Cool Places to Go Less Than 15 Minutes from Campus
Growing up in Alliance, I’ve had plenty of long days where I just needed somewhere to go. Here are a few local treasures to check out if you get bored with the regular Walmart and Dunkin runs.
The Glamorgan Castle:
200 Glamorgan St., Alliance, OH 44601
Okay, so this one is literally right in your back yard; but seriously how many other small towns can say that they have a real castle? If you stop by on a Friday, guided tours are given of the inside of the Castle at 1 and 2 p.m. with a $5 donation. However, the castle grounds are always open and are a fun place for a walk or picnic; only a stone throw from campus.
260 East Main St., Alliance, OH 44601
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon
Yes, really. Of all things, Alliance has a Feline Historical Museum. It is operated by the Cat Fanciers Association to “preserve the history of the cat.” While monetary donations are accepted, admission to the museum is free. Relatively small in size, the museum is located in a former bank building from the 1970s, giving it a retro feel. Housing a wide variety of cat memorabilia and historical items, there are endless opportunities to step up your Snapchat game. Best of all, the museum holds special events in which they host unique breeds of live cats you can stop in and play with.
Main Street Shops:
Main Street, Alliance, OH 44601
Hours vary, but most close by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Whether you are looking for a unique gift idea or that one thing to really set your dorm room apart, the shops on Main Street are great places to look. A variety of unique businesses including antique stores, flea markets and thrift shops are all located in less than a mile stretch of historic downtown Alliance.
7900 Columbus Rd. NE, Louisville, OH 44641
Park closes at 9 p.m. (Apr. – Sept.) and 7 p.m. (Oct. – Mar.)
My personal favorite, this 35-acre park houses the former Molly Stark Hospital buildings. Built in 1929 as a tuberculosis hospital, it was converted in 1956 to facility for physical rehabilitative therapy, finally closing in 1995. The inside of the buildings are off limits due to their dilapidated state and asbestos, but you are free to walk all around the exterior of the buildings and explore. Even on a sunny day, the park has a cool eerie feel to it that you definitely have to experience for yourself!
11324 Price St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601
Price St. parking lot closes at 9 p.m. (Apr. – Sept.) and 7 p.m. (Oct. – Mar.)
The nearly 2,000-acre park is a great place to spend just a few hours or an entire day. You can choose to simply go for a walk on the trials, go fishing or even rent canoes and kayaks. No matter what you decide to do, this is a beautiful place to pass the time alone or with friends.