City Series: Toledo

city series

This is the first post of a new series where we will be reviewing some of the great cities of Ohio. We are going to do the posts for this series as a list, not a top ten or even ten, but a list.

Why did we choose Toledo first, hmm……. Well we find it to be a little bit of an underappreciated city. Toledo has many things to do and see, so it makes a great first review for this series.

Toledo is a city of about 287,208 that grew because of Ohio canals and railroad travel across the United States. Toledo is know industry and really for their glass industry. Toledo is located on Lake Erie and the Destination Toledo website calls Toledo, the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.” So that must mean their is lots of water related things to do.

One import to mention fact was the Toledo War or known as the Michigan–Ohio War, which was a boundary dispute between the two states. After reading this post, you can go look it up.

Places to see in Toledo

Toledo Museum of Art

We have already reviewed the Toledo Museum of Art. Thinking back to the museum what stands out is the glass and glass blowing studio. You can watch the glass being blown live in front of you. This is museum is great and has lots of great artwork to look at.

Toledo Zoo

That is the website, we need to do a full visit before we do a proper review, but this what we can say. Toledo Zoo was voted one of the top ten zoos in the United States in 2014 by Family Fun. The Zoo was also voted best zoo in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. These two awards definitely mean the zoo is worth at least one trip.

Imagination Station

Imagination Station is a museum that used to be part of COSI, but it broke off, well more than, their website explains it better than we ever could.

Toledo’s science center (formerly known as COSI Toledo) began operation in March 1997, welcoming more than 3 million visitors before closing its doors on December 31, 2007, due to financial challenges. After a successful levy campaign and win in the 2008 general election, the science center, renamed Imagination Station, opened to the public on October 10, 2009. The levy funding (.17 mil for 5 years) accounts for roughly one-third of the science center’s overall budget. Passage of a straight renewal request (.17 mil for 5 years) in November 2012, ensures that Imagination Station will stay financially strong and able to bring lasting experiences to the residents of Lucas County for many years to come.

This museum is a science museum geared toward youth. Worth any visit by a family. If you live in Lucas County you do get discounts and some free kids admission on Saturdays. Check their site for details.

Toledo Botanical Garden

Botanical Gardens with many events through out the year.

Now for some food, because all trips need food.

Tony Packo’s

This is the cafe that has the M*A*S*H connection. The food is hot dogs and Hungarian.

Shorty’s True American Road Roadhouse

BBQ and American Style Food.

In closing we feel Toledo is a little loved in the state. So maybe everyone just needs to go to Toledo and make judgements for themselves. There does see to be lots to do.

We are keeping this one short on purpose, so if you need lots more information on Toledo go here –

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