Several studies show that young children learn best through activities where they are engaged in play while using their imaginations at the same time.
The little ones will be able to do just that at the Toledo Zoo’s new year-round children’s zoo, Nature’s Neighborhood, scheduled to open June 19.
The focus of the new attraction is to give kids an idea what it is like to be an animal, and provide a place that is 100 percent “explorable,” with its own passing stream to wade in, places to climb, crawl and discover, and plenty of hands-on opportunities. And of course, there are lots of animals: reptiles, exotic birds, turtles, guinea pigs, goats, birds, dogs, cats and more.
In addition, a wide variety of frogs, salamanders, Aquatic caecilian, spring creepers are more are on display in the “Amazing Amphibians” exhibit in the zoo’s Museum of Science. Because so many amphibians are nocturnal and operate at night, the exhibit is set in a “night-time” ambience.
A baby gibbon named, Quan on exhibit in the Primate Forest, is one of the new arrivals at the zoo for public viewing. Born on Dec. 15 to mother Hue and father Batu, Quan joins 2-year-old brother Jin on exhibit, as weather permits.
The zoo’s amphitheater provides a cozy space to hear great music. The LiveNation Summer Concert Series will return again this year featuring national acts. The zoo’s free “Music Under the Stars” series begins July 12 and as will be offered at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday through July and August. The free Sunday concerts feature the Toledo Symphony performing various themed shows, from Broadway musicals to jazz to patriotic tunes. Before the concert, the zoo’s Beastro Café is open for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and features special seasonal programs such as the Little Boo at the Zoo and Pumpkin Path at Halloween and the Lights Before Christmas display.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day, then closing time moves to 4 p.m. through April 30. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 2-11 and seniors ages 60 and up. Parking is $5 per vehicle in lots off the Anthony Wayne Trail or Broadway, but free in the Trail lot with zoo membership card.
For more info, call 419-385-5721 or visit www.toledozoo.org.
Why they collect what they collect
At any given time, the Toledo Museum of Art displays more than 35,000 pieces of artwork, including paintings and sculptures by such art world heavy hitters as van Gogh, Rembrandt, Degas and Picasso.
The works fill the 35-plus galleries, the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally praised Glass Pavilion located a stone’s throw across Monroe Street.
So how does the museum decide what art works to collect? A special exhibition now on display gives guests a rare opportunity to see how the curators go about their business, dealing with international art dealers, competitive auctions, generous donors, living artists and the delicate conservation involved to preserve the works that must be considered before they are acquired.
“Look What’s News! The Second Century of Collecting at the Toledo Museum of Art” highlights some of the more than 1,100 artworks added to the museum’s collection since its centennial anniversary in 2001. The featured art includes works from nearly every media, period and geographic region and is arranged in chronological order by year acquired and each is marked with a collection story to reveal how it become part of the museum’s collection -- whether through active pursuit from intense research or through an unexpected situation or opportunity.
The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue, just off I-75 in Toledo. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Admission to the museum and most exhibits is free, though special exhibitions or events may require purchase of a ticket. Call 1-800-644-6862, or visit www.toledomuseum.org.
Starlight, star bright … there’s even more fun at twilight.
Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky has spent $1 million to design and install the “Starlight Experience,” more than one million LED lights with music that will light buildings, structures and trees along Frontier Trail from the bridge at Snake River Falls to the Millennium coaster.
The display will be offered at twilight from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 23) to Labor Day weekend (ends Sunday, Sept. 6) when Cedar Point closes at 10 p.m. Colorful lights will also adorn special floats along the Trail as well as larger-than-life displays of the Peanuts gang.
And speaking of the Peanuts gang, don’t forget that in 2008 Cedar Point decided to add Planet Snoopy for its youngest visitors. The 1.25-acre children’s area features seven rides: a mini-teacup-style ride, miniature train, 4 x 4 trucks, a bouncing tower, spinning balloons, rocket ships and a crazy sub ride. Kids can also enjoy games and special live appearances by the PEANUTS characters. A family center with changing stations and private areas to feed children in a quiet atmosphere are also offered.
Nearby, near the Kiddy Kingdom, take a break and rest near the new interactive Midway Foundation located on the Main Midway. As you walk by, the water will react, jumping and dancing to your passing. Also new this year are two musical programs. “Got Country?” opens at the Red Garter Saloon and a new piano show will open at the Palace Theatre in Frontiertown.
Oh, and did we mention Cedar Point has more roller coasters and the most rides on its 364-acre peninsula than any amusement park in the United States?
Cedar Point will be open daily May 16 through Labor Day (Sept. 7), and for extended weekends and frightfully fun HalloWeekends Sept. 13, Sept. 18-20, 25-27, and each weekend in October through Nov. 1.
The adjacent Soak City water park opens May 23 through June 26 and Aug. 2 to Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Aug. 17-23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition, Cedar Point’s Challenge Park complex features sprint car and grand prix racing, rip cord and skyscraper activities that begin at 11 a.m. and a gold course that opens at 9 a.m. The complex is open May 15 through Nov. 1. For hours and for ticket prices to the amusement park, Soak City and Challenge Park, call 419-627-2350 or visit www.cedarpoint.com.
Take a drive on the wild side
Free food! A bucket’s load of it!
Now that we have your attention, we should explain that the free food that visitors to the African Safari Wildlife Park get is to feed the animals who will walk up to – and sometimes surround – your vehicle as you drive through the more than 100-acre preserve at 267 Lightner Rd. off SR 2 just outside Port Clinton.
Wild, exotic and some rare and endangered animals from A(lpacas) to Z(ebras) roam the preserve, some of them small and some of them very tall.
Visitors can drive-through as many times as they like and additional buckets of food may be purchased. After the drive-through, park your vehicle and walk through Safari Junction, where you can see educational programs, watch pig races and ride a camel or a pony at no additional charge (weight and height restrictions apply; pony ride is between Memorial Day and Labor Day).
Full park operations are in effect for the 2009 season from May 23 through Sept. 7. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, with the last vehicle admitted at 6 p.m. Extended weekend dates are in effect Sept. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. Until May 22 and from Sept. 8 to Nov. 1 the park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last car admitted at 4 p.m.
Admission prices during the summer season are $17.95 per person for those ages 7 and up and $11.95 for children ages 3-6. Seniors age 62 years and older and military personnel get $3 off the regular admission price (with ID). Off-season rates are $14.95 and $8.95, respectively.
Food concessions are available or you can pack a picnic lunch. For more info, call 1-800-521-2660 or visit www.africansafariwildlifepark.com.
Movies with nostalgia and perks
You’re not sitting amidst a room full of strangers who are crunching popcorn loudly and talking annoyingly through the movie. If the sound is too loud or too low, you can turn it down or up. And your admission price gets you two movies for the price of one at a multiplex.
Welcome to the Sundance Kid Drive-In at 4500 Navarre Ave. in Oregon, a throwback to the days of your parents or grandparents – with advantages. Some things are the same: You can enjoy the nostalgia of the drive-in, watching movies through the windshield or out of the back of a pickup truck bed or through the back end of a van or SUV hatchback. The concession stand still offers hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, popcorn drunks and more. And the kids can come along and fall asleep after the first feature.
One of the big advantages over the “old days” is that the sound comes into your vehicle by radio signal on FM stereo instead of having to pull up close to a post and dinging your paint job. Another big advantage is you have your choice of new release, family friendly double features on two different screens for less than the price of one movie at the big screen theaters.
In addition, Sundance features an outside concession wagon (known as the Butch Cassidy Canteena) that offers a variety of carnival and fairgrounds treats like cotton candy, hand-dipped corn dogs, caramel apple chips, soft-serve ice cream, mini-donuts, funnel cakes and more.
Sundance admission prices are $7.50 per adult and $3 each for children 6-12. (Children ages 5 and under are free.) For more info on current showings or other info, call 419-691-9668.
How does your garden grow?
Two major public gardens operate in the Maumee Bay region, giving visitors the chance to see what beautiful gardening can produce -- without the hassle of doing the work.
Bed designs are changed each year at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, located just off the Ohio Turnpike at 19255 W. Portage River South Rd. in Elmore, where nearly 20,000 annuals are planted along with Japanese, water, rose, iris, perennial and other gardens.
More geraniums, begonias, impatiens and new varieties of lantana, cannas and coleus are being planted for 2009 -the selections made for their colorful floral colors and their low maintenance.
“We have added more features to the gardens such as art exhibits in the galleries, sculpture exhibits, various garden seminars and the new Brown Welcome Center,” assistant director David Halsey wrote in the garden’s spring newsletter. For 2009, Schedel Gardens will feature the works of bronze sculptor Barry Woods Johnston, of Baltimore.
The gardens are located on the grounds of the former estate of German immigrant Joseph Schedel and his wife, Marie. The couple moved into the Victorian home in 1934 (it was built in 1888), and lovingly began developing the lush grounds into an arboretum and gardens. The Victorian home houses treasures from the Schedels’ extensive travels, including a Hereke silk prayer rug, antique Persian rugs, teak furniture and Japanese silk embroideries.
Schedel Gardens hosts several events this year, including a free Family Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on May 30. Educational sessions will be offered hourly on such topics as container gardening, guided garden tours, concrete creations and composting. There will also be booths staffed by Schedel experts on bonsai and other horticultural care as well as the Ohio Division of Forestry, Pheasants Forever and other groups. Kid activities will be provided by Nature’s Nursery, Toledo Zoo and activities such as fishing safety and archery.
The Athena Art Society, founded in 1903 at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of the two oldest women’s professional art organizations in the country, will present a special exhibit at Schedel from May 29-July 12. The society’s members work in all media, including painting, drawing, prints, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and fiber art.
Schedel Gardens are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays from May through October for self-guided tours of the grounds. The facility is closed Mondays and the three major summer holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day).
Admission is for self-guided tours is 10 for adults, $9 for seniors and AAA members, and $6 for children 6-14 years. Parking is free. Golf carts are available with advance notice for those that are handicapped or elderly; a driver will be assigned for your visit. For group guided tours or more info, call 419-862-3182 or visit www.schedel-gardens.org.
The Toledo Botanical Garden, located 5403 Elmer Dr. off Holland-Sylvania Road, is host to several major events during the year, but is probably best known for the Crosby Festival of the Arts.
The 44th annual festival in 2009 will be held June 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature more than 230 artists in various mediums from across the country as well as live entertainment, a variety of food and special kids’ activities in the Children’s Artistic Playhouse.
Festival admission is $7. Children 12 and under and Garden members get in free. Free parking and round-trip shuttle service is available at the WalMart parking lot at Central Avenue and Holland-Sylvania Road.
Unfortunately, the festival often overshadows that fact that the world’s largest collection of lithopanes – a three-dimensional porcelain art casting that shows off its colors when illuminated – is housed at the TBG. The garden also hosts annual Jazz in the Garden concerts on Thursdays, this year from July 9 through Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information about these and other TBG programs, call 419-536-5566 or visit www.toledogarden.org. The TBG is open daily year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free outside of the Crosby Festival and certain other special events).
Bird and wildlife watching
Ohio offers some of the best birding sites in the country, particularly along the Lake Erie shoreline. State parks, federal nature preserves, forests and wildlife areas are spectacular locations to view many species of birds including bald eagles, owls, waterfowl and shorebirds.
In April 2009, the mountain bluebird was seen for what is believed to have been the first time in a century in the Toledo area. The sighting truly became a “bluebird of happiness” for birdwatchers, who descended by the hundreds on the area from hundreds of miles away.
The Maumee Bay region’s location along major migratory bird routes between Canada and the South also makes it an important location. Prime bird watching locations in the region for year-round enjoyment include:
Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area and its neighboring Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge are recognized among the nation’s premier birding destinations. They offer thousands of acres along the western Lake Erie shoreline, and are ideal for viewing the spring migration activities of warblers, tanagers, orioles and grosbeaks. A handicap-accessible boardwalk, the Magee Marsh Bird Trail, winds through marshlands reminiscent of what was once the Great Black Swamp. Birders gather and compare sightings at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Visit www.dnr.state.oh.us and www.fws.gov/midwest/Ottawa/ for more information.
Kelleys Island, located just north of Sandusky (east of Toledo), attracts birds from as far north as the Arctic Circle and serves as one of the steppingstones for birds migrating north across Lake Erie to Point Pelee, Canada. A 20-minute ferry ride north across Lake Erie from Marblehead, Ohio, Kelleys Island offers a diverse habitat and 8,000 acres for birders. The island also offers rocky shorelines, pristine beaches, lush forests, fragrant vineyards and historical homes, plus a downtown that offers shopping and entertainment. For more info, visit www.kelleysislandnature.com or contact the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce at 419-746-2360.
The Lake Erie Wing Watch region, located between Oak Harbor and Lorain, is home to more than 300 bird species, including majestic bald eagles, colorful migratory warblers and great blue herons. For more info, visit www.lakeeriewingwatch.com or call the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau at 800-441-1271.
East Harbor State Park in Ottawa County (north of Sandusky) with its scenic wetlands is sure to offer nature enthusiasts an abundance of wildlife to view including ducks, geese, gulls, terns and other migratory waterfowl. For details visit www.dnr.ohio.gov/parks/parks/eastharbor.htm.
Maumee Bay State Park in Lucas County offers a spectacular two-mile elevated boardwalk through prime birding habitat including swamplands and marsh, as well as an observation tower. The park’s scenic meadows, woods and marshes are teeming with wildlife. Visit www.coastalohio.com for photos and additional information on the park and its surrounding area.
The nine Toledo Area Metroparks, including Pearson Metropark on Lallendorf Road, just north of Navarre Avenue (SR 2) in Oregon, offer a variety of bird and wildlife watching opportunities as well as numerous activities and programs for families
Pearson is the only Metropark east of the Maumee River and offers a Nature Discovery Center, educational programs at Macomber Lodge, walking and cross-country skiing trails, picnic grounds, pedal boats, ball diamonds, picnic areas, sledding, play areas and more.
Most importantly, however, the park has a large swamp forest area that is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp that once covered most of Northwest Ohio. For info, call Toledo Area Metroparks, at 419-407-9700.
The Wood County Park District oversees several park facilities in the county, including:
• Cedar Creeks Preserve, a 42-acre tract in Northwood, where Woodville Road (SR 51) crosses Walbridge Road, is an excellent example of the former Black Swamp that once covered a large portion of Northwest Ohio. In keeping with the idea of a nature preserve, development of the parcel has been limited to low impact features, preserving the natural setting of the acreage. Facilities include: hiking trails, foot bridge, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk.
• William Henry Harrison Park, a 22-acre park located at 644 Bierley Ave. (Pemberville Road), just south of Pemberville, which features a large multi-purpose playfield, children’s playground, paved circular drive for rollerblading, hiking trails, Portage River fishing and more.
Visit www.woodcountyparkdistrict.org or call 800-321-1897 for info.
The Sandusky County Park District also oversees several facilities in the county, including:
• White Star Park, located south of Gibsonburg on SR 300. White Star has a quarry up to 40 feet deep that is used by scuba divers throughout the region as well as for non-power boating and fishing; a beach with changing rooms and a concession stand, and a campground located across from the park’s main entrance that has electric and water hookups and primitive campsites on a reservation basis. In addition, the park offers picnic tables, grills, well water, restrooms, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, playfield, nature trails, mountain bike trails, shelters, day camp area, and more.
For more information about White Star Park or other parks in the Sandusky County Park District, call 1-888-200-5577. White Star Park scuba concession information is available through Quarry Divers, Inc. at 419-637-7911.
There are many great places to eat in the Maumee Bay area – in fact too many to name here. Lots of them offer specialties assembled from ethnic recipes handed down for generations or dishes are assembled from the region’s farms and waters, particularly walleye and other fresh fish.
One notable eatery is Tony Packo’s Restaurant on Conant Street at Front Street in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood, just off I-280. Packo’s is most famous for its Hungarian-style hot dogs. The restaurant became famous after Toledo actor Jamie Farr had food shipped from the restaurant during an episode on the popular TV show M*A*S*H. The restaurant is also known for its signed hot dog buns, a tradition that began with Burt Reynolds and has included other movie stars, celebrities and even U.S. Presidents.
In fact, Packo’s became so popular that it has opened small restaurants inside some of The Andersons stores nationwide and now has a restaurant directly across Washington Street from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens baseball team.
A few miles away from Packo’s at International Park in East Toledo is The Docks restaurant complex, which features a combination of several restaurants, including Cousino’s Navy Bistro, Eileen’s Wine Bar, Tango’s Mexican Cantina, Zia’s Italian, Real Seafood and Dockside Grille. All offer a spectacular view of the Maumee River and the downtown skyline.
Outside the Docks complex along the river, the city of Toledo has a riverwalk that extends from a boat basin near the entrance of International Park to the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship, a restored Great Lakes freighter open for public tours. The vessel now operates as a floating museum. For hours of operation and admission, visit www.willisbboyer.org or 419-936-3070.
Across the river on the downtown Toledo side, visitors and area residents – particularly schoolchildren or adults with children celebrating birthday parties – like to take a cruise along the Maumee on the Sandpiper Canal Boat, a replica of a flat-bottomed canal boat that offers lunch and dinner cruises, private charters and special event cruises. The 100-passenger Sandpiper operates from May through October, departing from its dock at the foot of Jefferson Street in Promenade Park on the downtown side of the river. Special cruises, including Sunset & City Lights, Discover the River, Fall Color and Boo cruises are available. For cruise times, fares, and info, call 419-537-1212 or visit www.sandpiperboat.com
Preserving history in the round
The smiles of children and their families as they enjoy the carousel ride and the oompah soundtrack of the circa 1924 Wurlitzer band organ are what the people behind the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky live for.
Located in the former U.S. Post Office on US 6 at 301 Jackson St. at Washington Streets near the city square in Sandusky, the museum celebrates the history of carousels, the carvers who made the intricate horses and other animals, and enthusiasts who enjoy them. There are only about 200 original wooden carousels remaining in the U.S. today.
The stone museum, which has a half-rotunda at the front and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, features a restored 1939 Allen Herschell carousel that offers rides to visitors.
On July 11, the Car Coddlers of Ohio will gather outside the museum for a classic car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will offer free admission and $1 carousel rides.
For the Toast of Ohio Wine Festival on Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Merry-Go-Round Museum will provide free children’s activities. The museum is a co-benefactor of the fundraiser festival.
More than 20 woodcarvers will demonstrate their skills Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with $1 carousel rides all day. A New Year’s Eve Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. will also help raise funds for the museum.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult, $4 for seniors age 60 and $3 for children ages 4-14. Children ages 3 and under are admitted for free. For operation hours or more info, call 419-626-6111 or visit www.merrygoroundmuseum.org.
Another land down under
When folks in the Maumee Bay area talk about going down under, they may not necessarily be talking about Australia. They could be talking about a visit to Seneca Caverns, located off SR 269 about four miles south of Bellevue,. One of Ohio’s largest underground caverns and a registered state natural landmark, the caverns are marking their 76th year since first opening to the public on May 14, 1933.
Visitors can take a one-hour guided tour 110 feet underground through seven levels or rooms – the largest 250 feet in length. They can also view “Ole Mist’ry River.” During the summer months tours depart every 20 minutes. Comfortable shoes (there are a lot of steps) and a light jacket are recommended for visitors as the temperature in the caverns remains a constant 54 degrees.
Seneca Caverns is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During May (before Memorial Day), September (after Labor Day) through mid-October, the Caverns are open weekends only from 10 a.m. to 5: p.m..
For ticket prices or other info, call 419-483-6711 or email email@example.com.
To enter the Prehistoric Forest and Mystery Hill Family Fun Center on SR 163 in Marblehead, you pass through a volcano, walking under a thundering 35-foot waterfall where a serpent defends his layer.
Proceeding on into the 10 acres of natural forest, you soon encounter T-Tex, triceratops, a Mastodon and other lifelike dinosaurs and prehistoric animals that used to roam the ground you are standing on. Some dinosaur footprints still exist and are waiting to be uncovered at the dig site inside the forest. The path through the woods is paved and information boards give history on each of the dinosaurs.
Near a quarry is a building atop a hill known as Mystery Hill. There are angled floors where a ball won’t roll down hill and water flows uphill. Even more bizarre, there is an area on the hill where the ground levels yet most people change their height – becoming smaller or taller. There is also a reptile house, an exotic animal house, an arcade, a water wars launch area, a miniature golf course, playground, and gift shop.
The park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and weekends only during the rest of May and September. To enjoy everything, admission for an adult is $13.95, children ages 4-12 and seniors are $11.95, and children 3 and under are free.
Call 419-798-5230 or visit www.mysteryhill.com for more info.
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Genoa is constructed of “tufa,” fossilized vegetation found in the “blue hole” at Castilia, O. A ground-level statue of a praying Saint Bernadette Souberious looks up admiringly at Our Lady.
The idea for the grotto in Genoa resulted from Archbishop Karl Alter’s visit to the Lourdes Grotto in France in 1932. While at the shrine, the Archbishop promised the Blessed Mother to make Lourdes even better known by constructing a replica of the original Grotto in his own diocese. In 1934, the Bishop chose Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Genoa as the site for the shrine. It was completed and dedicated Sept. 8, 1934 -- the birthday anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The grounds include a small altar, an adjoining bell tower of tufa, arches and outdoor Stations of the Cross in hand-carved Italian bronze. Our Lady of Lourdes is located at 204 S. Main St. Tour groups are welcome. For info, call 419-855-8501.
Sorrowful Mother Shrine, located at 4106 SR 269 in Bellevue, is the oldest place of pilgrimage dedicated to Mary in the Midwest. The grounds hold 40 points of interest including grottos, Sorrowful Mother Chapel, Pieta Outdoor Chapel, plus the 14 Stations of the Cross. Public and private pilgrimages are made year round. Cafeteria, picnic area and gift shop available. .
The shrine is open dawn to dusk. Masses are held at 11 a.m. weekdays, Saturdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. Confessions available half hour before all masses. For info, call 419-483-3435 or visit www.sorrowfulmothershrine.com.
Our Lady of Toledo Shrine is located at 655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon The garden and well are open during daylight hours. Chapel is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A daily rosary and prayer service are held at 2 p.m. in the chapel. For more info on this and other shrine activities, call 419-697-7742 or 1-888-791-0990 or visit www.protect-life.org.
The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, is the only Plateresque (architectural style of 16th century Spain) cathedral in the world. It features layers of paintings and frescos of saints and angels reaching to the ceiling, a magnificent stained glass rose window and mosaic altars. The cathedral, which is the seat of the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Toledo, has ornate statues and carvings on both the inside and out. For more info, call 419-244-9575.