Top 5 Things to Do in Toledo
When was the last time you made a visit to Toledo? The Toledo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau wants to give you a couple of good reasons to put this industrial city on your destination radar: price and proximity.
Since many venues are within a short distance of one another, it is easy to pack a lot of fun into a weekend getaway. You will notice that prices in Toledo are cheaper, from event admission to food - meaning you also get more for your money.
help you mark Toledo as a stop on your summer trip list, I’ve highlighted the
Top 5 Things to Do in Toledo:
1. Toledo Zoo - The Toledo Zoo has many impressive exhibits, like the African
savanna, Arctic Encounters, a children’s zoo and my favorite, the hippo aquarium.
A seasonal exhibit, Wild Walkabout,
featuring more than 50 species of Australian animals runs through Labor Day.
Museum of Art – The Toledo Museum of Art provides
a diverse art experience whether you are an art critic or young finger
painter. 45 galleries feature works from nearly every art category as well as
special traveling exhibits. There are children’s stations throughout with hands-on
projects relating to the individual galleries. The highlight for me was seeing
Monet’s Waterlillies in the French
Harbor Lighthouse – This is cool and it’s a great excuse to get out on the
water. Built in 1904 the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is
located five miles north of Maumee Bay State Park and is only accessible by
boat. Tours of the lighthouse need to be scheduled, but there are public opportunities
to see the lighthouse up-close during the Toledo Lighthouse Festival (July 13
& 14) at Maumee Bay State Park.
Station – Imagination Station is a children’s science center with exploding fun at every turn—sometimes
literally! From tornado simulators to germ experiments in the Science Studio,
kids and parents can fill hours learning the science behind energy,
agriculture, water and our bodies.
restaurants – Believe it or not, Toledo is a treasure for foodies. Since many
restaurants are not chains, you will find some neat eats! My top picks are:
Tony Packos (made famous by the television show M*A*S*H) with Hungarian chili dogs, the
Real Seafood Company along The Docks with fresh seafood and memorable entrees,
Mancy’s Steakhouse (voted
one of the top 40 steak houses in the country by Esquire Magazine) and The
Original Pancake House which the locals tell me is a must-visit for breakfast or lunch.
my animal curiosities satisfied, my brain stimulated with art history, my hair
wind-blown from the Lake Erie breeze, my senses overloaded from science
experiments and my belly full from chili dogs, it’s time to head home with a
renewed vision of what Toledo has to offer.