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It feels as though summer always flies by as “back-to-school” signs start making their annual appearance at Target…in July.

But alas, we must hang on to the joys of the season by enjoying as many summery dates while the weather still allows. It’s time to recruit a babysitter, slap on some sunscreen, and enjoy these summery activities as a couple to maximize the rest of your summer together!

Go to a Drive-In Movie

Going to the movies is always a fun and carefree date idea, but it may feel counterproductive to spend a sunny day inside a theater. Get the best of both the outdoors and a thrilling theater experience with a visit to Sundance Kid Drive-In in Oregon. And don’t be deceived by the name; while kids will certainly be there, this drive-in is for the kids at heart as well!

Sundance Kid Drive-In

Photo courtesy of Sundance Kid Drive-In

This nostalgic ‘50s-style drive-in plays two movies back-to-back on two giant screens in their space across from Pearson Park. Adult tickets cost just $9 — for two movies! Throughout the summer, Sundance Kid Drive-In is open daily. Check out their show times to plan out your fun date night!

Sip on Regional Wines at a Winery

While wine tastes good all year long, it tends to be a little more refreshing during the summer. Sip, sample and savor regional wines with your wine-tasting partner at one of the following wineries close by.

Head to Majestic Oak Winery in Grand Rapids for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. Sample their exceptional wines on the outdoor picnic tables while you watch the sun set over the vineyard.

Travel south to Helena’s Chateau Tebeau Vineyard & Winery to escape it all at this 36-acre plot of land filled with lush wine grapes!

After several years in the wine-making business, Knotty Vines Farm & Winery has perfected the art, producing magnificent wines — including an experimental blueberry wine!

Toledo Wineries

Photos courtesy of Chateau Tebeau Vineyard & WineryKnotty Vines Farm & Winery and Majestic Oak Winery

Cheer on the Mud Hens

A quintessential summertime date idea is a trip to the ballpark. It’s simple — check out the Mud Hens schedule, grab two tickets to a game, and head to the park hand-in-hand with your date! The rest is up to you, as you peruse their tempting selection of enormous beers, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.

You better act quickly, as their last two home games are happening on Labor Day weekend!

Toledo Mudhens

Photo courtesy of Toledo Mud Hens

Enjoy the Outdoors at Maumee Bay State Park

One of the best summertime activities for active couples in the Toledo area is a trip to Maumee Bay State Park to enjoy all of the exciting activities therein. Pack your fishing gear for a relaxing fishing trip, your clubs for a round of golf, a homemade picnic setup for a romantic meal in a natural setting, your hiking shoes for an outdoor adventure, or your boat for a leisurely ride through the waters of Lake Erie. Whatever you bring, you’re bound to have a blast with your adventure buddy!

Toledo Date Night Ideas

Visit a Local Craft Brewery

If you find yourself picking up a six-pack of macro beer for get-togethers or reverting to the cheaper brew options at restaurants, it’s time to branch out! Visit one of our favorite craft breweries in the area to taste the creative batches of craft beer made right here in our neighborhood.

Maumee Brewing Co. - Toledo, OH

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

While any of our eight favorite breweries would make an excellent date night destination, might we point you in the direction of Maumee Bay Brewing Company? This incredible brewery operates out of the historic Oliver House, creating exciting surprises in their brew house just across the street. Get outside by enjoying a meal at The Café, featuring a secluded courtyard patio, where you can enjoy a fresh salad, soup or sandwich in this intimate and relaxing atmosphere.

Take a Hike

Get moving and enjoy nature simultaneously with a hike through one of Toledo’s amazing metroparks. Their lineup of trails is impressive, ranging in difficulty, terrain and location throughout the region. But one thing remains the same — each trail’s ability to spark meaningful conversation, refresh your relationship, and help you experience summertime in the city to the fullest.

Towpath Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Take a look at some of our favorite hikes in the area! We especially love Towpath Trail starting at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, which provides exceptional views along the Maumee River through a tunnel of trees.

Take in the Natural Beauty of Toledo Botanical Garden

Another less strenuous way to take in the natural beauty of this area during the summer is with a visit to Toledo Botanical Garden. This free public garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admire the varying plant species and varieties on over 60 acres filled with display gardens and relevant plant collections. It doesn’t matter if you’ve visited the gardens before, as the displays are constantly changing and growing!

Toledo Botanic Gardens

Photo courtesy of Toledo Botanical Garden

Take in the Sights (and Sounds!) at the Zoo

You most likely know you can walk through the Toledo Zoo with your loved one to experience the many exciting sights and animal activity that the zoo has to offer. But you may not be aware of the events — particularly concerts — happening at the zoo’s outdoor amphitheater throughout the summer. Explore the zoo as a couple during the day and grab two seats at a concert coming up in the near future. Attending an outdoor concert is one of the best ways to take in warm summer nights with friends and family — and in this case, your favorite concert partner!

The Toledo Zoo

Photos courtesy of Alex Goetz/The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Looking for year-round date ideas in the Toledo area?

There’s always something for you and your sweetheart to do in the area — no matter the weather.


It’s summertime and the living is easy. It also happens to be the time of the year that ice cream tastes a little sweeter. But let’s be honest, ice cream tastes amazing no matter what the weather looks like outside.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ice cream shops in the area, to set aside for your next sweet treat craving — which may occur by the time you’re done reading this…


1. Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles

Charlies Ice Cream

Photos Courtesy of Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles

Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles has been a Sylvania favorite since Charlie Nyitray opened the shop’s doors in 1984. Charlie’s is known for their incredible burgers, curly fries, and their signature homemade ice cream. This is a one-stop shop if you’re looking for a meal and the perfect dessert to top it off!


2. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt

Just like George Frideric Handel was a master of composing music, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt is a master of creating ice cream. Handel’s creates their fresh, smooth and creamy ice cream on site every day, vowing to never skimp on piling on the toppings. With two locations in Toledo — and all over the country — this has been a popular destination for exceptional ice cream since 1945.


3. Jacky’s Depot

Jacky's Depot Ice Cream

Photo Courtesy of Jacky’s Depot

Jacky’s Depot was originally founded in 1986 by Jacky and Marty Pauken in the old Inter-Urban Railroad Station in historic uptown Maumee. It has been a Northwest Ohio staple ever since, serving homemade, gourmet ice cream with over 50 unique flavors. Jacky’s also serves Fresh Pops, which are gourmet ice pops made with fresh fruit and organic cane sugar, in addition to flurries, shakes, slushes, sundaes, and more! There’s something to satisfy each person in your party at Jacky’s.


4. Lickity Split

Step back in time to your favorite ‘50s ice cream parlor with a sweet treat from Lickity Split. This is a summer favorite in the community, as nearby residents make this quaint shop a necessary stop on their afternoon walk. They have indoor seating available during scorching days, but many like to enjoy the sun with their cone, cup, or sundae on their outdoor seating area!


5. Mr. G’s Barn

Mr. G's Barn Ice Cream

Photos Courtesy of Mr. G’s Barn

Mr. G’s Barn serves some of the best soft serve ice cream in town, operating out of an actual barn. While the quality of their ice cream is high, all of their ice cream is low-fat with extremely low price points. They also serve incredible chili dogs and chicken sandwiches!


6. Netty’s

With four locations in Toledo and one in Holland, Netty’s is a well-loved Northwest Ohio tradition, serving ice cream and chili dogs to the community since 1978. Order one of their famous chili dogs and your ice cream of choice, and escape the sun on the shaded outdoor picnic table area. This seasonal business is only open between March and October, so make sure you stop by while there’s still time!


7. Pa Jolly’s

Pa Jolly's Ice Cream

Photos Courtesy of Pa Jolly’s

Pa Jolly’s is another local shop serving up an exceptional selection of chili dogs and ice cream in town! Their bright orange building will draw your attention and their delicious ice cream and sundaes will keep you coming back again and again.


8. Rachel’s Handmade Ice Cream

Rachel’s Handmade Ice Cream serves exceptional ice cream handmade in small batches at Bleak House Coffee, using USDA organic dairy and other natural ingredients. Stop by this adorable coffee/ice cream shop to sample three traditional flavors and seasonal flavors that rotate every few weeks!


9. Scoop’s Soft Serve

Scoops Soft Serve

Photos Courtesy of Scoop’s Soft Serve

The next time you’re spending the day in Temperance, Michigan, make Scoop’s Soft Serve a part of your itinerary. During the summer, this is a Township community staple packed with people enjoying their sundaes, ice cream cones or cups, and hot dogs in the sun.


10. Shivers Ice Cream

Shivers Ice Cream is another ice cream parlor offering a laid-back, nostalgic feeling. Toledoans flock to Shivers in the summer for sundaes, smoothies, hot dogs, BBQ beef sandwiches, polish sausages, shortcakes, pretzels, and over 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream!


11. Tony’s Cones & Coneys

Tony's Cones Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Tony’s Cones & Coneys

Tony’s Cones & Coneys is fairly new to the ice cream scene in Toledo, as they opened their doors in 2011, but they have a deep dedication to serving exceptional ice cream to the community they love. Stop by for a cone or cup and say hi to these friendly folks!

Happy Ice Cream Hunting, Toledo!

Who did we miss? We’d love to know who’s dishing up your favorite ice cream in town.


If you’re one of those people who plan your eating schedule or social time around local happy hours, you already know how awesome (and financially valuable!) they are. Or maybe you don’t have a good idea of when and where to go when you’re after inexpensive cocktails and discounted small plates.

Thankfully, we’re here to help! We’ve gathered just a few of our favorite happy hours around town to make your happy hour even happier. That way, you can spend your valuable time deciding which beer to get instead of figuring out where to go!


Bar Louie

Monday–Friday 4–7 p.m.

$3.25 Beers, $4.25 Wines, $5.25 Martinis and Half-Off Appetizers*


*Half-off appetizers include quesadillas, spinach & artichoke dip, boneless wings, crispy calamari, verde chicken flatbread, Italian beef flatbread, Buffalo chicken flatbread, and a roasted vegetable flatbread.

$1 Burger Tuesdays — 5 p.m. to close, just add 25 to 50 cents per additional topping

$1 Beer Wednesdays — 5 p.m. to close, only for select beers

Bar Louie is a happening drink destination with locations in over half of the U.S. states, all of which present exceptional cocktails handcrafted with care. Visit their expert mixologists every weekday from 4–7 p.m. to grab a great deal on these drinks, plus the perfect appetizer to munch on!

Bar Louie Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Bar Louie


Bravo Cucina Italiana

Weekdays from 3:30–6:30 p.m. (in the bar only)

$5 on a Selection of Specialty Cocktails


Bravo Cucina Italiana is another well-known chain with a local presence at Toledo’s Franklin Park Mall. Enjoy their authentic Italian menu featuring classic Italian favorites, paired with a drink special available every weekday from 3:30–6:30 p.m. from their bar menu — only when sitting in the bar! Some of the more popular specialty cocktails available during Bravo Cucina’s happy hour include their Milano Martini, Italian Lemonade, Strawberry Basil Smash, and Lemontini. Enjoy $5 martinis each Wednesday from 4 p.m. to close, and shake up your Thursdays with $5 wine pours in the bar!


Ciao! Ristorante

Sunday–Thursday Open–9 p.m. (in the bar area only)

$4.95 Select Appetizers, $5.95 Select Pizzas, and Drink Specials*

Happy Hour Menu


*Drink Specials Include:

$4.95 6-ounce select red and white wines by the glass, $2.25 select domestic bottled beer, and $5.95 house martinis and Manhattans

Ciao! Ristorante is a locally owned and operated restaurant serving up exceptional Tuscan dishes made with only the finest seasonal ingredients and fresh herbs from their very own herb garden. Take advantage of reasonably priced appetizers, pizzas, and drink specials every Sunday through Thursday from open to 9 p.m.

Ciao Ristorante

Photos Courtesy of Ciao! Ristorante


Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant

Monday–Thursday 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close, and Friday 4–7 p.m.

$4 Import and Craft Drafts, $3 Domestic Drafts, $4 Margaritas and Half-Off Appetizers $9.99 and Below


Claddagh Irish Pub is one of the best places in the area for dining and drinking. Their menu focuses on many traditional Irish specials and they have an impressive selection of Irish beers and whiskeys. On Mondays through Thursdays from 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, and on Fridays from 4–7 p.m., take advantage of their quality drink selection by scoring some great happy hour deals. If you stop by on a Monday, enjoy BOGO fish and chips with the purchase of two beverages!


Real Seafood Company

Sunday–Thursday 4 p.m.–Close (in the lounge area only)

Great Prices on Select Food and Drinks

Happy Hour Food Menu

Happy Hour Drink Menu


Real Seafood Company has one of the best outdoor patios in town, boasting incredible views of the Maumee River. This contemporary seafood restaurant has a killer happy hour menu available in the lounge area Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to close!

Real Seafood Co Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Real Seafood Company


Revolution Grille

Tuesday–Sunday 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close (high-tops and bar seating only)

$7 Cocktails, Snacks and Glasses of Wine, $3 Jackie-O’s Cans, and $5 Flatbreads and Burgers

Happy Hour Menu


Revolution Grille offers a new take on American cuisine, sourcing local ingredients and natural products. Their extensive wine list and craft cocktail options are the talk of the town, both of which you can get for just $7 during their happy hour between Tuesday and Sunday from 4–6 p.m.!


Tea Tree Asian Bistro

Tuesday and Thursday 5 p.m.–Close

Tuesday & Thursday: Half-Off Sushi Nights | Thursday Only: Double-Dip Thursdays*


*Double-Dip Thursdays means you can get half-off wine by the bottle, PLUS half-off sushi!

Tea Tree Asian Bistro is truly one of the best sources for authentic Asian cuisine in the area. Step into their refreshing, modern interior and sample their creative dishes crafted by their skilled chefs. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days to visit, as you can get half-off sushi (plus half-off wine on Thursdays)!

Tea Tree Asian Bistro

Photo Courtesy of Tea Tree Asian Bistro


Ye Olde Durty Bird

Monday–Friday 4–7 p.m.

Draft Beer and Frozen Drinks Specials


Ye Olde Durty Bird has all the delicious pub food and drinks you’re after — and a welcoming atmosphere to make you feel right at home. The owners were born and raised in Toledo and have returned to the town they love, operating their business out of a historic building built in 1867 in the heart of Toledo.


Zia’s Italian Cooking

Sunday 4–9 p.m.

Monday–Thursday 5–9 p.m.

Friday 5–6:30 p.m.

Saturday 4–6:30 p.m.

$5.95 Personal Pizzas, Half-Off All Appetizers, and Drink Specials*

Happy Hour Menu

Wine Down Wednesdays


*Drink Specials Include:

$3.95 Italian margaritas, $4.95 Italian martinis, $4.95 well martinis and Manhattans, $1.95 Labatt Blue draft, $2.50 all other drafts, and $3.95 house wine by the glass

Zia’s Italian Cooking has one of the best patio views in town, with outdoor patio seating overlooking the Maumee River at the Docks. Enjoy a variety of extremely affordable drink specials, half-off appetizers, and $5.95 personal pizzas — and don’t miss Wine Down Wednesdays! The best part about all of this? Zia’s offers their happy hour menu every day of the week available at varying times.

Zia's Italian Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Zia’s Italian Cooking






Bar Louie 4–7 p.m.

Bravo Cucina Italiana 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Ciao’s Ristorante Open–9 p.m.

Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close

Real Seafood Company 4 p.m.–Close

Ye Olde Durty Bird 4–7 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 5–9 p.m.




Bar Louie 4–7 p.m.

Bravo Cucina Italiana 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Ciao’s Ristorante Open–9 p.m.

Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close

Real Seafood Company 4 p.m.–Close

Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Tea Tree Asian Bistro 5 p.m.–Close

Ye Olde Durty Bird 4–7 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 5–9 p.m.




Bar Louie 4–7 p.m.

Bravo Cucina Italiana 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Ciao’s Ristorante Open–9 p.m.

Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close

Real Seafood Company 4 p.m.–Close

Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Ye Olde Durty Bird 4–7 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 5–9 p.m.




Bar Louie 4–7 p.m.

Bravo Cucina Italiana 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Ciao’s Ristorante Open–9 p.m.

Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant 4–7 p.m. and 9 p.m.–Close

Real Seafood Company 4 p.m.–Close

Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Tea Tree Asian Bistro 5 p.m.–Close

Ye Olde Durty Bird 4–7 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 5–9 p.m.




Bar Louie 4–7 p.m.

Bravo Cucina Italiana 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Ye Olde Durty Bird 4–7 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 5–6:30 p.m.




Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 4–6:30 p.m.




Ciao’s Ristorante Open–9 p.m.

Real Seafood Company 4 p.m.–Close

Revolution Grille 4–6 p.m.

Zia’s Italian Cooking 4–9 p.m.



If you’re familiar with the housing market in this area, you’re already aware that you can get plenty of bang for your buck in and around Toledo. You’ll find that you don’t have to sacrifice high quality and luxurious amenities when you set your max price point to $500K during your home search.

To prove our point, let’s take a look at some impressive homes in the area that have several features we admire — the most attractive of which is their price tag!


Holland Home With Hot Tub in the Sunroom

This Holland home is where traditional meets contemporary, with several attractive features like a spiral staircase near the entryway, a large open-floor plan gathering space off the kitchen, and a built-in hot tub in the sunroom with a double-sided fireplace. Once you step outside, you’ll feel as though you’re at your own personal metropark, featuring a 1.75-acre private pond with a dock and beach!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Charming Home With Elegant Features

We are completely drawn to this charming home from the curb, with its picturesque brick exterior with light blue shutters and trim. The elegant features continue inside, with custom cabinetry throughout, brick flooring, a finished recreation room, and much more!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Stately Holland Home With Gorgeous Lake Views

This Holland home has several delicate features throughout, and offers one of the finest lake views in the entire Stone Oak Country Club area. We love the elegant formal living and dining rooms with stately crown molding, and the beautiful hardwood floors throughout the home.

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Holland Home With Lots of Recreation Opportunities

This incredible home in Holland would make the perfect setup for an active family, with its lower level recreation room with an exercise area, an in-ground saltwater pool, and a basketball court. The first-floor master bathroom is worth writing home about as well — with its freestanding clawfoot tub, spa-like details and immaculate shower.

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Dreamy House With Gorgeous Backyard and Pool

This home looks like it came straight out of a fairytale book, with its romantic exterior with blue shutters, custom crown molding, exposed wooden beams, and inviting gathering nooks. The grounds surrounding the property are immaculate as well — and it even has a pool!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Toledo Home With Inviting Sunroom

This home in the heart of Toledo provides wonderful entertaining space, particularly in the bright sunroom or out on the deck overlooking the property. We especially love the contrast of the dark wood elements throughout (on both the flooring and built-ins) and the white walls, cabinets and tiling.

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Retro Home With Amazing Indoor Pool

We haven’t seen many homes like this one, especially when it comes to the indoor heated pool and the kitchen! We love the tiling, backsplash, and bold features in the kitchen, which gives the home a desirable retro feel. And that indoor pool speaks for itself…

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Cheerful Home With Soaring Ceilings

This Holland home feels open and airy, which is especially evident in the master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and the two-story foyer with large windows. The backyard overlooks a peaceful wooded area and includes raised garden beds and a Koi pond!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Perrysburg Home With Incredible Finished Basement

This Perrysburg home uses brick accents in an extremely tasteful way — whether that’s in the gourmet kitchen, on the fireplace mantel, or in the basement bar area. Speaking of the basement, this is one of our favorite elements of this home! It has an industrial ceiling, large granite bar, wine and beverage chillers, and the perfect space for a home theater setup.

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Maumee Home With Tall-Ceiling Living Space

The living area in this Maumee home is the perfect gathering space — as the two-story wall of windows let in lots of natural light and it has a cozy and inviting fireplace. We love the fine cabinetry and other finishes throughout the home, particularly evident in the kitchen and bathrooms!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Timeless Home With Dreamy Backyard Space

This custom-built home in Holland recently underwent over $100K in renovations, but still maintains its timeless beauty. We are drawn to the lavish landscaping and paver stone patio with a fountain overlooking the private wooded lot. And check out the natural limestone flooring imported from Mexico in the kitchen and sunroom. What a gorgeous property inside and out!

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


New-Construction Home With Pristine Details

Be the first to call this new-construction property home, as you enjoy the pristine details throughout, including a gorgeous stone wall in the living room, a clean and modern gourmet kitchen, and a unique freestanding master bath tub! This Sylvania home simply has it all.

Homes in the Toledo Area Under $500K


Hosting guests can be tricky. You want to offer a reasonable balance of experiencing touristy activities and going to places only the locals know about. You want to debut Toledo in the best light possible while suggesting plenty of options to choose from for you and the crew to enjoy.

However, oftentimes, your mind draws a blank when you’re attempting to come up with a schedule for your out-of-towners! Maybe it has been years since you moved to the city and you already forget what it’s like to experience Toledo for the first time. Maybe you haven’t ventured outside of your routine in years.

Consider this your guide to hosting guests in Toledo, so you don’t wonder where you might go when your mother-in-law, brother or college roommate stops by for a visit!


1. Maddie & Bella Coffee Co.

Sometimes the time spent with guests can become rushed and overbooked, making you forget one of the most important rituals in your day — coffee. Take time to enjoy a cup of coffee from the brand new storefront of Maddie & Bella Coffee Co., a local roaster that has been making waves in Toledo’s coffee scene for a few years. Skip the trip to Starbucks and take a moment to start your day right, catch up with your guests and introduce them to the exceptional coffee at Maddie & Bella handcrafted in small batches. Stop by their new downtown Toledo location or their equally as new storefront in Perrysburg — both of which will make your guests feel right at home.

Maddie and Bella Coffee Co.


2. Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

The local zoo is always a good place to take guests, especially during the summertime, and even more so if you have kids in your midst. The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is something Toledo residents are proud of, as there are of course a myriad of animals to admire, the zoo has a jampacked events calendar, and walking through the zoo is a great way to stretch your legs and soak in the sun!


3. Toledo Museum of Art

If the weather doesn’t permit for a zoo trip, your guests will appreciate a leisurely walk through the Toledo Museum of Art. This is a particularly attractive activity for large groups and families, as admission to the museum is always free! Impress your guests with Toledo’s knack for art in these state-of-the-art facilities packed with over 30,000 artistic masterpieces including sculptures, paintings and even a glass collection. Checking out the latter is one of the more picturesque ways you can show off The Glass City!

Toledo Museum of Art


4. Tony Packo’s

Familiarity with Tony Packo’s is a definite sign that you’re from Toledo, but visitors to the city will certainly remember the reference to this hot dog restaurant from “M*A*S*H.” Order your guests Tony Packo’s original hot dog topped with mustard, onions and their trademark sweet chili hot dog sauce, and they’ll be in heaven. A visit to this Toledo staple is a sure way to introduce them to the robust flavors of the city.


5. Maumee Bay State Park

You’ll definitely want to show off the city’s proximity to Lake Erie and all the activities that surround this major body of water. A visit to Maumee Bay State Park is the perfect way to get outside, admire Northwest Ohio beauty and do something a bit off the beaten path. But it’s not too far off the path — as Maumee Bay State Park is just a short 25-minute drive from the center of the city! Once you’re there, you and your guests can go boating, fishing, golfing, picnicking, swimming, hiking and biking throughout the 1,336 acres of varied terrain this state park has to offer.

Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center

Photo Courtesy of Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center


6. Hensville + Mud Hens Game

If your guests are visiting during the summer, there’s no better destination than Fifth Third Field to watch the Mud Hens play under the bright stadium lights on a warm night. Experience this Toledo tradition from a brand new perspective at Hensville. Head to the Rooftop on NINE located directly above the NINE at Hensville restaurant, providing a spectacular view of Fifth Third Field and Toledo’s historic warehouse district.



7. Grumpy’s

Grumpy’s is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving up exceptional burgers to Toledo for over 30 years. Whether you see their “Grumpy’s On the Go” food truck on the street or you head to their location downtown, taking your guests to Grumpy’s is always a good idea. Need more burger inspiration? Check out some of our favorite burger joints in Toledo.

Grumpy’s is especially known for their Garbage Salad, made with mixed greens, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, grilled chicken, raisins and four cheeses (provolone, mozzarella, feta and fresh Parmesan) — tossed together with poppy seed dressing and topped off with homemade croutons and real bacon bits. In fact, the late Toledo Free Press once described it as a Downtown Toledo lunchtime staple, saying, “It’s like a carnival of different tastes and textures, but it is no side salad; it’s a meal.”

Grumpy's Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy’s


8. Dégagé Jazz Cafe

A jazz cafe is always a fun and laid-back setting for hosting guests, as you can listen to talented musicians perform live music, engage in conversation, and sip on some drinks in a comfortable atmosphere. Dégagé Jazz Cafe in Maumee is a great place to take visitors. This lively hot spot in a historic building offers an intimate club setting and an outdoor patio. Grab a seat, order off their martini menu and food menu with several signature plates, and enjoy great live jazz music every night from Tuesday through Saturday!


9. Registry Bistro

If you’re up for a more fancy occasion, take your guests to Registry Bistro for some exceptional food in a historic setting. The building was restored from its original purposes as Toledo’s premier Secor Hotel constructed between 1906 and 1908, and now hosts an incredible restaurant just steps away from the Huntington Center and Fifth Third Field. This contemporary bistro effortlessly combines modern with classic, reflected in both their elegant interior and creative menu. You might also grab a drink with guests at the stylish bar, featuring specialty cocktails, a diverse wine list, and a rotating selection of American craft beers.

Registry Bistro focuses on small plates at reasonable prices that can be shared amongst the entire table, and is completely unique to the Toledo area. We can’t think of a better setup for entertaining guests in the city!

Registry Bistro Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Registry Bistro


10. Toledo Metroparks

While there are many reasons to be proud of our city, our amazing Metroparks system is something to boast about. There are dozens of parks to choose from that are spread all over the city, several of which have complex hiking trails, bodies of water and other amenities (like a playground for the little ones to play on). Catch up with your guests during a short hike through the park or by chatting on a bench over a cup of coffee while enjoying your beautiful surroundings. While we love the bustling city life in downtown Toledo, it’s nice to take a break from it all and enjoy each other’s company in a natural setting.


11. Cedar Point Amusement Park

For the more adventurous crowd, consider a day spent at Cedar Point Amusement Park. This action-packed park is in fact known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World by some, and the World’s Best Amusement Park by others. This is certainly something to experience, whether you’re visiting the area or have lived here your whole life. Cedar Point hosts 120-mph roller coasters with 80-degree drops, thrill rides, water rides, dining options, and much more. If you happen to have four people in your party, purchase a Light Up the Point 4-Pack when you’re buying tickets, which means you’ll save $25 on each ticket!

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Photo Courtesy of Cedar Point Amusement Park


12. Trapped Toledo

Turn your visiting guests into long-term neighbors by trapping them in your city. At Trapped Toledo, you and your friends or family can experience Northwest Ohio’s only interactive theater specializing in escape games. After being locked in a room with your group of friends (or strangers!), you must use your wits to find hidden clues, solve daunting puzzles, and overcome challenges to escape before the time runs out. There’s nothing quite like trauma bonding to bring people together!


13. Fowl & Fodder

As you’re showing out-of-towners around the city, you’ll want to gravitate towards things that are truly local and unique to Toledo. Frankly, Fowl & Fodder has the whole “local” thing mastered. Fowl & Fodder showcases the best of Ohio’s natural agriculture with their healthy and local cuisine, featuring organic, vegan and gluten-free options. They have partnered with neighbors, local farmers, bakers, dairies and ranchers to bring the best of the best to the table. And they’ve done just that! Take a look at their menu to see the fresh food that awaits you and your party.

Fowl and Fodder

Photos Courtesy of Fowl & Fodder



Aaahh, summer in Toledo. Is there anything better?

This is the best time of the year to get outside and explore the Toledo area from a fresh perspective. So let’s do just that!

To keep things simple, we’ll present our favorite destination for each activity. That way, you will know the best of the best that this area has to offer. Perhaps this will inspire you to try out a new activity that takes you out of your comfort zone (stand up paddle boarding, anyone?), or maybe this will just remind you to take a leisurely hike on a nearby trail.

Whatever you do, take time to…

Get outside, Toledo!


Take a Hike

Head to Wildwood Metropark located just west of the city for spacious land and scenic views. This massive 493-acre park is where man-made architecture meets natural beauty, as it was once the estate of Toledo’s Stranahan family. Wildwood Metropark is the most-visited of the Toledo Metroparks, mainly for its diverse system of trails that weave throughout the terrain. During a hike through the park, you’ll encounter river views, diverse plants and animal species, wildflowers and lots of trees.

Manor Park

Photo courtesy of: The Manor House

Take it all in with a 2.9-mile hike along the Wildwood Floodplain Trail, a boardwalk trail along the Ottawa River. Hikers are surrounded by beautiful floodplain trees and the terrain changes with each visit, as the floodwaters constantly reshape the landscape.

Check out our complete list of wonderful trails in the area to get some more ideas!


Ride Your Bike

Ditch your four wheels for two with a bike ride along a scenic trail connecting Side Cut, Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Oak Openings Preserve. The Wabash-Cannonball Trail is a massive 64-mile trail, making it the region’s largest off-road bike trail! The trail runs along two former rail lines that converge at Jerome Road in Maumee, consisting of a North Fork and South Fork of the trail.

Ride a bike in Toledo

Photo courtesy of: Wabash Cannonball Trail

Get your bearings of this complicated trail with this helpful map!

There are several places to park along the trail to start your bike ride:

Monclova Elementary School

Village of Whitehouse

Oak Openings Preserve

Maumee State Forest

Fallen Timbers Monument


Go Kayaking

Summer is the perfect time to paddle down the Maumee River. If you don’t have a fleet of boats on hand, no worries! Take a short trip to Grand Rapids to rent a kayak from River Lures Kayaking, conveniently located along the river.

Kayaking in Toledo area

Photo courtesy of: River Lures Kayak

No reservation is required to purchase a rental from River Lures. You simply show up, sign up, and grab your kayaks! You can either get your kayak “to go,” which means you take care of your own transportation at the end of your trip, or you can arrange to be picked up after your river adventure. Pricing varies depending on your preferences, but kids 12 and under are always half off, and kids under 5 are free!

You may even decide to get the best of both the biking and kayaking worlds by using their bike transportation service during the week. For only $5 more, River Lures will transport your bike to meet you after your kayak trip, and you will peddle back up the tow path towards their store to pick up your car!

River Lures also rents stand up paddle boards, but more on that later…


Ride a Horse

No matter your level of experience, you can travel by horse like a pro with a guided trail ride at Swan Creek Stables. You can even take lessons at this stable just 30 minutes away from Toledo in Swanton, surrounded by the beautiful Oak Openings region.

Riding horses at Swan Creek Stables

Photo courtesy of: Swan Creek Stables

Their horses are extremely well-trained and offer a calm and relaxing experience for riders. Experience nature from a unique perspective with a riding lesson or trail ride through the countryside this summer!


Have a Picnic

We can’t think of a better landing spot for you, your significant other, a red-and-white-checkered blanket and a basket filled with a homemade meal than a lush garden. The Toledo Botanical Garden welcomes picnickers with the arbor of wisteria at the entrance to enjoy this summer tradition anywhere within their lovely garden setting. Entrance to the garden is free, so this is a wonderful and cost-effective way to take in nature while you eat!

Botanical Gardens in Toledo

Photo courtesy of: Toledo Botanical Garden

Pitch a Tent

Take the family to Twin Acres Campground in Whitehouse this summer for a night of hot dogs cooked over the fire, s’mores and stargazing. Or turn your one-night camping trip into a weekend experience at this family owned and operated campground dating back to 1969. Check out their rates, activity calendar, activities in the area and even their menu of food available during your stay.

Twin Acres Campground Toledo

Photo courtesy of: Twin Acres Campground

Dust off your tent and sleeping bag and restock your bug spray supply — because it’s time to go camping!


Stand Up on a Paddle Board

Take a trip across the state line to Tecumseh for a stand up paddle board adventure with Tecumseh Paddling Company. If you have yet to experience the joys of this unique sport, you’re in for a treat. Stand up paddling (SUP) is a popular activity in which you stand on an oversized surfboard and propel yourself along the water with a long paddle. For just $10 an hour or $15 for two hours, you can become a SUPer on either Globe Mill Pond or Standish Pond next to Tecumseh Paddling Company!

Standup Paddle Boarding

Photo courtesy of: Tecumseh Paddling Company

Take Your Dog to the Park

One of the more practical (and completely free!) ways to get outside this summer is by heading to one of Toledo’s amazing Metroparks. There is so much to do at these parks, whether or not you have a dog.

If you do in fact have a four-legged family member, take your dog to Glass City Dog Park! Once you obtain a membership to the park, you may allow your dog to run free and socialize with other dogs in one of three separate off-leash areas covering over 4 acres of land.

Glass City Dog Park Toledo

Photo courtesy of: Glass City Dog Park

The small dog area allows smaller dogs under 25 pounds to mingle with other dogs while their humans relax on benches under the sun or under the shade of the open-air shelter. There are also two large dog areas within Glass City Dog Park for dogs over 25 pounds to enjoy!


Happy Summer, Toledo!

It’s time to get out there and enjoy the sunshine!


We are proud to announce that Danberry agent Rick Prokup was recently ranked #134 in the REAL Trends Top Thousand in transaction sides for 2015! Rick had 162 transaction sides in 2015, landing him a spot on this prestigious list of 250 agents from all over the country.

Danberry was recently ranked as a brokerage on the REAL Trends 500 list, so we understand the feeling of great honor that comes along with such an achievement.

Rick Prokup REAL Trends Ranking

Rick has been a full-time professional realtor since 1989, and has become a top-producing Metro Toledo real estate agent after years of experience in the field. His emphasis on putting his clients first has gone a long way in creating and fostering relationships within the community — and garnering results in the meantime.

Rick works with both buyers and sellers within the Metro Toledo area, including the suburbs of Perrysburg, Sylvania, Maumee, Monclova, Holland, Ottawa Hills and Waterville. His listings exist all over the map, with a current emphasis on new-construction homes.

Rick Prokup Listing

This Home is For Sale Here.

With Rick’s knowledge of the local real estate market, professional achievements in the field, marketing savviness, and a passion for his profession, he has been ranked among the top five Metro Toledo realtors year after year. This recent ranking on the REAL Trends list is another accomplishment to add to Rick’s professional career.

Join us in celebrating Rick’s incredible achievement!


When you travel around the country, it becomes pretty obvious that each city possesses its own set of character-defining qualities, marked by the habits and tendencies of its residences. Beyond the surface-level differences in word pronunciation or whether people call it “soda” or “pop”, there are several signs to help people know where you’re from.

Toledo has some unique qualities that set it apart from the rest of the country. The following 12 signs will surely prove that you are in fact from Toledo, from the basic facts about you to the things you’re drawn to. See how many of these signs ring true for you!

Downtown Toledo, Ohio

1. You’re not fazed by bipolar weather.

Toledo has four distinct seasons, all of which have the potential to occur in a 24-hour period. While visitors or new residents may be confused to see a thunderstorm after snow falls from the sky, you know that the sun might peek through the clouds at any moment. You calm them down with jaw-dropping weather stories from your past, slip on your flip-flops and winter sweater, and walk outside with confidence.

2. You could direct someone through the zoo without a map.

Toledo Zoo

Photos courtesy of Toledo Zoo

Because of the popular and well-traveled zoo we have in Toledo, it’s likely you can navigate the premises without a map like it’s your own home. It was a common destination for field trips with your school as a child, you continued going as a teenager, and now you might even take your kids to the Toledo Zoo to relive some of your favorite memories there. The countless exhibits filled with exotic, beautiful and interesting animals just never get old!

3. You tolerate sand from Lake Erie’s shore in your hair throughout the entire summer.

Lake Erie Beaches

Toledo is surrounded by several bodies of water, the most significant of which is Lake Erie. It’s likely you spend several hot afternoons during the summer dipping your feet in the water at Maumee Bay State Park, or even an entire weekend at a cabin along the shore. You know first-hand the luxury of being in the bustling city one minute, and then 15 minutes later, looking out over the calming waters of Lake Erie.

4. You consider buying a Jeep “shopping local.”

Because Jeep is based here in Toledo, you probably know several people who work for the company. Jeep Wranglers and Cherokees are assembled at Chrysler’s Toledo Complex, which has been in operation since 1910. Although it is a world-renowned brand, you consider Jeep as local as your neighborhood farmers’ market. Just drive your Jeep along Jeep Parkway in northwest Toledo to feel the ultimate sense of hometown pride!

5. You have the ability to be in two places at once.

Toledo is situated extremely close to the Ohio–Michigan border, which has given you the superpower ability to be in two places at once by straddling the state line. Although there is an intense rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, it’s nice to know you can travel to another state in a matter of minutes. In fact, because the Wolverines play just about an hour away in Ann Arbor and the Buckeyes are 2.5 hours away in Columbus, the jury is still out on which team most Toledoans favor!

6. You have a strong appreciation for the arts.

With several centers celebrating the arts in the city, you’ve started to catch the contagious creative bug. This is likely to occur after admiring masterpieces at The Toledo Museum of Art, hearing the Toledo Jazz Orchestra perform at the Valentine Theatre, or catching a concert at the Stranahan Theater. Or simply walk along the streets of downtown Toledo to catch glimpses of public art on display at every corner!

7. You can’t tolerate subpar hot dogs outside of the city.

Tony Packo's Cafe Toledo

Photos courtesy of Tony Packo’s

Once you’ve tasted Tony Packo’s, you simply can’t go back. Friends from other cities might be familiar with Tony Packo hot dogs because of their reference on “M*A*S*H”, but only true Toledoans have tasted the original hot dog topped with mustard, onions and a trademark sweet chili hot dog sauce. With several locations throughout Toledo, Maumee and Sylvania, you simply have no excuse if you haven’t yet sampled this mouth-watering goodness.

8. You prefer minor over major when it comes to baseball.

Toledo Mudhens

While Toledoans love a good major league baseball game on TV, there’s nothing quite like watching the Mud Hens play on a warm summer night under the lights at Fifth Third Field. The local community goes crazy over this team, creating a lively baseball-centric culture downtown before and after the game. This has also become a Toledo family tradition, as kids and kids-at-heart are equally enthralled with the Mud Hens.

9. You dream about time traveling to the Old West End in the late 1800s on a daily basis.

You might find yourself veering from your normal commute route to drive through the historic Old West End neighborhood, lined with exquisite homes straight out of a vintage painting. At this point, you may get lost in a daydream as you imagine yourself traveling to the time period this neighborhood experienced the most growth in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

You don’t care which of these homes is yours as you admire the Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Ann, Georgian, French Second Empire, Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Italian Renaissance structures. But you do have your eye on that one home with yellow trim on the corner with a perfect view of Rosary Cathedral…

10. You graduated from the University of Toledo or Bowling Green State University.

The city of Toledo has a strong university presence, as the city is populated with students from both the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, located just 15 miles south of the city. Whether or not you graduated from either of these major universities, you probably know someone who went there or is currently enrolled. This constant activity of college students moving in and out of our city keeps things fresh and exciting!

11. You have access to a local park close to your home.

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail / Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Toledo makes use of its generally flat land by providing an exceptional metroparks system for the city to enjoy. If you live in Toledo, it’s likely you have a neighborhood park you frequent nearby — or you at least have a favorite across the city! If not, take a look at some of our favorite hikes, several of which weave in and out of said parks.

12. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

At the end of the day, you’re proud to call Toledo home. You fully embrace the city’s charm, quirks, and qualities — enough to let the world know how great Toledo is! If so, feel free to share this list with your friends and family in other cities.

How many of these signs were true for you?

Let us know if you’re a tried and true Toledo resident!


Sometimes we avoid getting out and doing things in the community, with or without kids, because we feel as though it will be too expensive. While spending quality time at home with the family is important, it adds a little excitement to your life when you enjoy one of the many attractions in and around the city of Toledo.

Thankfully, there are 10 free and otherwise inexpensive things you can do in Toledo, that allow you to get out and explore our amazing city for an extremely low price. The first five activities are completely free and the rest cost under $10!

Grab a $10 bill, go on a fun date with your significant other or surprise the kids, and mark one of these fun things off your list!


Free Things To Do in Toledo


Go to the Park

We are spoiled with an incredible metropark system here in Toledo. The Toledo Metroparks lineup is lengthy, providing a wide variety of parks spread out all over the Toledo region. You can enjoy just about any outdoor activity at these parks — including biking, camping, fishing, hiking and much more!

Toledo Metroparks

Photos Courtesy of Toledo Metroparks

While you may enjoy the city’s many parks, it’s even more exciting to know that the city benefits from their presence as well. They help clean the air and water, retain storm water, provide essential habitats for wildlife, and enhance property values. The Toledo Metroparks is building one of the world’s greatest park systems, featuring abundant beauty and biodiversity, endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, a rich historic legacy, and careful planning for the future.

Some of our favorite parks in the area include Side Cut Park for fishing, Pearson Park for picnicking, and Wildwood Park for hiking. If you’re up for a hike, check out some of our favorite hikes in the area, several of which pass through the metroparks in Toledo!



Go to the Museum

It seems too good to be true that the Toledo Museum of Art is able to offer free admission, as visitors have the opportunity to get up close and personal with more than 30,000 breathtaking masterpieces in their state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of downtown Toledo.

Toledo Museum of Art

Photo Courtesy of Photography by K

It’s true — thanks to the benevolence of its founders and the continued support of its members, you can visit the museum for free! Pay attention to their list of rotating exhibitions, see their more permanent collection, and enjoy a sophisticated day at this extravagant museum dedicated to celebrating art.


Stroll Through the Gardens

The Toledo Botanical Garden also offers free admission to admire some of the most breathtaking floral and plant displays you’ll ever see. This center for horticulture and the arts is an inspiring sight to see, as it hosts over 60 acres of display gardens and plant collections and a 2-acre urban farm.

Stop by the gardens to relax, discover, reflect and learn. The gardens are open year-round during daylight hours!

Toledo Botanical Garden

Photo Courtesy of Toledo Botanical Garden


Visit the Downtown Farmers’ Market

Peruse the booths at the Toledo Farmers’ Market located on Market Street downtown this summer and during the fall. While you don’t have to pay an admission fee, you’re guaranteed to find some handmade soap you can’t resist buying for your mom, or some fresh blueberries to snack on during your trip through the market. So this activity may not be entirely free — but it is still very cost-effective!

Toledo Farmers' Market

The Toledo Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through November. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a market trip on Saturday, stop by any of the other farmers’ markets happening in the area throughout the week!


Take a Stroll Through the Old West End Neighborhood

Whether or not you’re in the process of finding a home, it’s always fun to admire impressive homes in the area. You may do that by checking out our various property spotlights or by taking the longer route through your favorite neighborhoods as you drive across town.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Toledo’s historic Old West End neighborhood on your next afternoon stroll. This of course costs $0, and the opportunity to see a collection of historic homes is priceless. And you can come back again and again, as this area west of downtown includes 25 blocks of late-19th century structures. Explore the wide variety of styles, such as Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Ann, Georgian, French Second Empire, Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Italian Renaissance.

Old West End Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Don Johnson 395

This neighborhood started in the early 1800s with the creation of the area’s first log home and store, and evolved in the 1860s as wealthy Toledo residents moved here from downtown to get out of the city. The prime time for the neighborhood’s growth was between 1875 and 1916, as many homes were built — reflected in the collection we still see today.

There are several events taking place in this neighborhood throughout the year, including the Old West End Festival on the first weekend in June, Old West Garden Tours in September, and Tours de Noel in December.


Things to Do in Toledo Under $10


Go to the Butterfly House

See beautiful butterflies in a lovely garden setting at The Butterfly House at Wheeler Farms. Admire the different varieties of the 1,000+ butterflies flying around, featuring species from North America, South America, and Asia. This is a great opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly in a controlled, interactive and exciting environment — no matter your age! And you can stop by more than once, as they will have over 100 different species throughout any given season.

The Butterfly House Toledo

Between May and August, the Butterfly House is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Tickets for adults between ages 12–64 cost $9, tickets for seniors cost $8, tickets for kids ages 4–11 cost $7, and kids under 3 get in for free!


Get a Cup of Coffee at a Brand New Coffee Shop

Did you hear? Maddie & Bella Coffee Company, a local coffee roaster, is in the process of opening their first two storefront cafes at roughly the same time — in both Toledo and Perrysburg. If you haven’t yet stopped by their shop in downtown Toledo at 44 South St. Clair Street to taste their excellent coffee, you’re in for a treat. Their Perrysburg location is scheduled to open early- to mid-June, and both will be an extension of their already established family coffee roasting business.

Maddie and Bella Coffee

Photo Courtesy of Maddie & Bella Coffee Company

You can expect specialty espresso drinks, and a variety of pour-over options, including siphon, Aeropress, Chemex and more. You can even order a “brewery-style” tasting flight to sample one coffee brewed three different ways, so you can taste the difference of taste in brewing methods. During the warmer months, stay cool with a unique Nitro Cold Brew, a creamy cold brew on tap to satisfy your need for caffeine and refreshment all at once.

The best thing about all of this? Your visit to Maddie & Bella is sure to cost you less than $10!


Grab a Sweet Treat from Cake in a Cup

It’s simple. When you live in a city with a world-renowned baker in your midst, you must sample their creations on a regular basis. Stop by Cake in a Cup to grab a cupcake — or two — that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. As you may already know, Cake in a Cup was the winner of a Cupcake Wars bake-off a few years back, and their exceptional quality has remained the same ever since. Grab a funky flavor or something simple with the family, friends, or even by yourself — for well under $10!

Cake in a Cup Toledo

Photo Courtesy of Cake in a Cup


Play a Game (or Three!) of Mini Golf

Everything at Par 2 Golf in Toledo costs less than $10 — from the mini golf games to the go-kart rides.

Plus, you have two locations to choose from when planning your Toledo mini golf adventure — on Alexis Road or Heatherdowns Boulevard. Each location has three different 18-hole courses, each of which take about 30 minutes to complete. Play one course for $5 per player or all three for just $10 per player. Kids under 4 will play with a plastic putter and only cost $2.50 to play.

Par 2 Golf Toledo

This is a fun and active way to spend the day with the family or act like kids again as a couple. You can also ride Par 2’s go-karts or bumper cars, take a swing at their batting cage, or play any of their arcade games.


See a Drive-In Movie

There’s something so special about seeing a movie on an enormous screen with a bag of buttery popcorn in hand while sipping on a Coke. However, once you add up all the expenses with the whole family in tow, it can be quite an expensive outing. Sundance Kid Drive-In takes away the fear of having to take out a loan for your next theater trip by offering completely affordable pricing.

Sundance Kid Drive-In

Adult tickets cost $9, tickets for kids between 5 and 12 cost $3, and kids under 5 get in for free! Park your car at this amazing nostalgic theater in Oregon for a unique and fun experience the whole family will enjoy.


What budget-friendly activities do you enjoy in town?

We’d love to know so we can help spread the word!


Toledo’s location near the border of the state line means you can travel to Michigan in about 15 minutes. And you may not realize that Toledo’s largest suburb actually lies in Michigan!

Bedford Township has a population over 30,000, and holds the unincorporated communities of Temperance, Lambertville and Samaria. Let’s explore some of the best things to do, taste and see in this unique township nestled along the border of Michigan and Ohio.


Get a Cup of Coffee

Start your day right with a cup of coffee from DaCapo Coffee, where the coffee is prepared with the best ingredients brewed to their ultimate potential. Every bean is sourced for its flavor, roasted in small batches by a trusted local roastery, and brewed up fresh.

Relax and make yourself at home in their warm, comfortable and inviting shop on the corner of Lewis Avenue and Sterns Road in Temperance.

DaCapo Coffee Temperance, MI

Photo Courtesy of DaCapo Coffee


Play a Round of Golf

Bedford Hills Golf Club is a scenic course in Temperance that offers a feeling not found anywhere else in the area. Improve your game or simply relax on this beautiful course in pristine condition featuring 27 hole courses. Challenge your game with Bedford Hills’ long fairways, multiple water hazards, and tactically placed sand traps.

Book your tee time online in advance to experience this wonderful golf course firsthand.

Bedford Hills Golf Course

Photos Courtesy of Bedford Hills Golf Club


Grab a Bite to Eat

Bedford Diner is a family owned and operated restaurant in Temperance serving “good mood food” made from scratch and presented in large portions. Because bacon and eggs taste good any time of the day, they serve breakfast all day! But Bedford Diner also serves lunch all day, and dinner starting at 3 p.m.

Stop by on Sunday or Monday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for breakfast or lunch, or Tuesday through Saturday for any meal between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.!

Head over to Lambertville for fresh and local cuisine from Sage Steak & Seafood. This approachable upscale restaurant serves scratch food at affordable prices for both lunch and dinner. Their seasonal menus include sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks — all made with the freshest local ingredients. Sage now serves brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Sage Bedford

Photos Courtesy of Sage Steak & Seafood


Go to the Park

One of the best ways to take in the sights, smells and overall feel of a city is at a park. This is where you can people watch, stretch your legs, experience nature, and take a much-needed break in the middle of your day.

Carr Park has a rich history and regularly attracts residents of Bedford Township in the present day. The 6-acre property was originally deeded to the Upton Carr family by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830s, and was sold to the Temperance Rotary Club thereafter to be used as a park. Carr Park hosts various playground equipment, grills, benches, picnic tables, a shelter area, a basketball court, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.

Indian Creek Park is a 9-acre park including eight baseball diamonds and a soccer field. Take a stroll around the Indian Creek Park Walking Trail to get some fresh air and exercise in this beautiful and expansive park!

White Park is the largest of the parks in the Bedford Township area, covering over 26 acres of land. This is a popular location for sporting events, as it features six baseball diamonds in addition to tennis courts, an exercise trail, playground equipment, two shelters, picnic tables and grills.

Samaria Park is a nice 13-acre park in downtown Samaria including a woodland trail, picnic and playground areas, a small softball diamond, and a community building rented for various events, meetings, and parties.

Bedford Township Parks

Photos Courtesy of Bedford Township


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

After all that exercise, it’s likely you’ve worked up an appetite for a sweet treat. Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC is a Township community staple, serving up generous portions of their delectable desserts. Enjoy your sundae, ice cream cone or cup, or even a lunch item — best enjoyed outside in the summer sun! This truly is the place to go for ice cream in Temperance.

Scoop's Soft Serve

Photos Courtesy of Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC


Explore the Zoo

Take the kids to the Indian Creek Zoo located in Lambertville for a fun and interactive summertime activity. This is the perfect destination to enjoy a laid-back zoo experience where you can get up close and personal with exotic animals, including zebras, camels, emus, wallabies, donkeys, alligators, peacocks and more! One-day passes to the zoo are only $6 for children and $8 for adults, making this an affordable outing for your family.

Indian Creek Zoo

Photo Courtesy of Indian Creek Zoo


Grab a Drink

Unwind after an eventful day with a drink from Quimby’s Food and Spirits. Order a burger, steak, seafood, or pasta for dinner paired with a drink of your choice — from classic cocktails and beers to specialty drinks and martinis prepared by their knowledgeable bar staff. This is a happening destination in Lambertville, where children are welcomed and offered their own kids’ menu!

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub has been such a popular pub in this region that has expanded to include four locations — one of which is in Lambertville. Grab some food, sit back and watch the game, and check out their unique drink options — like their Sidelines Slammer with vodka, rum, triple sec, peach schnapps, amaretto, Southern Comfort, lime juice, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice.

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub

Photo Courtesy of Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub


Make Yourself at Home

After such an eventful visit to Bedford Township, you might be longing to call this area home. With its proximity to Toledo and neighborhood amenities conveniently within its borders, you can’t ask for much more! There are several impressive properties in the Bedford Township area that range in style, price tag, and location within the region.

We are particularly fond of this home in Temperance and this Lambertville property!

Bedford Township Homes

Homes For Sale Here and Here

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