Dive into fun fall activities and check out these spots as we welcome Autumn in Northwest Ohio!
Late summer brings thoughts of the cozy fall days with corn mazes and pumpkin farms, but there is still plenty of warm weather to enjoy all the outdoor activities the whole family will love. Enjoy the rest of summer in Toledo and consider the following activities and attractions as summer winds down and we all prepare for another glorious fall filled with vibrant colors!
Starting mid-September through the third week in October, you can drive your car right into MacQueen Orchards apple grove to pick your own apples! MacQueen’s grows 16 apple varieties along with 10 varieties of peaches and plenty of locally grown seasonal vegetables year-round. Don't miss the annual Apple Butter Stir Festival which is held in October each year and while you are there be sure to visit Martha's Gift Shop and Boutique for unique gifts not found in most stores.
Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse, OH, known for creating one of the best corn mazes in the state, features three mazes of varying skill levels with a total of 16 acres of family fun. Even the most savvy navigator will be challenged trying to find all the checkpoints throughout nearly 5 miles of intricate mazes. Bring your friends and family and experience The Corn Maze at The Butterfly House! Open on fall weekends. Check back soon for specific dates and times!
As autumn paints Toledo in vibrant colors, there's no better time to explore and hike in the enchanting Toledo Metroparks. Experience the season's magic by hiking along leaf-strewn trails, enjoying serene picnics amidst the breathtaking foliage and water, and embarking on memorable wildlife spotting adventures. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an active outdoor experience, Toledo Metroparks offers something truly captivating for everyone. Check out the newest Glass City Metropark and explore all it has to offer along the riverfront, such as the soon to be finished Glass City Riverwalk!
UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO ROCKETS FOOTBALL
Get ready to don your blue and gold, because it's that time of the year again UT Rockets football season begins in September! From the electrifying energy of the pre-game tailgates to the heart-pounding moments on the field, there's an undeniable sense of camaraderie that fills the air. The UT Rockets football season in Toledo is a tradition that embodies the true essence of local pride and sportsmanship. So grab your jerseys, rally your friends and family, and come together to create lasting memories while cheering the Rockets on to victory!
GARDENVIEW U-PICK FLOWERS
Enjoy the beauty of nature while picking your very own bouquet of flowers from GardenView’s specialty u-pick flower field. Just Bring a quart sized mason jar or buy a 4” wide vase at check-in to fill with as many flowers as you would like! Guests may borrow clippers from GardenView for picking flowers and receive a complimentary bottle of water with each U-Pick. Afterwards, shop the gift shop for treasure and the flower stop to peruse their dried flowers selection. Open daily through the end of September.
FLEITZ PUMPKIN FARM
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, opens for the season on September 5 and it is the perfect family outing with plenty of activities including two corn mazes (five acre and one acre), hayrides, a corn “sandbox” and much more. Arrive hungry and head over to the snack shack for a delicious hot sandwich or freshly-made donuts and wash it down with cider slushes, or choose from a delicious variety of donut sundaes. Unique fall produce includes all sizes and shapes of pumpkins, gourds and squash, apples, straw bales, multi-color corn, hardy mums, plus apple cider and popcorn. Fleitz is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the fall.
SCHEDEL ARBORETUM & GARDENS
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is a breathtaking 17-acre garden estate, located just 30 minutes southeast of Toledo. Explore gardens of nearly 20,000 annuals, roses, perennials, irises and lilies, including a Japanese garden complete with Torii, waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and a pagoda. During your visit, make sure to stop in The Blair Museum of Lithophanes the largest collection of lithophanes in the world. Lithophanes are fine carvings made in wax and a die that is cast to which thin layers of porcelain are added. In its natural state, the lithophane looks like nothing more than a white plaster etching, though when backlit, come to life with detailed intricacy. Schedel is open for the season through the end of October each year.
419 ALE TRAIL
Why should kids have all the fun? Hop on the 419 Ale Trail to begin your northwest Ohio craft brewery adventure. To begin your journey, download the free, digital passport to check in at participating breweries and craft beverage locations in Toledo and throughout northwest Ohio. Guests who sign up for the 419 Ale Trail will receive prizes as they earn points by checking in! A number of breweries also provide special discounts to redeem along the way. It’s a great way to explore northwest Ohio with friends and family. For those up to the task, you have until June 17, 2024 to complete the entire Trail. Visit 419AleTrail.com and get started.
For more ideas on great attractions, shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities, check out VisitToledo.org. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us @ToledoCVB and use #ThisIsToledo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.