Reader feedback: Toledo, Ohio

Reader feedback: Toledo, Ohio

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Since: Aug 07

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 10, 2007
Have your own suggestions for visiting Toledo, Ohio? Share your tips with other readers.

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 27, 2007
Whenever I have to go to Toledo I can't wait to leave. If you are going to drive 3 hours go to Madison, WI not Toledo,OH.

Streetsboro, OH

#3 Dec 27, 2007
Other options depending on the time of year might include one of the islands in Lake Erie and charter boat fishing.

Hinsdale, IL

#4 Dec 27, 2007
How did you miss Tony Packo's restaurants? Hungarian-American cuisine at its best. Several locations throughout the Toledo area including the original at 1902 Front Street.

Another treasure is the Toledo Botanical Gardens. I might be prejudiced on this one as much of the gardens is located on my ancestor's homestead on the west edge of the city. In fact, my great-grandfather's farm house on Bancroft Street has been preserved as part of the gardens.

Maumee, OH

#6 Dec 27, 2007
As Randy mentioned, the Metroparks are something to see. There are many of them, and of all varieties, for woodland, to prarie, to sand dunes. The Oak Openings park has all 3, as well as a small lake. Wildwood is the former estate of R.A. Stranahan of Champion Spark Plug Company. Sits on over 400 acres just to the west of the city limits and is nature at its best. The City of Toledo also includes an extensive park system separate from the Metroparks with everything from little "pocket" parks to large 200+ acres at Ottawa Park, which includes a river, ball parks, an outdoor amphitheater, and the oldest public golf course west of New York City.
When planning a trip to the Toledo Zoo mentioned in the article, consider a trip in December for the Lights Before Christmas, running through New Years...incredible 1 million + light displays throughout the grounds, including a spruce on the east side of the grounds covered with hundreds of thousands of LED lights (bigger than Rockefeller Center's).

Chicago, IL

#8 Dec 27, 2007
The booming metropolis of Toledo, OH is located in Northwest Ohio, about an hour south of Detroit, and an hour's drive west of the Ohio-Indiana state line. Its at the intersection of I-75 and I-80/90.

United States

#9 Dec 27, 2007
Tne original Tony Packo's is a favorite. Excellent downtown Farmers Market and Fort Meigs (war of 1812) on the banks of the Maumee in nearby Perrysburg are worth a visit.


#10 Dec 28, 2007
The Toledo Lighthouse is located about five miles out in Lake Erie/Maumee Bay on a crib. The 4000 square foot structure is architecturally unique with Romanesque design, buff brick and a steel roof(built like the upside down hull of a ship). The lighthouse stands 64' high - is three stories in the living part and three additional stories up to the tower. Ther is also an annex. The Toledo light marks the entrance of the Toledo shipping channel from Lake Erie to Maumee Bay and then the Maumee River. The West Erie and Maumee waters are the most biologically productive in the Great Lakes. Walleye, yellow perch and bass fishing are awesome.
Charlie O

Toledo, OH

#11 Dec 28, 2007
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is rated one of the top 10 Libraries in the nation for 2007..

Springfield, IL

#12 Dec 28, 2007
Tony Packo's is a must. It's a vibrant place on a Friday or Saturday night with the Dixieland Jazz Band playing and really good food...

The park system in Toledo and the surrounding towns are fabulous. There is history as well as nice green space. There are nature preserves and traditional parks, some along the Maumee River, along Lake Erie, creeks running through, and some with old mansions for exploring. Toledo Botanical Garden is beautiful and has an annual art fair. Side Cut Park in Maumee has remnants of historic locks. Fort Meigs in Perrysburg is a rebuilt War of 1812 battlefield...

It is a fun destination. If you want a little more of the "thrill" type of thing, Cedar Point, one of the best rollercoaster parks in the country is only one more hour east....

Holy Toledo!

Chicago, IL

#13 Dec 28, 2007
Any visit to Toledo should include a walk through the main campus of The University of Toledo. It's one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the country.

Since: Jan 08

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 2, 2008
In addition to the Docks and Tony Packo's, give Mancy's and Mancy's Italian a try for a steak outside of the Windy City.
Don S

Oak Harbor, OH

#15 Jan 3, 2008
A "don't miss" area of Toledo is the Historic Old West End which is said to be the largest neighborhood of restored Victorian, Edwardian and Arts & Crafts homes east of the Mississippi. Home tours are the first weekend in June and the first Sunday in December. Check online for exact dates and times. Links can be found at
Patricia Foley

Perrysburg, OH

#16 Jan 3, 2008
Chicago Tribune Moderator wrote:
Have your own suggestions for visiting Toledo, Ohio? Share your tips with other readers.
The Toledo Botanical Garden is fun to visit in nice weather. A village populated by various art groups, pottery, glassbloweing, painting etc. with gallerys and working artists demonstrating their crafts and numerous beautiful gardens and a small lake that make walking a pleasure.

The Toledo Lucas County Main Library in Downtown Toledo is beautiful with large art glass panels from the 1920's displayed on the walls in the main entrance and a wonderful children's department that alone is worth a stop. Go to the roof for a view of the city.

Historic St. Patrick's Church on the edge of downtown is beautifully restored inside and out. The 103 year old church was built by the Irish Catholics in the city and is almost like a cathedral. The floors are mosiac tile set in the shape of shamrocks. The stained glass windows and the frescos on the walls are breathtaking.

Toledo is a community of friendly people who will welcome you.

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 10, 2008
Put-in-Bay is the Great Lakes Key West and Cedar Point is annually rated the best amusement park. Both are only an hour east of Toledo.

Archbold, OH

#18 Mar 13, 2008
On the way from Chicago to Toledo on the Ohio Turnpike, take Exit 25 to Archbold, Ohio. We have Sauder Village, a living historical village and museum. . There's also a beautiful hotel called the Sauder Heritage Inn, The Barn Restaurant, The Doughbox Bakery, and the Sauder Outlet Store, feating Sauder Woodworking furniture. Sauder Woodworking started and is based in Archbold. South of town is Oberhaus Cars and Collectibles, if you're into antique cars. There's Al-Meda Chocolates, the best chocolates around, and Homestead Ice Cream. Discover Archbold!
Len Francis Monahan

Mariposa, CA

#21 May 4, 2008
Len Francis Monahan was born and raised in Toledo Ohio.
Read "A Unique American Artist Shares His Musical Journey"
Listen to "Songs of Len Francis Monahan"

Toledo, OH

#23 Aug 4, 2008
Do not waste time and money. This place is depressing. If you like to see boarded up buildings, and eat tasteless food, then this is the place for you. Whoever, wrote this piece on Toledo is obviously getting paid from someone.

Columbus, OH

#24 Jun 22, 2009
Toledo is a great palce to visit. The Top ranked zoo and art museum. Packo's and metro parks and gardens. Maumee Bay State Park. Great ethnic foods!Enjoy!!

Tijuana, Mexico

#25 Jul 24, 2009
What is it like living in Toledo, Ohio? Any suggestions or personal stories...
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