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Toledo is Ohio’s fourth largest city, located in Lucas County in Northwestern Ohio along Lake Erie on the banks of the Maumee River. It borders the state of Michigan to the north and is approximately 75 miles east of the Indiana border. With a population of over 313,000, and over 600,000 in the entire Toledo metro area, the city has all the advantages and attributes of a large city, yet has retained a small Midwestern-town atmosphere. The city of Toledo was founded in 1833 by the consolidation of the villages of Port Lawrence and Vistula. During the 1840s, the development of the Miami and Erie Canal contributed to Toledo's growth. With its accommodating lake port, the city became an important gateway to the West, and today remains one of the most significant ports of the Great Lakes. Connected with the St. Lawrence Seaway, Toledo’s port is one of the world's largest for bituminous coal shipment.

The dynamic city of Toledo offers nationally recognized arts, sports, and entertainment venues, historical attractions and plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities year round. It’s home to an extensive park system, a nationally recognized zoo and symphony orchestra, a world-renowned museum of art, the University of Toledo, the Mud Hens minor league baseball team and the Storm minor league hockey team. Cultural attractions include the Toledo Museum of Art, located in the heart of the city, and the Valentine Theater, a historic theater located in downtown Toledo which serves as the home of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Ballet and the Toledo Repertoire Theater. If enjoying the outdoors is more your style, Toledo offers Metroparks, which is more than 6,600 acres of natural parkland, open to the public year-round. Each of these beautiful parks offer free, year-round programs on nature and history, as well as guided walks and special events. Toledo also has great shopping and restaurants, an open-air outdoor farmer’s market, and quality accommodations and nightlife.

With its prime location and access to the area’s excellent highway system, including four interstate highways, eleven state and U.S. highways, Toledo makes a wonderful base city from which to explore Northwest Ohio and Lower Michigan. Cedar Point Amusement Park is just one hour from Toledo and has been rated “the best amusement park in the world.” Visit unique attractions such as the Museum of Carousel Art and History in nearby Sandusky, or the lakeside village of Port Clinton and the North Coast/Lake Erie Islands of Put-in- Bay and Kellys Island. History comes alive at Sauder Village in nearby Archbold, Ohio and at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park in Perrysburg. Toledo is an easy drive to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, one of America’s largest indoor/outdoor museums located in Dearborn, Michigan. The list of things to see and do in the Toledo area is endless; it all depends on your particular tastes and preferences. Whether you’re here for business or a convention, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, the city of Toledo has something to offer everyone.


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