HOP IN YOUR CAR AND CHECK OUT THE TOLEDO AREA!
Enjoy fine arts treasures and historic sites, fishing for walleye in the spring, visiting the zoo, spending the day on Lake Erie, shopping or antiquing, Toledo has it all!
WHAT’S GOING ON IN TOLEDO?
Want to know what’s going on in Toledo? You can plan your visit at “Destination Toledo” at www.visittoledo.org to see current and upcoming events, places to see and things to do.
SHOPPING AND DINNING
Hard to believe but not far from our peaceful, country park are restaurants, grocery stores, home improvement stores, Walmart, and many other interesting shops to explore. Turn right out of the park, turn right at the stop sign (.5 mile), and proceed about 6 miles straight ahead.
The Toledo area has great dining opportunities. Many restaurants featuring fine dining to family type fare are worth a visit. And of course we have at least one of every fast food chain!
The new Fallen Timbers upscale mall and Levis Commons await exploration. Visit the quaint local towns of Luckey and Pemberville for antique and small town shops. Camping World and Bass Pro await outdoor enthusiasts. The Toledo Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays in the summer season. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and baked goods. Check out their website – www.toledofarmersmarket.com
OUT OF DOORS destinations
TOLEDO ZOO AND AQUARIUM
What could be more fun than a day at the zoo and aquarium? Whether you are 8 or 80 you will enjoy visiting this award winning zoo. The Toledo Zoo is home to 4,500 animals representing over 700 different species. Visitors will be amazed by the wonders found in the Hippoquarium, Kingdom of the Apes, Reptile House, Frogtown USA, Aviary and Arctic Encounter displays. It is only about 14 miles from the campground. Check out the website for hours, events and facts about the zoo. 419-385-5721 www.toledozoo.org
TOLEDO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Founded in 1964, the Toledo Botanical Garden is a 57 acre setting of different types of gardens and meadows of wildflowers showing the diversity of nature. The facility also hosts a number of special events during the year. It is home to many artists working in various mediums. 419-407-9700; www.metroparkstoledo.com
SCHEDEL ARBORETUM AND GARDENS
Visit this hidden treasure near Elmore, just 14 miles from the KOA. Enjoy the brilliance offered by nearly 20,000 annuals while strolling through a variety of gardens including, Japanese, rose, water, iris, perennial, etc. See nearly 1,000 different species, many rare and unusual. 419-862-3182; www.schedel-gardens.org
Experience the life of a fossil hunter at one of only two prime Devonian Era sites on the entire planet. When your work is done, transport your treasures home where you can continue to learn, research and remember your adventure. 419-882-8313; www.olanderpark.com
DISCOVER INDOOR TREASURES
TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
The Toledo Museum of Art features internationally known art collections from ancient through contemporary times. Visitors will enjoy the superb paintings, glass, sculpture, furniture, silver, tapestries and graphic arts in elegant galleries. Since its founding in 1901, the TMA has earned a global reputation for the quality of collection, for innovation, and its extensive education programs. Thanks to its benevolent founders, the TMA is free of charge. The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday – 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday – 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday – noon to 5 pm. 419-255-8000; www.toledomuseum.org
TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TSO, is a community supported organization that is an exceptional musical presence for the area. Its professional musicians and teachers deliver quality performance and music education for all. Check out all the upcoming events at the TSO website. 419-246-8000; www.toledosymphony.com
This science center is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering and mathematics fun and accessible. There are hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are fun and educational for the entire family. 419-244-2674; www.imaginationstationtoledo.org
TOLEDO FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM
The Toledo Firefighters Museum was founded in 1976 both to preserve the history of the Toledo Fire Department and to educate the public about fire prevention and safety. Displays include vintage pumpers, uniforms and equipment, along with scrapbooks, journals and rare photographs. For more information call 419-478-3473; wwwtoledofirefightersmuseum.org
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE GREAT LAKES
Located on the banks of the Maumee River in Toledo, this museum celebrates the natural and man-made heritage of the Great Lakes. It has over 300 genuine artifacts, audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits including the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. 419-214-5000; www.inlandseas.org
STEP BACK IN TIME
FORT MEIGS STATE MEMORIAL
Built by William Henry Harrison in 1813, Fort Meigs is the largest walled fortification in America. The blockhouses contain exhibits from Ohio’s participation in the War of 1812. Weekend demonstrations and self-guided tours are available. For more information call 491.874.4121; www.fortmeigs.org
THE WALCOTT HERITAGE CENTER AND GROUNDS
Preserving, protecting and promoting the history of the Maumee River Valley for 150 years is the mission of this historic site. The six acre complex includes homes, a school house, church, train depot and caboose as well as a museum. The Walcott Heritage Center Complex is open Saturday and Sunday. 419-893-9602; firstname.lastname@example.org
FALLEN TIMBERS BATTLEFIELD MEMORIAL PARK
Explore the National Historic Landmark, Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park, the site of the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers which has been called the “last battle of the American Revolution.” See the monuments to Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne and the soldiers and American Indians who died at the final battle of the Northwest Indian Wars. 419-407-9700; www.nps.gov
WILDWOOD MANOR HOUSE
Located in the Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Wildwood Manor House is the former home of Champion Spark Plug Co. founder Robert A. Stranahan. The home was completed in 1938 and features 18th century Georgian architecture with 35 primary rooms, 17 bathrooms and 16 fireplaces. For more information call 419-535-3050; www.metroparkstoledo.com,
spring walleye fishing
Join the hundreds of men and women who fish for walleye along the Maumee River. Very early each spring, hundreds of thousands of walleye find their way across Lake Erie to position themselves near the mouth of the Maumee and Sandusky rivers. Check out the Ohio Department of Wildlife website for more information.
MUD HENS BASEBALL
Baseball is great fun at the state of the art Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo, home of the world famous Toledo Mud Hens, a AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Come out and cheer them on. 419-725-4367; wwwMiLB.com
Toledo Speedway is sanctioned by the ARCA. They run late models, section 8 and more with specials such as super modify, sprints and school bus figure 8s. For more information and the dates and times of races call 419.727.1100. www.toledospeedway.com
There are over 40 golf courses in the Toledo area; some are championship level. Cross Winds Golf Club is located at 8205 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, OH 43551; 419-872-4653; www.crosswindsgolfclubperrysburg.com
Have a fun day on Lake Erie. Enjoy a relaxing day on the lake or fishing for walleye and perch. Many Charter boat companies are available. Last Buck Charters, Erie Hopper Charters, West Sister Charter Fleet
ADVENTURES WITHIN A 90 MINUTE DRIVE
HISTORIC SAUDER VILLAGE
Historic Sauder Village is a living history village open from mid-April through October where you can visit a time now past. Its 34 restored structures are each staffed with historic tradespersons and fine contemporary craftsmen and/or costumed interpreters. It’s also a working farm and homestead with a very large museum building. Especially interesting is the large quilt display and area to buy the materials to make your own masterpiece. It’s not a guided tour, so you set the pace. The village has modern restrooms, paved walks, good shopping and great eating in The Barn restaurant. 22611 OH-2, Archbold, Oh 43502; 800-590-9755; www.saudervillage.com
Henry ford museum
A national historic landmark, with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history. Spread across more than 80 acres, the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds, and settings of America’s past. 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI; 313-982-6001; www.thehenryford.org
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
This historic Presidential site illuminates the lives, legacy and era of President and First Lady Hayes, interprets the American Presidency, preserves Spiegel Grove and relates the importance of each to modern America. Spiegel Grove, Fremont OH 43420; 419-332-4852; www.rbhayes.org
AFRICAN SAFARI WILDLIFE PARK
This is the Midwest’s only drive-thru safari located just minutes west of Cedar Point. Free animal rides, daily animal shows and pig races, feed the animals and more. 267 S. Lightner Rd Port Clinton, OH 43452; 419-732-3606; www.africansafariwildlifepark.com
CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK
Experience your wildest dreams on Cedar Point’s world record breaking 17 roller coasters! Not all the rides are fast and furious, some are perfect for families and the youngsters have their own special place, Camp Snoopy. High energy song and dance shows are offered in air conditioned theaters throughout the park. 1 Cedar Point Dr. Sandusky, OH 44870; 419-627-2350; www.cedarpoint.com
PUT-IN-BAY/LAKE ERIE ISLANDS
Take the Miller Boat Lines ferry to Put-In-Bay (South Bass Island). Put-in-Bay is an Ohio village on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Perry’s Victory memorial is located on the island. There are exhibits at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum which explore winemaking and ships. Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center includes a limestone cave and a butterfly house. Miller Ferry provides frequent trips to the island. BayView Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456; 800-245-1538; www.visitputinbay.com
PERRY’S VICTORY AND INTERNATIONAL PEACE MEMORIAL
This national park site was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. It also celebrates the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. The memorial rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is located 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. 93 Delaware Ave. Put-in-Bay, OH; 419-285-2184; www.nps.gov