As warmer weather arrives, a variety of attractions are reopening with so much discover throughout the region!
Explore Japanese gardens, tour a museum ship, get up-close to exotic animals, or get hands-on with history at one of many Toledo area attractions now open for the season. Destination Toledo is here to provide a slew of great suggestions for a spring getaway in and around Northwest Ohio!
Fort Meigs: Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield
African Safari Wildlife Park
Drive-thru Safari now open for the season
Drive your car through and get in touch with your wild side with hundreds of exotic animals. Have you ever fed a bison? Been nose-to-nose with a giraffe? If not, you will, in the Drive-Thru Safari! Make sure to bring your camera as you will undoubtedly capture that Instagram-worthy shot right from the comforts of your own vehicle. Next up, visit more exotic animals in the Walk-Thru Safari, set to open in May, weather permitting, including the NEW walk through exhibit, Aviary Adventure. Feed and meet over 400+ budgies in this interactive aviary.
Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield
Reconstructed fort and grounds open April 1-October 31, 2021
History buffs can take self-guided tours of Fort Meigs reconstructed fort on the grounds where remnants still remain from battles of yesteryear. Explore the fort’s seven blockhouses, five artillery batteries and a quartermaster’s warehouse. The Museum & Education Center is filled with exhibits and artifacts found on site, then shop at the impressive gift shop. Visitors center, museum and gift shop are open year-round.
Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village reopened on April 17, 2021
Experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of American perseverance: from working farms to the Wright brothers’ workshop, explore the place where America’s can-do spirit inspires you to go out and get it done. Experience a ride on a Model T, become a passenger on the Weiser Railroad (pulled by one of the oldest steam engines), or see Greenfield Village from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Note: You’ll want to make a return visit to the must see attractions, The Henry Ford and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
The HandleBar Toledo
Open April 2021
The HandleBar party bikes have you covered with a cross between a bike ride and a pub crawl, with a most unique way to take in the city. From your own “pub stool,” you’ll get the chance to talk to your friends and coworkers, sip on your favorite beverages, see the city streets from a new perspective and check out some bars and breweries you’ve never been to. Your two-hour tour includes stops at three to five bars and attractions around downtown Toledo. Each guest is allowed to bring 36 oz. of beer or 18 oz. of wine and munchies of their choice.
The Heritage Center Museum is open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as of March 13, 2021
Located in the heart of the City of Sylvania’s charming downtown, the Heritage Sylvania historical village features several original and recreated buildings which trace national history through a local lens. The Village’s collection of historic buildings includes a 1840s log home and Sylvania’s original 1850s train Depot. The 1915 Toledo and Western Train Engine along with the 1920s Wooden Caboose and original Sylvania Depot Building showcase the area’s rich railroad past that continues today. *The 1850s Lathrop House, the only Underground Railroad site in northwest Ohio, remains closed due to the pandemic; stayed tuned for reopening dates on social media.
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
Open April 1-October 31, 2021
Stroll through fragrant and colorful 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. NEW at Schedel is the world’s largest collection of 19th century lithophones on display in the historic 1881 manor house. Lithophanes are intricate carvings made of porcelain. In its natural state, the lithophane looks like nothing more than a white plaster etching, but once backlit, the amazing detail comes to life.
Sundance Kid Drive-In Theatre
Open first weekend in April
Spend an evening under the stars at the Sundance Kid Drive-In located on Navarre Avenue across from Pearson Park. This 50's style drive-in movie theater has all the nostalgia featuring two first-run movies on two screens nightly April through October. The concession stand offers freshly popped popcorn, grilled burgers and hot dogs, made-to-order pizza, nachos, ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cakes and much more.
Toledo Police Museum
Now open for the season on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located in Toledo’s beautiful and historic Ottawa Park, the Toledo Police Museum offers visitors a chance to get hands-on with the history of the Toledo Police Department. Get locked-up (temporarily) in a jail cell, have your mug shot taken by the original Toledo Police Department’s 1920s-era booking camera, or peek inside a replica 1948 police wagon. For private tours or field trips, call 419-720-2485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
Open May through October
Step back in time at the Canal Experience, located in Providence Metropark, to get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Experience the Isaac Ludwig Mill and board the canal boat, The Volunteer, to see what life on the Miami and Erie Canal would have been like. Open Friday through Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Group reservations for tours of the Isaac Ludwig Mill welcome.
Cedar Point opens on May 14. Cedar Point Shores Waterpark opens on May 29
Celebrate 150 years of Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. From 18 world-class roller coasters to three areas filled with rides and attractions for kids and families, Cedar Point is your ultimate destination for fun. After a day on the rides, cool down at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark featuring 18 acres of splish-splashin' family fun. Dates, hours and prices are subject to change without notice. Please visit the website prior to planning your visit.
Maritime Museum of Sandusky
Museum opens May 1
Dive into the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, where you'll have a boatload of fun discovering the rich maritime history of the Sandusky Bay area. Travel back in time to the old days of passenger boats, commercial fishing and ice harvesting on Lake Erie. Learn about boat-building, Ohio's wetlands, shipwrecks, and Sandusky's role in the Underground Railroad. When you're finished exploring the museum, stop by and check out the gift shop.
National Museum of the Great Lakes
The Museum is open year round; the Museum Ship and Tug Reopen May 1
With more than 250 artifacts, hundreds of historical photographs and 40+ hands-on exhibits, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is a Toledo treasure that tells the incredible history of the Great Lakes. Once the weather warms, the two museum ships are available for visitors to tour: the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio. Both are included with full admission price to the Museum. Click here to learn more about these remarkable vessels.
Perrysburg Farmers Market
Reopens in May
Shop for locally grown and produced annuals, perennials, herbs, baked goods, garden art, prepared foods, fruits, vegetables and unique gifts since 1998 in historic downtown Perrysburg. This outdoor market takes place each Thursday May through September and is open rain or shine.
Historic Sauder Village’s opening day is May 6
Take a step back in time at Ohio’s largest living-history village that captures Ohio life from 1803 to 1928. Explore more than 40 historic homes and shops, meet farm animals and visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen. The new 1920s Main Street includes Fire Station #1, Wiederkehr Clothing, Hub Grocery Store and a theater. Guests will also enjoy exploring the new soda fountain/pharmacy, Main Street Confections and The Broken Barrel Speakeasy (open for special events/experiences only). Highlights open year-round include the Barn Restaurant, Doughbox Bakery, Retail Shops, Sauder Heritage Inn and Founders Hall.
Snook’s Dream Cars
Museum reopens June 10
Automobile history comes alive in this 1940s-style Texaco service station. The car collection features models from the 1930s to the 1960s including coupes, convertibles, sedans, roadsters and race cars, made by Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Packard, Kaiser, Willys, Jaguar, Triumph, MG, and Alfa Romeo displayed in period scenes. Memorabilia collection includes model cars, toy cars, die-cast banks, signs, advertising items, oil cans, period auto accessories, coin-operated machines and games, pedal cars, a kiddie ride and much more.
Toledo Mud Hens
Toledo Farmers Market
Outdoor market open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May-November
One of the longest running farmers market in the country where, in addition to a great variety of in-season produce, you will find fresh ground coffee, baked goods, herbs, and artists selling jewelry, candles, soaps and other handcrafted items. In June, look for asparagus, peas, snap beans, rhubarb and strawberries. The supplemental Westgate Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday, May through October, from 3 to 7 p.m. and is located in the parking lot of Westgate Shopping Center on Central Avenue across from Costco.
Toledo Mud Hens
Season begins May 4
Cheer on the world-famous Toledo Mud Hens – the Triple-A affiliate of the historical major league Detroit Tigers – at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens will open their 2021 season on May 4 versus the Nashville Sounds in a six-game series at Fifth Third Field and have been approved to open at 30 percent capacity, meaning up to 4,000 fans will be permitted for all home games. The best way to guarantee 2021 Mud Hens tickets is a Flock Membership. Fans can also join the 2021 ticket wait list and will be notified of ticket availability before they are released to the public. Single game tickets are available in limited quantities for limited dates only. To receive an alert when single game tickets get released throughout the season, text 'BASEBALL' to 1-833-585-1404.
Season begins with School Bus Figure 8 on May 16
Toledo Speedway has long been known for being one of the best short tracks in the country with its ½ mile semi banked oval and ¼ mile figure eight in the middle. Racing season begins with practice day on May 12, followed by the first event of the season on May 16, featuring the popular School Bus Figure 8 with former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader behind the wheel of a school bus. Check out the entire season schedule here.