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It’s wild fun at the zoo, wildlife safari and other attractions
Toledo Museum of Art & Glass Pavilion
Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion just across Monroe Street. The museum offers a number of temporary exhibitions each year, along many free programs including glass demonstrations, guided tours, weekly "It's Friday" after-hours programming, hands-on children's activities in the Family Center, and much more. While you’re there, dine in the Museum Café and shop in the Museum Store and Collector's Corner.
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. 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.
2445 Monroe St., Toledo
Each year, nearly one million people visit the zoo to experience the wonders of the natural world, stroll the scenic grounds and explore the historic WPA-era buildings. Zoo highlights include the Arctic Encounter, the Africa! exhibit, Nature’s Neighborhood children’s area and more.
The Toledo Zoo is known for being at the forefront of many conservation efforts, working to preserve endangered and threatened species--from butterflies and birds to crocodiles and elephants. The zoo participates in dozens of important breeding programs that are helping to ensure a future for some truly amazing species.
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
Step inside the Hurricane Chamber, defy gravity as you ride the High Wire Cycle 20 feet above the atrium or bounce on the BOYO – the human yo-yo. Feel your stomach flip as you take a ride on the Zing2000! Simulator or be awed by the power of the 600-gallon Water Vortex. Challenge your friends to a game of tug-o-war (you against all of them), and win!
One Discovery Way, Toledo
Lunch and dinner cruises, ecological and historical tours and educational field trips are available. Special cruises include Discover the River Cruises, Fall Color Cruises, Sunset and City Lights Cruises and Halloween Boat Rides for Kids.
Jefferson Ave. and North Summit Street, (Promenade Park), Toledo
A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden’s notable plants include Susan H. LeCron Shade Garden, (including a noteworthy hosta collection), Pioneer Garden, Herb Garden, Rose Garden, Perennial Garden and a Green Garden.
Special events include the Crosby Festival of the Arts (June 25-27), summertime jazz concerts, and Heralding the Holidays (Nov. 3-5), a seasonal celebration showcasing the numerous resident artistic guilds.
5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo
In addition to the flagship eatery, Packo’s has a location across from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, and at some of The Andersons general stores in the Toledo area.
1902 Front St., Toledo
The Docks at International Park
Located on the waterfront in Downtown Toledo, The Docks is comprised of several restaurants and a wine and martini bar, each featuring original fare, including Cousino’s Navy Bistro, The Real Seafood Company, Tango’s Mexican Cantina, Zia’s Italian and Eileen’s Wine & Martini Bar.
All offer a spectacular view of the water and the downtown skyline, Just outside, a riverwalk extends to the a boat basin near the entrance to International Park and along the water to the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship, a restored Great Lakes freighter and museum open for public tours.
26 Main St., Toledo
11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse
What’s a movie without snacks? Concessions include hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, popcorn, drinks, ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cakes and other treats.
Admission prices are $8 per adult and $3 each for children 6-12. (Children ages 5 and under are free.)
4500 Navarre Ave., Oregon
Metroparks of the Toledo Area preserves many of Lucas County’s most unique natural and historical features, from Ohio's only "moving" sand dunes to the 35-room Georgian colonial home of an auto baron.
• Locally, Pearson Metropark, located at 761 Lallendorf Rd., Oregon, is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio. The thick woods and location close to Lake Erie make Pearson a favorite stopover for a wide variety of migrating birds.
Buildings, shelters, bridges, ponds and a garden with a waterfall were built by workers enrolled in Depression-era work programs, such as the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps.
Park attractions include a pedal boat concession, sledding hill, a “Window on Wildlife,” playground, ball diamonds, tennis courts, fishing and an 1800s Black Swamp cabin.
Open 7 a.m. until dark every day; extended hours for winter recreation.
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
• Maumee Bay State Park at Cedar Point and North Curtice roads along the Oregon-Jerusalem Township border offers a two-mile elevated boardwalk plus an observation tower amidst swamplands, marsh, scenic meadows and woods that are teeming with wildlife and birds. The park features lakeshore and inland beaches, a marina and a conference center and resort hotel that also has a golf course and rental cabins.
• Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area offers thousands of acres of parklands along the Lake Erie shoreline for viewing birds and other wildlife. 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 and an observation tower.
13531 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor Magee Marsh, 419-898-0960, www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
• Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located at 14000 W. SR 2, offers a new visitors center and hiking trails across nearly 5,000 acres along with scheduled auto tours.
• The Wood County Park District oversees several park facilities in the county, including Cedar Creeks Preserve, a 42-acre tract located east of Walbridge where Woodville Road (SR 51) crosses Walbridge Road. The park is an excellent example of the former Black Swamp that once covered a large portion of Northwest Ohio and includes hiking trails, a footbridge, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk.
419-353-1897, visit woodcountyparkdistrict.org
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.
419-334-4495, 1-888-200-5577, www.scd-parks.org
www.kelleysislandnature.com or the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce, 419-746-2360
• East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd off SR 269 in Marblehead offers the largest campground in the Ohio park system, full-service marina, seven miles of beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, fishing access and a full-service marina.
• Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead features picnic facilities, fishing, walking trails and the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. On-site Keeper's House Museum and guided lighthouse tours May 26-Sept. 4, Monday through Friday 1-4:45 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month, May-October, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hours through October, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore
204 S. Main St., Genoa, 419-855-8501
655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo
The Sorrowful Mother Shrine features 120 acres of wooded splendor, plus 40 points of interest including grottos, Sorrowful Mother Chapel, Pieta Outdoor Chapel, plus the 14 Stations of the Cross. Founded in 1850, the original shrine is the oldest place of pilgrimage dedicated to Mary in the Midwest.
Public and private pilgrimages are made year round. Cafeteria, picnic area and gift shop available. Handicap accessible. There is no cost, however freewill offerings are accepted.
4106 SR 269, Bellevue
Safari fun also includes camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races, a gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar and café and grill.
Open now through Nov. 28 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine.
267 Lightner Rd., Port Clinton
The 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark features Rendezvous Run water coaster, a 100,000-gallon wave pool, three 35-foot-tall body slides, Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse, Toddler’s Tide Pool and an 80,000-gallon activity pool.
2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
New for 2010 is Shoot the Rapids, a thrilling water adventure for the whole family. Families with young children will find plenty to enjoy at Cedar Point, with four areas designed for little ones, including Planet Snoopy, with seven rides and special live appearances by Peanuts characters.
Park visitors also thrill to “All Wheels Extreme” performances by stunt bikers, skateboarders and rollerbladers; high-energy live musical shows; and “Starlight Experience,” which transforms the Frontier Trail into a sparkling wonderland of lights and music.
In September and October, HalloWeekends are another reason to scream at Cedar Point. Coaster thrills combine with spooky chills and monstrous fun for little ones in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Open daily through Sept. 6 and weekends Sept. 17-Oct. 31 for HalloWeekends.
Guests can take a break in the arcade with state-of-the-art games and refuel at a food stand with hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. Admission to Cedar Point or Soak City not required. Each attraction has a separate fee.
Open daily through Sept. 6 and weekends through Oct. 31.
1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6), Sandusky
Feel the chills and thrills of the top-10 rated Ghostly Manor Haunted House along with Ohio’s first and only XD 3D theater featuring three exhilarating motion rides, or just relax and enjoy roller skating, games and food while visiting Ghostly Gifts Halloween store. Open all year. Call for hours.
3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Division Street, Kelleys Island
600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Spa Kalahari and Salon, an African-themed restaurant and bar, Pottery Pizzazz, Candy Hut, Ivory Coast Lounge, Great Karoo Marketplace Restaurant, Zakanaka Kids, Madagascar Indoor Mini Golf, Safari Adventures and much more await. Catch some rays at Kalahari’s outdoor pool complex open through Labor Day (weather permitting). Call for day pass information.
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
An 18-hole miniature golf course, bumper boats, grand prix cars and a gaming arcade round out a day of family fun.
Routes 2 & 269 (1530 N Danbury Rd), Marblehead
8232 East Harbor Rd. (SR 163 E), Marblehead
Open through Labor Day, daily 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; May and September through mid-October, Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. or by appointment.
15248 E. Twp. Rd. 178 (off SR 269 S), Bellevue