I'm not sure I understand this piece. It's "Untitled," by Ellsworth Kelly. According to a museum brochure, "Ellsworth Kelly has spent years exploring the aesthetic possibilities of simple, pure form. He reduces his painting and sculptures to as few elements as possible, even to the point of using a single shape and color."
The University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts is immediately adjacent to the Toledo Art Museum. You could this as a test run for Gehry's masterpiece, the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Compare this to his design, also from the mid-90s, for the University of Minnesota Art Museum - I have a picture of it on my Minneapolis page.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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 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+)
During the summer, be sure to check out the Toledo Mud Hens baseball team. They play in a beautiful new stadium right downtown. It's affordable, and a fun family atmosphere. And, yes, if you're a MASH fan, it's Klinger's team!
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.
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
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.
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.
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