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Toledo (Ohio)

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Toledo [19] is a moderate-sized city in Northwest Ohio, on the Maumee River, at the edge of Lake Erie. It is one of the most productive Ports on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, and is a designated Foreign Trade Zone area. The Port of Toledo handles coal, ore, general cargo, and ship repairs, as well as having storage for over 22 million bushels of grain for export. The diverse architecture of Toledo rivals larger cities like Chicago. It is also home to Libbey Glass, the founders of which had a tremendously positive influence on the amenities of the City.


People had big dreams for Toledo. The location of the city was set on some of the most inhospitable land in the Midwest: the Great Black Swamp. Early white settlers spent years digging drainage ditches through the swamp, and lining them with clay tiles--when they were not catching mosquito-borne diseases. Michigan and Ohio briefly went to war (no one was killed) over the land. This, in fact, is the original root of the ongoing rivalry between Michigan and Ohio, which today is mostly addressed in the football stadiums of Columbus, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan. By an act of Congress, Ohio was awarded Toledo, while Michigan received the Upper Peninsula. Later settlers came over from Eastern Europe, or up from down south, to work on the Erie Canal, and still later to work in local factories that made early automobiles and auto parts.
Promenade Park

Today, Toledo is a city of 290,000 (650,000 metropolitan area) with a big local university, an independent daily newspaper, and historic buildings downtown, some of which have been turned into artists' lofts. Toledo is also home to the legendary Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team. They play in the Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Near downtown, the Old West End is a beautiful neighborhood of Victorian mansions, and is where the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and its new glass museum can be found. A world-class Toledo Zoo is a few miles to the south. In the north end, there is the Polish Village where it is common to see storefronts written in Polish. The food in Toledo is worth stopping for. As well as the many diners in the area, many ethnic eateries should not be missed, including Tony Packo's famous Hungarian hot dogs, Hungarian baked goods, classy Middle Eastern places such as the Beirut, and delicious Indian cuisine from the Tandoor. True or not, Toledo likes to think that it has the most restaurants per capita in the entire country.



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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • The nearest airport is: Toledo Express Airport (IATA: TOL), 11013 Airport Highway, Swanton, +1 419 865-2351, [20].
  • The nearest regional/international airport is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) [21].

Airport Shuttle Services available from Toledo, Ohio to The Detroit Metropoltan Airport by reservation. Flat rate from Toledo to DTW Airport is $99.00. Reservations: (313) 759-7741.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, 811 Jefferson Avenue, +1 419 248-1477, [22]. Station hours: 5AM-11:30PM. Ticketing hours: 5AM-10:30PM. Greyhound makes regular stops in Toledo. (Be warned: The bus stop is not in a safe area.)
  • Megabus [23] offers low-cost bus service to Toledo from Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Pittsburgh. The Megabus stop in Toledo is on the south side of the Southwyck Shopping Center, at the northwest corner of Southwyck Boulevard and Cheyenne Boulevard. Buses often have wifi internet connection on board.

By train[edit]

Amtrak's [24] Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited routes both stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza train depot at 415 Emerald Avenue. Station and ticketing hours: 12AM-12:30PM & 8:30PM-11:59PM. The station is closed 12:31PM-8:29PM.

By car[edit]

Toledo is located at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/I-90. Everybody travelling in the Midwest United States has probably been through it at least once.

Get around[edit]

  • TARTA [25] is the local public transportation.

See[edit][add listing]

Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
  • Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Monroe St. directly across from Museum of Art, [26]. Cafe open during museum hours. Opened 2006. Free.
  • Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe Street (at Scottwood Avenue), +1-419-255-8000 (), [1]. Tu-W 10AM-4PM, Th - F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM, closed Mondays. Video Review of the Museum [2] Admission to the Museum is free at all times. Special exhibitions or events may require purchased tickets..  edit
  • Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, +1-(419)-385-4040, [3]. Hours: May 1 - Labor Day: 10AM-5PM, Labor Day - April 30: 10AM-4PM.  edit
  • Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Avenue, +1-419-244-9575, [4].  edit
  • The Old West End -- the blocks north of the Art Museum. Historic neighborhood full of huge old mansions and 100-year-old trees. You can tour these homes at Christmas and at a festival during the first weekend in June. [27]

Annual events[edit]

  • Lights Before Christmas
  • Crosby Gardens Arts Festival
  • Monster trucks
  • The Polish Festival

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hudson Gallery, 5645 North Main Street (Downtown Sylvania, OH), 419-885-8381, [5]. 10 - 6 t - f. Wonderful Contemporary art gallery in historic downtown Sylvania, OH FREE.  edit

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

  • Toledo Opera, 425 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 601, +1-419-255-7464 (, fax: +1-419-255-6344), [6].  edit
  • Toledo Jazz Society, 425 North St. Clair, +1-419-241-5299 (fax: +1-419-241-4777), [7].  edit
Promenade Park View
  • Toledo Symphony Orchestra, 1838 Parkwood Avenue, #310, +1-419-246-8000 (, fax: +1-419-321-6890), [8].  edit
  • Toledo Ballet, 5001 Monroe Street (Westfield Franklin Park), +1-419-471-0049 (fax: +1-419-471-9005), [9].  edit
  • Toledo Mud Hens, 406 Washington St. (downtown), +1-419-725-HENS, [10]. Toledo's legendary AAA baseball team (Detroit Tigers affiliate) plays their home games at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. It was named the best minor league ballpark in America by Newsweek magazine. With plenty of free parking, great food, and a great atmosphere, a Mud Hens game is fun for the whole family.  edit
  • Rally by the River


  • University of Toledo, Dorr Street and Secor Road, +1-419-530-4636, [11].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Libbey Glass Factory Outlet, 205 South Erie St., +1 419 254-5000. Some Libbey Glass is manufactured in Toledo. Store has 16,000 square foot dinnerware, glassware and giftware.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Local specialties include,Tony Packo's Pickles'n'Peppers, salt-rising bread from Wixey Bakery and handmade noodles.

  • Tony Packo's, 1902 Front Street, +1 419 691-6054 (, fax: +1 419 691-8358), [12]. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. The original Tony Packo's, which has been serving its hometown favorites for over 70 years. Packo's was made world famous by several mentions on the TV series M*A*S*H by Max Klinger (played by Toledo native Jamie Farr). If you're lucky enough to spare any amount of time here be sure to order at least one cup of chili, which is rumored to put some Cincinnati brands to shame.  edit
  • Tony Packo's at the Park, South Superior Street (Off of Washington Street, only a few steps from Fifth Third Field), +1 419 691-6054 (, fax: +1 419 246-1111), [13]. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. The downtown branch of this hometown chain. The staff at this location is very hospital and personable.  edit
  • Shorty's True American Roadhouse, 5111 Monroe Street, +1 419 841-9505, [14]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Part of the Mancy family's string of local restaurants. Shorty's specializes in barbeque although they serve standard fare like burgers as well.  edit
  • Rudy's Hot Dogs is a well known restaurant chain located throughout the Metro Toledo Area, many would say that they are better than Tony Packo's. You can ask anyone in Toledo where the closest Rudy's is located and they will point you in the correct direction.
  • Pizza Papalis A Detroit-based Chicago-style deep-dish pizza chain located downtown next to the Mud Hens stadium. Call ahead to order your pizza and they will have it ready when you arrive!
  • Mr.Freeze At the intersection of McCord and Bancroft. Soft serve ice cream in huge portions for cheap prices. Try the Buckeye Blast Sundae! Cash only!
  • The Oasis Open late with a large variety of food including Cottage Inn Pizza, Tofts ice cream, salads, gyros, burgers and anything else you could want! Near the main campus of the University of Toledo, and open from 10am-4am daily, The Oasis has something for everyone! Call 419-536-FOOD (3663) today!

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Murphy's Place, 151 Water St, +1 419 241-7732, [15]. M-Sa 5PM-2AM, shows: M-Th 8PM, F-Sa 9PM. Toledo's premiere jazz club, featuring Claude Black on piano with the house quartet. Located downtown. M-Th $4, F-Sa $8.  edit
  • The Orchard Inn is another bar located in West Toledo on Sylvania Avenue in between Douglas and Secor. This bar is known for very intense pool games between locals. It has shuffleboard as well.
  • Papa Joe's is a bar located in West Toledo on Monroe St right by I-75, they are known for their half price pizzas and dollar beers. They also have free pool on Tuesdays. The bartender looks like a fraggle and or Einstein.
  • Pub St George is a bar for the younger crowd in the Uptown Area where reggae music is provided by the Crucial 420 Band. Beer is readily available and many different kinds are served. The band is led by Reggae Dave, who is a local celebrity that has an extensive following. One could also dine on fish and chips at this bar.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Wingate by Wyndham Sylvania, 5480 South Main Street, Sylvania, OH 43560, +1 419 517-2000, [16].  edit
  • Wyndham Toledo Hotel, 2 Seagate/Summit Street, +1 419 241-1411 (fax: +1 419 241-8161), [17]. An oasis of tranquility in the center of Toledo's bustling downtown.  edit
  • Park Inn by Radisson, 101 North Summit Street, +1 419 241-3000 (fax: +1 419 321-2099), [18]. Tallest hotel in Downtown Toledo with sweeping river views and Fifth Third Field - Home of the Toledo Mud Hens  edit
  • Mansion view B&b, Collingwood Blvd. Beautiful old mansion in the Old West End. A must see!!!!  edit
  • Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood Blvd, 419-244-5676. Bed & Bkfst in a beautiful old mansion located in the Old West End. Have your wedding there, a reception, a party- or spend the night, w/e . A must see!  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Michigan is just north of town and Detroit is one hour north on I-75.
  • Cedar Point amusement park is about 80 minutes east in Sandusky.
  • Cleveland is a couple hours east on I-90 and the Ohio Turnpike.
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) is located 20-30 minutes south on Interstate 75 or Route 25 Dixie Hwy. Bowling Green, home to the eponymous State University has a charming historic district rich with cultural events, performances and art galleries as well as locally-owned shops and restaurants of various cuisines. A must-see in the heart of Americana.
  • Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public North Coast Beaches. The beach at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, just east of Toledo is one of the nicest.
  • Located east of Toledo and west of Cleveland, a group of picturesque and festive Lake Erie Islands are accessible via ferry. Ohio Route 2 East Exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry out to Put-in-Bay. In addition to several Ohio State Parks located on the islands, there is plenty to do including wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches.
  • Lake Erie Tour Route and Lighthouses. Go back to the mainland and see the shoreline. The drive (or boat ride) around Lake Erie takes you through the Working Waterfronts around Buffalo NY, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Erie PA, Toledo, OH, and southern Ontario and is intermingled with beautiful preservations of flora and fauna as well as the history of North America's first westward expansion, the Old Northwest Territory.
  • Maumee Bay Resort & Conference Center, 1400 State Park Road, Oregon (Ohio), [28]. An 1,850-acre State Park, Maumee Bay, a fine recreational facility with a unique natural environment as seen by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are at Ohio's premier resort and the newest state park. The Lodge is located along the shore of Lake Erie with a two-story stone fireplace. The 120 guest rooms with private balcony gives spectacular views of the surrounding park. There are 24 cottages, with fireplaces, adjacent to wetlands and the lush greens of the golf course.
Routes through Toledo
DetroitLuna Pier  N noframe S  PerrysburgDayton 
South BendWauseon  W noframenoframenoframe E  PerrysburgCleveland/Akron
South BendAngola  W noframe E  PerrysburgCleveland
Ann ArborDundee  N noframe S  PerrysburgColumbus
Fort WayneWauseon  W noframe E  Port ClintonSandusky

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