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577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St, Perrysburg, OH 
Founded by Virginia Secor Stranahan, The 577 Foundation is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the historic property. The Foundation, open to all, is an ecologically sensitive place that encourages personal enjoyment and creativity in education.  Property includes community gardens, a river walk, log cabin, a cow barn, carriage room and many more treasures. 
Cost: FREE 
Contact: 419-874-4174, 

Art Loop, Downtown/UpTown Toledo
Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo. The Art Loop takes place each third Thursday of the month April-December, 5:30-9pm.
Cost: $1.25 for bus wristband. 
*The Art Loop Hub takes place at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library (325 N. Michigan St). Parking is available in the Library garage (enter off Adams St) until 9:00 pm. Find convenient parking, Info Table, and hop on any bus from one location.

Boyd’s Retro Candy, 954 Phillips Ave., Toledo
A true old time candy store where you'll find candy from the late 1800's. Specializing in the 50's, 60's and 70's but satisfying candy lovers of every generation. Share a memory or make a memory with your children.
Cost: Great old-time candy at reasonable prices
Contact: 419-720-7387,

Canal Experience, 13827 U.S. 24, Grand Rapids, OH 
Characters in period attire welcome you aboard a mule-drawn canal boat in a scenic river town. Attractions include a working gristmill, limestone locks, scenic dam and original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath.
Cost$7 adults, $6 seniors (60 +) $4 children (3-12); ages 2 & under free.
Contact: 419-832-6004,

City of Toledo Parks
Visit the website to see the entire list of parks.
Contact: 419-936-2875

Fossil Park, 5705 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, OH
More than 200 prehistoric species include 375-million-year-old Devonian fossils. Three dig sites include an ADA-friendly dig site and ADA accessible ramp to the quarry bottom with concrete walkways.  Open mid-April to mid-November.   
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-882-8313,

Heritage Sylvania, 5717 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH
Your Bridge to the Past — Your Path to the Future! Heritage Sylvania is a multi-site history experience located in historic Sylvania, OH. Heritage Sylvania includes the Historical Village, The Cooke/Kuhlman Home and The Lathrop House, the only Underground Railroad site in Northwest Ohio open to the public 
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-517-5533,

Lunch at Levis Concert Series, 435 N. St. Clair St., Levis Square Park, at the corner of St. Clair St. and Madison 
Take an extra-long lunch, head downtown and eat at the food trucks, enjoy the weather, and listen to some great tunes. Concerts run every Thursday, June through September from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-249-5494,

The Manor House, Wildwood Preserve, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
The Georgian Colonial home is open for free tours and hosts a variety of cultural and historical events, including popular monthly Teas hosted by the Manor House Volunteers. With more than 30,000 total square feet, the Manor House is a one of a kind property used in part today as the headquarters for the Metroparks district.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-407-9700,

Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, OH
Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment. 
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-836-7758,

Metroparks Toledo
Offering fun adventure and discoveries for all ages and a variety of meeting rooms and open shelters can be found at these beautiful Metroparks.  The park system preserves many of the area’s most unique natural and historical features, from Ohio's only "moving" sand dunes to the 35-room Georgian colonial home of an auto baron. All Metroparks open daily 7 a.m. to dark year round.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-407-9700,

Old West End Walking Tour, From Collingwood Boulevard to Glenwood Avenue, W. Central Avenue and Monroe Street
Take a self-guided tour of a neighborhood that remains one of the best-kept secrets in the country. Twenty-five city blocks making up one of the largest collections of late Victorian houses left standing in the United States.  Frank Lloyd Wright studied this area in his planning of his Oak Park Project in Illinois. Pristine examples of Colonial. Georgian, Italian Renaissance, Queen Ann, Dutch Colonial, French Second Empire and Arts and Crafts homes fill our streets. 
Cost: FREE

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 OH-2, Oak Harbor, OH
Located in northwest Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Local: 419-898-0014, Toll free: 800-750-0750,

Ottawa Park Ice Rink, 2015 Parkside Dr., Toledo
Open mid-December through mid-March.
Cost: Admission is $4, and skate rental is $2
Contact: 419-245-3388,

Perrysburg Farmers’ Market, 105 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH
Visit the Perrysburg Market in historic downtown Perrysburg for locally grown and produced annuals, perennials, herbs, baked goods, garden art, prepared foods, fruit, vegetables and unique gifts.  Every Thursday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Mid-May through Mid-October.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-874-9147,

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo
This Plateresque (architectural style of 16th century Spain) cathedral features layers of paintings and frescoes of saints and angels that reach to the ceiling with a magnificent stained glass rose window and mosaic altars.  Call for group tours.
Cost: Donations welcome
Contact: Sister Mary Stephan, 419-244-9575,

Side Cut Explorer, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee, OH
Travel along the banks of the Maumee River and down the canal towpath. A naturalist highlights the scenery, as passengers relax in Metroparks wheelchair accessible, open-air trolley. Maximum 2 wheelchairs per trip. All other participants must be able to climb 3 steps.
Cost: $4.00; see website for dates
Contact: 419-407-9700,

Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo
Enrich your life with over 60 acres of serene landscapes and picturesque gardens alive with color and fragrance. Explore the Artists Village and outdoor sculpture collection and discover unique treasures at the Vintage Gardens Gallery gift shop.  Open year-round during daylight hours.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-536-5566,

Toledo Farmers' Market, 525 Market St., Toledo
Browse and visit with local farmers, bakers and craftsmen selling home-grown sweet corn, tomatoes, fruits and vegetables, homemade pies, colorful flowers and plants, fresh-dressed poultry and more.  Open year-round.
Cost: FREE entrance
Contact: 419-255-6765,

Toledo Firefighter’s Museum, 918 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
Tales of firefighting 150 years ago come alive in the midst of vintage pumpers, uniforms and equipment used by the city's first bucket brigade.  Open every Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m.  Also available weekdays or evenings by appointment. 
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-478-3473,

Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo
Visiting the newly renovated Main Library in downtown is a memorable experience. Includes children’s area, computers, free internet, organized activities, café and gift shop. Convenient, free parking garage (minimal fees for longer stays). 
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-259-5200,

Toledo Museum of Art Family Center, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo
Free, fun, and open to everyone! The TMA Family Center, located in the education wing near the Plough entrance, is the perfect place for our youngest Museum visitors to make and take memories with their parents and caregivers. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids ages 1-10 (and even grown-ups!)
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-255-8000,

Toledo Museum of Art & Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo
Discover 30,000 masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper and more.  Make sure to see the Toledo Museum of Art’s world-famous collection of glass art and the beautifully designed Glass Pavilion, where daily glassblowing demonstration take place. Closed Mondays.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419.255.8000,

Toledo Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Tour, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo
Over nearly a century, the Toledo Museum of Art campus has grown from a single building to an architecturally significant campus that is a highlight of the city. With six buildings on 32 acres, our campus offers Neoclassical, Art Deco, and Postmodern architecture, as well as green space and a sculpture garden, all surrounded by the celebrated Victorian homes of Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-255-8000,

Toledo Police Museum, 2201 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo
Visitors to the museum are able to follow a timeline of the history of the Toledo Police Department, view a collection of historical artifacts and participate in interactive exhibits, which include entering a mock jail cell and having a mug shot photo taken from a 1920’s era booking camera. Hours of operation are Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-720-2485,

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Lucas County residents with valid ID are admitted for free every Monday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (except Monday holidays or Mondays when the Zoo is closed). To get the free Monday admission, Lucas County residents need to check in at the admission booths and receive a ticket for early entry before 12 p.m.
Contact: 419-385-5721,

University Parks Trail (Bike Trail), Toledo to Sylvania Township
The six-mile trail stretches from the University of Toledo campus to King Road in Sylvania Township. It offers a lush greenway through woodland, passing meadows and wetlands. The level, paved path is suitable for joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters, and can easily accommodate wheelchairs.
University of Toledo campus to King Road in Sylvania Township
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-407-9700,

Wabash Cannonball Trail (Bike Trail), Access at Oak Openings Metropark
Northwest Ohio's premier rails-to-trails project is also one of the longest in the state, stretching 64 miles through four counties and Oak Openings, Ohio's most unique natural area.
Cost: FREE
Contact: 419-407-9700,