101 ways to spend 101 days in Northwest OhioWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Editor’s Statement: I hear it all the time: “Toledo’s so boring. There’s nothing to do here.”
The next time you hear someone say those words, please hand them a copy of this issue.
I admit: When our editorial team decided to come up with a list of “101 ways to spend 101 days” in Northwest Ohio, I thought it might be difficult. I imagined our stream of ideas running dry around No. 70 or so and really having to dig deep to finish the list.
As it turned out, we had the opposite problem. In no time at all, we had a list of nearly 150 regional activities and destinations. We pared the list to 101 a few times only to think of new ones to add.
Nearly every day for several weeks, I’d come into work to find an idea from a co-worker in an email or on a sticky note, or someone poking their head around the door frame to say, “What about this?” Picking the brains of some of our friends and regular contributors yielded more activities I wasn’t aware of, including a Sunday afternoon community drum circle in the Old West End, virtual golf at Tamaron Country Golf Club’s Indoor Golf Center and Bird’s Eye View Circus Space, a new studio at the Collingwood Arts Center offering lessons in aerial silks, trapeze, acro yoga and more.
I started paying more attention to Facebook posts and event invitations, where I learned about Glass City Café’s Saturday morning breakfast music series. Driving around town with new eyes, I started to notice things I’d never noticed before, like the Toledo Firefighters Museum just down the street from Boyd’s Retro Candy Store.
The weekend of July 20-21 alone offers the opportunity to take in worldclass golf at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Sylvania, groove to the sounds of more than 40 local musicians at 11 UpTown venues during The Arts Commission’s SoundTrek, get your Jiggs Dinner fix at the Toledo Hibernian Irish Festival Downtown or admire the riverfront as Wynonna Judd performs at Hollywood Casino Toledo’s outdoor summer concert series.
I’m inspired by local resident Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, who recently decided she needed to break out of a “30-year slump.” As reported by Staff Writer Evan Brune, Stanfa-Stanley is now almost two months into a quest to have 52 new experiences in the 52 weeks leading up to her 52nd birthday. So far, she’s entered a pizza-eating contest, taken a belly dancing class, auditioned for “Survivor,” been hypnotized and more.
It’s never too late to look around and see how much Northwest Ohio has to offer. We could have easily doubled our list and still been forced to leave things off. In the end, we decided to choose our 101 with the goal of touching on as many points of interest as possible. We listed them in no particular order but grouped them by category for ease of reading and include a disclaimer that the list was far from exhaustive.
This internationally renowned museum recently expanded its Thursday hours and is now open until 9 p.m. on both Thursdays and Fridays. With free admission to most exhibitions, TMA also offers art classes, demonstrations, free docent-guided tours and more. Circle 2445 regularly hosts social events geared toward young adults, including Art in the Dark, a drinks and flashlight tour on Sept. 26. 2445 Monroe St.
About to enter its 70th season this fall, one of the symphony’s most popular series is the annual free summer Music under the Stars concert series at the Toledo Zoo.
3. Toledo Opera
The opera strives to make its performances accessible to all with translations provided above the stage like closed captioning. This season’s offerings will include “Aida” and “Faust.”
4. Theater and stage
Northwest Ohio is full of opportunities to catch a theater performance, including “Wicked” at the Stranahan Theater (Aug. 14-Sept. 1). There’s also Valentine Theatre, Toledo Repertoire Theatre and Edgy Rep, Village Players and The Upton Players and regional community theater productions, not to mention high school and college performances.
The Art Supply Depo offers life drawing sessions 7-9 p.m. on fourth Tuesdays. The shop provides the model and music while participants (18 and older) bring their own drinks and art supplies. The next date is July 23. $10 or $7 with a friend. 29 S. St. Clair St.
Bring drinks (or don’t) and let a local featured artist guide your group through creating a painting. All supplies provided. $35 per person/$60 for two. 5228 Monroe St.
7. Create glass art
Let artists at Gathered Art Gallery & Studio, 23 N. Huron St.; Firenation Glass, 7166 Front St., Holland; or Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., help you try your hand at the art that put Toledo on the map. Options include a flower, paperweight, cup and more.
8. Art Walk
Featuring street performers and locally made crafts from Handmade Toledo vendors, the Art Walks include nearly 30 arts-related venues in the Warehouse District, UpTown, Downtown, Old West End and more. Free and held on second Thursdays June through September.
It won’t be back until 2015, but mark your calendars because Artomatic419! has grown into one of the biggest creative displays in the area, featuring work from more than 500 local visual, performing and literary artists.
This ain’t your granny’s craft show. The one-day alternative craft fair organized by the UpTown Association is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at 1717 Adams St.
Local photographer Eric Shanteau (hobbes2485 on Instagram) organized a photo walk to raise money for the medical bills of 19-year-old Bowling Green State University student Tori Jennings, who is fighting lymphoma. Cost is $25 and includes coffee, snack, T-shirt and lunch at Dégagé, 301 River Road. Participants are asked to donate at least one print to be sold at the Maumee Summer Fair. Deadline to register is July 22, but those who show up on the day of are welcome to participate (minus the T-shirt and food). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.
Bowling Green’s annual festival featuring art vendors, performing artists and more is set for Sept. 6-8.
Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival takes place every June at Toledo Botanical Gardens and features the work of more than 200 artists from across the country.
The National Center for Nature Photography features photo exhibits, contests, demonstrations and classes. Free and open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. At Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey.
15. Tent City
With the likes of John Mellencamp and ZZ Top lending support in recent years, this longtime homelessness awareness event organized by 1matters aims to help Toledo’s unhoused population connect with resources like food, clothing, medical screenings, haircuts and more. Oct. 25-27.
The highlight of this event benefiting Feed Lucas County Children is a lottery with winners chosen by fruit dropped from a helicopter onto a half-acre grid of squares. 2-9 p.m. July 27 at Centennial and Brint roads in Sylvania. Free but donations accepted. Read more here.
17. Toledo SOUP
Several local projects present their work, with all getting exposure and one getting funding toward their idea as voted on by attendees of this crowd-funded microgrant dinner series. The next one is 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th St.
Themed “ReIMAGINE Toledo,” the conference is planned for Sept. 19. TEDx events feature video and live speakers with the aim of sparking deep discussion and connection in small groups about “ideas worth spreading.”
19. Jam City
The inaugural Jam City was held in May and featured creative peanut butter and jelly-inspired dishes from a dozen local restaurants, including Mancy’s Steaks, Swig, Burger Bar 419 and many more. The event is a fundraiser for Food for Thought, a local nonprofit that makes and gives away sack lunches containing PB&J sandwiches. Next year’s date is TBD.
20. Cedar Point
Featuring 16 roller coasters, including the brand-new GateKeeper, tons of shows and other attractions, Sandusky’s Cedar Point has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 15 consecutive years. Water park Soak City is next door.
21. Sauder Village
Ohio’s largest living history village features more than 40 historic homes and shops, costumed guides and working craftsmen who help visitors experience daily life in the rural Northwest Ohio of the past. New this year is a traveling exhibit of knitted presidents wearing period clothing. Open April to October. $8-15, active military and children 5 and younger free, children 16 and younger free on Sundays. 22611 State Route 2, Archbold.
Founded in 1906, Spangler manufactures Dum Dums lollipops, candy canes, circus peanuts and more. Museum and store are free. Factory tour on a trolley is $3-$5, children 5 and younger free. 400 N. Portland St., Bryan.
The Fremont site includes the home, library, museum, tomb and 25-acre estate (Spiegel Grove) of the 19th U.S. president. Entrance to the property is through one of six sets of original White House gates. Sleigh rides are offered in the winter. $3-$13. GroveFest, featuring a dog parade, kids activities, demonstrations and an auction, is set for July 27. A Civil War re-enactment is set for Oct. 5-6.
24. Port Clinton
About an hour from Downtown Toledo, this Lake Erie shoreline town calls itself the Walleye Capital of the World. Liberty Aviation Museum, which opened in July 2012, features a collection of aircraft, vehicles and other historical artifacts, including World War II-era Jeeps and “Georgie’s Gal,” a refurbished flyable B-25. All proceeds from the vintage 1950s Tin Goose Diner go back to the museum. The Great Lakes Popcorn Company features unique flavors like Wild Walleye, Bubble Gum and Bacon and Cheese. The African Safari Wildlife Park is open March to November. There’s also the Mon Ami Winery and putt-putt golf, go-kart racing, beaches and access to Put-in-Bay ferries. The city drops a walleye on New Year’s Eve.
Put-in-Bay offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a museum tour, a winery, a jet ski rental, a climb to the top of Perry’s Memorial, a chocolate museum or just a cold drink and live entertainment by the pool. Accessible by ferry (one-way fares $1.50-$14.99).
26. Kelleys Island
The largest American island in Lake Erie, Kelleys Island offers one of the nation’s best examples of glacial grooves, left as a heavy glacial wall moved over the island’s soft limestone. Campgrounds, wineries and Inscription Rock State Memorial featuring Native American petroglyphs are other draws.
This lakeshore destination features a hotel, rental cabins, campground, golf course, fishing, bird-watching, nature center, paths for walking, biking or rollerblading and more. 1400 State Park Road, Oregon.
28. Ethnic festivals
Birmingham Ethnic (Aug. 17-18), German-American (Aug. 23-25), Greek-American (Sept. 6-8), African-American, Latino, Polish — so much ethnicity to celebrate! Food, drink, music, dancing, contests: What’s not to love?
The annual event typically features a parade, cardboard sled races, horse and carriage rides, ice sculptures, chili cook-off, music, snowman building and snowball throwing contests, a 5k, dancing and more.
Held the first week of June, the OWE Fest features the King Wamba Parade, house tours, art fair, live entertainment, kids activities, 5K, yard sales, antique car show, craft vendors and more.
Local residents create altars featuring photos, candles, decorations, favorite foods and more on the day Latin American culture believes spirits of the dead come back to visit the living for one day. Nov. 2 at Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, 1225 Broadway St.
32. Toledo Pride
The fourth annual LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied) event is set for Aug. 24 at Promenade Park. The event, which has grown each year, features a parade, live entertainment, drag queen performances, a night glo 5K on Aug. 23 and a family fun day Aug. 25.
33. Toledo Auto Show
The annual winter show features hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles.
Set for Aug. 24-25, this show is an “extravaganza of antique, classic and historical watercraft through the ages,” featuring local maritime vendors and artisans, live entertainment, food and more at the Toledo Yacht Club, 3900 N. Summit St.
These two Perrysburg events feature live entertainment, food and more. First Fridays are free and family-friendly, held the first Fridays of the month June-September (Aug. 2 and Sept. 6). Rock the Docks (Sept. 21) is $5 and for age 21 and older.
36. Iconic Toledo Food
Culinary quests for residents and out-of-town visitors alike include hot dogs from Tony Packo’s, chili dogs from Rudy’s, steak from Mancy’s, pizza from Jo-Jo’s or Inky’s, an everything bagel from Barry Bagels, ice cream from Mr. Freeze, doughnuts from Wixey Bakery, a garbage salad from Grumpy’s or a great view of the Toledo skyline from a patio at The Docks.
Support locally owned restaurants while raising money for local nonprofit Leadership Toledo by ordering off specially created menus during this annual weeklong event.
38. Farmers markets
Local markets include Downtown at Erie Street Market (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays May through November, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays December through April), Perrysburg (3-8 p.m. Thursdays May through mid-October, including Music at the Market 7-8:30 p.m. June through August), Westgate Village (3-7 p.m. Wednesdays May through October) and Whitehouse (9 a.m. to noon Saturdays May through early October).
39. Glass City Café
The eatery at 1107 Jackson St. features music every Saturday at 10 a.m.: First Saturdays feature acoustic Americana group Old State Line, second Saturdays are called OWE’ver Easy featuring Jason Quick, third Saturdays offer Americana and classic rock favorites and fourth Saturdays are bluegrass.
Features penny candy, old-fashioned taffy, retro soft drinks – and plenty of nostolgia. 954 Phillips Ave.
41. Pizza Palooza
Local pizza joints will vie for the title of best judges’ choice and people’s choice July 26-27 at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. Admission $3-$5, children 4 and younger free. Pizza $1.50-$2 per slice.
42. Brewery tour
Tours of Toledo’s Maumee Bay Brewery Co., located inside the Oliver House, 27 Broadway St., are available by appointment. Beers brewed include Buckeye Beer, Glass City Pale Ale, Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout and more. The Maumee Bay Brew Pub overlooks the brewing floor.
43. Food-themed fests
44. Taste of Maumee
Set for Aug. 16-17 during Maumee’s 175th anniversary celebration, Taste of Maumee features more than a dozen local restaurants serving food from around the world, including Sidelines, Jacky’s Depot, El Salto, Fricker’s, Pizzaroma, Rib Cage and La Fiesta.
The complex features an 1840s log home, schoolhouse, blacksmith and carpentry shop, railroad depot (the oldest in Ohio) with locomotive engine and caboose and museum. It hosts art camps for kids in the summer and the popular Fossil Fest in September. 5717 Main St., Sylvania.
46. Wolcott House
Current exhibit is “Patriotism, Petticoats and Progress: A Tribute to the Early Settlers of the Maumee Valley.” Will offer a Paranormal Tour, featuring a night tour of the house where unexplained events have been documented over the years, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Guided tours available Thursday-Sunday, April through December. $2.50-$6. 1035 River Road, Maumee.
47. Fort Meigs
Featuring costumed historical interpreters, War of 1812 re-enactors, third Thursday lecture series, “Life in Early Ohio” event Aug. 24-25, Miniature War Gaming Day on Nov. 2 and more. $4-$8, children 5 and younger free. 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg.
48. Lighthouse tours
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society offers trips to the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse during its annual festival in early July. Lighthouse cruises are offered aboard the Sandpiper on select Sundays during the summer. In Ottawa County, Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is Oct. 12. Cost to climb lighthouse is $2, children 6 and younger free.
49. Tours de Noel
Featuring tours of historic Old West End homes decorated for the holidays plus a gift boutique, Tours de Noel is a fun way to kick off the holiday season. $10-15, children 13 and younger free.
50. ‘The Nutcracker’
Approaching its 73rd year, the Toledo Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” performed at Stranahan Theater, is the longest-running performance in the nation and a holiday tradition for many.
Another holiday staple for many, the Toledo Zoo lights up with animation displays and more than a million lights, including 350,000 on the 85-foot Norway Spruce alone. Mid-November through Dec. 31.
52. Christmas in July
Need a fix of Christmas music, Christmas movies and Christmas ales? Find all that and more at the Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl, hosted by The Blarney Irish Pub, Bronze Boar, Home Slice Pizza, Table Forty4, Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull and Ye Old Durty Bird starting at 6 p.m. July 25. Drink and food item at each location. $30.
Cedar Point isn’t just for summer. The “Best Amusement Park in the World” also features 10 haunted houses, plenty of “screamsters” and more.
54. Zombie Bar Crawl
Thousands of costumed “zombies” hit the streets and bars of UpTown Toledo the Friday before Halloween. Hosted by the UpTown Association in partnership with the bars, restaurants and businesses of the Adams Street corridor.
Hosted each spring and fall by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, this series has brought famous authors such as Anna Quindlen, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, John Updike and more to Toledo.
One of the only drive-in movie theaters left in the area, the business across from Pearson Park offers two screens of double features April through October plus a concessions stand. 4500 Navarre Ave., Oregon. $3.75-$8.75 per person, children 5 and younger free.
57. Book clubs
Book clubs are offered at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library branch libraries Birmingham, Heatherdowns, Oregon, Point Place, Sanger, Sylvania, Washington, Waterville and West Toledo as well as Way Public Library in Perrysburg.
The annual event hosted by the University of Toledo each fall features speakers, raffle prizes and a banned books vigil.
59. Featured Lines
Each month, Launch Pad Cooperative hosts a different writer or poet to present an extended reading at the Downtown gallery, 911 Jefferson Ave. Upcoming speakers include Carl Dietrich in August, Michael Kocinski in September and Patricia Clark in November. 8 p.m., free.
October will be the five-year anniversary of this Old West End house’s first concert. The home at 2564 Robinwood Ave. hosts two to three shows per month for international, national and regional experimental or avant-garde musicians.
All are welcome to a drum circle that forms 1-3 p.m. Sundays in the Old West End’s Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arboretum, 2510 Robinwood Ave. Bring your own hand drum, percussion toy or other musical instrument if you have one. Some extras are usually available. Kids and beginners welcome. Organizers say it’s a form of art therapy, as the rhythms melt away the stress of daily life and promote spontaneity, creativity, cooperation, community building, empowerment and cultural awareness.
A wristband lets you hop between 11 UpTown Toledo venues hosting nearly 40 local acts performing a diverse array of live music on July 19 for $15-$20.
63. Ice Skating With DJs
The all-ages event features ice skating to the sounds of DJ-spun tunes at Ottawa Park Ice Rink, 2200 W. Bancroft St. $6-$10 includes skate rental and a drink at the afterparty.
Hear local and national artists perform 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel, 444 N. Summit St., hosted by the Art Tatum Jazz Society. $5-$15.
Traditional jazz festival set for Sept. 13-15.
There’s more to Hollywood Casino Toledo than gambling. Upcoming acts in the casino’s inaugural outdoor summer concert series along the riverfront include Wynonna Judd on July 20, Chevelle on July 26, Ronnie Dunn on Aug. 2 and Travis Tritt on Aug. 24. 777 Hollywood Blvd.
Toledo is home to the largest collection of lithophanes and the only museum worldwide dedicated to the art. Lithophanes are etchings made in translucent porcelain that can only be clearly viewed when lit from behind. The museum is home to more than 2,300 lithophanes and has about 750 lithophanes on display. Featuring “Captured in Porcelain” through Oct. 27. Toledo Botanical Gardens, 5403 Elmer Drive. Free and open 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday May-October with special group tours for 10 or more available year-round for $5 a person.
The museum is scheduled to open in spring 2014 along with the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship. In the meantime, check out the new Maritime Park, featuring an inlaid outline of the Great Lakes as well as Lakes-themed poetry by local artists stamped into the sidewalk. 1701 Front St.
Features vintage firefighting uniforms, memorabilia, photos and equipment, including the city’s first fire pumper from 1837, a horse-drawn steamer, a Willys Fire Jeep and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. 918 Sylvania Ave.
Visitors can get locked up in a jail cell, have their mug shot taken by the original TPD mug shot camera, check out interactive displays or peek inside a replica 1948 police wagon. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. At Ottawa Park, 2201 Kenwood Blvd.
71. Free Mondays at Toledo Zoo
Lucas County residents get free admission on Mondays between 10 a.m. and noon (except holidays) and $2 off admission rates every day with proof of residence. Highlights include the new Australian exhibit, Wild Walkabout, the largest crocodile in North America and twin polar bear cubs. Active military and veterans also get free admission with military ID.
72. Hit the trails or river
Take advantage of about 150 miles of walking/running/dog-walking/horseback-riding trails spread over nine Metroparks of Toledo Area parks. The longest is the 15-mile hiking trail at Oak Openings Preserve. Don’t forget the Maumee River. Farnsworth Metropark along the Maumee River in Waterville has a ramp for small boats and personal watercraft. The park overlooks Missionary Island, a popular destination for paddlers to explore. Cartop boats can be launched under the I-475 bridge at Side Cut Metropark.
Featuring more than 250 hands-on exhibits, including “Grossology” through Sept. 2, this science center is fun even for adults. Closed Mondays and holidays. $7.50-$9.50, children 2 and younger free. Two Lucas County kids (12 and younger) per paid adult free on Saturdays. Teachers and active military free.
Ritter Planetarium features the first projection system of its kind in the world. “Two Small Pieces of Glass,” tracing the history of the telescope, 8:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30. $5-$7, children 4 and younger free.
Search for fossils in a handicap-accessible 5-acre rock quarry, one of only a handful of such parks in the nation. Free and open April to November. 5675 Centennial Road, Sylvania.
This wheelchair-accessible greenhouse is filled with tropical plants and more than 1,000 butterflies from all over the world. Open May-October. Admission $7-$9, children 3 and younger free. 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse.
77. Grow something
Working in partnership with community organizations and neighborhoods, Toledo GROWs serves more than 165 community gardens, which are planned and cared for by neighborhood residents. Toledo GROWs is the community gardening outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden. Find one near you by emailing email@example.com
78. Sandpiper cruise
The Sandpiper is a 100-passenger cruise vessel available for private and public rides on the Maumee River from May through October. Cruise options include picnic lunch, Friday Night Family, sunset and city lights, fireworks, musical dinner, fall color and Halloween. $7-$40.
79. Go birding
Ottawa County recently drew visitors from 46 states and 13 countries for “The Biggest Week in American Birding,” a 10-day birding event held each May. Destinations that can be enjoyed year-round include Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
80. Park(ing) Day
Various organizations bring in sod, plants, turf and other installations to create temporary green spaces along Adams Street. The third annual event is set for Sept. 20. Free.
Located in Elmore, the 17-acre site has more than 13,000 annuals, around 100 tree species and more than 100 beds, along with plant species and collectibles from more than 110 countries. It’s also home to a collection of more than 100 bonsai trees. Admission $6-$10, children 5 and younger free. Open May through October. Closed Mondays and holidays. 19255 W. Portage River South Road.
82. Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day. First Saturday of every May, including JC’s Comic Stop, 5239 Hill Ave.; Monarch Cards & Comics, 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd.; The Game Room, 3001 W. Sylvania Ave.; and Seann’s Anime and Comics, 5805 Monroe St.
83. Go antiquing
Whether buying or just browsing, some amazing pieces can be found at local antique shops, including Adams Street Antiques & Art, 1500 Adams St.; Great Finds in Maumee, 1414 Reynolds Road, Maumee; Maumee Antique Mall, 1552 Reynolds Road, Maumee; Leffler’s Antiques, 2646 W. Central Ave.; Toledo Architectural Artifacts, 20 S. Ontario St.; and more.
84. Record Store Day
Featuring in-store performances, meet-and-greets with artists and special deals on merchandise, Record Store Day is observed across the country, including locally at Allied Record Exchange, Culture Clash Records, RamaLama Records, Shakin’ Street Records, B-Bop Records and more.
Bird’s Eye View Circus Space is a new studio offering lessons in aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, contact staff, hooping, acro yoga, yoga and partner yoga at Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Ave.
Whether you’re into video games, card games, board games or role-playing games, you’ll find something for you at BASHCon, featuring tournaments, costume contests, vendors and more. Hosted by the University of Toledo student gaming group BASH, the convention is the largest student-run gaming event in the Midwest. Feb. 14-16, 2014.
87. Live comedy
Set in Bowling Green since 1967, this annual event is one of the largest in the nation, drawing an estimated 60,000 people. Aug. 16-18. $20-$44 for a single session pass, three-day passes start at $100, children 10 and younger free. Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green.
89. Toledo Speedway
Owned by ARCA Racing, which has been a starting point for many NASCAR and other professional drivers over the years. 5639 Benore Road.
90. Raceway Park
Live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday April through September. 5700 Telegraph Road.
Catch baseball at Fifth Third Field and hockey at Huntington Center for year-round minor league sports — sometimes even on the same night.
92. Marathon Classic
See the top women golfers in the world at Toledo’s annual LPGA golf tournament. Let loose a little at Club 14, a chance to cheer and interact with golfers at hole 14 followed by an afterparty with live entertainment.
Toledo’s roller derby team will kick off its season Oct. 5 with other home bouts scheduled for Nov. 9, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, March 29 and May 3 at the SeaGate Convention Centre.
94. Support a local sports team
Several local high school and college teams have won state and national titles in recent years. (The University of Toledo’s women’s soccer team has a player who played for Colombia in the World Cup.) The Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania play baseball by vintage 1860s rules, complete with vintage uniforms. UT and Bowling Green State University have quidditch teams in the spirit of the “Harry Potter” books. There’s also Toledo Celtics (men’s rugby), Toledo Reign (women’s pro football), Cherokee Hockey, Toledo Crash (wheelchair football via The Ability Center) and more.
95. Join a community sports league
Get-active options range from touch football, indoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee and broomball to “bar games” like euchre and cornhole via Toledo Sport and Social Club, Gold Medal Indoor Sports, Tam-O-Shanter, Greater Toledo Inline Hockey League, CedarCreek Church and more.
If going to the gym’s not your thing, join this group that stays fit by meeting at Fort Meigs to run, climb and engage in intense exercise sessions together outside. 29100 W River Road, Perrysburg
97. Hit the local bike trails
Miles of bike trails, including the Jermain Park Trail built for off-road mountain bikes.
Deep-water, spring-fed swimming facility in Sylvania, featuring sandy beach, diving platforms, water toys like an aqua-bobber, a water teeter-totter, log roller, swim rafts and more. Gate pass $6 or $90-$165 season membership. Noon to 7 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Pick up a Toledo Traditions of Golf Trail Pass, which includes six rounds of golf at Detwiler Park Golf Course, Collins Park Golf Course, South Toledo Golf Club and Ottawa Park Golf Course for $179. Or hit the virtual links at Tamaron Country Club’s Indoor Golf Center and play Pebble Beach, The Old Course at St Andrews or Spyglass without ever leaving town. $10-$25 per hour.
More than 6,000 military and civilian shooters from across the country come to Camp Perry in Port Clinton each summer. Several matches include expert instruction for beginners and watching the competitions is free. Dozens of vendors are set up at commercial row the whole month. July 8-Aug. 14.
101. Fun runs
Upcoming themed fun runs and mud runs include Run or Dye (Aug. 10, Toledo), Color Run (Aug. 17, Toledo), Dance Dash (Aug. 24, Perrysburg), Color Me Rad (Sept. 22, Toledo), Survival Race (Sept. 28, Holland), Zombie Race (Sept. 29, Holland). Find more races at ToledoRoadRunners.org.
Compiled by Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star Managing Editor Sarah Ottney. What did we miss? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.