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Where in the world: USA  /  Ohio  /  Toledo

Top 15 things to do in Toledo

1. Toledo Museum of Art

For a look at a world-renowned collection of glass art, sculptures, and paintings, stop by Toledo Museum of Art. Founded by glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey in 1901, the museum features an extensive collection of glass art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also known for a large collection of European and American art, plus smaller exhibits featuring Renaissance, Greek, Roman, and Japanese art. A major work by Peter Paul Ruben, "The Crowning of Saint Catherine," is here, as well as several well-known smaller pieces by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and other notable artists.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. National Museum of the Great Lakes

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Imagination Station

Imagination Station (formerly the Center of Science and Industry (COSI)) is a non-profit, hands-on science museum located on the Maumee riverfront in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The facility has over 300 exhibits for "children of all ages."
The museum opened in 1997 as COSI. After tax levies failed in 2006 and 2007, COSI closed its doors to the public on the last day of 2007 due to lack of funding. In 2008, voters approved an operating levy to reopen the facility as The Toledo Science Center. This interim name was replaced by "Imagination Station," which opened on 10 October 2009.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Wildwood Preserve Metropark

Wildwood Preserve Metropark is a nature reserve and historic estate located in Sylvania Township, Ohio. Wildwood is the most-visited of the 19-park Metroparks Toledo district.
Metroparks Toledo purchased the property in 1975 following a citizen-led effort to preserve the grounds of Stranleigh Estate. The Georgian colonial style house and surrounding buildings comprised the family residence of Champion spark plug magnate Robert A. Stranahan, Sr., his wife Paige, and their children, including professional golfer Frank Stranahan.
Wildwood features one of the last remaining public, free-admission gardens designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman. The park also features the former Oak Grove School, a one-room schoolhouse built by the Sylvania Board of Education in 1897.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Metroparks of the Toledo Area

Metroparks Toledo preserves more than 12,000 acres in Lucas County.

Metroparks and Regional Trails:


-Bend View


-Side Cut


-Oak Openings Preserve


-Wildwood Preserve


-Wiregrass Lake

-Swan Creek Preserve

-Fallen Timbers Battlefield

-Blue Creek


-Howard Marsh

-Toledo Botanical Garden

-University/Parks Trail

-Wabash Cannonball Trail

-Chessie Circle Trail


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Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo, home of 4,800 animals, was chosen by USA Today as the best zoo in America for 2014. Here you'll see the world's first underwater hippopotamus aquarium. Hop on a train and watch animals roam freely in the Africa exhibit. See more than 250 species of sea creatures at the aquarium, and observe wolves and polar bears in a habitat filled with streams and waterfalls. You can even experience the life of a polar bear life at a bear cave made for humans. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and feed a giraffe, watch animal performances, or learn about animal care at an educational show.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Blair Museum of Lithophanes

Lithophanes are three-dimensional translucent porcelain plaques which when backlit reveal detailed magical images. First created in Europe in the 1820s, the largest collection of this 19th century art form in the world is now on view at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Toledo Firefighters Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Maumee Bay Brew Pub

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Toledo Speedway

Toledo Speedway is a half-mile paved oval racetrack located in Toledo, Ohio, United States. It is owned jointly by Roy Mott and ARCA President Ron Drager. It is operated by ARCA and run as the sister track to Flat Rock Speedway in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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13. Glass Pavilion

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. The HandleBar Toledo

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Cullen Park

Cullen Park Productions is a new independent film and video company founded by producers with over a decade of experience in the world of film making. We strive to bring quality to all of our entertaining and educational films, videos and web series. We feel that through film we can explore the human condition in various artistic ways that can entertain our viewers as well as help us all to see different views on the world we live in.

Currently we are working on some exciting feature length and short films as well as a few web series and are always working on something new alone or with some of our friends in the independent film world.We are currently seeking help with a documentary style film that will feature great local music talent. To find out more visit http://igg.me/at/fultonwilliams/x/326079

We are always looking for new talented individuals to work with, so feel free to contact us if you are an artist of any kind who would like to work with a great group of friendly people.


Looking for an affordable music video,

commercial, short film, feature film, web series, documentary?

We can help you to create anything your imagination holds.

Our services include but are not limited to the following:

Camera Operation




Visual Effects

Musical Scoring

Graphic Design

For more information and pricing inquires contact Michael at Mike@CullenPark.com
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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