Get out and do something
Many families are canceling summer vacation plans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For those looking for something to do closer to home, many of the regional attractions between Cleveland and Pittsburgh are starting to reopen with new policies and restrictions to keep employees and visitors safe.
Here are some of the museums, science centers and zoos located within 90 minutes or so of the Mahoning Valley, and the changes that have been made because of the coronavirus.
• AKRON ZOO, 505 Euclid Ave. — The zoo reopened last weekend and hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
All indoor buildings are closed, along with play areas and attractions like the Conservation Carousel and A&K Wilber Express. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
A maximum of 1,500 visitors will be allowed on the grounds at any given time. Timed entry tickets (200 available each half hour) must be purchased in advance online at www.akronzoo.org. Admission is $8, with children younger than 2 admitted free.
For more information, call 330-375-2575.
• ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh — The museum devoted to the Pittsburgh pop art master reopens to the public starting Monday after a soft opening this weekend for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday.
Visitors and staff will be required to wear masks. Foot traffic patterns will be marked in busy areas to encourage safe social distancing. Some interactive displays have been modified, and hand sanitizers have been installed near interactive exhibitions.
“Femme Touch,” a special exhibition that was supposed to open in April, will be on display when the Warhol Museum reopens and now will run through Jan. 3, 2021.
Timed tickets will be sold for entry and need to be purchased in advance at warhol.org. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and children ages 3 to 18 and free for children 2 and younger.
For more information, call 412-237-8300.
• CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART and CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh — The museums will reopen on Monday with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Special hours will be offered to visitors at a higher risk for severe illness (such as age or medical conditions) from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.
Admissions will be limited to 25 percent of the building’s capacity. Staff, volunteers and all visitors 2 and older will be required to wear a mask.
In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibitions at the art museum include “Counterpressures,” through Jan. 3, 2021; and “An-My Le: On Contested Terrain,” through Jan. 18, 2021.
Premiering at the natural history museum is “Dinosaur Armor,” which looks at how dinosaurs’ bodies evolved in order to survive, from the 14-inch spikes that lined the backs of ankylosaurs to the clubbed tails of two-ton prehistoric armadillo-like creatures.
Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance at cmoa.org for the art museum and carnegiemnh.org for the natural history museum. Admission for each museum is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for senior citizens, $11.95 for students and children age 3 to 18 and free for children 2 and younger. There is an additional fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens for “Dinosaur Armor.”
For more information, call 412-622-3131.
• CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh — The center reopens to the public on Monday after a members-only opening this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with 10 a.m. to noon Sunday set aside for those who are most at risk, such as seniors, visitors with disabilities or those with compromised immune systems.
Masks will be required for all visitors 2 and older. Visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer before and after interacting with exhibits. A limited number of exhibits that cannot be sanitized regularly (such as the Ropes Challenge and Rock Wall in Highmark SportsWorks and some interactive exhibits in the Little Learner Clubhouse) will be closed.
The Rangos Giant Cinema also will reopen on Monday with a maximum capacity of 75 people per show. Movie also will be shown in 2D to avoid the use of 3D glasses. Seats and armrests will be cleaned and sanitized between each show.
Timed entry tickets are available online at carnegiesciencecenter.org. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for senior citizens, $11.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets for educational films in Rangos Giant Cinema will be $6 for members and $7 for nonmembers.
For more information, call 412-237-3400.
• CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO, 3900 Wildlife Way — The zoo reopened last week with hours 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Some indoor areas are closed, and some exhibits will be one way to encourage social distancing. Zoo attractions including 4-D Theater, Circle of Wildlife Carousel and Boomerang Line train will be operating with 50 percent capacity to allow for social distancing and temporarily will be closed for 15 minutes each hour for cleaning and sanitation.
Face masks are recommended but not required.
Tickets are $16.95 for adults, $14.95 for senior citizens, $12.95 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2. Tickets must be reserved in advance at www.clevelandmetroparks.com.
For more information, call 216-661-6500.
• CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, 11150 East Blvd. — The 104-year-old museum reopens to the public on Tuesday with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The CMA will scan the temperature of all visitors, and facial coverings will be required. Once inside, visitors’ pre-reserved tickets will be scanned.
All permanent collection galleries will be open except for the 1916 lower-level galleries and ARTLENS Gallery. Special exhibitions on displays will be: “PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet,” through Aug. 2; “Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany,” through Oct. 4; “Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica,” through Oct. 10; “Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea,” through Oct. 25; and “A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America,” through Nov. 29.
To limit crowd size, a maximum of 500 free, reservation-only timed tickets will be made available each day. Tickets can be ordered at clevelandart.org and by calling 216-421-7350 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parking fees can be paid in advance when securing tickets or can be paid by credit card the day of the visit.
• CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1 Wade Oval Drive — The museum will reopen Wednesday with hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week.
A new single-direction flow through the museum will help reduce crowding. Hands-on exhibits have been modified to eliminate contact points. The Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium and the lower level of the museum, including Smead Discovery Center, will remain closed to the public for the time being.
Visitors older than 2 will be required to wear masks and to adhere to social-distancing guidelines. Masks will be available if needed.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students, senior citizens and children ages 3 to 18, and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.cmnh.org.
For more information, call 216-231-4600.
• GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland –The Body Worlds RX exhibit will be open 4 to 8 p.m. today and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the full science center will reopen Wednesday with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
More than 94 percent of exhibits are open to the public. Some have been modified to reduce touch. Exhibits that involve reusable pieces, such as the Derby Dash challenge or Lite Brite wall, will have bins to collect pieces that have been touched by guests. The pieces will be taken off the museum and sanitized before being reused.
Employees, volunteers and visitors 3 and older are required to wear face masks and undergo a temperature screening. A limited number of masks will be available for purchase at check-in for guests who arrive without one.
Tickets are $16.95 for adults, $15.95 for college students, $14.95 for senior citizens and $13.95 for children ages 2 to 12, and must be purchased in advance at greatscience.com or by calling 216-694-2000.
• GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM, 2000 Sycamore St. — The aquarium is scheduled to reopen July 6 with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
It will operate at reduced capacity, and areas where social distancing can’t be achieved temporarily will beclosed including some interactive displays, play areas and animal encounters.
Timed entry tickets can be reserved starting today at www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2.
For more information, call 2160862-8803.
• PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM, 7370 Baker St. — The zoo is open with daily hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Face masks will be required for visitors in buildings. Playground areas, the log ride, the zip line and tram service will be closed.
American alligator, Galapagos tortoise, Sulcata tortoise and African lion currently are off exhibit. Sea otters are off exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Polar bears have access to move on or off exhibit.
Timed entry tickets can be purchased online at www.pittsburgh zoo.org. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for senior citizens, $15.95 for children ages 2 to 13 and free for children younger than 2.
• PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton — The hall of fame is open under its regular summer hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 7.
All employees and volunteers are required to wear masks, and visitors are encouraged to do the same. Some hands-on displays are closed.
Admission is $28 for adults, $24 for senior citizens, $21 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger and members.
For more information, go to www.profootballhof.com or call 330-456-8207.
• ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland — The hall of fame is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with early access at 10 a.m. available for teachers (Mondays), vulnerable fans (Tuesdays), Rock Hall members (Saturdays) and health care workers (Sundays).
Temperature checks will be taken prior to entry, and staff and guests are required to wear masks indoors.
Some attractions, such as The Garage, are closed to visitors. The special exhibition “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll,” co-organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been extended through December.
Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance at www.rock hall.com. Admission is $28 for adults, $25 for college students and first responders, and $18 for children ages 6 to 12.
For more information, go to the website or call 216-781-ROCK.