Must See Places In and Around Toledo, Ohio
Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Glass City - Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio, the hub city of Northwest Ohio. Toledo is located on the Maumee River on the Southern edge of Maumee Bay at the Western end of Lake Erie. With a long history in the automotive and glass industries, not to mention its place in American history, there are plenty of things to see and do around the Toledo area.
Whether you are in town for a week, or just a weekend, there is plenty to see and do. In this hub you will find a list of places that I recommend any visitor take the time to see.
The Toledo Zoo
If you are travelling with children then you will surely want to stop by the Toledo Zoo. Located minutes from downtown Toledo in the Southwest suburb of Maumee, the Toledo Zoo has something for the entire family. The zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals and over 700 different species. Many of the exhibits are constructed to recreate the animals natural environment. The zoo is open year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Toledo Museum of Art
If art is more your thing, you will be sure to enjoy the Toledo Museum of Art located in the Old West End neighborhood. Founded in 1901 by Edward Drummond Libbey and moved to its present location in 1912, the museum offers visitors much to see. Renowned for its extensive collection of glass art, works from the classics and modern artists are also on display.
Toledo Mud Hens Baseball
If you are a sports fan and will be in town during the late spring or summer months, you may want to treat the kids to a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field. Affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, the Mud Hens are one of the most well known minor league baseball teams in the United States. Much of the fame arose as a result of the classic television show M*A*S*H in references by Cpl. Max Klinger, played by Toledo native Jamie Farr. It is an inexpensive and fun way to spend an afternoon or evening.
If you are visiting Toledo in the summer then you will definately want to pay a visit to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Located about an hour's drive East of the city, Cedar Point is billed as the "Rollercoaster Capital of the World". Situated on a point sticking out onto Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point offers a fun time for children and adults alike. With 16 rollercoasters, many of which were world record setters when built, there are enough thrills to satisfy even the most die hard coaster enthusiast.
Maybe you are looking for a more relaxed way to spend your afternoon. The twelve parks that make up the Toledo Metroparks offer a wide variety of hiking trails and picnic areas to spend some quality family time. The parks periodically host educational programs and there are plenty of signs around the parks pointing out the plant and animal species native to the region. So pack yourself a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon admiring the beauty of Northwest Ohio.
The city of Toledo will never be on the top of any tourist lists, but there are many treasures to see in and around the Toledo area. If you find yourself in the area, take a little time to see what the Glass City has to offer. Who knows, you just may surprise yourself.
© April 23, 2013 by Christopher J. Wood
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