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Unique Attractions in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Ohio has a variety of not-so-average activities that you and your loved ones can enjoy. There are the typical things to do that you can find in most cities. These include things such as movie theaters, shopping centers, downtown areas, and restaurants.

While these activities are all great, we want to show you things that make Mount Vernon unique. We are talking about the activities and experiences that you will automatically think of when you think of your time in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Located in the northeast, about 40 minutes from Columbus, Mount Vernon is located in Knox County. Here is a map of Knox County so you know where Mount Vernon sits in comparison to the county.

Below are different places that encompass the Mount Vernon experience and are sure to take your breath away. 

Cardinal Shooting Center

Whether you are a lifelong shooter or just want to try something different, head on over to The Cardinal Center. This is a state-of-the-art shooting center and the biggest shooting range in the State of Ohio.

Sporting Clays

Wed - Sun: 9 am - 5 pm

Golf Cart Rental: $30
100 Target Clay Rounds: $44
50 Target Clay Rounds: $25

Many users of this facility have compared it to golf but with a shotgun. How it works is that there are different stations set up throughout the course. Every station has a cabana but has a different arrangement of targets. There are 2 courses available, one for average shooters and one for those who want a challenge.

There is a rental system where you can rent equipment and protection.

Pistol Range

Thurs - Sun: 9 am - 5 pm
Prices (Hourly Rates):
Individual: $15
Kids (12 - 17): $5

The shooting range is brand new and has 14 bays. This allows you to have 2 shooting positions per bay. Accommodations can be made if you contact them before you arrive. Steel targets are set up throughout the bays so you have plenty of targets to shoot at.
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Mid-Ohio Race Track

This race track is located in Lexington, Ohio, and is a 40-minute drive from Mount Vernon, Ohio. Their venue is perfect for those who want to watch professional car racing.

The Mid-Ohio Race Track hosts a variety of Grand Prix races throughout the summer months. For the 2022 season, they are part of the Lexus Grand Prix and the Vintage Grand Prix.

The rest of the line-up for the 2022 season includes the Indy 200, NASCAR, and Motorcycle Days.

To engage your kids, look into their Rookie Racers Program. It is a great way to teach kids about racing and allows them to tour the racing facilities. The program takes place every race weekend.

Kids will be able to meet professional racers and take home an awesome swag bag.
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Woodward Opera House

Sun - Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Fri - Sat: 9 am - 11 pm

The Woodward Opera House is America's oldest original opera theater from the 1800s. You can still see events performed here.

Even if you can't find the time to see a whole event, be sure to swing by and check out the amazing architecture. Pop inside to see the great interior design and see the stage and seating area.

Since the Opera House is from the 1800s it requires renovation. Their conservancy plans on doing renovations to keep the Woodward Opera House up and running.

The final plan is to rent out the second floor of the building to help with upkeep costs.

You can also rent out different spaces for corporate and bridal events. Available rental options include the Opera House, Black Box Theater, and the Recital Hall.
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