Go to the Toledo Museum of...
Go to the Toledo Museum of Art. It is always free and it has a world class collection without the crowds. Then drive to the East Side for dinner at Tony Packo's Cafe--go on a Friday or Saturday to hear the Cake Walkin' Jazz Band--always the best Hungarian sausage, pigs in the blanket, and fried pickles and peppers!
Eating at restaurants
People in Toledo go out to eat ALOT. There are more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in the United States. Some of the best choices are the ethnic restaurants. Toledo has excellent placess for Thai (Rose thai/Bankok), Lebanese (Beirut), Hungarian (Packo's, Busia's), and Chinese (Jing Schwan) food.
Toledoans also enjoy festivals of all kinds. There are fantastic ethnic festivals - highlights being the Greek and Polish festivals. Also, there is a different Catholic Church festival going on almost every weekend of the summer. These festivals have food, raffles, bands, beer tents, and rides for the kids.
Another local custom is the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan college football. This is a "Border War" town and the allegiance of OSU or M is split about 50-50. Workplaces and schools usually have OhioState/Michigan Day where everyone dresses up in their team's colors. If you visit Toledo in the fall, knowing something about these two college football teams will definitely help you to participate in most conversations.
Another local custom is Toledo bashing. I find people who bash Toledo are the same people who sit at home every weekend and don't make any effort to get out and enjoy their city. Instead of complaining, why not get out there and make your community a better place, if you think it's so bad? Personally, I like Toledo and find the community support for the museum, metroparks, zoo, and baseball team to be commendable for a city this size.
Wildwood Preserve Metropark
Bring the frisbee or the bikes and enjoy this beautiful metropark. There is a large playground for the children. The field in front of the playground is big and flat and would be good for a game of pick-up football, soccer, or flying a kite. There are plenty of picnic tables, so bring your lunch with you. Many walking trails in good condition wind through the park. My favorite is the Blue Trail. Take a detour from the blue trail boarwalk up the flight of stairs to the beautiful Manor House (once owned by the wealthy Stranahan Family who gave the land for the park). There is an enchanting garden behind the Manor House with two iron gazebos. Perfect place to take some family pictures or engagement pictures.
The park is the best in the fall where there is plenty of leaf crunching to do! Lots of joggers after work and lots of dogwalkers on weekends.
During winter for a week or so, all the rooms in the Manor House are decorated in high style for Christmas. Each room has a different theme. Really puts you in the Christmas Spirit - and it's free! Be sure to check out the model trains in the basement. Check the website for the events calendar to find out times for tours.
The High Bridge
Next to the Ohio Turnpike (I-80 & 90) bridge over the Maumee is the defunct CSX high bridge. It's dates from a period when sails must have been common, because the center section is on a swivel to turn out of the way of a ship passing up or down river. Yet, the span stands well above the height of any ship on the lakes today. It would have been a tall mast that required this bridge to open.
Beautiful Fountains and Flowers throught the Zoo
Traveling northbound from Columbus or Cincinnati, take I-75 north to the #201-A exit. Then take state route 25 (Maumee) south to The Toledo Zoo parking lot.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 1- Labor Day
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Labor Day-April 30
All Lucas County residents are admitted free into the Zoo every Monday between 10:00a.m. - Noon (must have valid I.D)
This offer does NOT apply on holidays that fall on Mondays