At the northern border of Ohio, on the Western end of Lake Erie, stands the city long known as “The Glass Capital of the World”, owed to its proud history of innovation in the glass industry.
The city resides along the banks of the Maumee River, just north of what was once the Great Black Swamp, giving rise to Toledo’s other nickname, “Frog Town.”
Founded in 1833, Toledo’s residents enjoy a wide variety of culture and entertainment, and the world-famous Jeep vehicles have been manufactured in the city since 1941. Its proximity to Detroit, Cleveland, and Columbus make it a central location for regional tourists.
Our extensive park system offers many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. The city’s pools, softball/baseball complexes, and golf courses are easily accessible and well-priced for maximum summer enjoyment. County operated Metroparks allow visitors to experience everything from beautiful Oak Openings, a sandy oak savanna, an important ecological site, miles of biking/hiking trails, to a step back in time at the Wildwood Manor House.
Educational experiences in Toledo abound, with the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art, Imagination Station, and The Toledo Zoo. Located in the old South End neighborhood of Toledo, The Toledo Zoo ranks as one of the top ten in the country. Toledo’s most beloved cultural institution, the Toledo Museum of Art, has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and includes newer developments: a Frank Gehry-designed Center for the Visual Arts and the Glass Pavilion, an acclaimed piece of architecture and gallery space, classes, and artist studios.
If you love classical music, the city offers the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Ballet. All three perform at the historic Valentine Theatre, a 108-year old, facility run by the Toledo Cultural Arts Center with seating for 901. If you love jazz, enjoy a variety of local acts every Thursday night (July-September) on the beautiful, pristine grounds of the Toledo Botanical Gardens. A wide array of other musical preferences can be found throughout the city.
A main component of the thriving downtown revitalization is Hensville, a residential and entertainment block of condominiums, apartments, restaurants, entertainment, and small businesses in the area near Fifth Third Field, home of the International League’s Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club. The Huntington Center, an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena and home to the Toledo Walleye East Coast Hockey League, brings in national entertainment acts like WWE events, concerts by major entertainers, and performers.
Downtown in the Warehouse District is the Toledo Farmer’s Market, where you can find produce, bread, baked goods, flowers, herbs, and much more. The market is open year-round!
Located on the Bancroft Street corridor of the city is the University of Toledo, home of the Toledo Rockets, with picturesque campuses recognized nationally for their beauty. Another option in the area is Owens Community College, and Bowling Green State University.
Historical opportunities abound in the Toledo area with Fort Meigs Memorial Park, Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial, the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, the Toledo Firefighters’ Museum, the Providence Canal Boat Ride and the Wolcott House Museum Complex.
Ranked in “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” Toledo’s historic Inverness Club has been the site of eleven championships, including four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, the future host site for the 2019 U.S. Junior Ameteur and the 2021 Solheim Cup, and boasts of once having PGA professional Byron Nelson as the club pro.
Diverse, eclectic, exciting, and fun are just some of the adjectives used to describe Toledo, Ohio. One thing’s for sure – if you live here, you’ve done better in Toledo!