Fort Meigs is the reconstruction of a fort built during the War of 1812 to contain the British at Detroit and act as a base for counter attack. Besides the restored fort, the site is manned by re-enactors who demonstrate what life was like at the the fort.
Each July the "tall ships", replicas of 15th century and beyond canvass sailed ships, come up into the Maumee River in Toledo at International Park on Front Street. There is a festival and live entertainment, as well as fresh seafood offered at bank side Bistros!
There is a replica of Columbus' ship Nina!
The zoo is really nice. They have over 6,000 animals. The architecture of the buildings in the zoo are impressive. It's old and beautiful and when I saw all the fallout shelter signs, I had to laugh a little. Were they meant for the animals or visitors? It's just a nice way to spend the day.
Labor Day to Memorial Day: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May & September:
Weekends – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$11.00 for Adults
$8.00 for Children (2 yrs - 11 yrs) and Seniors (60+)
Free admission, open most days, except Mondays and Holidays, they have neat exhibits that change from season to season. Call ahead for a group tour, or check out the website for more! Parking does cost a few dollars on the site.
For a small city, this museum has a fairly impressive collection of art with a great representation of lesser works by the wide area of European masters (Van Gogh, Gaugin, Rembrandt, etc). The building and grounds are also large and not crowded.
The Boyer has been permanently docked in the "International Park" as a museum. Take the kids on board a real ore freighter. Climb the bow cabins to see the Bridge. Walk the deck and see the massive engines in the stern the move tons of iron across the 'inland seas'.
Toledo was created by the Maumee River and Ohio and Michigan fought to have this river included in their state. The final victory in the 'Pig War', yes, that's correct, it was over a pig (as were several other boundary disputes in US History), went to Ohio, and the mouth of the Maumee was included within it's borders. To appease Michigan, they were given the Upper Peninsula (from Wisconsin Territory).
The view is pleasant. On a summer day, the park is busy as is the river. Here in early winter, life has quieted.1
The Toledo Zoo is fantastic!!! I have so much fun every time we go - which is alot. The animals have great exhibits, especially the new polar bear exhibit, Cheetah Valley, and African Savannah. The aquarium and reptile house and Diversity of Life Museum are perfect for rainy days. Louie the Baby Elephant is so cute! There is a big playground for kids. You can eat lunch in a building that used to be tiger and lion cages (they have much more room now in their new exhibit), so basically, you can eat in a brightly colored cage! (It's clean and doesn't smell like animals, don't worry!)
Even in winter, they have special events like ice carving and the Lights Before Christmas.
You will have an excellent time. This is truly worth the trip to Toledo.
This mission will be accomplished by meeting the following objectives:
• Establishing and maintaining animal exhibits that reflect natural habitats, and are conducive to our animals’ well-being.
• Creating an educational setting that leads our visitors to a better understanding of, and appreciation for, our complex relationships with wildlife and our environment.
• Providing a long-term refuge for rare and endangered species for the purpose of their protection, propagation, and conservation.
• Supporting and participating in scientific programs which contribute to our knowledge of animals and their habitats.
• Providing our visitors and employees with a clean, safe and pleasant facility.
• Responding to community needs and interests and building a broad base of community support and involvement.
• Operating on a sound business basis.
Keeping Up with the Times
During the 1980s The Toledo Zoo introduced many exciting and significant improvements. Foremost among them, the African Savanna provided a stunning recreation of the plains and jungles of Africa. The now world-famous Hippoquarium - the first of its kind in the zoo world - was developed as part of the Savanna. More recently, the Kingdom of the Apes, exhibits for Siberian tigers, Asian sloth bears and African wild dogs have been added, as well as a renovated Aviary and the Primate Forest. Zoo Visitors are also welcomed by a new parking lot, entry complex, gift shop and a ramped pedestrian bridge over the Anthony Wayne Trail.
The popularity of the Zoo has increased dramatically over the last decade. Restored facilities, new exhibits and a concerted effort to address the needs of the visitor have resulted in an average attendance of 875,000 people each year, with over 1,000,000 visitors in 1988, 1994, and 1999. Special promotions such as the Lights Before Christmas capture the charm and character of the Zoo and have become traditions for Toledo families
A History of Change
Success for The Toledo Zoo was not arrived at easily, or overnight. From its earliest days, the Zoo faced enormous challenges. Uncertain financial circumstances frequently threatened its ability to operate, while changes to the natural world necessitated an increased role for the Zoo in working to preserve and protect the world's vanishing wildlife.
A city-run Zoo during much of its existence, the transfer of Zoo ownership to The Toledo Zoological Society, a private non-profit organization, in 1982 marked the beginning of a new era of improvements and progress. It was at this time a series of tax levies for operating expenses was approved by the residents of Lucas County. With a mindful eye on the past, as well as the future, the Zoological Society professionalized the management of the Zoo and developed a vision for the institution that can be seen in its operation today
The African elephant is the largest living land mammal, with its relative, the Asian or Indian elephant, coming in a close second. Adult African elephants reach a length of 18-24 feet and a height of 10-13 feet. They weigh in at 8,800-15,500 pounds. Maximum size is reached at around 25 years of age.
African elephants are native to a wide variety of habitats, including semi-desert scrub, open savannas and dense forest regions. However, whereas elephants once ranged throughout Africa, they are now mostly confined to parks and reserves south of the Sahara Desert. Only about 20% of their range is under some form of protection.
When young male elephants reach puberty, around 12-15 years of age, they either leave the herd voluntarily or are driven out by the females. They then roam alone or gather in small, loosely bonded "bachelor" herds. Bulls temporarily rejoin cow herds when females are ready to mate.
Adult elephants appear to recognize individual members of their family group as well as members of extended groupings. Members of a group will often pause briefly to exchange touches when passing one another in the bush. Elephants are even thought to display compassion when a group member is injured and grief when a familiar elephant dies.
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
The Zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Visitors have one additional hour after the gates close to complete their visit. However, some animals may not be on exhibit in areas such as the African Savanna.
Parking is $5.00 per vehicle. Members must present a Toledo Zoo membership card to receive free parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot ONLY!
" $9.00 for Adults
" $6.00 for Children (2 yrs - 11 yrs) and Seniors (60+)
" FREE for Members and Children under 2 years.
A Local Treasure
It was a largely unnoticed gesture nearly a century ago - the donation of a single woodchuck to the City of Toledo's Parks Board. Little did anyone realize at the time that an institution would emerge that would become one of Toledo's most beloved and valuable treasures. With this single gift, The Toledo Zoological Gardens was started in 1900 and over the years has served as an enduring tradition for families and a source of pride for the entire community. From its rather ordinary beginnings, The Toledo Zoo has become an extraordinary success. Nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive zoological institutions in the nation, The Toledo Zoo now serves as the top tourist attraction in the area and is the number one reason people visit Toledo. As such, the Zoo is highly regarded for its contribution to both the local economy and quality of life for the Toledo community.