One of Lancaster County’s favorite family entertainment destinations has reopened as of Friday, May 1, following the Governor’s allowance of some businesses to reopen their doors. Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center has been closed since March 19 due to COVID-19.
“We are excited to reopen,” says Justin Harnish, Director at Refreshing Mountain. “We agree with the Governor that outdoor activities provide important physical and mental wellness for participants, and while things will look a bit different right now with the COVID-19 adjustments, it will be great to be able to reconnect with our guests again and provide family enjoyment again in a beautiful outdoor setting,” he adds.
Activities that will open include all 3 zipline tours, Elevated Obstacles, Climbing Tower, Giant Swing, Wildlife Experience with the new Birds of Prey, and the Farm Animal and Pony Rides experiences. Cabins will also be available for overnight guests. Several experiences will remain closed temporarily, including The Escape Room, Retreat Center, and a handful of other activities that cannot yet be enjoyed safely under the COVID-19 adjusted operations.
According to Harnish, “we are confident in opening activities that can observe safe social-distancing and cleanliness practices.” In order to keep guests safe and healthy, Refreshing Mountain is modifying its typical tour formats in the following ways:
1. All tours will be private bookings of 4-6 persons. 2. All guests and guides should wear masks unless unable to for health reasons. 3. Guides will follow the recommended social distancing guidelines, except at certain key safety points (i.e. harness checks, clipping/un-clipping carabiners, etc). 4. Handwashing stations around the property for before and after each activity. 5. Enhanced sanitation procedures in place around the property.
“We are also excited to try out the new “private tour” approach,” notes Harnish. “We think this will really provide great customer experience, with no long lines or crowding, and no strangers in the group. With 100+ acres on the property, there is plenty of space to keep a separation between each small group. It will be great to again go play outside.”
Refreshing Mountain is a year-round retreat and adventure center providing family friendly fun and refreshment for over 30 years in Lancaster County, PA. We provide a variety of outdoor adventures, day field trips, and corporate team-building events, and overnight getaways with activities including zipline canopy tours, high ropes course, climbing tower, problem-solving challenges, and much more.