Once a bustling industrial city, Tiffin's manufacturing base and population has declined in recent decades. However, Tiffin residents enjoy cultural and educational opportunities unmatched by most small towns thanks to the two colleges that that call Tiffin home.
The city of Tiffin is bisected by the Sandusky River. Just east of the river is the city's downtown area, including city hall and public library. On the western side of the river, on the outskirts of town is the Wal-Mart, shopping mall, and supermarket.
Tiffin itself is seldom a destination for tourists. However, if family or business reasons call you to Tiffin, rest assured you will find activities to fill your time, as well as a friendly small town atmosphere.
Driving is the only realistic way to get in. At one time the city was served by frequent rail and bus service; these have been discontinued although freight trains continue to pass through th city at all hours. There is an airport, although no regularly scheduled commercial flights serve Tiffin.
Tiffin is a small town and you can easily walk anywhere in the downtown area or through the older neighborhoods. Some newer neighborhoods and shopping malls are on the outskirts of town, requiring a car. Tiffin does have several taxi services available for those who do not drive.
Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe, 25-27 S. Washington St., 1+ 419-448-0200, . Tiffin Glass from 1889-1980. Tu-Sa 1PM-5PM.
Hedges-Boyer Park is the main city park. A YMCA with indoor pool is located within the park. The park also has a public outdoor pool, playground, and play fields. The park is the site of Tiffin's elaborate 4th of July fireworks display.
Tiffin Glass Company was famous for its fancy and ornamental glass. The company and factory went out of business in the early 1980's, however the Tiffin Glass Museum has pieces for sale.
Tiffin is famous for its Ballreich's Potato Chips, the original "marcelled" or ridged chips. The potato chip factory is located in Tiffin. The chips can be bought at any local grocery store or supermarket, where potato chips are sold.
Buying necessities from your car at a drive-through grocery store adds a certain amount of charm and kitsch to your purchases. Amazingly, Tiffin has two such drive-in grocery stores to choose from. Drive on in at 205 S Sandusky Street, (419) 447-6555. Or head to Robenalt's Point Drive Thru at 201 Clay Street, phone (419) 448-4261.
Tiffin's 40 or so restaurants are listed on the Seneca County Visitor's Bureau web site . Two restaurants especially worthy of a visit include:
The Pioneer Mill Restaurant, 255 Riverside Dr., 419-448-0100, . On the Sandusky river and inside a historic mill. The restaurant serves typical American in an upscale casual setting. One can walk across a footbridge from the mill to a small island on the Sandusky river. Occasionally this site is used for concerts and other events in the summer. Unique tidbit: From the restaurant's lower level, one can look through a portal built into the floor and see part of the electrical-generating waterwheel installed years ago.
Shell Shuckers Inn, 1927 S. SR 53, Phone: (419) 447-6313, . A sports themed restaurant and bar located at the Quality Inn hotel The hotel is just on the banks of the Sandusky River just outside the city limits. The restaurant features great food in a fun atmosphere. One hallmark of the restaurant is the complimentary peanuts provided to each table; guests are encouraged to drop the peanut shells to the floor. The restaurant also features an excellent breakfast buffet, free to hotel guests.
Tiffin also has some ethnic restaurants, including two Chinese restaurants, one Mexican restaurant, and an Italian restaurant.