Top 10 Things to do in Toledo, United States

February 11, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Whether you're looking for world-renowned museums, golf or fun with the kids, Toledo is a sure bet. Its role as a major producer of auto parts and glass, combined with its proximity to Lake Erie, has brought prosperity, evident in the wide array of cultural and recreational attractions, fine restaurants and lodging options. A weekend's worth of family fun can be had with visits to the Toledo Zoo, the Botanical Garden and COSI, the city's state-of-the art science center. Explore the ancient and modern treasures of the Toledo Museum of Art, known for its unique glass collection. Spend another day tasting your way through the ethnic cuisine, fresh cheeses and delicious baked goods at the Erie Street Market or grabbing a dog at Tony Packo's, a Toledo institution.
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1. Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620-1500 +1 800-644-6862
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5 based on 965 reviews

Toledo Museum of Art

Art from all over the world and every time period is housed at this outstanding museum, considered one of the world's best. From paintings by Renoir to sculptures by Alexander Calder to a vast glass collection, you'll find wonderful treasures here. Founder and first president Edward Drummond Libbey wanted to build a place where art was accessible to everyone, hence the museum's free admission policy, which continues to this day. The Toledo Museum of Art is open:Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Reviewed By Jane3505 - Toledo, Ohio

Toledo has a wonderful art museum and glass pavilion but whenever they have special exhibitions they are worth seeing. The current Egypt exhibit is very good. Check out the info on their website about mummy movies shown because I don't remember dates or times, unfortunately we didn't plan well to see it all in one trip! We loved the exhibit though.

2. The 577 Foundation

577 E Front St, Perrysburg, OH 43551-2135 +1 419-874-4174
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5 based on 93 reviews

The 577 Foundation

Reviewed By samsmom106 - Rossford, Ohio

I have taken several classes at 577. Jewelry making was my favorite I went into the "classroom" and found several different stones and beads. I made three pair of earrings and a necklace. The lady who was teaching the class had several helpful hints to make things go smoothly she was very helpful.My husband also singled me up to a a basket weaving class of all things not at all my favorite but the other people in the class and the persons teaching the class made it more fun than it would have been otherwise.

3. Side Cut Metropark

1025 W River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537-1920 +1 419-407-9700
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Side Cut Metropark

Reviewed By Travelers43551 - Perrysburg, Ohio

Picturesque park to capture deer, birds, Fox, squirrels ducks and Canadian Geese And sometimes an Eagle hunting for dinner in the Maumee River! Nature trails on both sides of River Road and a bird watching sanctuary close to the Anthony Wayne Trail! Great park to capture graduation and wedding photos for sure! Enjoy!

4. Oak Openings Preserve

4139 Girdham Rd, Toledo, OH 43558-9667 +1 419-826-6463
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5 based on 167 reviews

Oak Openings Preserve

Reviewed By Laurie M - Whitehouse, Ohio

You can visit the park many, many times and still find something new to see and do! I live close by and visit often, but never ceased to be amazed at the new places within it and the new rare species which exist. From the sand dunes to the bike trails to Tornado Alley to Mallard Lake, there are so many different habitats to explore in one trip or many. So many rare things to appreciate! Truly the best of the Toledo Area MetroParks!

5. Fort Meigs Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

29100 W River Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551-6019 +1 800-283-8916
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Fort Meigs Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Built during the War of 1812 by William Henry Harrison, Fort Meigs successfully defended Ohio from a combined force of British and Native Americans during the spring and summer of 1813. It also served as the step-off point for General Harrison's invasion of Canada in the fall of that year. Reconstructed in the 1970s and again in 2000 on its original location, Fort Meigs stands today to tell the story of the thousands of soldiers who lived, fought, and died there over 200 years ago. In addition to the reconstructed fort, a visitor center and museum are also located on the site, housing hundreds of artifacts discovered during archaeological digs of the battlefield.

Reviewed By jkilby13 - Bay Village, Ohio

Not up to the par of National forts. You can not use your senior National parks pass. An earthen fort. It's being restored. The attached museum is good, nice displays and very good historical information. Open Wednesday to Saturday 9:30- 5:00 and Sunday 12 - 5:00. The musket firing was good and the "soldier" very informative. The exhibits inside the fort are okay. Hopefully they will continue to upgrade the interior of the fort. The workers were great and friendly. We were still glad we made the trip and if you enjoy the history you will too.

6. Fifth Third Field

406 Washington St, Toledo, OH 43604-1046 +1 419-725-4367
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4.5 based on 597 reviews

Fifth Third Field

Fifth Third Field is in the heart of Downtown Toledo and is home to the World-Famous Toledo Mud Hens.

Reviewed By Stan M - Blissfield, Michigan

This is the place where you can enjoy a meal, baseball, and have fun after the game. Great restaurants around Hensville, lots of parking, and safe streets surround the stadium. There is so much excitement during the game and between innings. Pick a night with fireworks or running the bases! After the game, you can grab a drink or a snack to finish your day!

7. National Museum of the Great Lakes

1701 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605-1481 +1 419-214-5000
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5 based on 234 reviews

National Museum of the Great Lakes

This is a maritime museum dedicated to the Great Lakes. There are six exhibit galleries, an outdoor maritime park, and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. While the Ship is open seasonally May- October, the museum and maritime park open year round.

Reviewed By Scott E - Miami Beach, Florida

We stumbled across this museum while driving through Toledo. The museum was really informative and had some interesting pieces of history. My son enjoyed touring the boats. It was a good afternoon

8. Toledo Zoo

2700 Broadway St, Toledo, OH 43609-3100 +1 419-385-5721
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Toledo Zoo

Get an underwater view of hippos at the Hippoquarium, the only such zoo exhibit in the world, and then move on to see the 500 or so other species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Reviewed By Rita A - Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo Zoo is great...........Always something for everyone. Christmas season has the "Lights before Christmas", with a winter ice slide, and bumper cars on ice. Need to take a try to really understand. They have dancing lights in the trees. It's magical like Disney Land.

9. Wildwood Preserve Metropark

5100 W Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615-2106 +1 419-535-3050
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Wildwood Preserve Metropark

Preserve contains one of the best tall-grass prairies in Ohio plus a wealth of activities and attractions including a boardwalk, covered bridge, 100-year old schoolhouse and a hiking trail that connects to the University/Parks Trail.

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

Well, Mioses33, I drove from more than an hour away and I enjoyed my visit to Wildwood Preserve. Toledo has an impressive group of metroparks and strolling through any of them beats driving on any Toledo highway. No matter how you try to get through it seems there is always construction, traffic jams, or both. I view the city simply as an obstacle on the way north. so it was a nice surprise to find this welcome oasis on Central just east of 475. Yes, there are deer all over Ohio, but it is still fun to run across them in the wild. The people in the park office were proud of their park and were very helpful in giving me tips of things to see and do. One mentioned that you can sometimes see river otters from the boardwalk on the Floodplain Trail, so I made a point of going there. Didn't see any otters but did see a bunch of deer fairly close to the trail. Also hiked the Prairie Trail with nice views of the ravines and the Highland Woods loop. Only drawback was you could hear the traffic roaring along the 475 expressway. which made me appreciate the deer and other wildlife more. The restroom building at the park visitors center used to be an old barn so in a nice touch the brushed nickel water spouts on the sinks are in the form of pump handles. Overall this a beautiful park with trails and ctiviites for just about everyone, although not all trails can be used by bikes or wheel chairs.

10. Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way, Toledo, OH 43604-1579 +1 419-244-2674
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4.5 based on 292 reviews

Imagination Station

Make Imagination Station, Toledo's Science Center, your family's destination. In addition to your favorite exhibits and attractions, we always have something new. In 2014, a new simulator film, Over the Edge!, joined the High Wire Cycle, the BOYO, the Gravity Room, eight Learning Worlds and hundreds of interactive exhibits, activities and demonstrations!

Reviewed By Dpeshl - Detroit, Michigan

I met up with a friend's family here (they came from Cleveland and I came from Detroit). It was a perfect meeting spot for us having young children. The cost is reasonable and the activities kept the young busy for hours. There is a small cafeteria there-also has reasonable prices. A nursing room is also available for breastfeeding mothers. This place may be a germaphobes nightmare because everything is hands on...bring those wipes and hand sanitizer!

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