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Bowling Green (Ohio)

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Bowling Green [1] is a town in Northwest Ohio, best known for its eponymous state university.

Understand[edit]

"Take a Themed Tour"

Stop into the Visitor Center, for a free self-guided themed tour. Choose from 10 options including: Green & Garden, Dark Tour of Haunted Places, Family Fun, Indulge, History & Architecture, Wedding Guide, Treat Yourself, Art, Go Sports, and Family Tree genealogy tour. All tours can be expanded into guided group tours with meals, docents, take-away activities and fun.


Visitor information[edit]

  • Bowling Green Visitor Center, 2151 Alumni Drive, +1 419 372-2336 (toll free: +1 800 866-0046, , fax: 419 575 9691), [2]. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 8-12pm. Information about BGSU [3], maps and visitor parking as well as Bowling Green city and community information,discounts on retail and dining in the historic downtown district, travel and overnight packages and a variety of self-guided and guided tour options.  edit

Get in[edit]

By Air[edit]

Detroit Metro Airport DTW [4] Toledo Express Airport TOL [5] Wood County Regional Airport [6]

By Car[edit]

Since Bowling Green is at exit 181 on I-75 it is a quick 30-minute drive south from Toledo a 2 hour drive north from Dayton and 1 hour drive south from Detroit. Regional car services include: a city subsidized taxi service with low rates, B.G. Transit [7] as well as Reliable Taxi [8] Supercab, BG Airport Shuttle and Bill's Limousine.

By Bicycle[edit]

The Slippery Elm Trail [9] goes 13 miles south to North Baltimore. The trail is asphalt and features several rest stops and water fountains. Cyclists can get around through most of the city, the BGSU campus and the city parks [10]

Get around[edit]

Downtown Bowling Green is a historic district that is charming and easy to walk around. Parking is available along both sides of the street and directly behind the Main Street buildings.

The University provides a free shuttle bus service for students and community members with both on-campus and off-campus shuttle bus routes. A map of those routes can be found at Parking Services [11] Live tracking of the shuttles at bgsu.transloc.com [12]

See[edit][add listing]

  • BG Wind Farm, [13].
  • City Park, waterpark and Golf Course [14].
  • Simpson Sensory and Children's Garden Park, [15]
  • Stone Ridge Golf Club, [16].
  • Forest Creason Golf Course, [17]. ‎
  • Gish Film Theatre & Gallery, [18].
  • Snook's Dream Cars Classic Car Museum, [19].
  • Wood County Historical Center & Museum, [20].
  • Little Red Schoolhouse, [21].
  • National Construction Equipment Museum, [22].
  • Wolf Center for the Performing Arts,[23].
  • BGSU Planetarium,[24].
  • Wintergarden Nature Preserve,[25].

Museums[edit]

  • Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 13660 County Home Road, 419-352-0967, [26]. Tuesday-Friday: 9:30AM- 4:30PM; Saturday and Sunday 1PM- 4PM. The Wood County Historical Center and Museum is the original site of the Wood County Infirmary. The Infirmary opened its doors in 1869 and closed in 1971. This site reopened its doors as the Museum in 1975. The Museum is the home to over 30 exhibits, and offers a variety of educational experiences as well as information on the uses of the original site and history of Wood County and Northwest Ohio.  edit
  • Snook's Dream Cars, 13920 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH, 419-353-8338, [27]. Monday - Friday: 9 am- 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Classic Car Museum features a recreated 1940's era Texaco Gas Station with authentic antique signage, a showroom of extensive automobile memorabilia, coin operated antique machines and classic cars that are all in excellent working order and are even driven on a regular basis. Within the museum painted murals and background scenes recreate the looks of a 1930's General Store to a racetrack from the 1960's. The Car collection features models from the 1930's to the 1960's. The facility also houses a complete four-bay shop for maintaining collector cars and a special area for events. adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Festivals[edit]

  • National Tractor Pulling Championships, 419-354-1434,[28]. Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH. Annual Event held the third weekend in August.
Tractor Pulls at Bowling Green, OH
  • Black Swamp Arts Festival,(419) 354-2723" url="http://www.blackswampfest.org/" hours="Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 11am-5pm" price="Free" >Ohio's premier Free arts and music festival. The Black Swamp Arts Festival features a juried art show that attracts over 150 artists from around the nation. The Wood County Invitational Art Show, held in conjunction with the Black Swmap Arts Festival features the area's finest artists. Four stages provide musical entertainment featuring national and international touring artists. A large children's art village exposes children and families to joy of making art. Delicious and unique food venders are on hand to supply great eats and of course the Black Swamp Beer Garden is open all weekend featuring several draft beers including Guinness and one craft beer every year. Fine arts and crafts throughout the Downtown area. Children's activities, live music, demonstrations, and various art events all weekend./do>
  • Winterfest, +1 419-353-9445 url="http://www.facebook.com/WinterfestBG" hours="daytime and nightly events" price="free event" lat="41.3804" long="-83.652">Winterfest is the third weekend in February annually and has more than 30 fun winter-themed events for all ages. Visit the sparkling Ice Chalet,Ice Skating Competition, The Ice Sculpture Exhibits with an interactive photo area and Artist created Snowflakes decorating the whole downtown. Be part of the fun with the Date Night Challenge, Chili & Soup Cook Off, BG Parks & Rec Frostbite Run, Ice Skating, Snow Games, downtown retail open house Sparkle Night and an indoor Winter Carnival. So grab your winter gear and make sure to experience this one-of-a-kind winter event.
  • Art Walk, +1 419-354-4332 [29] Annual Event held the last Saturday in April in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. Stroll through the historic downtown and visit the many galleries and exhibitions featuring Visual and Performing Arts from all ages. Artist's Demonstrations, family activities and performances continue throughout the day. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award and you might win a prize too!
  • Heritage Days, +1 419-352-0967 [30] Annual Event held the second full weekend in June. June 8&9, 2013 10am-4pm Step back in time and get your hands on history with soap making, rope making, fresh butter churning, free blacksmith and farm demonstrations, farm-themed activities, farm animals, historic games, swap meet, kiddie pedal pull, Power of Yesteryear antique tractor show, BBQ and live music. All set amid the charm and nostalgia of our beautiful Historical Museum grounds. Wood County Historical Center & Museum 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402
View of the downtown during a classic car show.
  • Classics on Main Car Show, [31]This Annual Car Show is held the third Saturday in June and features live entertainment and activities all in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. If you have ever loved a car, this is the place to be to share your enthusiasm. Classic curvy lines polished to perfection might get your engine roaring while the great food and atmosphere will have you returning year after year.
  • Wood County Fair, +1 419 352-0441 [32] Annual event held the last weekend in July until the end of the first week in August.July 29th – August 5th, 2013 8am – 11pm Wood County Fairgrounds 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402. 2013 includes: The Beach Boys concert, car show, demolition derby Tractor, Truck and Semi Pulls, Championship Horse and Pony Pulls, Dances, Cheerleading competition, live Music, food, games, rides, Industrial Arts, Woodworking and Carving demonstrations, Cookie Decorating, create Fairy Gardens, magician, BGSU Juggling Club, Balloon Artists, Pie and Cheesecake Auction, livestock, Flower show, Quilts, Needlework, Karaoke, 4H projects, Baked and Canned goods, Ice Cream, Wine Competition and a Parade of Floats. Make the most of your whole summer with this event!/do>

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Aardvark, 123 S. Main St., 419-354-6686, [33]. With a wide variety of apparel, Aardvark Screen Printing and Embroidery performs imprinting on many items for your needs.  edit
  • Art-A-Site!, 116 S. Main St., 419-352-4455, [34]. ART-A-SITE! is Bowling Green's largest exhibition venue for the work of local artists.    edit
  • Ben Franklin Crafts Store, 154 S. Main St., 800-439-7719. A local craft store that also offers toys, candy and party supplies among a variety of other things.  edit
  • BG Hats & Apparel, 133 S. Main St., 419-353-4287, [35]. Bowling Green Hats & Apparel specializes in unique, creative, high quality hats, casual clothing, scarves, handbags, jewelry, travel accessories and much more.  edit
  • BGSU Bookstore, Bowen Thompson Student Union, 419-372-2851, [36]. The BGSU Bookstore proudly serves the academic and spirit needs of the BGSU community.  edit
  • Busy Thimble, 148 S. Main St., 419-806-4022, [37]. The Busy Thimble is a locally-owned business that was started in 2010 in response to crafters who were looking for fabric and sewing notions.  edit
  • Collegiate Connection, 531 Ridge St., 419-352-8333. Collegiate Connection is a clothing retailer, specializing in custom made BGSU, sorority and fraternity clothing and apparel.  edit
  • For Keeps Gifts, 144 S. Main St., (419) 353-2232, [38]. M-Sat. 9AM-8PM, Sun.12-5PM. A local gift and specialty store featuring wonderful gifts, jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor and more.  edit
  • Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., 419-354-3266. Since 1989, Grounds for Thought has offered the best hand-roasted coffee, delicious homemade pastries, Ruggles ice cream, used books, vinyl records and comics.  edit
  • Main Street Ace Hardware, 136 S. Main St., 419-352-0251, [39]. Main Street Ace Hardware is a full-service hardware store in downtown BG.  edit
  • SBX Bookstore, 530 E. Wooster St., 419-353-7732. SBX is proud to carry BGSU Falcons clothing and merchandise, from sweatshirts to BGSU gifts, from Freddy Falcons to alumni gear as well as textbooks and textbook rentals.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Bowling Green's historic downtown has several dining establishments of various cuisines to choose from, including European, Japanese, American, pizza, Italian, and family dining.

  • Call of the Canyon, 109 N. Main St., 419-353-2255. M-Th 11:30am-8:30 pm; Fri 11:30 am-9pm; Sat 11:30am-3:30pm. A local delicatessen with a variety of sandwiches and a friendly atmosphere  edit
  • The Cookie Jar, 130 E. Court St., 419-354-8780. Wed 10am-10pm; Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri 10am-10pm; Sat Noon-10pm; Sun Noon-10pm. Little bakery with a variety of cookie recipes, including a special cookie of the day. Pick up or free delivery (though tipping for delivery is customary). Order early, as the shop is popular and specialties run out quickly on weekends.  edit
  • Kermit's, 307 S. Main St., 419-354-1388. M-F 6am-7pm; Sat & Sun 7am-3pm. Local mom & pop place with good food and generous portions at reasonable prices.  edit
  • Naslada Bistro, 182 S. Main St., 419-373-6050, [40]. M-Th 11am-10pm, Fri/Sat 11am-11pm. At Naslada Bistro we take pride in using only the freshest ingredients to prepare authentic European and American cuisine, and to promote excellent, healthy meal choices. Homemade meals with no preservatives and unique signature soups are our delicatessen specialty.  edit
  • Happy Badger, 331 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402, 419-352-0706, [41]. Mon-Wed: 11am - 5pm, Thu: 11am - 9:30pm, Fri - Sat: 11am - 5pm Sun: 10- 3pm. Restaurant and grocery specializing in made-from-scratch items utilizing the highest quality local ingredients sourced from around the region  edit
  • Sam B's Restaurant, 163 S. Main St. Bowling Green, OH, 419-353-2277, [42]. Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm. Eating dinner out is a no-brainer with Sam B’s Restaurant in Bowling Green, Ohio. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, family-friendly prices, or great drink specials, Sam B’s is the place to go in Northwest Ohio.  edit
  • Trotter's Tavern, 119 N. Main, 419-352-5895, [43]. Kitchen Hours: 11am-11pm, Bar stays open late.. Indulge yourself at Trotter's Tavern, home to the famous Brown Jug Steak.  edit
  • Myle's Pizza and & Sub Shop, 516 E. Wooster, 419-352-1504. open at 11am every day. Famous to locals and out-of-towners, the massive pizzas are their specialty.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., 419-354-3266. 6:00am-midnight. A local coffee shop and used book store with house roasted and ground coffee, sandwiches, fresh lemonaid and desserts. Frequent events such as live musical performances, poetry readings, games nights and author book discussions help create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.  edit
  • Campus Quarters, 1414 E. Wooster St., 419-353-8735. An actual Sports Bar that loves sports! Open at 11 Saturday and Sunday for College & NFL Football! Sunday Ticket, free WiFi, great specials and the best staff in town!.  edit
  • Nate & Wallys, 149 E. Wooster St., 419-353-3209. Come in for our famous FISHBOWL! As well as some other delicious adult beverages :)  edit
  • One49 North, 149 N Main St., 419-832-9492. One49 North offers daily & monthly drink specials as well as a variety of food to indulge in while you enjoy the friendly atmosphere. There is an assortment of gaming activities for entertainment and a personal DJ on weekends.  edit
  • Brathaus, 115 E Court St, 419-352-8707. Home of the Legal Joint and some great memories.  edit
  • Tubby's Tavern, 135 N Main St, 419-352-4444. Get your dance on while enjoying great music and some adult beverages!  edit
  • Clazel Entertainment, 127 N Main St, 419-353-5000, [44]. Open every Friday and Saturday 8 pm to 2:30 am with live DJs from Kiss FM. They also host a variety of special events from concerts to wedding receptions. Call for more details!  edit
  • Beckett's, 146 N Main St, 419-352-7800, [45]. Bowling Green's Burger Bar! Open Tuesday - Sunday at 11:30 am. Stop by for some yummy burgers and your favorite adult beverage!  edit
  • Grumpy Dave's Pub, 104 S Main St above Easy Street Cafe, 419-353-0988, [46]. Stop by and grab one of the many beers on tap! Open Monday - Sunday.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Holiday Inn, 2150 Wooster St., Bowling Green, OH 43402, (419) 353-5500, [47]. Stay Smart, rest, and recharge at Holiday Inn Express - Best Price Guarantee! Our top-notch Bowling Green hotel provides you with the quality amenities and amazing service you have come to expect from our brand. Our hotel is located near Toledo and all the best businesses and attractions in the area. We look forward to serving you! We know how important it is for corporate travelers to stay in touch with clients and family, that's why we provide a business center, which features free high-speed Internet access and copy, print and fax services, as well as a personal computer. In addition, we offer a 1,300-square feet meeting room that can accommodate up to 115 people for your next business seminar. Leisure travelers who stay at our hotel's property in Bowling Green choose us because we're located close to the area's best attractions, including Bowling Green State University, the Toledo Zoo, Snooks Dream Car Auto Museum and Carter Baseball Park. If you're looking for great hotels near Toledo, there's no doubt that our hotel has what you need to feel right at home. From the complimentary high-speed Internet access, which is available throughout all public areas and in each room, to the fitness center that has great elliptical machines for your cardio workout, we have the amenities that keep you coming back. We even offer a free, Hot Express Breakfast Bar with delicious cinnamon rolls and fresh coffee. Make your reservations now to "Stay Smart" at our hotel!  edit
  • Best Western, 1450 E. Wooster St., 419-352-4671, [48]. The BEST WESTERN Falcon Plaza is ideally situated across from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, perfect for visiting friends and family. Guests staying at this hotel can enjoy local events including the annual National Tractor Pulling Championship or university sporting events at the Bowling Green State University campus. This prime location in Bowling Green is also close to Cedar Point, Toledo Zoo and Bass Pro Shop.  edit
  • Days Inn, 1740 E. Wooster Street, 419-352-1520, [49]. Book your room at Days Inn Bowling Green hotel, near Bowling Green State University, and recharge your batteries for the road ahead. Located off Interstate 75, our Bowling Green, Ohio hotel is ideally situated halfway between Dayton, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. Begin your day with free Daybreak continental breakfast and read through your free newspaper. We offer free Wi-Fi Internet access so you can scout out area attractions from your hotel room. When the weather gets hot, cool off with a swim in our seasonal, outdoor pool. Non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.  edit
  • Hampton Inn, 142 Campbell Hill Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402, 419-353-3464, [50]. Enjoy comfort and convenience at our welcoming hotel. Unwind in our two-story atrium lobby with Romanesque décor and a grand piano. Tour the campus and watch Falcons football or baseball or see a performance at the Eva Marie Saint Theater. Take a walking tour of the historic homes and businesses in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio and visit Clazel, a 1926 movie theater designed by architect Jack Raney. Watch a film, enjoy a concert or enjoy a selection from the wine bar at this historic theater. Our friendly Hampton team members will be delighted to recommend the best attractions in Bowling Green.  edit

Get out[edit]

Bowling Green, Ohio is located off Interstate 75 at Exit 181. Toledo is an easy 30 minute drive north of Bowling Green.


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