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Toledo, Ohio has attractions that range from world class museums and cultural events, to exciting historical spots and outdoor sports and recreational opportunities. The Toledo Museum of Art features a permanent exhibit, as well as traveling exhibits and also offers art education programs to the public. The beautiful, historic Valentine Theater in the heart of downtown Toledo serves as the home of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Ballet and the Toledo Repertoire Theater, which provides a variety of musical and theatrical productions all year long. Other cultural attractions in the city includes the Center of Science and Industry Museum in the former Portside Festival Marketplace in downtown Toledo, and the historic Ohio Theater which presents affordable family entertainment, educational and performing arts programs. The city of Toledo hosts an open- air outdoor farmers market which includes more than 65 farmers from surrounding areas that offer everything from produce to fresh baked goods to flowers and plants. The market is held every Saturday May through December, and a special “Flower Day” is held Memorial Day Weekend. The award-winning Toledo Zoo is known as “America’s Most Complete Zoo,” and is located just four miles south of downtown Toledo and is open every day of the year, except Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. For history buffs, the Historic Old West End of Toledo has one of the nation’s most elaborate collections of late Victorian homes, where self-guided tours are an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Other attractions within the city include the Stranahan Arboretum, located on the University of Toledo campus and the Toledo Botanical Gardens.

While visiting the city, you might want to attend a game of the Toledo Mud Hens AAA Baseball, or the Toledo Storm Hockey team. Toledo is also home to the ACRA/Toledo Speedway, which holds stock car racing every Friday night May through October. If you love to fish, boat charters are available on both Lake Erie and the Maumee River. There are over 20 marinas located in the Toledo area. Toledo MetroParks is 6,600-acres of parkland in the city that is open year round and offers free programs on nature and history, guided walks and special events. Other outdoor recreational opportunities in Toledo include golf, biking, horseback riding, swimming, jet skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Toledo is just a short drive to many unique attractions. Fort Meigs State Memorial is an authentic fort that was built by William Henry Harrison in 1813, and is the largest walled fortification in America. Nearby Sauder Village, in the small town of Archbold, is a complete “living history” village where you can watch craftsmen at work with glass, wood, fabric, metals and clay. Sample delicious homemade goodies and experience the past as it really was over 100 years ago at Sauder Village. Other attractions that are approximately an hour from Toledo include: Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Marblehead Lighthouse and the Islands of Lake Erie, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Home and Museum in Fremont, the Museum of Carousel Art and History, the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, The Butterfly House and the Miami & Erie Canal Boat Rides in Grand Rapids, Ohio.


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