Toledo, Ohio, not to be confused with the township that has the same name in Kansas, or the city in Spain, is the fourth most densely populated city in the state. Toledo was originally part of Michigan until the end of the nonviolent Toledo War, where it was handed over to Ohio. Today, many love to travel to Toledo, a city mentioned in popular songs and a popular place to visit.
Toledo travel is never dull! The Maumee River runs through the downtown area of Toledo and features several bike trails lined with a variety of outdoor restaurants. You can also learn about the history of Toledo (and the Ohio-Michigan dispute) on the Wabash Cannonball Trail, where the railroad once stood.
Things Not to Miss in Toledo
• The Toledo Museum of Art was founded more than 100 years ago. The space holds approximately 30,000 works of art. Get lost in the four and a half acre building where you’ll find everything from medieval art to sculpture to modern art.
• The Canal Experience offers visitors a chance to experience what life was like on the Erie and Miami Canal in 1876. Take a look at the Issac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill, and The Volunteer, a mule-drawn canal boat.
• Visit the Toledo Zoo where you’ll be transported to the tropical rainforest, the Arctic tundra and the African wild all in one day. Visitors will encounter elephants, bald eagles, monkeys and more.
When to Go to Toledo
When planning a visit to Toledo, the weather is an important consideration. December through March is chilly, with lows close to 20 degrees. April through October sees highs up to 87 and lows in the 50s. Special events happen throughout the year, so be sure to check the city’s calendar before planning your trip to Toledo.
If you find yourself in Toledo in November or December, be sure to visit the Toledo zoo where decorations are set up for the winter holidays. An ice rink is set up, and skates can be rented at three dollars per person. The Lights Before Christmas show is shortly followed by a New Year’s Eve celebration on the 31st of December at noon.