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Toledo Museum of Art
Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street.
Exhibits include “The Art of Video Games” through-Sept. 28; “The Great War on the Front Line” July 25-Oct. 19 and the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Nov. 21-Jan. 3, 2015.
Each year, nearly 1 million people visit the zoo to experience the wonders of the natural world, stroll the scenic grounds and explore the historic WPA-era buildings. FamilyFun magazine recently names the Toledo Zoo second in the nation, and USA Today Travel named it among the top 20 zoos in the nation.
Zoo highlights include the Arctic Encounter, the Africa! exhibit, Nature’s Neighborhood children’s area and more. Join the zoo in 2014 for a year-long celebration of flight, including cool experiences that bring you closer to everything that flies, including flying reptiles in the Reptile House and the new Penguin Beach, Flamingo Key and ‘Keet Retreat.
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 “Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition,” which runs through Sept. 21.
The casino offers 2,000 slot machine and table game positions, a sports bar, restaurants and an entertainment lounge. In the summer outdoor concerts are held in the casino’s outdoor venue.
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 28-29), summertime jazz concerts, Peter Navarre Day (Sept. 7) and Heralding the Holidays (Dec. 5-7).
In addition to the flagship eatery, Packo’s has a location across from Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo, home of the Toledo Mud Hens.
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. The park includes pedal boat concessions (Memorial Day through Labor Day), ball diamonds, tennis courts, an 1800s Black Swamp cabin and a newly renovated playground.
Open 7 a.m. until dark every day; extended hours for winter recreation.
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
• 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 includes hiking trails, a footbridge, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 and South Bass Islands and Cedar Point. The park is open year-round.
Throughout the year, nearly 1 million people visit the park and 20,000 will climb the 77 steps to the top.
Tours of the on-site keeper’s house museum are conducted in the afternoons Monday through Friday from the day after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day. In addition to the regular season, an annual lighthouse festival is held the second Saturday in October.
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 are May-October, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
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. Recently, the park welcomed an extremely rare white bison for visitors to meet and enjoy.
Open through Nov. 3 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine.
Across from Pipe Scream, take flight on Lake Erie Eagles, a unique experience that is an updated version of a classic thrill ride. Riders sit in one of eight “eagles” suspended from arms 28 feet in the air. As the ride spins, the eagles will outward – and riders have the unique opportunity to control their flight experience from mild to wild.
In September and October, HalloWeekends offer even more screams, as amusement park thrills combine with spooky chills for family-friendly fun during the day and terrifying nighttime frights.
Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark with water activities for all ages, a day spa, fitness center, arcade, a craft and child activity center, restaurants, retail shops and adjacent marina.
Choo-Choo Lagoon and Tadpole Town offer big fun for little ones. For adults, there’s Bubbles Swim-Up Bar a special area with a hot tub. Soak City guests can also enjoy the sandy Cedar Point Beach on Lake Erie. Open through Sept. 1
Admission to Cedar Point or Soak City not required. Each attraction has a separate fee. Open through Sept. 1 daily, then weekends (Fri. evenings, Sat. & Sun.) through Nov. 2.
Experience a scary haunted house, Ohio’s fastest virtual roller coaster, interactive 3D blacklight miniature golf, an ice skating rink, bounce houses for those under 12 and an indoor play area. Special events include A Lake Erie Mud Run in July, a Lake Eerie Fearfest in October and a Winter Wonderland Walk-thru in December. Open year-round. Call for hours.
Miniature golf, bumper boats, grand prix cars and a gaming arcade round out a day of family fun. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.
Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in May; Memorial Day through Labor Day daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and September through mid-October weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The last tour departs one hour before close.
Many start out 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. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained including a butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel and go-kart racing.
Located in the western basin of Lake Erie, the island’s scenery can be discovered by foot, bike, golf cart, or kayak. The downtown district is known for its shopping and entertainment, and its many historic homes and buildings have earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Glacial Grooves National Natural Landmark and Inscription Rock are two free attractions with historical significance.
See a complete schedule at www.jet-express.com.
Visit the website for ferry schedules, island coupons, and event information.
Exhibits include “The Great Lakes: A Powerful Force” theatre experience; a simulated submersible dive experience of the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck and the “Real Old Ironsides” touch experience.
Toledo’s own role in the history of the Great Lakes is highlighted throughout the museum via a “Toledo Trail” icon, which may be found on nearly 25 artifacts and stories
The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship (formerly the Willis B. Boyer) serves as an extension of the museum experience.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship is open through Oct. 31 during museum hours, weather permitting. Parking is free; reasonable dockage rates are available for boaters.
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.
The complex houses a treasure trove of local history memorabilia and artifacts. The second floor houses an extensive Civil War display which includes the military uniform of Frederick Nims, close friend and confidant of General George Custer. Showcased is an original oil painting by Gilbert Gaul, depicting the Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia.
A carriage house constructed to display the society’s display houses a replica of Metzger’s General Store, circa 1870, with many items from the original store plus 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.
Also located on the campus is a completely restored portable one-room schoolhouse, complete with blackboard, desks, schoolbooks, and other items that may have been used in the late 19th century.
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.
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.
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. For hours and information, call 419-332-5912.
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 Jan. 4, 2015, the center is presenting, “Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed.” Northwest Ohio is home to the only Union Army Civil War prison specifically designed to house captured Confederate officers. Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison continues to reveal fascinating details about the war and the men who fought and died. This exhibit focuses on additional information learned through archaeological evidence discovered since the 1965 publication of “Rebels on Lake Erie,” the seminal history of the prison written by Charles E. Frohman. Numerous artifacts recovered from the site in recent years are on display.
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. 4-5), a special Hayes train display in December and sleigh rides on the grounds (Dec. 26-28 and 30-31), weather permitting.
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 Harvest Festival & Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show (Sept. 20), Halloween Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 18) and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 6-19).
Exhibits include “1930s Arts & Crafts-era Decorating Styles,” “I Love the `80s – a Cultural Comparison of the 1880s and the 1980s,” “Wood County Infirmary History,” “Native Indians of Northwest Ohio” and more.
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 Dec. 6-19.
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. 23-24); Garrison Ghost Walks (Oct. 17-18 and 24-25); The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 1); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 14).
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. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
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 Centennial Celebration July 4; Canal Days celebration Sept. 13 and more.
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.
The museum’s “Ups and Downs” exhibition examines how carving factories would create the different animals like several menagerie elk, created by various carousel manufacturers. A jumping giraffe will take the stage during the exhibit, as will a wolf, lion, and tiger.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon- 5 p.m. Off-season hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Future major leaguers are among those on the team’s roster, and occasionally fans can see current major leaguers sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills.
A number of special events, promotions and giveaways are held at games throughout the season, including fireworks, which are will be held after a number of games. At every Sunday home game, Hens players sign autographs and kids get to run the bases after the game.
In addition, visitors to Fifth Third Field can enjoy a wide variety of food choices that go way beyond the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including Buffalo Chicken Dip, Mac & Cheese Dog, Asian Pot Stickers, Chicken & Waffle Bites, Chocolate Chip Funnel Cake, Cinnful Almonds and more.
Pick up t-shirts, caps and all sorts of fan gear at the Swamp Shop, accessible from inside or outside the stadium. (M*A*S*H fans may remember that Max Klinger – Toledo native Jamie Farr – pined for his hometown of Toledo and dumped his dresses for Mud Hens jerseys and ball caps he took over the company clerk position vacated by Radar.)
For a complete schedule, tickets or more info, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com.
The speedway features a half-mile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Events include the sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing, special Kids Nights, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more.
For a complete schedule and more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Times may vary on special races. Races may be added, cancelled, or changed. Semi-truck parking available.
For more info, a complete schedule or ticket information, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), or visit http://fremontspeedway.wix.com/speedway.
• Penny Jo’s Eastern Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551, www.pennyjoseasternlanes.com.
• Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. 419-693-0687, www.toledosportscenter.com.
• Tri County Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400.
• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701.
Located at the fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor, the Black Swamp Mud Run Course is designed for anyone 11 and older to run – athletes and non-athletes alike. Runners can take breaks half way through or at every obstacle, or hit it hard and aim for the record.
What is a mud run? Think about adults giving themselves permission to play in the mud again, run an obstacle course, and just get dirty.
Upcoming runs include the Black Swamp Dirty Dash Run Runs set Aug. 2 and 3 and the Night of the Dead Run Oct. 10 and 11.
Traveling or thinking of inviting friends who will have to travel? The Ottawa County Fairgrounds has on-premise camping to make it a full adventure weekend! Area hotels are offering discounted lodging.
Don’t want to get muddy? Spectators can see almost 85 percent of the course from the grandstand viewing area or from the sidelines.
Visit www.adrenalinerushsports.net for info, links for registering and race prep suggestions.
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