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Spring Brings the Reawakening of Warm Weather Attractions

As warmer weather arrives, a variety of attractions are reopening with so much discover throughout the region!

Explore Japanese gardens, get up-close to exotic animals, or get hands-on with history at one of many Toledo area attractions reopening for the season. Destination Toledo is here to help make your travel plans easier by providing a slew of great suggestions for a spring break getaway in and around NW Ohio! 

Fort Meigs: Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

 

APRIL OPENINGS

African Safari Wildlife Park
Drive Thru open; Walk Thru Safari tentatively scheduled to open late April/early May 2022
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. From Alpaca to Zebra, you’ll see it all at the African Safari Wildlife Park. Next up, come walk in the wild and visit more exotic animals in the Walk-Thru Safari featuring the walk through exhibit, Aviary Adventure. Feed and meet over 400+ budgies in this interactive aviary.

Blair Museum of Lithophanes
Open April 1-October 31, 2022
Located at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens 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.

Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield
Reconstructed Fort and grounds open April 1-October 31, 2022
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. Historical interpreters, dressed in period clothing, are on hand to provide weapons demonstrations, discuss the history of the fort, and answer any questions. Explore the Museum & Education Center 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.

 

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens


The HandleBar Toledo
Open April 23-October 8, 2022
The HandleBar is Toledo's original pedal-powered bar bike, offering 2-hour tours of downtown Toledo. Bring your own bar and book one of our 4 bikes for tours or special occasions like corporate events, bachelorette parties birthdays or any celebration!

Heritage Sylvania
The Heritage Center Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays. The Lathrop House will be open on Sundays starting May 1, 2022
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 our rich railroad past that continues through to today. The 1850s Lathrop House is the only Underground Railroad site in northwest Ohio open to the public.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
Open April 1-October 31, 2022

Spring is the perfect time for a visit to Schedel Arboretum and Gardens. 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. Browse through the McAlear Gallery, located in the Brown Welcome Center, featuring exhibits showcasing the works of international, national and regional artists. Schedel is located in Elmore, Ohio, just a 30 minute drive southeast of Toledo.

Sundance Kid Drive-In Theatre
Open first weekend in April, 2022
Spend an evening under the stars at the Sundance Kid Drive-In located on Navarre Avenue across from Pearson Park. Our 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 will make your mouth water offering freshly popped popcorn, grilled burgers and hot dogs, 12" made-to-order pizza, nachos, ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cakes and much more.

Toledo Mud Hens
Mud Hens home opener is Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Come cheer on the world famous Toledo Mud Hens – the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers – at Fifth Third Field. Game days are fun for fans of all ages!

 

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

MAY OPENINGS

Canal Experience
Open May through October, 2022
Step back in time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country, including:
- The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
- The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
- More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
- Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
- Scenic Providence Dam, constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
- Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by
- Visit the Heritage Center to view The Volunteer and Lock 44 in action

Cedar Point
Open for the season on Saturday, May 7, 2022
Celebrate more than 150 years of Cedar Point Spend the day at Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. If adrenaline activities are what you crave, then Cedar Point won’t disappoint. Best of all – there are even more thrills than coasters just ready and waiting for thrill seekers who are brave enough to tackle them all! Your little ones will be overwhelmed with joy as they explore our three kids play areas, meet Snoopy and the PEANUTS and dream of growing above 48" to tackle the big coasters! Cool down at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark featuring 18 acres of splish-splashin' family fun!

J&M Cruise Lines
Public cruises run from May through October, 2022
Enjoy public and private boat rides on The Sandpiper and the new 65-foot Glass City Pearl that takes guests on a variety of cruises including trips to Put-in-Bay! Other transportation includes the Water Street Taxi + Tours with rides from Promenade Park to The Docks Restaurants, special events and private tours.

National Museum of the Great Lakes
SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker and Tug Ohio open May – October; Museum open year-round
The National Museum of the Great Lakes reveals the varied and fascinating history of our treasured Great Lakes, which make up 84% of all of the fresh water in North America. Come explore the history of the world's greatest natural resource—from canoes and schooners to early steamers and freighters—some of which ply the mighty Maumee River right next to the Museum. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is extraordinarily lucky to have two museum ships for visitors to tour. Both are included with full admission: the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio. 

 

Sauder Village


Sauder Village
Historic Sauder Village’s opening day is Wednesday, May 4, 2022
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, visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen and try unique hands-on activities for yourself. The most recent addition to the village’s attractions, 1920s Main Street, is part of the “walk through time” experience at Sauder Village. This one-of-a-kind project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. Highlights at Sauder Village that are open year-round include: Barn Restaurant, Doughbox BakeryRetail ShopsSauder Heritage Inn and Founders Hall.

Toledo Farmers Market
Open Saturdays for Spring/Summer Market Hours (May-Nov.): 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
One of the longest running farmers market in the country. In addition to a great variety of in season produce – in June look for asparagus, peas, snap beans, rhubarb and strawberries – you will find fresh ground coffee, baked goods, herbs, and artists selling jewelry, candles, soaps and other handcrafted items.

Westgate Farmers’ Market
Open every Wednesday, May through October, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Located in the parking lot of Westgate Shopping Center on Central Avenue across from Costco. Take I-475 to exit #17. Turn south and proceed to Central Ave. Turn right on Central Ave. you will see the market on the right-hand side of the road across from COSTCO.

 

Toledo Mud Hens