Northwest Ohio is an odd place as far as the Buckeye state goes. Its borders Michigan, and Indiana, as well as having access to the ocean through Lake Erie. Toledo is one of the Crown Jewels of North Western Ohio and anyone who’s visited can tell you why.
The great lakes have played a pivotal role in the formation of the Midwestern United States as well as Canada, so it’s no wonder that some of the biggest cities in Ohio lay right on Lake Erie. Here are 5 interesting things that make Toledo a must see on your summer road trip this year.
National Museum of the Great Lakes
The NMGL is one of the largest Maritime Museums in the country. Located on the banks of the Maumee River of the east side of Toledo, it celebrates the natural and built heritage of the Great Lakes The museum grew out of the Great Lakes Historical Society, and for many years they operated a small museum in Vermillion Ohio. In 2014 they moved operations to Toledo in order to combine the Museum with the display of a historic lake freighter from the Second industrial Revolution. For those history buffs out there, The NMGL is a must see.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Established in 1995 The Maumee Bay Brewing Company has been serving up locally brewed refreshments out of the historic Oliver house. The selection of craft brewed beers runs the range from Light Ales, and Lagers, to Dark Porters and Stouts. Their best known brand is Toledo’s own Buckeye Beer but the Maumee Bay Brewing Company is always brewing up new and fun surprises in the brew house across from the main complex.
Toledo’s image as the Glass City in the United States began with the Toldeo Museum of Art’s Founding in 1901. The Glass Pavilion was initial based on a host of inventions across the glass industry – Bottles, Window Glass, Table Ware, Windshields, and even construction materials are represented here. Since the 1970’s the focus has been on works of Art in glass that have been judiciously added over the years. It’s one of the best representations of the medium in the country.
The Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and houses over 10,000 animals that cover 720 different species. The zoo was started in 1900 at the time of the Toledo boom as a city attraction. It all began with the donation of a woodchuck. At the end of the first year, the zoo held 39 different animals. Extensions like the outdoor amphitheater and different habitats like the Africa and Asia exhibits were added over the years. Now the Toledo Zoo is one of the premier wildlife habitats in the world.
Historic Old West End
The historic old west end is the oldest part of the City of Toledo. It forms a triangle roughly with Detroit Avenue on the west, The Museum area on the south, and Collingwood Boulevard to the east. To this day the Historic west end is one of the largest remaining collection of Victorian and Edwardian homes in the nations.
Toldeo has a wealth of things for the entire family to see. Check it out for yourself this summer. You won’t be disappointed.