Toledo is a beautiful city and downtown is blossoming and turning into the hot spot to spend time. With more businesses, trendy restaurants, and local shops making their way to the downtown scene, locals and visitors are being drawn to downtown for its artsy vibe, colorful spirit, and great atmosphere. Looking to spend a day in downtown but don’t know where to start? We have you covered!
24 Hours for the Artist/Hipster
Start your morning of with a cup of Joe and light breakfast at Rustbelt Coffee. Once you are fueled up, head to the famous Toledo Art Museum to visit their numerous, world-renowned exhibits with a guided or self-guided tour. Participate in glass blowing or join other classes and opportunities. Once you have taken in all of the art, travel down Adams street to shop at some of the unique local shops including JupMode, for all your Toledo gear, and Handmade Toledo, for true artistic creations.
You should have worked up an appetite by now and be ready for lunch! Head into the heart of downtown and visit Balance, a quick-order PanAsian Grill that will be sure to satisfy your hunger. Eat inside or grab your food to go and stroll across the street to Promenade Park for some much needed rest with great views of downtown and the river.
If visiting on a weekend, check out the Valentine Theatre to purchase tickets to a show or on Saturdays you can enjoy the Downtown Farmers Market for some fresh produce. Spend a low-key afternoon immersing yourself in Toledo’s Main Public Library with thousands of books, sections for kids, teens, and something for everyone.
Ready to start off the night? Park the car and walk or use Glass City Pedicabs to make your way around the city. First stop is dinner! Visit Manhattan’s for delicious, made-from-scratch food and drinks to start the night off right. After enjoying the food and atmosphere, explore around downtown for more unique, lively bars and entertainment, such as the Attic on Adams.
24 Hours for the Family
Get the kids ready for a full day of fun in Downtown Toledo. Begin your day at a Toledo fav Barry’s Bagels to fuel up (and allow parents to get some much needed coffee). If it’s still before 10am, you can let the kids run around Promenade Park until the exploration zone of Imagination Station opens (closed on Mondays). With tons of different exhibits and areas for all ages, you could spend a couple of hours or a whole day in this “pure science. pure fun.” adventure park. But there is so much more to do in Downtown, so we have to keep going.
By this time, I am sure the kids are hungry and the parents are ready to sit down. Head over to the famous (Tony) Packo’s at the Park for one of their popular chili dogs or the crowd pleasing mac ‘n cheese. The “cafeteria style” lunch makes for a quick stop to keep the fun going.
Once lunch is complete, you’ll be right across from Fifth Third Field. Toledoans come together to support our home teams, The Toledo Mud Hens (baseball) in the warmer weather, and just down the street at the Huntington Center is the Toledo Walleye (hockey). Both are a family favorite and a great afternoon/evening idea.
If the weather isn’t great or there are no games, don’t worry, there’s more. Expand the kids’ love for learning at either the Toledo Art Museum or the Toledo’s Main Public Library. Both have amazing interactive kids exhibits and areas for all ages.
After a long day of exploring and learning, it’s time for dinner. Stop by PizzaPapalis for an authentic deep dish pizza. Although the pizza does take time to bake, the wait is definitely worth it! Once dinner is done, I am sure everyone will be ready to call it a night. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Mud Hen’s post game fireworks on your way home.
24 Hours for the Night Owls
Eh who needs breakfast when sleeping in sounds better? But we can’t start our day without coffee! Make your first stop to Maddie & Bella for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee and a delicious lunch selection. Now we can begin our day.
Libbey Glass Factory Outlet is a great place to add some local pieces to your glassware collection. Located at 205 S. Erie St, they have everything from beer mugs to serving trays, and offer their items at great prices. The glassware is perfect for gifts too! Ready for a late lunch? Stop by Maumee Bay Brew Pub for some delicious food and great crafted beers that the locals love inside the brew house.
Depending on what day you are visiting, Toledo has a ton of events going on throughout the year. If you are a sports fan, downtown Toledo has you covered. With our Toledo Mud Hens (baseball) or Toledo Walleye (hockey), there is a good chance there might be a game for you to attend. If you are more into concerts, the Huntington Center brings in some of the most famous artist and performers. For a smaller artist or a more local vibe, visit Hensville or Promenade Park for a more drinks-on-the-grass type performance.
If music and sports aren’t your thing, spend quality time with friends at The HandleBar of Toledo. With space for 6-16 people, grab your friends, have a seat at the table and pedal your way around to some of Toledo’s favorite spots. Downtown Toledo has numerous great bars in an easy-to-walk to area. Recently introduced to the downtown scene is DORA, Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area, which allows you to get a beer (in a certified DORA cup) and walk around many of the streets in the heart of Downtown. So grab a beer and listen to good music at any of our favorites: Durty Bird, Fleetwood, The Heights, Tin Can, Ye Olde Cock N Bull, Bronze Boar and so many more! Stay safe and make sure you arrange for a DD, Uber, or a Glass City Pedicab.
24 Hours for the Baby Boomers
Start the morning with a hearty breakfast and some delicious coffee at The Brim House. Located inside the Renaissance Hotel, The Brim House’s classically French trained chef provides a wide selection for breakfast ranging from smoothies and oatmeal to belgium waffles and avocado toast. Mornings in Downtown Toledo provide lots of options.
For a relaxing spa day, we love being pampered at Ahava Spa & Wellness Center! Looking for a more active morning? Let’s head over to one of Toledo’s newest parks, Middlegrounds Metropark. Walk along the river to enjoy the beautiful downtown city landscape and get a great workout as you go. You might even catch the local crew teams during their practices.
After having spent time on the river, we’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite. Head over to The Blarney Irish Pub and you’ll feel as if you’ve truly stepped into Ireland with their tasty Irish dishes. Also offering classic American favorites, this menu and atmosphere is sure to please all taste buds.
Fueled up and ready to go? If you are visiting on a Saturday, stop by the Toledo Farmer’s Market to gather some local produce and treats to take home with you after your day Downtown. Not a Saturday? Too full to think about food? Visit the Libbey Glass Outlet to see some Toledo Made glass products and add to your collection.
Next step, the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Learn more about the history of the Great Lakes and their impact on Toledo. After a tour through the museum, head outside to explore the massive beauty of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker flagship.
One of our favorite upscale bar and lounges for dinner is M‘Osteria. Join the crowd for a combination of traditional Italian classics and state-of-the-art fares focusing on style and flare. After dinner, if you are enjoying Downtown on a Sunday, you can finish the day with a sunset cruise on the Sandpiper. All types of cruises are offered throughout the week, and a majestic ride up the Maumee River provides amazing night views and a great end to a busy day. Don’t worry if that option isn’t available, you can finish the day where you started it, at the very top of the Renaissance Hotel at The Heights. This modern bar offers a comfortable vibe with great character, allowing you to reflect on the day with a drink with incomparable views of the city.
We are proud to be apart of Toledo and want to learn more about where people love to visit. Let us know where some of your favorite Downtown Toledo spots are by commenting below!