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9 Reasons to Visit Toledo this Winter

Feeling the winter blues? Toledo's got the cure for your cabin fever!

For those planning on staying closer to home this winter, Toledo offers plenty of reasons to take a weekend road trip. With a great mix of big city attractions, plenty of parks to explore, a great dining scene, plus scores of area craft breweries and distilleries, you’ll find adventures that allow you to stay safe and appeal to the entire family.

1. Metroparks Winter Outdoor Recreation

You will find plenty of outdoor winter fun at all 19 of our beautiful Metroparks situated throughout Toledo and Lucas County.  From snowshoeing to ice-skating, there is a winter adventure awaiting any skill level. Whether or not there’s a cover of snowfall, you can still enjoy miles of hiking trails at any one of our Metroparks.

Cross-Country Skiing - Glide quietly through the winter landscape on groomed or ungroomed trails with miles of natural beauty to explore on skis. 

Ice Skating - Looking for a place to lace up your skates and enjoy nature in her winter beauty?  At Pearson, lights have been added near the lake so you can continue ice skating even after sunset.

Sledding - Metroparks offers lighted sledding hills at Side CutPearson and Glass City Metroparks that stay open after dark when the sledding conditions are good for great family fun. Bring your sled and enjoy the snow!

Snowshoeing - Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore a winter wonderland on the Metroparks trail of your choice.


Photo by: Metroparks Toledo

 

2. Craft Beer and Distilleries

The beer scene in the Toledo region is flourishing with the number of new, innovative breweries steadily increasing, making northwest Ohio a true craft beer destination. Maumee Bay Brewing Company located downtown, is the anchor that kicked off the craft beer culture in Toledo. Earnest Brew Works, a brewer-owned and operated brewery and taproom has quickly gained a loyal following by offering a great variety of styles. Inside the Five in Sylvania offers a solid selection of unique beer and has recently opened a second location in Perrysburg. After sampling great Toledo breweries, plan a road trip to nearby gems like Bowling Green Beer Works, Wild Side Brewing, The UrbanWoody Brewery and Two Bandits Brewing.

If distilleries are more to your liking, head over to Toledo Spirits to taste test their unique selection of whiskies, gins and vodkas handcrafted using regional ingredients. Six Fifths Distilling in Perrysburg offers premium all natural craft spirits using local ingredients. Stop in for a truly handcrafted drink experience while checking out the distillation process. Find an entire list of regional breweries, distilleries and meaderies here.

Photo by: Inside the Five Brewing Company

 

3. Toledo’s Dining Scene

Looking for a dining adventure? Winter is the perfect time to experience our hip and trendy dining and drinking establishments! Explore over 30 local restaurants during Restaurant Week Toledo, March 1-7.

Here are some other great recommendations any time:

Souk Mediterranean Kitchen, located in downtown Toledo's Warehouse District, offers a melting pot of Mediterranean cuisine carefully crafted by Chef and Owner, Moussa Salloukh. Souk's innovative take on traditional dishes creates a complete menu of unique and memorable meals. Don't forget to order a signature or seasonal cocktail to complete your meal!

- Craving some classic pizza? Check out The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar next to the University of Toledo for some Old world style New York pizza created with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Even the water used is special; it is filtered and molecularly replicates New York City water!

- Check out another Toledo favorite, Fowl & Fodder Downtown. New chef, Chef Aaron Lawson, has created a brand new menu utilizing regional farms and locally crafted products, focusing on fun and creative twists on southern fare.

- Set in an industrial-chic motif that achieves a warm inviting atmosphere, Barr’s Public House is a unique gastro-pub that features high quality pub fare, an exquisite wine list, eclectic craft beer selection, and a combo of authentic & creative hand-crafted cocktails.

Photo: Fowl & Fodder Downtown

 

4. A Day at TMA

Shake off the winter chill and explore the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. Visitors will find one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Discover more than 30,000 treasures ranging from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts. The Glass Pavilion, located across from the main museum, introduces visitors to TMA's world-renowned glass collection from ancient to modern times.

To promote social distancing and virtual learning, TMA is now offering guided virtual tour videos for grades K-12, led by a trained TMA volunteer Docent, bringing artwork to life for students. Admission is always free and make sure to visit The Museum Café and the Museum Store.

Photo by: Toledo Museum of Art

5. Walking or Driving Art Adventures

The Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program manages over 80 works of public art located throughout the city of Toledo. Create your own walking or driving art adventure by using the downloadable field guide showcasing over 60 pieces of public art in many forms including murals, sculptures, bridge lighting projects and more. Choose from nine different art zones to begin your art exploration.

Photo by: Destination Toledo

 

6. Treehouses, Cabins and Glamping

What better way to enjoy winter’s beauty than a weekend escape set in nature? Toledo offers plenty of great packages and unique options to enjoy the great outdoors. Book a weekday getaway for two this winter and bask in the unrivaled view at the Cannaley Treehouse Village, the largest public overnight treehouse site in the country. Don't worry, they're heated! How about a cabin on the lake? Maumee Bay Resort & Conference Center has two and four bedroom cabins with all the comforts of home. For those adventure-seekers, Metroparks Toledo offers Glamping Experiences with private guides for a variety of outdoor experiences. Book your one-of-a-kind winter getaway today!

Photo by: Daniel Woodcock | instagram.com/danielrwoodcock

7. Local Coffee to Shake off the Cold

A classic cappuccino. A bold espresso. A soothing latte. Whatever choice of liquid energy you prefer, you’ll be savoring every last drop at these Toledo area locally owned coffee houses.

- Located in the historic Old West End, Black Kite Coffee brings a hip, bohemian vibe to Toledo’s coffee scene. Independent and locally owned, they specialize in delicious coffees, teas, savory desserts and breakfast items.

- With a casual atmosphere and central location, BREW Coffee Bar is the perfect place for a relaxing break with great coffee and dessert.

- What began in 2010 as a family of home roasters with a passion for coffee, Maddie & Bella has grown to two locations; their first shop in Perrysburg and the second location in the trendy St. Clair Village in downtown Toledo’s Warehouse District.

Photo by: BREW Coffee Bar

 

8. The Must-Do Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 individual animals representing over 720 species. You might be surprised to find that a lot of animals that call our zoo home – and, of course, the polar bears – are much more active in the winter. Grab your scarf, gloves and mask, bundle up and explore The Toledo Zoo.

Please note: During the winter months, the Toledo Zoo does have to close on occasion due to the weather conditions. Please check toledozoo.org for most up-to-date information prior to your visit.

Photo by: Destination Toledo 

 

9. Toledo Symphony Orchestra Performances

Toledo Symphony Orchestra, continues to bring its world class musical performances to audiences everywhere in-person (when possible) as well as virtually through live-streaming. Creating an exceptional musical presence for the region, the Toledo Symphony has an amazing winter line-up in place. For the complete listing of winter and spring concerts for 2021, visit toledosymphony.com.

Photo by: Toledo Symphony Orchestra

However you decide to spend your winter weekend in Toledo, be sure to share your photos and adventures with us @toledocvb use #ThisIsToledo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.