Photo courtesy of Toledo Mud Hen’s Facebook page.
Fall officially begins on September 22nd and while it feels like it’s approaching quickly, there is still so much to do in Toledo while the weather is still warm. Our summer bucket list, selected by our staff, offers you affordable activities and events in Toledo to enjoy with friends and family.
Attend a concert on Centennial Terrace
As the winner of our Best of Toledo Award in the “Best Music Venue” category, the Terrace can accommodate up to 3,500 people and is located in the heart of downtown Sylvania. This year you can still catch popular names like Kip Moore on August 28th and Justin Moore on September 16th. For a full list of venues and ticket information, visit the Centennial Terrace website.
Go to a Mud Hens baseball game
They are world famous and they are here in the glass city. The Triple-A daughter of the Detroit Tigers play their home games at Fifth Third Field on the corner of Washington and South Huron in downtown Toledo. The Mud Hens have more than 15 home games left this year, and you can get general admission tickets for less than $ 50 per person.
Visit and hike each of the metroparks.
Toledo is very proud of that. The 19 metroparks are scattered over the entire area and invite people of all ages. On more than 12,000 hectares of nature reserve, you can go for a walk, enjoy a picnic or explore the sights and sounds of nature. With free entry and free parking, the Metroparks are accessible and affordable.
Walk the 419 Ale Trail / Bar Crawl on Adams Street.
What’s better than drinking local beers? Drink them to win cool prizes! The Ale Trail gives you access to all 29 breweries Northwest Ohio has to offer. After you download the mobile app, showcase it at every brewery you visit for some discounted beers and a chance to win prizes. You have until June 17, 2022 to complete the Ale Trail. Click here to get started.
Visit all the wineries around Toledo.
If you are not a beer lover, did you know that there are more than 10 wineries in our area? You can drive and visit that far north to Onsted, MI Chateau Aeronautique winery or head south to Helena, OH to visit Chateau Tebeau winery to taste some of the best local grapes and the best homemade wines.
Take the kids to Fossil Park.
At the tip of Sylvania, Ohio, this 5-acre quarry puts children in the shoes of a paleontologist helping uncover more than 200 species of prehistoric life over 375 million years ago. This can be a quick getaway or a full day out with the family as the park opens at 8:00 AM and doesn’t close until 90 minutes before dark. Entry is free and parking is free!
Do the Aerial Adventure Course at the Toledo Zoo.
The Toledo Zoo cares for more than 10,000 animals which, according to their 2017 State of the Zoo report, represent more than 720 species. But when you’re not there for the animals, the Aerial Adventure Parcours takes you three stories above the ground to venture through two high wire challenge towers, a 763-foot zip line, and a skybridge. It’s only open until September 5th, so hurry up before the time runs out. E-mail [email protected] or call 419-389-6403 extension. 3148 for prices and other information.
Take a self-guided tour of our dozen of murals.
As you stroll around Toledo, you will see dozens of handcrafted murals on the sides of buildings and structures. Whether it’s the 170,000 square meters City wall made of glass located on the ADM grain elevator on the banks of the Maumee River or the Momentum murals Scattered throughout the downtown ProMedica campus, you can enjoy the murals without spending a penny. To see where everyone is, visit the Toledo LOVES murals facebook page.
Rent a city bike and ride downtown / Take a night bike tour.
$ 3 is all you need for 30 minutes of fun on one of the ToleGo bikes. This bike sharing program gives you a quick and easy way to get around downtown Toledo. New this summer in Toledo is a 10-month micromobility pilot program That gives you access to motorized scooters that cost only $ 1 and 35 cents a minute to unlock. Do you still want the old fashioned bike? The Halo pedal bikes are only $ 1 an hour.
Check out a movie at Sundance Drive In.
You can go out too Oregon, Ohio for a socially distant movie night with friends or family. Sundance is a 50s-style drive-in with two screens that you can park in front of and relax while listening to the movie on your car’s FM stereo. Tickets are $ 9.50 for an adult, $ 4.00 for children ages 5-11, and kids under four are free! From August 20, the drive-in will only be operated on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will be closed for the season at the end of October. For more informations, visit their website or call 419-691-9661.
Visit as many farmers markets as you can (each has something unique) – for the products and the people.
What could be nicer than eating farm-fresh food? Eat fresh produce from local producers! You can find these fresh fruits and vegetables by visiting nearly 10 farmers markets around the area. You can start at the nearby Toledo farmers market every Saturday and Sunday from mid-May to October and the Westgate Farmers Market every Wednesday from mid-May to October. But don’t stop there, there are farmers markets in Perrysburg, Waterville, Bowling green, Curtice, Blissfield, Michigan, Oregon, and Petersburg, MI.