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Toledo, OH Area Attractions

Attractions in Downtown Toledo
Attractions Within 20 Minutes of Downtown Toledo

Attractions Within a Two-Hour Drive of Toledo

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Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship (formerly Willis B. Boyer)
26 Main St • 419.936.3070 •
Upon her launching in 1911, the Schoonmaker was proclaimed to be the “World’s Largest Bulk Freighter.” Since 1987, the freighter has served as a floating museum and testament to the area’s rich maritime heritage.

Downtown Sculpture
Toledo was the first city in Ohio to adopt a One-Percent-for-Art program, and the 1977 ordinance served as a model for the state’s program. For information on Toledo’s public art, visit the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s website at

Erie Street Market
South Erie St •
Located in downtown Toledo’s historic Warehouse District, the Erie Street Market contains an antique mall and the famous Libby Glass Outlet. Saturday mornings bring area vendors to the extensive outdoor farmers market.

Huntington Center

500 Jefferson Ave • 419.321.5007 •
Toledo’s new $105,000,000, state-of-the-art, 8,000-seat arena is located in downtown. It’s one of the nation’s first LEED-certified professional sports arenas. In addition to hosting concerts, it is home to the Toledo Walleye hockey team and several public art sculptures. Check their website for the 2012 schedule of events.

Imagination Station
Corner of Summit and Adams • 419.244.2674 •
This science center will immerse visitors of every age in a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational.

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
325 Michigan St • 419.259.5200 •
The beautiful Art Deco building houses several 1939 Vitrolite glass murals in the lobby and in the second-floor children’s areas. There’s also a Dale Chihuly installation from 2001.

Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field
406 Washington St • 419.725.4367 •
The Mud Hens are one of minor league baseball’s oldest teams. Catch a game in their state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown or simply walk the perimeter to view the knothole gang bronze called Who’s Up, the classic reach called I Got It, and the Home Plate front gates. The Mud Hens will be in town during the conference.

Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St • 419.242. 2787 •
This 116-year-old theater underwent a $28,000,000 renovation about 13 years ago and has played an active role in Toledo’s art scene since then. Of special interest is the lobby’s wonderful mural by local artist Paul Geiger on the history of theater in Toledo. The theater is screening the film The Magnificent Seven on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 pm ($5 admission, $2 popcorn, $3 draft beer, full bar).

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Blair Museum of Lithopanes: Captured in Porcelain
Toledo Botanical Garden • 5403 Elmer Dr •
Popular in Europe in the mid-19th Century, lithopanes are porcelain castings that seem only to be bumpy surfaces forming a vague picture—until the ambient light is extinguished and back-lighting reveals a three-dimensional picture. The Blair Museum of Lithophanes has the largest collection of these unique porcelain pictures in the world. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. June 16 - 17, 1 pm - 4 pm.

Fort Meigs

Perrysburg, OH • 419.874.4121/800.283.8916 •
Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 battlefield, brings history with its reconstructed fort and museum. Check the website for a detailed history, maps, and links.

Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr • 419-536-5566 • •
This 60-acre center is home to both art and horticulture. Resident organizations include a hotshop and the Blair Museum of Lithophanes (backlit porcelain castings), whose 2,300-piece lithophane collection is one of the most extensive in the world. The TBG’s grounds also feature part of the City of Toledo’s Sculpture Collection.

Toledo Metroparks
The Toledo area contains an award-winning system of unique parks. Each park is unique, so choose a great one from the Metroparks website, which lists many of them. There’s something for everyone!

The Toledo Zoo
Anthony Wayne Trail and Hippo Way • 419.385.4040 •
The Toledo Zoo, located in the historic South End neighborhood, is one of the 10 best in the country. With 9,000 animals representing over 800 species, this zoo attracts over a million visitors a year to experience the wonders of nature, stroll the beautiful grounds, and explore the historic WPA-era buildings. Highlights include the Hippoquarium, the Primate Forest, the African Savanna, the Artic Encounter, and a Children’s Zoo.

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Butterfly House
11455 Obee Rd, 
Whitehouse • 419.877.2733 •
Observe the life cycle of more than 1,000 butterflies species that occur naturally in the wild.

Cedar Point
One Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky •
Seventeen rollercoasters in one park, and that’s just a few of the rides at Cedar Point. Although it’s the second oldest amusement park in North America, Cedar Point has not stood still. Take, for example, the 1989 opening of its Magnum XL-200, the world’s first coaster to top the elusive 200-foot-tall threshold. Or the 1996 opening of the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the universe, the Mantis. Or the 2000 debut of the tallest (310 feet) and fastest (93 mph) “giga-coaster” on the planet, the Millennium Force. What’s new now? In 2011 they unveil their WindSeeker, a 30-story-tall swing ride.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit • 313.833.7900 •
The Detroit Institute of Art, one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a US museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s
world-renowned Detroit Industry Murals (1932 - 33), the DIA’s collection has been known for its quality, range, and depth. The mission of the DIA is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art. $8; $4 for GAS conference attendees with badge and ID.

The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn • 800.835.5237 • 313.982.6001 •
Five venues make up The Henry Ford, including the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. See the historic and contemporary machines, environments, and design that chronicle the 300-year evolution our country’s industry. Visit the Glass Shop in Liberty CraftWorks, where skilled artisans practice authentic period techniques. Your I.D. and GAS conference badge gets you buy-one-get-one-free admission to Greenfield Village; with Village admission, the musem is half-off. (Coupon Source Code: GC012. Offer valid
June 11 - 19, 2012.)

Metzger Marsh
419.424.5000 •
This 558-acre Lake Erie Marsh is a prime bird watching locality. It is located 13 miles east of Toledo: Bono Road provides access to the area from State Route 2, less than 1/2 mile east of Bono. (On the website listed above, click on Wildlife, then below: Wildlife Area Maps)

Michigan Glass Month
Current glass exhibitions are listed on this site.

Put-in-Bay Ohio on South Bass Island is the crown jewel of the Lake Erie islands, visited by more than 2 million people every year. Shopping, boating, perch and walleye fishing, and the nation’s third tallest monument, which honors Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the Battle of 1812. Transportation to Put-In-Bay is by ferry from Port Clinton.

Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH  • 800.590.9755 •
This village contains 80 acres of living history with authentically restored buildings and craftsmen dressed just like the settlers that first came to the Great Black Swamp 160 years ago. Glass artist Mark Matthews’ studio is located in the village.