The Toledo Zoo is recognized as one of the world’s most complete zoos, and one of the region’s top family destinations. It boasts over 6,000 mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates representing more than 750 species, and innovative exhibits also get visitors up-close to many of your favorites.
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, the Tembo Trail, and the new Australian-themed Wild Walkabout, which runs through Sept. 2.
|Whether you enjoy thrills and chills-like a spin on Cedar Point's new Gatekeeper, or the serenity of a
stroll through the gardens at Schedel Arboretum, Northwest Ohio offers something for everyone.
(Gatekeeper photo courtesy of Cedar Poin: Schedel photo by Ken Grosjean)
Wild Walkabout will lead visitors through a journey that will bring them face-to-face with some of the world’s most unusual reptiles, birds, mammals and fish, including a saltwater crocodile, death adder, coastal taipan, green tree python, kookaburra and wallaby.
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
Toledo Museum of Art
Experience one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country at the Toledo Museum of Art. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts.
Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street.
2445 Monroe St., Toledo
419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, www.toledomuseum.org
Imagination Station Toledo
Ready to experience the unexpected? Explore the exciting? Imagination Station – Toledo’s hands-on science museum – promises to immerse visitors of every age in a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational.
Defy gravity as you ride the High Wire Cycle 20 feet above the atrium; or visit the Learning Worlds designed to focus on a specific science genre – Energy Factory, Mind Zone, Water Works, Little Kidspace, and more. A number of special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year, including “Grossology, The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body,” which runs through Sept. 2.
One Discovery Way, Toledo
Toledo Botanical Garden
Originally consisting of 20 acres donated by George P. Crosby to the City of Toledo, Toledo Botanical Garden now encompasses more than 60 acres of beauty, tranquility and opportunities for exploration and reflection. It is currently a public/private partnership between Metroparks and the non-profit Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo.
A living museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden’s notable gardens include shade, perennial, English border, aquatic, herb, rose, dahlia and grass, among others.
Special events include the Crosby Festival of the Arts (June 29-30), summertime jazz concerts and Peter Navarre Day (Sept. 8).
5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo
Tony Packo’s Café
Tony Packo’s is famous for its Hungarian-style hot dogs, for its hot dog buns signed by movie stars, other celebrities and U .S. Presidents and for its frequent mention by Toledo’s Jamie Farr on the TV series M*A*S*H*.
In addition to the flagship eatery, Packo’s has a location across from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens.
1902 Front St., Toledo
Hollywood Casino Toledo
Penn National Gaming extends the red carpet to Hollywood Casino Toledo, located just off I-75 on the banks of the Maumee River.
The casino, which opened last year, offers 2,000 slot machine and table game positions, a sports bar, restaurants and an entertainment lounge.
777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo
The Butterfly House
Hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Central America and Asia can be seen in a beautiful indoor garden setting. Open May-August Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.; September Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and weekends noon-5 p.m. in October.
11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse
The 100-passenger canal boat replica cruises upriver past elegant estates and yacht clubs, or down river toward Lake Erie. Special cruises include “Discover the River” and “Sunset and City Lights,” among others.
Jefferson Avenue & Water Street, Toledo
Sundance Kid Drive-In
Spend an evening under the stars at the Sundance Kid Drive-in, located across from Pearson Park. First-run films are offered on two screens through October. The 50’s-style drive-in has all the nostalgia and the best in FM Stereo sound. Concession stand and the Butch Cassidy Canteen, a concession wagon is available.
Admission prices are $8.75 per adult and $3.75 each for children 6-12. (Children ages 5 and under are free.)
4500 Navarre, Oregon
• Metroparks of the Toledo Area preserves many of Lucas County’s most unique natural areas, from the Oak Openings to the Lake Erie coastal zone.
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.
Pearson includes picnic areas, a playground, ball diamonds, a soccer field, tennis courts, walking trails, historical WPA buildings and bridges and more. Pioneers of all ages are invited to enjoy the Johlin Black Swamp Cabin, where they learn about home life in the 1800s.
Open 7 a.m. until dark every day; extended hours for winter recreation.
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
• Maumee Bay State Park 1400 State Park Rd., in Oregon and Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, 1750 State Park Rd., offer not only the finest of recreational facilities but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie.
The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.
The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a two-mile elevated boardwalk plus an observation tower, lakeshore and inland beaches, a marina, a golf course, campground sites and more.
1-800-282-7275 (Lodge reservations)
419-836-7758 (Park office)
• 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.
William Henry Harrison Park, located in Pemberville along the Portage River, offers picnic areas, an open-air shelter, playground, hiking trails, and a large open field for a variety of uses.
• The Sandusky County Park District operates 10 facilities, including the 93-acre Wolf Creek Park, 160-acre Blue Huron Reserve, the Mull Covered Bridge, the 310-acre Creek Ben Farm and others. White Star Park, located south of Gibsonburg on SR 300, 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.
419-334-4495, 1-888-200-5577, www.lovemyparks.com
• East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd. off SR 269 in Marblehead, on the shores of Lake Erie. The park has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping are popular while nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other species of wildlife found in the park’s scenic wetlands.
419-734-4424, 1-866-644-6727 (camp reservations), www.eastharborstatepark.org
• Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead. One of Lake Erie’s best known and most-photographed landmarks, the lighthouse is one of Ohio’s newest state parks. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse offer excellent picnicking and views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island, South Bass Island and Cedar Point. The park is open year-round.
The Keeper’s House, the oldest surviving home in Ottawa County, offers visitors the chance to experience the history of lighthouse keepers. The 1822 home was the residence of the first three keepers of the oldest continually operated lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
419-734-4424 ext. 2, dnr.state.oh.us/parks
The Schedel Arboretum was home to Joseph and Marie Schedel for more than 50 years before opening to the public in 1991.
The arboretum has more than 17 scenic acres that border along the Portage River just outside of Elmore. See gardens of nearly 20,000 annuals, roses, perennials, irises and lilies, including a Japanese garden complete with Torii, waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and a pagoda. A number of special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year, including exhibits in the Trellis Gallery, which has become a showcase for local artists. Group tours of the grounds and mansion are available by appointment.
Regular hours May-October, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. A number of special events are held throughout the year.
19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
The grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Church 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 grounds include a small altar, an adjoining bell tower of tufa, arches and outdoor Stations of the Cross in hand-carved Italian bronze.
204 S. Main St., Genoa, 419-855-8501
Our Lady of Toledo Shrine
Our Lady of Toledo Shrine is a place of prayer, quiet reflection and healing. All faiths are welcome. The garden and well are open during daylight hours.
655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon, 419-697-7742
Holy Rosary Cathedral
Visitors will be moved by the beauty of the cathedral’s Old World style, and by the visual strength of its symbol as the primary church of Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. The cathedral is Spanish Plateresque in design – the only one of its kind in North America. Thousands have been inspired by the graceful beauty of its piers and arches; by the richly decorated nave ceiling with scenes from the Old Testament, the half-domed apse embellished by frescoes in the Keim process, and by one of its most striking gems, the Rose Window, which sparkles and radiates in the changing light of the eastern sun.
2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo
Sorrowful Mother Shrine
The Sorrowful Mother Shrine’s 120-acre grounds feature 40 points of interest including grottos, Sorrowful Mother Chapel, Pieta Outdoor Chapel, plus the Stations of the Cross. Founded in 1850, the original shrine is the oldest place of pilgrimage dedicated to Mary in the Midwest.
Cafeteria, picnic area and gift shop available. Handicap-accessible. There is no cost, however freewill offerings are accepted.
Chapel open daily 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gift shop open daily.
4106 SR 269, Bellevue
African Safari Park
African Safari drive-through safari is home to more than 400 of the world’s most beautiful and exotic animals.
Safari fun also includes camel and pony rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, “Pork Chop Downs” pig races, a gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar and café and grill.
Open through Dec. 1 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine.
267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton
Cedar Point has been voted “The Best Amusement Park in the World” by “Amusement Today” readers for 15 years running, In 2013, Cedar Point debuted the GateKeeper coaster – record-breaking winged roller coaster that boasts the longest drop of any winged roller coaster on the planet. The park also features more than 70 rides, 16 of which are coasters including Millennium Force, which holds the title of number one steel coaster on the planet, plus four children's areas, an ice-skating extravaganza, Dinosaurs Alive!, Luminosity light show, and musical entertainment.
Overnight guests enjoy convenient resort accommodations within walking distances to the park from the historic beachfront Hotel Breakers to an RV campground.
Open through Sept. 2 daily, then weekends (Fri. evenings, Sat. & Sun.) through Oct. 27.
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay
Castaway Bay indoor waterpark resort features liquid fun for the whole family in a tropical island setting. Adventures include a wave pool, water coaster, slides, kiddie water play areas, and children's activities, including a visit from Snoopy and his Peanuts friends.
The resort also has a day spa, state-of-the-art arcade, restaurants, and retail shops. Overnight guests also enjoy early entry and ticket discounts for Cedar Point, in season.
2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
An 18-acre outdoor waterpark located on a Lake Erie beach next to Cedar Point. Soak City features Dragster H2O, a towering multi-lane mat racer; Splash Zone, a huge bucket and multi-story interactive water play area with tipping bucket; a half-million-gallon wave pool; Zoom Flume raft ride; tube slides; a wild inner tube river and a relaxing, meandering river. Choo-Choo Lagoon and Tadpole Town offer fun for little ones. Eerie Falls plunges riders into dark tunnels, and Adventure Cove is a great place for parents and children to play. For adults only, there's Bubbles Swim-Up Bar and adjacent hot tub.
Soak City guests also enjoy the Cedar Point Beach. Open daily through Labor Day.
1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6) Sandusky
Located between Cedar Point and Soak City, Challenge Park activity complex features the RipCord Skycoaster, two go-kart tracks, miniature golf and Skyscraper, a thrilling ride that spins riders in a circular motion 16 stories above the ground at speeds of 55 mph.
Admission to Cedar Point or Soak City not required. Each attraction has a separate fee.
Open daily through Sept. 2 and weekends through Oct. 27.
1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6), Sandusky
Toledo Firefighters Museum
Tales of firefighting 150 years ago come alive at the Toledo Firefighters Museum, 918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
Located in the “Old Number 18 Fire House,” the display includes many large pieces of vintage firefighting equipment, including an 1837 Neptune – Toledo’s first fire pumper. Lovingly restored by Toledo firefighters, the hand-pulled, hand-operated Neptune required a 20-man crew and could deliver about 300 gallons of water per minute.
In addition, visitors will see fire gongs, antique fire toys, vintage uniforms and more.
419-478-3473 (FIRE), www.toledofiremuseum.com
Brandville School, built in 1882, has been restored and is listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings. It is now the cornerstone of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society. In 2013, the Society is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.
The complex houses local history memorabilia and artifacts. The second floor of Brandville School has an extensive military display with artifacts from every major conflict in which the U.S. has been involved, dating from the War of 1812 through the current war in Afghanistan. Of special interest is the original oil painting by Gilbert Gaul of the Civil War Volunteer Light Artillery Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, which was commissioned in 1894 by the local Ford Post of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). The museum has an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts with over 400 items.
A carriage house was constructed at the complex to display the society’s display. The first floor houses a replica of Metzger's General Store, circa 1870, with many items from the original store, which was located at the present intersection of Wheeling and Navarre streets. The second floor features vignettes of a doctor’s office, a barber shop and a Victorian living area. Farm implements are also on display, in addition to a one-horse sleigh and many tools and devices used by local tradesmen in the past.
The third building is a restored one-room school, which includes a pot belly stove, blackboards, reading bench, primers and school desks from various periods of time.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays). Call 419-693-7052 to arrange tours for groups of four or more. No charge; donations accepted.
1133 Grasser St., Oregon
The Town Hall looms over the village of Genoa, its bell tower visible for blocks. Originally built as the Genoa Opera Hall, it was constructed in 1883 and housed its first performance in 1886. The building immediately became the hub of activity in the village and council meetings are still held there.
Built in the Gothic revival style, the structure features eight ornamental chimneys, and a hand-carved sandstone mask of Dionysius, the Greek God of theater, which rests over the main entrance. The Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the mayor’s office and the village council chambers on the first floor. The second floor is used by Genoa’s Civic Theater.
Genoa Privy, built to serve as Genoa’s first school, is believed to be the only brick outhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
Elmore Depot & Matti Heckman Log House
In 1981, the Elmore Historical Society purchased 1860s Elmore Depot, along with 2.5 acres of land. The society undertook an extensive renovation and the building now houses memorabilia from Elmore’s past.
The Society also owns and maintains an 1840s log house which was once the home of Matti Heckman, who taught third grade to many in the area. In 1983, society members dismantled, relocated and rebuilt the Heckman log house, adding an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch, and furnishing it with artifacts from its era.
353 Ottawa St., Elmore
Woodville Historical Museum
Woodville Historical Museum, operated by the Woodville Historical Society, features materials and artifacts documenting the rich history of the small village located on the banks of the Portage River about 20 miles east of Toledo.
Among the items on display are a collection of Native American artifacts believed to go back thousands of years, pictures of early Woodville, a complete collection of school yearbooks and copies of the local newspapers from 1927 through 1978.
Museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Indians in the Woodville area, lime plants, early schools, the Lake Shore Electric rail system that once traveled between Toledo and Cleveland and more.
Open March through December, Wednesdays and Fridays 2-4 p.m. Additional hours: June through August, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and by appointment.
107 E. Main St., Woodville
North Coast Veterans Museum
The North Coast Veterans Museum at 411 N. Main St in Williams Park, Gibsonburg, is a tribute to those who have served in the uniformed service of the United States, especially those who have lost their lives in combat or training.
The dramatic and colorful military displays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present. The museum is also working on a collection of books that details information about Ohio veterans.
Open Mondays 5:30-8 p.m., July 4 and Veteran’s Day 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Original White House gates lead the way to the nation’s first presidential center and museum, – a tribute to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.
The facility at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont is built on 25 acres of the President's beloved “Spiegel Grove” estate and includes his 31-room Victorian mansion, museum, library and burial site. The exhibit galleries house nearly 1,800 artifacts on permanent display, including exhibits devoted to President Hayes’s military service, his political roles and details of his personal life.
Through Oct. 7, 2013, the center is presenting, “Ohio in the War of 1812,” an exhibit that examines the crucial battles and strategic importance of the “Ohio frontier.” Through use of a timeline, the story of the War of 1812 is told chronologically, highlighting such battles as Hull’s Surrender (Detroit), River Raisin (Monroe, Mich.), Fort Meigs (Perrysburg), Fort Stephenson (Fremont), the Battle of Lake Erie, and the Battle of Thames (Canada).
A number of special events and exhibits are presented throughout the year, including Verandah Concerts and Ice Cream socials in the summer months, an annual Independence Day concert (July 4), a Civil War re-enactment (Oct. 5-6), a special Hayes train display (Dec. 1-Jan. 5, 2014) and sleigh rides on the grounds (Dec. 26-31), weather permitting.
800-998-PRES (7737), www.rbhayes.org
Pemberville’s historic Pember-Furry House and One-Room School takes visitors back in time to the 19th century. Believed to be the community’s oldest existing building, the Furry House was built by village founder James Pember, and eventually was home to long-time residents Jacob H. Furry and his daughter, Minnie.
Featuring unique architectural details and authentic period furnishings, the house sits adjacent to the One Room School, where Pemberville’s youth learned “readin’ and writin’” at the turn of the century. Admission is free; these highlights are open by appointment from spring through fall.
324 E. Front St., Pemberville
While in town, check out the restored railroad depot (circa 1881) at 215 Hickory St., with railroad and Pemberville memorabilia on display. Open May through October by appointment (419-287-4114) and during community events.
Wood County Historical Center & Museum
Several exhibits at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum help tell the story of the county’s rich history. More than 30 rooms cover historical elements from the native people of Northwest Ohio, the Black Swamp, Oil and Gas Boom, various clothing and decorating styles, and trends in medicine, politics and government.
The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Civil War Encampment, Wood County Heritage Days (June 8-9), and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 7-20).
A new exhibit, “Bowling Green 1913 Time Capsule,” includes newspapers, photos and trinkets from 1913 discovered when a time capsule was uncovered in August 2012 as workers were razing the former Central Administration Building on South Grove Street in Bowling Green. The items were preserved inside a 12"x8"x4" tin box.
“Wood County’s Role in the Civil War: The Homestead” takes a poignant look at Wood County's men and their roles serving our county and country in the Civil War. Read excerpts from real letters written between the soldiers and their families still in Wood County.
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Closed Mondays and holidays, and in November and January. Special extended holiday hours are available from Dec. 8-21.
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
Fort Meigs State Memorial Park
Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 battlefield in Perrysburg, features a reconstructed fort and museum. It is one of fifty-eight sites within the Ohio Historical Society.
Under the command of future President William Henry Harrison, Fort Meigs helped defend the Northwest Territory against attacks by the British and the Native Americans during the War of 1812.
A replica of America’s largest walled fort, Fort Meigs offers several re-enactments featuring soldiers in period costumes throughout the year, such as Independence Day 1813 (July 4); Life in Early Ohio (Aug. 24-25); Garrison Ghost Walk (Oct. 18-19 and 25-26); The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 2); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 8).
The fort is open April through October. Museum is open year-round. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg
Step back in time at the Canal Experience and discover what life was like along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876.
Visitors can experience what canal life was like aboard The Volunteer, a 60-foot boat replica of the time period. A two-mule team pulls the boat, while the crew handles the ropes and opens and closes the massive gates of the restored lock. See characters in period attire throughout the park.
Other highlights include a visit to Isaac Ludwig Mill, The General Store, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks. Shelter rental and boat charters are also available. Special events include a July 4th celebration (noon-4 p.m.); Canal Days Sept. 14 (1-4 p.m.); and a Ghosts of Providence Lantern Walk Oct. 19.
Providence Metropark, Old US 24 at SR 578, Grand Rapids
The Keeper's House at Marblehead Lighthouse
Built in 1822, the historic house was home to Benajah and Rachel Wolcott and the residence of the first three lighthouse keepers for the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. This structure was built by the same stonemason who built the Marblehead Lighthouse.
9999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead
419-798-9339, www. thekeepershouse.org
Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery
The historic cemetery is the final resting place of more than 200 of 9,000 Confederate soldiers once imprisoned here. Cemetery open year-round, daily dusk to dawn.
Gaydos Drive, Marblehead
Ottawa County Historical Museum
Enjoy historical displays about Ottawa County including exhibits on Native Americans, early life and industries in Ottawa County, military history from the Civil War through WWII, Camp Perry, the “convict ship” Success and more.
126 W. Third St., Port Clinton
Sandusky County Historical Society Museum
Located in Fremont, the museum is housed in a Victorian-style home built in 1884 as a wedding present for Carrie June, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David June upon her marriage to Martin Holderman. For many years, the home was known as the Holderman home, and remained in the family until 1942.
The Sandusky County Historical Society purchased the property in 1981, enabling the organization to house their various artifacts under one roof. Open May through November Wednesday and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; call for hours or to schedule an appointment.
514 Birchard Ave., Fremont
Located in the former U.S. Post Office, the Merry-Go-Round 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 museum’s “Grab the Brass Ring” exhibit provides an intriguing look at carousel animals from 1895 to 2011. Featuring signed horses, menagerie carvings, and a new wolf, the exhibit display gives visitors insight into the three historic carving styles. Several of the artworks are in their original factory paint.
The stone structure, 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.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Off-season hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
301 Jackson St., Sandusky
Connect with the past at Ohio's largest living-history village located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold. Enjoy guided tours, period craftsmen, hands-on activities like arts and crafts and several annual events including Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration, Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm (July 6), Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale (Aug. 3-4), Annual Apple Butter Making (Sept. 25-28), Fall on the Farm & Scout Day (Oct. 12), Annual Woodcarvers’ Show & Sale (Oct. 26-27) and Holiday Lantern Tours late November into early December. Other amenities include a restaurant, inn, campground, bakery and on-site shopping.
Edison Birthplace Museum
Visit Thomas Edison’s 1847 birthplace; tour his boyhood home and see displays of some of his accomplishments as the world’s greatest inventor. The collection includes examples of many of Edison’s early inventions, documents, and family mementos.
Tours offered February through December. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. June through August; Tuesday-Sunday 1.-5 p.m. September and October; 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday in November and weekends 1-4 p.m. in December.
9 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan
Historic Lyme Village
Explore the past as you tour the 16 buildings in this 19th-century village. Tours include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, barns, a one-room school, a general store and more. The village is also home to the Schug Hardware Museum and the National Postmark Collectors Museum and Research Center.
Open June through August, Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12–4 p.m. and Sundays in September from noon - 4 p.m.
5001 SR 4 (south of SR 113), Bellevue
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Experience four attractions in one location, including the scariest haunted house you’ll ever encounter, the fastest virtual roller coaster in Ohio, a one-of-a-kind interactive 3D blacklight mini-golf journey and a skating rink. In December, visit the Winter Wonderland walk-through. Open year-round. Call for hours.
3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
The world’s largest accessible glacial grooves, these scars in the limestone bedrock were carved 18,000 years ago by the ice sheet that covered part of North America. Fencing now protects this National Natural Landmark. A walkway and stairs permit visitors a good view of the grooves. Open year-round during daylight hours.
Division Street, Kelleys Island
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is an all-suites, full-service, family destination indoor waterpark resort featuring a Northwoods atmosphere and family-friendly amenities including a 41,000-square-foot indoor entertainment area featuring a grand-scale waterpark, spacious outdoor pool, arcade, fitness room, kids’ arts and crafts center, family restaurants, gift shop and performing Great Clock Tower.
4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
800-641-WOLF (9653), www.greatwolf.com/sandusky/waterpark
At Kalahari resort, visitors can surf indoors 365 days a year or take on the Zip Coaster uphill water roller coaster.
The resort also offers a spa and salon, The Candy Hut, The Ivory Coast Lounge, Great Karoo Marketplace Restaurant, Zakanaka Kids clothing and toy shop, Madagascar Indoor Glow Golf, Safari Adventures and more. Catch some rays at Kalahari’s outdoor pool complex from Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting). Call for day pass information.
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark
Monsoon Lagoon waterpark and family entertainment complex features aquatic adventures including six waterslides, a lazy river, an adult pool with swim-up Tiki bar, and Adventure Island Tree House with 17 levels.
Miniature golf, bumper boats, grand prix cars and a gaming arcade round out a day of family fun. Open through Sept. 2.
Routes 2 & 269 (1530 S. Danbury Rd), Port Clinton
Visitors to “The Caviest Cave” can walk natural stone steps and pathways through “the earth crack” and past the Ole Mist’ry River. Pan for gemstones at Seneca Mining Company.
The Caverns are open seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last tour departs one hour before close.
During the months of May (prior to Memorial Day), September (after Labor Day) and to mid-October, the caverns are open weekends (Saturday and Sunday) only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The last tour departs one hour before close. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, daily hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m., rain or shine.
15248 E. Twp. Rd. 178 (off SR 269 S), Bellevue 419-483-6711
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Lakeside, the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body, and spirit for more than 135 years. Spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities are available. For a complete list of weekly themes and topics, visit www.lakesideohio.com/education.
236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
Lake Erie Islands
Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
The Victorian-era village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has been attracting visitors for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel to Put-in-Bay annually to enjoy family fun activities, outdoor recreation and a large variety of special events.
Many begin with a narrated tour on the Island Tour Train. For those wishing to go at their own pace, there are golf carts, scooters and bicycles to rent. Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained including a butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel and go-kart racing. History enthusiasts won’t want to miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, and Put-in-Bay will take center stage for a year-long series of activities. The peak of the celebration will be Labor Day weekend, when more than a dozen tall ships will participate in a re-enactment of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's historic victory over the British fleet. Festivities will also include commemorative ceremonies, ship tours, day sails, educational programs, musical entertainment, and more.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
The nation’s third-tallest memorial structure, the 352-foot tall column commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over the British during the War of 1812, and the lasting peace between the U.S., England and Canada since that time. The visitor’s center features displays, a video theater, ranger talks and interpretive programs offered free of charge and a gift shop. For operating hours for the Visitor Center and Memorial Observation Deck, call or see website.
93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay
Founded in 1888, Ohio’s oldest family-owned winery offers tours, a tasting room and wine garden with light snacks. Tours include a visit to Crystal Cave, the world’s largest recorded geode, located directly below the winery. Tours offered daily through Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Winery open daily now through late October, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., except Sunday, when opening time is at noon.
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
Most commonly explored by foot, bike, golf cart, and/or kayak, Ohio’s largest island offers fun and adventure for all ages, including 600 acres of state park lands, 17 miles of coastline, beautiful wildflowers, nature trails, a fossil-filled quarry, and wetlands that are admired by nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The downtown district that offers shopping and entertainment, as well as dining and drinking establishments. A high concentration of historic homes and buildings has earned Kelleys Island a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
A lakefront campground and sandy beach attract most visitors in summer, while spring birding and fall Monarch butterfly migrations are popular seasonal events.
Lake Erie Islands Hist. Museum
Displays include more than 65 ship models; the South Bass Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens; and artifacts from the Battle of Lake Erie, island life and the Ford Tri-Motor and great hotel eras. There is a theatre, research library and bookstore. Hours (subject to change) June and September daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; July and August 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and October weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay
The Jet-Express offers high-speed passenger ferry service from Port Clinton to downtown Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Ride in the comfortable passenger cabin or on the open-air sundeck. Late-night service, evening discounts, child rates and group tour rates available. Skip the ticket counter and purchase tickets online.
See a complete schedule at www.jet-express.com.
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton
Passenger/vehicle ferries operate round-trip between the northern tip of the Catawba Peninsula and Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island. Summer trips to Put-in-Bay run every half hour with limited free parking and value/group fares available. ADA accessible.
Visit the website for ferry schedules, island coupons, and event information.
5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 North), Port Clinton