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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 now open for the season. We're here to help you out by providing a slew of great suggestions for a spring break getaway the Toledo region!

Fort Meigs: Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

African Safari Wildlife Park
Drive-thru Safari reopened for the season on Friday, March 26, 2021
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. Set to open in May, weather permitting, visit with the animals in a zoo setting, which features the NEW walk through exhibit, Aviary Adventure. Feed and meet over 400+ budgies in this interactive aviary. Don’t forget to take a spin on a camel – open to adults and children. The pay-one-price admission includes the drive-thru safari and safari junction walk-thru. Don’t miss the gift shop and check the website for opening dates for EdZOOcational Animal Programs, the HogWILD Experience and more. Your kids won’t want to leave!

Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield
Reconstructed Fort and grounds open April 1-October 31, 2021
Starting April 1, 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. Come discover a part of Ohio history you never knew was here. Visitors center, museum and gift shop are open year-round.

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village reopens to the public on Saturday, 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. The Rides at Greenfield Village will transport you to another time in style! Whether you want to 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, get ready to discover all the wonderful, historic rides on your next visit. Note: You’ll want to make a return visit to the must see attractions, The Henry Ford and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

Sauder Village

Heritage Sylvania
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 our rich railroad past that continues through to today. From adult tours to student programs, to exhibits and hands on experiences, visitors of all ages will connect the present to the past. *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.

Sauder Village
Historic Sauder Village’s opening day is Thursday, May 6, 2021
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. At this permanent addition to Sauder Village, guests can see how people worked and spent their hard-earned leisure time during the 1920s. Shops on the west side of Main Street include 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 at Sauder Village that are open year-round include: Barn Restaurant, Doughbox BakeryRetail ShopsSauder Heritage Inn and Founders Hall.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
Open April 1-October 31, 2021
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. In its natural state, the lithophane looks like nothing more than a white plaster etching, but once backlit, the amazing detail comes to life. 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. You must see it to believe the natural and awe-inspiring beauty!  

Toledo Police Museum
The Museum opened for the season Saturday, March 13, 2021; open 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 1920s era booking camera, or peek inside a replica 1948 police wagon. Experience plenty of interactive displays including a crime-solving 1980’s Fingerprint Comparator used to compare a latent fingerprint to a known sample, along with a timeline highlighting the complete history of the department from its humble beginnings to present day. The Museum also has many permanent exhibits and several rotating exhibits that will feature different sections of the department or officers who served our community. For private tours or field trips, call 419-720-2485 or email toledopolicemuseum@gmail.com.