Columbus and AHL hockey in Cleveland; college basketball, hockey, swimming and wrestling at The Ohio State University in Columbus, which is a national power in all of these sports; and college basketball, wrestling and hockey at many other locations in Ohio.

Enjoy your winter visit to Ohio!

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2. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Wow, you're coming all the way over form South Africa and want to see the Mansfield Reformatory? You must be a big Shawshank fan! ;-)

Honestly, it make be worth emailing them and asking if they are planning to open over the Christmas holiday, and casually mention how far you will be travelling and are dying for a visit.

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3. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Thanks for the advice - I did email them earlier in the year but I haven't had a reply!! I have been to Ohio before (my brother lives there) but somehow missed the Reformatory and I really love old, spooky buildings - they make for awesome photography. Would you by any chance know if they are closed altogether as in locked up or can one still go and wonder around on their own without a tour guided?? Shawshank Redemption is a brilliant movie!!

Regards

Laura.

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4. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Thanks for all the info. I have done the Amish, Hocking Hills (very beautiful there) thing. I really wanted to go to the Reformatory - don't know how I missed it the last time I was there:( I will be staying in Arcanum with my brother and there is definitely not much happening there!!

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5. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Have you checked out Indianapolis or Columbus, Indiana, the Athens of the Prairie? There's a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Springfield, OH.

If you like shooting old buildings, check out the Ohio State House and the Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus. The latter is an Art Deco masterpiece. You can tour both for free and they are extraordinary.

Here's another attraction perhaps of interest:

discoveringohio.com/2011/12/dickens-victoria…

If you like autos, particularly Duesenbergs, Arcanum isn't that far from Auburn, Indiana, the home of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Auto Museum.

automobilemuseum.org/About/Pages/default.aspx

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29323-d28…

Duesenbergs are considered among the finest autos ever built. Jay Leno collects them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duesenberg

Have you ever visited The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI? You might enjoy Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village. Advance ticket purchases are required.

thehenryford.org/events/holidayNights.aspx

You also might enjoy stepping back into the 19th century at The Arcade in Cleveland. The upper balconies now are a Hyatt Hotel. It is a photographer's delight, probably more so after midnight when you would have the building to yourself, imagining when John D. Rockefeller once strolled its balconies. On weekends, The Arcade's lower floor often hosts wedding receptions which last until 11 p.m. You might get great rates at the Hyatt on Priceline or Hotwire from what I've read, especially on weekdays when the hotel isn't hosting wedding parties which book rooms at the hotel.

clevelandskyscrapers.com/cleveland/arcade.ht…

If you want certified creepy, the gigantic Tower City (search for images) complex in Cleveland is open to the public all night (only Hyatt guests are allowed in The Arcade after its evening closing time). Tower City contains Cleveland's rail transit hub and the Ritz Carlton and Renaissance hotels, as well as the Horseshoe Casino. Persons staying at the Ritz have written about how creepy it is to walk through such a gigantic building (even though it reportedly has excellent security) and to have no one else around. It's interiors are stunningly beautiful. E.g., part of the complex is a large mall converted from a former train terminal that was larger than Grand Central Station in New York.

Hope you'll post a trip report and tell us what you finally did on this trip!

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6. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

BTW, e-mail the Mansfield visitors bureau with any questions about the Ohio Reformatory. They'll definitely respond promptly.

www.mansfieldtourism.com/search/contact

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7. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Given your interest in photography and old buildings, here is another attraction in Cleveland that might interest you:

http://transformerstation.org/

www.ohiochannel.org/Programs/Program.aspx…

You also might enjoy visiting the 78th Street Studios in the Gordon Square Arts District. The Studios and the Gordon Square Arts District will have a Third Fridays celebration on 12/20. They are lots of fun, a very Bohemian gathering of art lovers. Free shuttle service is available throughout the District on Third Fridays.

http://www.dscdo.org/thirdfridays.aspx

http://78thstreetstudios.com/

The Gordon Square Arts District has excellent restaurants such as Luxe and Minh Anh, with Spice nearby. All three are on the Plain Dealer's list of 100 best restaurants in Greater Cleveland.

cleveland.com/top-restaurants/…comments

The District also includes unique establishments such as the Happy Dog, which offers only $5 hot dogs (including a vegan dog) with a multitude of toppings and taters, and Sweet Moses, Cleveland's throw-back ice cream destination.

Here's a recent article from New York Magazine that may be of interest.

nymag.com/travel/…index1.html

The above article's lodging advice is not the best IMO. If you plan on visiting Cleveland, post in or read through the destination forum for lodging advice. If you post, provide your desired budget, number of guests, etc.

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8. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in southwest Franklin County (Columbus) has a small buffalo (American bison) herd. Perhaps post on the Columbus forum and ask how easy it is to see them in December. Buffalo are extremely hardy so I doubt if they ever are kept inside, even in the most severe storms that might hit Ohio. At one time, Ohio was part of the natural range of the buffalo.

The park also offers sledding and an ice skating rink.

metroparks.net/parksbattelledarbycreek.aspx

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9. Re: Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio

Tours ended sept 1, they may have nights available for a lock in for ghost hunting. I do believe they have a website

Edited: 20 September 2013, 01:40
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