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Akron’s Stan Hywet opens grounds for outdoor garden walks

Another reason to get outside!

AKRON, Ohio — If you’ve been hoping for some fresh scenery, Stan Hywet is here for you.

The Akron landmark opened its grounds starting Friday for visitors to walk and explore their iconic gardens free of charge.

The hours for these garden walks are available Wednesday through Sunday as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. for seniors only
  • 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all other guests
  • Dogs are welcome, too, but Sundays only if they're on a leash.

"The gardens are blooming, so we're delighted that we can share Stan Hywet with the public for garden walks,” said Sean M. Joyce, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Only the gardens and grounds will be open during these free outdoor walks, and the number of guests permitted on the property at the same time will be limited to maintain safe physical distancing.

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“All guests must adhere to current CDC social distancing guidelines by staying six feet from other guests while they tour the gardens,” Stan Hywet officials said.

The Manor House and all other buildings, including restrooms, will remain closed.

"We are just happy to be able to be a safe resource for the community to get outside and enjoy some relief from the current situation,” Joyce said. “Stan Hywet is a beautiful place, and we believe that if F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling were still living here today, they'd find a way to help the community during this crisis.”

Although admission is free, donations will be accepted. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path.

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