Spring and summer are the perfect time to discover some of the best blooms in Northwest Ohio!
Explore our list of family-friendly gardens, parks and attractions with some of the prettiest paths in the region and plan a visit to spend time among the flowers, butterflies and fellow garden visitors.
Toledo Botanical Garden
A museum for plants, Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to discover and enjoy nature’s beauty free of charge. Explore 60 acres along winding trails, traversing bridges and ponds and enjoy the beauty and tranquility while exploring and reflecting. Green thumbs come to the Garden to learn more about the varieties of annuals and perennials nestled within the various beds and look for ways to incorporate new ideas into their home landscapes.
Natural beauty and manmade elegance come together as one at Wildwood Preserve, the most visited of Metroparks Toledo. The 493-acre park is home to the former estate of Toledo’s Stranahan family. Surrounded by natural habit, the stately home, now called the Manor House, is available for tours and played an important role in Toledo—and the park's—history. Stroll freely around the beautifully manicured grounds surrounding the home, including the garden featuring walking paths, fountains and gazebos on the east side of the mansion.
Welles Sculpture Garden at TMA
Dedicated in 2001 as part of the Toledo Museum of Art’s centennial celebration, the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden is a must see for any art enthusiast. Located in front of the TMA, this beautifully landscaped setting features 21 modern and contemporary sculptures ranging from figurative to abstract. The garden’s arcing walkway links the main Museum building’s three front terraces, and provides visitors with a variety of outdoor experiences with art and beautifully landscaped grounds.
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
A nature experience unlike any other in Northwest Ohio, 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. You must see it to believe the natural and awe-inspiring beauty of Schedel.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located within 25-acres of the President's original estate known as Spiegel Grove. Guests can walk along the scenic paved trails through the wooded acreage with mature trees and plenty of greenery. Landmarks not to miss include six sets of gates that were originally located at the White House and President and Mrs. Hayes burial site marked with a granite tombstone.