Top 5 Things to Do in Toledo
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.
To 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.
2. Toledo 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 Impressionists gallery.
3. Toledo 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.
4. Imagination 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.
5. Toledo 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.
With 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.