Put those devices down: 20 great places to explore over summer vacation!

The sun is shining and you have a steaming cup of coffee in your hand.  Then you look over at your kids and what are they doing? They are “glued” to an electronic device and the clock hasn’t even hit 9 a.m. yet.  Don’t let the electronic battle between parent and child send you into a panic! We’ve got 20 places within a 30 to 60-minute drive of Toledo that will keep your kids, big and small, entertained throughout the summer.  

SIDENOTE:  How about making a game of your adventures?  Have your kids take a pen and notebook with them to write down two things that they learned.  On your car ride home, have each of your kids share what they have written.  It will encourage dialogue that will hopefully last all summer long!

Check out these locations that we recommend visiting during #SUMMERVACA19

Butterfly House Wheeler Farms  http://www.wheelerfarms.com/ 
11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse, OH  43571 (419) 877-2733
It contains over 1,000 butterflies from across the continent.  Each week Wheeler Farms introduces a new butterfly species in to the farm.  Come check out these delicate, beautiful creatures.
CLICK HERE to discover more

Photo Credit: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/

Photo Credit: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/

Canal Experience https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/providence/
13801 S River Rd., Grand Rapids, OH  43522 (419) 407-9700
Come and explore one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks at the Canal Experience.  You and your kids will get to experience what it would have been like working or traveling on the Miami and Erie Canal back in 1876.
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Children’s Museum of Findlay  https://www.cmfindlay.com/
1800 Tiffin Ave., Ste. 201, Findlay, OH  45840 (567) 250-9616
Your kids will have a chance to learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math all while having fun!  Come on the third Thursday of the month for Theater Thursdays or the fourth Friday of the month for Fitness Fridays.
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Dum Dum Factory Tour – Spangler Candy Company https://www.spanglercandy.com/
400 N. Portland St., Bryan, OH  43506 (419) 633-6439
The Spangler Company has been in business since the early 1900s.  Come enjoy fun, hands-on activities to learn about how they make Dum Dum suckers, Candy Canes, Necco Candies, Sweethearts and much more.
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Fort Meigs Historic Site https://www.fortmeigs.org/
29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH  43551 (419) 874-4121
Do your kids love to play video games that involve a battle of some sort?  How about having them experience a reenactment of a battle in person. Take the journey to Perrysburg to watch the reenactment of The War of 1812.  You’ll even have the opportunity to talk to the reenactment soldiers. Fort Meigs also offers a self-guided scavenger hunt.
CLICK HERE to download the scavenger hunt instructions.  CLICK HERE to discover more

Fossil Park http://www.olanderpark.com/olanderpark/fossil-park/
5675 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, OH  43560 (419) 882-8313
Come learn all about fossils at the Olandar Park System.  You will discover what a fossil is, where they come from and if dinosaurs are the only fossils the park system has.  Bring the whole family to enjoy the walking and biking trails too.
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Imagination Station https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/
1 Discovery Way, Toledo, OH 43604 (419) 244-2674
Imagination Station has tons of great activities for your kids to enjoy, even for those teenagers.  This S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centered venue provides hours of fun and learning activities for the whole family.  If you are looking for a great day camp for your kids CLICK HERE.  CLICK HERE to discover more

Photo credit: https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/

Photo credit: https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/

Indian Creek Zoo https://indiancreekzoo.com/
2744 Consear Rd., Lambertville, MI  48144 (734) 224-0390
Nothing makes you smile more than a little baby animal.  Come check out this amazing gem in Lambertville, Michigan on June 14-16, 2019 for Baby Animal Days.  It will for sure bring a smile to everyone’s face.
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Maumee Bay State Park  http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay
1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, OH  43616 (419) 836-7158
Come enjoy beaches, trails and much more.  This is the perfect location to bring the bicycles to ride along the Lake Erie shore.  For a fun night, consider attending the Water Lantern Festival held at the Maumee Bay Inland Beach.
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National Museum of the Great Lakes http://www.inlandseas.org/
1701 Front St., Toledo, OH  43605 (419) 214-5000
Discover 40 hands-on, interactive displays to learn the story of Lakes Erie, Superior, Michigan, Huron and Ontario.  Discover how the Col. James M. Shoonmaker carried over 12 thousand tons of coal from the Toledo area to Wisconsin back in the early 1900s.  The ship was once christened the “Queen of the Great Lakes,” On June 21st, the National Museum of Great Lakes Tug Boat will be available for exploration.  Great Lakes Towing Co. President, Joseph Starck Jr., states “the tug is rich in history with a wonderful story to tell.”
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Northwest Ohio Reservation Railroad  http://www.nworrp.org/index.html
12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, OH 45840 (419) 423-2995
Visit the Reservation Railroad to take a ride on the quarter scale steam locomotive.  This fun, energetic location is bound to bring a smile to your young train conductor’s face.  They are offering a fun Country Fest combining both the love of music and trains on June 22, 2019.
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Playzone Toledo https://playzonetoledo.com/
130 New Towne Square Dr., Toledo, OH  43612 (419) 540-0000
If it’s raining out and you just need to get the kids out of the house to burn off some energy, take them to Playzone Toledo where they can enjoy Laser Tag, Battle Blasters, arcade games and Spin Bumper Cars.
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Rolf Park Pool http://www.maumee.org/community_links/recreation/rolf_park_pool.php
2115 Cass Rd., Maumee, OH  43537 (419) 897-7172
Rolf Park Pool is a great place to bring the kids for a fun day in the sun!  This pool provides a splash zone and slide for older kids. It also has a separate kiddie pool area for the little ones.
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Sauder Village (Archbold)  https://saudervillage.org/
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH  43502 (800) 590-9755
Sauder Village may be a little bit of a drive from the Toledo area, but is well worth the journey.  Your children will experience Ohio’s largest historic village. They will have the opportunity to listen to stories, ride the Erie Express train and visit the farmyard animals.
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Sportway of Toledo  https://sportway-of-toledo.business.site/
5950 Angola Rd., Toledo, OH  43615 (419) 867-1006
There are tons of great activities for the entire family to enjoy at Sportway of Toledo.  You can enjoy a round of miniature golf, Go-Karts, batting cages and arcade games. Save this location as a special treat since it does involve electronic games!
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Toledo Botanical Gardens https://www.toledogarden.org/
5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, OH  43615 (419) 270-7500
Take an afternoon to come visit the only botanical garden in the region.  This lush, vibrant park is home to over 125 community gardens. Your little ones can enjoy running through the park all while learning about the amazing plants and flowers that thrive here in Northwest Ohio.
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Toledo FireFighters Museum http://www.toledofirefightersmuseum.org/
918 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH  43612 (419) 478-3473
What kid isn’t fascinated by the bravery of a firefighter?  Come learn about the history of these brave men and women. You’ll have an opportunity to see a Pirsch pumper engine from 1929.  It served as the pumper for Old Station 19 on the corner of Stickney and Ketcham.
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Toledo Museum of Art https://www.toledomuseum.org/
2445 Monroe St., Toledo, OH  43620 (419) 255-8000
Visit the Toledo Museum of Art Family Center with your little ones for a creative day of fun!  The TMA Family Center offers fun workshops for all ages, free of charge. Visit the Family Center on June 2nd to make Music Makers, June 9th to create a project about Bugs, Bees and Butterflies and June 16th to create a craft project about Recycled Road Racers.
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Toledo Police Museum https://www.toledopolicemuseum.com/
2201 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo, OH  43606 (419) 720-2485
Come learn how the men and women in blue protected our beautiful city of Toledo dating all the back to 1948 to present day.  You will have the opportunity to experience interactive displays along with learning about the timeline highlighting the complete history of the department.
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Toledo Zoo https://www.toledozoo.org/
2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH  43609 (419) 385-5721
The newly renovated Natural History Museum is re-opening as of May 31, 2019.  Come check out the amazing exhibits available to all zoo patrons. One exhibit to check out is the Ohio:  After the Ice Melted you can walk back in history through wild Ohio to when American Lions, Mastodons and other giants roamed the land.
CLICK HERE to discover more

Photo Credit: https://www.toledozoo.org/

Photo Credit: https://www.toledozoo.org/

Toledo Metroparks https://metroparkstoledo.com/
Finally, we’d like to encourage you to check out any of the 17 amazing Metroparks in the greater Toledo area.  We’ve already featured the Toledo Botanical Gardens and Providence Park in our blog. These parks provide dozens of trails for biking, hiking and exploring with your family.  Pack a picnic, put on some sunscreen and go out and explore Toledo!

Please click on the name of the park to learn more about the wonderful opportunities provided at these locations.
Bend View 10040 S River Rd, Waterville, OH  43566
Brookwood Area 5604 Swan Creek Dr, Toledo, OH  43614
Blue Creek Waterville-Neapolis Rd at Schadel Rd, Whiteshouse, OH 43571
Fallen Timbers Battlefield & Ft. Miamis 4949 Jerome Rd, Maumee, OH  43537
Farnsworth 8505 S River Rd (US 24), Waterville, OH  43566
Howard Marsh 611 S Howard Rd, Curtice, OH 43412
Middlegrounds 111 Ottawa St, Toledo, OH  43604
Oak Openings 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH  43558
Pearson 761 Lallendorf Rd, Oregon, OH  43616
Secor 10001W Central Ave, Berkey, OH  43504
Side Cut 1025 W River Rd, Maumee, OH  43537
Swan Creek 4301 Airport Hwy, Toledo, OH  43615
Westwinds 9918 Geiser Rd, Holland, OH  43528
Wildwood 5100 W Central Ave, Toledo, OH  43615
Wiregrass Lake 201 N Eber Rd, Holland, OH  43528


Written: May 30, 2019

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Dana Nehren

Dana Nehren

Director of Agent Services

Dana is a content specialist for Home Sweet Toledo. She is also the Agent Services Director for Danberry.