There is a destination nearby that offers a day of fun and adventure for any resident or visitor. Attractions range from a leisurely stroll through the restored buildings of Sauder Village to a heart-pounding ride on one of the roller coasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Heritage Festivals, outdoors concerts, amusement parks, tractor pulls, wildlife sanctuaries, hands-on museums and bike trails that roam past farms and fields are just a handful of the varied attractions found in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
For a calendar of upcoming events throughout the Toledo Region, visit www.dotoledo.org
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
www.metroparkstoledo.com A regional system of public parks preserving 11,500 acres of natural areas and historical sites. Open every day, free of charge. Each of the Metroparks offers ample picnic areas, playfields, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, interpretive information and natural beauty. Each also offers something that makes it unique. Attractions within the parks include the National Center for Nature Photography, the Canal Experience, the Wildwood Manor House and more.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Oak Harbor, OH
www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife The primary responsibility at Magee Marsh is the development and maintenance of a high-quality wetland habitat for a diverse array of wildlife species. The marsh complex has historically been inhabited by large numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and songbirds.
Maumee Bay State Park
maumeebay Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among the scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Oak Harbor, OH
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa/ This complex is made up of three National Wildlife Refuges – two divisions and one waterfowl production area. With more than 9,000 acres, these refuges help to preserve the diminishing Lake Erie marshes and provide a resting and feeding place for birds traveling to their nesting or wintering grounds.
Toledo Botanical Garden
www.toledogarden.org The garden is a picturesque, 57-acre setting of meadows and gardens where fragrant herbs, roses and wildflowers thrive. Browse the artists’ galleries and the garden gift store. Attend the annual Crosby Festival of the Arts, held every June. The garden is open year-round, from dawn till dusk.
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
www.schedel-gardens.org These beautiful Japanese gardens are complete with torii, waterfalls, pools, lanterns, bridges and a pagoda. The beautifully landscaped arboretum is home to a variety of rare species from many lands. Stroll through the rose, perennial, iris, lily pool, blue, butterfly and other gardens. Self-guided tours of the grounds are available during open hours. Guided group tours of the grounds and mansion are by appointment only.
www.sandpiperboat.com The Sandpiper is a 100-passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River. She was built in 1984 in Maumee, Ohio, and has spent her entire career plying the waters of the Maumee River. The boat is available for private and public rides from May through October.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society
www.arttatumsociety.com Founded in February 1980 as the Toledo Jazz Society, its purpose is to protect and promote Jazz – America’s unique art form. Toledo’s musical history is rich in Jazz. Our Jazz legacy is illuminated by the piano icon Art Tatum and continues with legendary Jon Hendricks and the incredible array of talent in this area.
The Toledo Opera Association
www.toledoopera.org Since 1959, Toledo Opera has fulfilled its mission – to present inspiring and entertaining performances of the highest artistic standards that will enhance the quality of life in this region – by producing professional performances of opera and musical theater. Each season, which runs from fall to spring, the Toledo Opera produces two main stage operas and a gala concert.
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra
www.toledosymphony.com In its commitment to provide excellent music to the largest possible audience, the Toledo Symphony remains an essential force in the quality of life throughout the region. Performances take place in classrooms, concert halls, churches, auditoriums, senior centers and theatres in nearly 100 communities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
Children’s Theatre Workshop
www.childrenstheaterworkshop.org CTW offers a number of special programs in live theater for Toledo and area youth from 5 to 18 years old. The program teaches theatrical techniques through an informal, classroom-based structure, and promotes self-expression and teamwork. Full theatrical productions are part of the program experience.
Franciscan Center of Lourdes University
www.franciscancenter.org The center features a full-service theater which seats 850 patrons and is capable of hosting a fully-staged and technically-challenging performance or a simple lecture event.
www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com This 8,000-seat multipurpose arena is located in downtown Toledo and managed by SMG. SMG is committed to making Huntington Center the premiere stopping point for national touring concerts, performances and sporting events.
www.stranahantheater.com The Stranahan Theater is a 2,424-seat concert hall built in 1969. The theater's foyer is 3,000 square feet and the adjacent Great Hall features 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The Stranahan Theater is used for approximately 170 theater events a year. Broadway shows sponsored by the Theater League have included Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Jersey Boys. It is also the site of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Series and the Toledo Ballet’s annual production of the Nutcracker.
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
www.toledorep.org The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, located at the corner of Washington and 10th, is ideally situated as one of the gateways to downtown Toledo. In operation since 1932, the Rep is a cornerstone of Toledo’s artistic tradition. The Rep provides year-long theatrical programming and outstanding educational classes for people of all ages.
Toledo Ballet Association
www.toledoballet.net The Toledo Ballet boasts the longest-running annual production of the Nutcracker in the United States, as well as original, world premier dance productions. Classes in classical ballet are offered in addition to contemporary dance including jazz, hip-hop, modern and tap, along with courses in musical theatre and voice, adaptive dance and dance conditioning.
Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre
www.valentinetheatre.com The Toledo Cultural Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that produces and provides cultural and performing arts experiences for diverse audiences of all ages. The Valentine Theatre, located in downtown Toledo, is a 108-year-old, 901-seat facility operated by the Toledo Cultural Arts Center, Inc. Each year, the Valentine Theatre presents a wide variety of culturally and ethnically diverse attractions to regional theatergoers. In addition, the School Days Program brings professional theatrical companies to perform a wide variety of shows for school-aged audiences.
Village Players Theatre
www.thevillageplayers.org Seating only 190, the Village Players Theatre is one of the most intimate and friendly theaters in the area. The Village Players is 100 percent volunteer, from the people who man the ticket counter, run the lights and sound, to the actors.
BET YOU’LL HAVE A GREAT TIME
Hollywood Casino Toledo
www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com Hollywood Casino Toledo is home to 125,000 square feet of thrilling casino action, incredible restaurants and top entertainment. Try your luck at one of the 60 table games or over 2,000 slot machines, all in a smoke-free environment.
MUSEUMS AND MORE
Toledo Museum of Art and Glass Pavilion
www.toledomuseum.org The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of more than 30,000 works of art, plus a Sculpture Garden and Glass Pavilion, ranks among the finest in the United States. Admission to the museum is always free. Special exhibitions or events may require purchased tickets. The museum is just west of Toledo’s downtown business district, directly off Interstate 75 at Scottwood Avenue.
Fort Meigs State Memorial
www.fortmeigs.org Fifes and drums echoing across the river and the smell of artillery fire bring the War of 1812 vividly back to life at Fort Meigs. Built in 1813 by William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the U.S., it is the nation’s largest walled fortification. Weekend demonstrations and guided tours are available.
National Museum of the Great Lakes
and S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker
http://www.inlandseas.org Opening in spring 2014, the National Museum of the Great Lakes at the Toledo Maritime Center promises a complete experience, including a park with maritime artifacts and the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. The Schoonmaker was proclaimed to be the world’s largest bulk freighter on the Great Lakes when it launched in 1911. The massive engine room, posh officers’ dining room and stainless steel galley will awe visitors.
Toledo Firefighters Museum
www.toledofiremuseum.com Tales of firefighting as it was 150 years ago come alive amid the vintage pumpers, uniforms and equipment used by the city’s first bucket brigade. The museum is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.
THE WILD SIDE
The Toledo Zoo
www.toledozoo.org The Toledo Zoo is the wildest place in town! Home to more than 6,000 animals, representing over 760 species, let the Toledo Zoo take you from Arctic tundra to the wilds of Africa, from the tropical rainforest to the Sonoran Desert and all points between – all in one great day. The zoo is open year-round, making it the perfect place for family recreation and education.
LEARNING MADE FUN
www.imaginationstationtoledo.org Toledo’s science center, located on the riverfront in downtown Toledo, immerses visitors in a multi-sensory experience that is as educational as it is fun! Hundreds of hands-on exhibits located within ten different learning worlds teach the fundamentals of science education.
Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory
– University of Toledo
www.utoledo.edu/nsm/rpbo/index.html Located on the main campus of the University of Toledo, the Ritter Planetarium is your gateway to the Universe! Outfitted with a state-of-the-art digital projector and 5.1 surround sound, the Ritter Planetarium is capable of transporting you though space and time to view the wonders of the Universe. Planetarium presentations are offered throughout the year. After evening programs, observe the sky through a telescope, weather permitting.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
20 Branches located throughout Lucas County
www.toledolibrary.org The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is the area leader of information, education and inspiration. Home to the fifth largest collection in the state of Ohio, it offers something for everyone. The Library’s mission is to provide information, education, and technology to help the community live, learn, and grow. With a focus on creating young readers, stimulating imagination and connecting to the online world, the Library is proving every day that they are more than just good books!
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT)
www.acgt.org ACGT serves northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to develop and promote visual, performing and literary arts. The organization's mission includes youth programming and programs that explore opportunities for economic development and revitalization.
Arts Council Lake Erie West
www.aclew.org This grassroots agency was created by artists, educators and businesspersons in 1983 for the purpose of "growing the arts" in Lake Erie West.
Shared Lives Studio
http://shop.lottindustries.com/ shared_lives.html Shared Lives Studio is a nonprofit visual arts center in Toledo, Ohio where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. Shared Lives Studio is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities to become working artists, and to promote their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the professional art world.
Toledo Craftsman’s Guild
www.toledocraftsmansguild.org The guild brings together those adept in various handcrafts and operates craft shows (Spring Festival of Crafts, Spring Crafter's Showcase, Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Crafts for Christmas and Winter Festival of Crafts) in order to achieve appreciation of crafts and the success of the crafters.
Collingwood Arts Center
www.collingwoodartscenter.org The Collingwood Arts Center is a unique facility catering to members of all art forms. Within the walls of this registered historical site are visual artists specializing in photography, painting, sketch and sculpture; writers of poetry, novels and screenplays; those studying or working within the fields of dance, theatrical performance and technical fields; as well as those involved in music at all levels, including instrumentalists, composers and DJs who create electronic music.
www.toledospeedway.com Toledo Speedway features the weekly racing divisions of Sportsman on the half-mile and Figure 8, Factory Stock and four cylinders on a quarter-mile track inside the big track. They also have a series of races with Outlaw Bodied Late Models that includes four 100-lap races and ends with Glass City 200. The track hosts the “Fastest Short Track Show in the World,” which features winged sprints and winged Super Modifieds on the half-mile.
Michigan International Speedway
www.mispeedway.com Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan (approximately 60 miles northwest of Toledo), Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie.
Toledo Mud Hens International
www.mudhens.com The Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, a Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, plays at Fifth Third Field. This state-of-the-art, 8,943-seat facility is located in the heart of downtown Toledo. The first row of infield seats is as close as 40 feet to first and third base and just eight inches above the playing field. Fans seated in the first row behind home plate are closer to the batter than the pitcher! Fifth Third Field also includes 28 private suites, three party suites available to rent and 1,200 club level seats, which span from first base to third base.
Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
www.toledowalleye.com The Toledo Walleye, a member of the ECHL, began play in October of 2009 at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Huntington Center is one of the nation's first LEED-certified professional sports arenas. There are 20 private suites and 750 prestige club seats, as well as a club-level lounge, a banquet facility, a team merchandise store and a modern scoreboard.
There are more than three-dozen public golf courses located throughout the region to challenge golfers of all skill levels.
The Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I Sylvania, OH http://marathonclassic.com Held at Highland Meadows Golf Club, this LPGA tournament has become a huge event in northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan, attracting more than 70,000 spectators. The community support has grown significantly over the years and is the largest sporting event in the area. The tournament attracts all ages to watch the greatest female golfers in the world compete.
Bowling Green State University Falcons; Mid-American Conference (Division I-A) Bowling Green, OH www.bgsufalcons.com
Owens Community College Express; Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (Division III) Perrysburg, OH www.owensexpress.com
University of Toledo Rockets; Mid-American Conference (Division I-A) Toledo, OH www.utrockets.com
From exploring glacial grooves to “grooving” to the music of Pat Dailey, the Lake Erie Islands offer something for everyone. Three public boat services take visitors to Put-In-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelleys Island.
Port Clinton, OH
Ferry Marblehead, OH
JUST A STONE’S THROW AWAY
Cedar Point Amusement Park
www.cedarpoint.com Known as the “roller coaster capitol of the world” and referred to as the “world’s best amusement park”, Cedar Point is home to over a dozen roller coasters including the Magnum XL-200 and the 310-foot Millennium Force. Located in Sandusky, Cedar Point is just an hour from Toledo.
Historic Sauder Village
A blacksmith, a potter and a glassblower are among the artisans who work daily at this living history complex depicting rural Ohio in the mid-1800s. Don’t miss the quilt shop, the general store or lunch at the Barn Restaurant or Village Café.
This museum preserves, promotes and protects the art and history of the carousel for children of all ages. Guided tours are given in addition to a ride on a restored carousel.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
http://www.rbhayes.org The center features the 19th President’s 33-room Victorian home, the two-story Hayes Museum, the nation’s first presidential library and the Hayes tomb on the beautiful, 25-acre Spiegel Gove estate with original White House gates. Tour groups are welcome, and lunch and dinner packages are available. The center is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round and times vary.