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Toledo

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Toledo is a moderate-sized city in northwestern Ohio, on the Maumee River, at the edge of Lake Erie. It is one of the most productive Ports on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, and is a designated Foreign Trade Zone area. The Port of Toledo handles coal, ore, general cargo, and ship repairs, as well as having storage for over 22 million bushels of grain for export. The diverse architecture of Toledo rivals larger cities like Chicago. It is also home to Libbey Glass, the founders of which had a tremendously positive influence on the amenities of the City.

Understand[edit]

People had big dreams for Toledo. The location of the city was set on some of the most inhospitable land in the Midwest: the Great Black Swamp. Early white settlers spent years digging drainage ditches through the swamp, and lining them with clay tiles--when they were not catching mosquito-borne diseases. Michigan and Ohio briefly went to war (no one was killed) over the land. By an act of Congress, Ohio was awarded Toledo, while Michigan received the Upper Peninsula. Later settlers came over from Eastern Europe, or up from down south, to work on the Erie Canal, and still later to work in local factories that made early automobiles and auto parts.

Promenade Park

Today, Toledo is a city of 315,000 with a big local university, an independent daily newspaper, and historic buildings downtown, some of which have been turned into artists' lofts. The cityscape today provides some good opportunities for photographs of derelict buildings. Toledo is also home to the legendary Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team. They play in the Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Near downtown, the Old West End is a beautiful neighborhood of Victorian mansions, and is where the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and its new glass museum can be found. A world-class Toledo Zoo is a few miles to the south. In the north end, there is the Polish Village where it is common to see storefronts written in Polish. The food in Toledo is worth stopping for. As well as the many diners in the area, many ethnic eateries should not be missed, including Tony Packo's famous Hungarian hot dogs, Hungarian baked goods, classy Middle Eastern places such as the Beirut, and delicious Indian cuisine from the Tandoor. True or not, Toledo likes to think that it has the most restaurants per capita in the entire country.

Skyline of Toledo, Ohio

Climate[edit]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 33 36 47 59 70 81 84 82 75 63 50 37
Nightly lows (°F) 19 22 29 39 49 60 64 63 54 43 34 23
Precipitation (in) 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.9 3.6 3.5 3.3 3.3 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.5

See Toledo's 7 day forecast    Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Airport Shuttle Services available from Toledo to Detroit Metro Airport by reservation. Flat rate from Toledo to DTW Airport is $99. Reservations: +1 313 759-7741.

By bus[edit]

  • 3 Greyhound, 415 Emerald Ave, +1 419 248-1477. Station hours: 5AM-11:30PM. Ticketing hours: 5AM-10:30PM. Greyhound makes regular stops in Toledo, and shares its station with Amtrak (see below)
  • 4 Megabus, University of Toledo Scott Park Campus (parking lot 23 off of Scott Park Drive). Megabus offers low-cost bus service to Toledo from Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Cleveland.

By train[edit]

Toledo is served by Amtrak via two daily trains. The Capitol Limited between Chicago and Washington, D.C. and the Lake Shore Limited between Chicago and Boston, New York City.

  • 5 Martin Luther King Jr. Train Station, 415 Emerald Ave. Station and ticketing hours: Midnight-12:30PM & 8:30PM-11:59PM. The station is closed 12:31PM-8:29PM. All Amtrak trains stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza train station, about two miles south of the city centre. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza (Toledo) on Wikipedia Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza (Q6776061) on Wikidata

By car[edit]

Toledo is located at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/I-90. Everybody travelling in the Midwest United States has probably been through it at least once.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation is run TARTA and it offers a limited route network, mainly aimed at commuters. Apart from downtown, a car is probably needed to experience all that Toledo has to offer.

See[edit]

Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
  • The Old West End. The blocks north of the Art Museum. Historic neighborhood full of huge old mansions and 100-year-old trees. You can tour these homes at Christmas and at a festival during the first weekend in June.11
  • Hudson Gallery, 5645 North Main St (Downtown Sylvania, OH), +1 419-885-8381. 10 - 6 t - f. Wonderful Contemporary art gallery in historic downtown Sylvania, OH FREE.
  • 5 Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Contains some of the only sand dunes remaining in Ohio. Oak Openings Preserve Metropark on Wikipedia Oak Openings Preserve Metropark (Q7073635) on Wikidata
  • 6 [dead link] Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, +1 419 536-5566, e-mail: . Daylight. Free (Some events charge). Toledo Botanical Garden on Wikipedia Toledo Botanical Garden (Q7814154) on Wikidata
  • Maumee Bay Resort & Conference Center, 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon. An 1,850-acre State Park, Maumee Bay, a fine recreational facility with a unique natural environment as seen by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are at Ohio's premier resort and the newest state park. The Lodge is located along the shore of Lake Erie with a two-story stone fireplace. The 120 guest rooms with private balcony gives spectacular views of the surrounding park. There are 24 cottages, with fireplaces, adjacent to wetlands and the lush greens of the golf course.

Do[edit]

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

Promenade Park View

Sports[edit]

  • 1 Toledo Mud Hens, 406 Washington St (downtown), +1-419-725-HENS (4367). Toledo's legendary AAA baseball team (Detroit Tigers affiliate) plays their home games at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. It was named the best minor league ballpark in America by Newsweek magazine. With plenty of parking, great food, and a great atmosphere, a Mud Hens game is fun for the whole family. Toledo Mud Hens on Wikipedia Toledo Mud Hens (Q787652) on Wikidata
  • Toledo Walleye. ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Toledo Walleye on Wikipedia Toledo Walleye (Q1125357) on Wikidata
  • 2 Toledo Rockets, 2801 W Bancroft St. (Savage Arena), +1-419-530-GOLD (4653), e-mail: . NCAA Division I teams of the University of Toledo, with 6 men's and 10 women's teams competing in the Mid-American Conference. As with most major colleges, the most-followed sports are football and men's basketball, and the most important venues are on campus. The football team plays at the 3 Glass Bowl, originally built during the Great Depression but renovated several times since, though it retains its original stonework. The basketball teams (men's and women's) play at Savage Arena, which also houses the central ticket office for all Rockets sports. Toledo Rockets on Wikipedia Toledo Rockets (Q3437966) on Wikidata

Events[edit]

  • German-American Festival, 3624 Seaman Road Oregon, Ohio (½ mile east of Coy Road). "The German-American Festival was the first large scale ethnic event in Toledo. In the years to come, it then was copied by other ethnic societies." See the website for schedule and pricing details.
  • Lights Before Christmas. Every December the Toledo Zoo decorates the whole zoo with lights and sounds to celebrate the holidays.
  • Monster trucks. Monster Jam
  • The Polish Festival. Langrange street Polish festival
  • Pizza Palooza. A competition where local pizza restaurants compete to win best pizza award. $6.00 entry + $1.50 per cheese slice 2.00 per specialty slice.
  • [formerly dead link] Old West End Festival. An annual festival held in early June. Features a parade, beer garden, victorian house tours, and artwork. Discounts for house tours are available if canned food is donated to charity.

Activities[edit]

  • Fossil Park. This public park lets visitors collect and take home fossils out of an former quarry.

Learn[edit]

  • 4 University of Toledo, Dorr Street and Secor Road, +1-419-530-4636. A public university located in the heart of Toledo Ohio. University of Toledo on Wikipedia University of Toledo (Q2302319) on Wikidata
  • 5 Imagination Station (COSI). A science museum and activity center on the banks of the maumee river. Provides a variety of exhibits. Imagination Station on Wikipedia Imagination Station (Q6002603) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

  • Libbey Glass Factory Outlet, 205 South Erie St, +1 419 254-5000. Some Libbey Glass is manufactured in Toledo. Store has 16,000 square foot dinnerware, glassware and giftware.
  • 1 Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe Street, +1 419-473-3317. Find Macy's and JCPenney department stores, Dick's Sporting Goods and 130 other restaurants and shops at Franklin Park Mall. Enjoy the Cinemark Franklin Park movie theater and the shops at nearby Vans Market Square Shopping Center. Franklin Park Mall on Wikipedia Westfield Franklin Park (Q7988679) on Wikidata
  • 2 The Shops at Fallen Timbers. The Shops at Fallen Timbers on Wikipedia The Shops at Fallen Timbers (Q7763939) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

Local specialties include,Tony Packo's Pickles'n'Peppers, salt-rising bread from Wixey Bakery and handmade noodles.

  • 1 Tony Packo's, 1902 Front St, +1 419 691-6054, fax: +1 419 691-8358, e-mail: . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. The original Tony Packo's, which has been serving its hometown favorites for over 70 years. Packo's was made world famous by several mentions on the TV series M*A*S*H by Max Klinger (played by Toledo native Jamie Farr). If you're lucky enough to spare any amount of time here be sure to order at least one cup of chili, which is rumored to put some Cincinnati brands to shame. Tony Packo's Cafe on Wikipedia Tony Packo's Cafe (Q1322676) on Wikidata
  • 2 Tony Packo's at the Park, South Superior St (Off of Washington Street, only a few steps from Fifth Third Field), +1 419 691-6054, fax: +1 419 246-1111, e-mail: . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. The downtown branch of this hometown chain. The staff at this location is very hospital and personable.
  • 3 Shorty's True American Roadhouse, 5111 Monroe St, +1 419 841-9505. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Part of the Mancy family's string of local restaurants. Shorty's specializes in barbeque although they serve standard fare like burgers as well.
  • Rudy's Hot Dogs. is a well known restaurant chain located throughout the Metro Toledo Area, many would say that they are better than Tony Packo's. You can ask anyone in Toledo where the closest Rudy's is located and they will point you in the correct direction.
  • Pizza Papalis. A Detroit-based Chicago-style deep-dish pizza chain located downtown to the Mudhens stadium. Call ahead to order your pizza and they will have it ready when you arrive!
  • Mr.Freeze. At the intersection of McCord and Bancroft. Soft serve ice cream in huge portions for cheap prices. Try the Buckeye Blast Sundae! Cash only!

Drink[edit]

  • Warehouse District. The Warehouse District in downtown Toledo is an area of revitalized historic warehouses centered around the baseball and hockey stadiums. Among the popular bars and restaurants in this area are the Blarney, Ye Old Cock and Bull, Black Cloister Brewing Co., M'Osteria, Fleetwood's Tap Room, The Durty Bird, the Bronze Boar, Homeslice Pizza, and the Tin Can. The district is very walkable and most of these establishments feature live music on the weekends.
  • The Attic on Adams (formerly Pub St George). is a bar in the Uptown Area popular with the younger and hipster crowds. Wide variety of draft and bottled craft beers and a varied menu. On the first floor is Mano's greek restaurant.
  • Jo-Jo's. is a bar located in West Toledo on Monroe St right by I-75, they are known for their half price pizzas and dollar beers. They also have free pool on Tuesdays.
  • The Orchard Inn. is another bar located in West Toledo on Sylvania Avenue in between Douglas and Secor. This bar is known for very intense pool games between locals. It has shuffleboard as well.
  • Maumee Bay Brew Pub (The Oliver House), 27 Broadway St, +1419 243-1302. M-Th 8AM-11PM, F-Sa 8AM-11PM, Closed Sun. Craft brewery inside a historic former hotel, known for their variety of microbrews and wood-fired pizzas. A sports bar and cafe are on the first floor, and a brewpub and steakhouse on the second floor.

Sleep[edit]

  • 2 Park Inn by Radisson, 101 North Summit St, +1 419 241-3000, fax: +1 419 321-2099. Tallest hotel in Downtown Toledo with sweeping river views and Fifth Third Field - Home of the Toledo Mud Hens

Go next[edit]

  • Michigan is just north of town and Detroit is one hour north on I-75.
  • Bowling Green is a small college town just south of Toledo on I-75.
  • Cedar Point amusement park is about one hour east in Sandusky.
  • Cleveland is a couple hours east on I-90 and the Ohio Turnpike.
  • Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public North Coast Beaches. The beach at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, just east of Toledo is one of the nicest.
  • Located east of Toledo and west of Cleveland, a group of picturesque and festive Lake Erie Islands are accessible via ferry. Ohio Route 2 East Exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry out to Put-in-Bay. In addition to several Ohio State Parks located on the islands, there is plenty to do including wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches.
Routes through Toledo
ChicagoElkhart  W Amtrak Capitol Limited icon.pngAmtrak Lake Shore Limited icon.png E  SanduskyCleveland
DetroitLuna Pier  N I-75.svg S  RossfordDayton
South BendWauseon  W I-80.svgI-90.svgOhioTurnpike.svg E  PerrysburgCleveland/Akron
South BendAngola  W US 20.svg E  PerrysburgCleveland
Ann ArborDundee  N US 23.svg S  PerrysburgColumbus
Fort WayneDefiance  W US 24.svg N  MonroeDetroit
Fort WayneWauseon  W OH-2.svg E  Port ClintonSandusky



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