Anchored by Toledo and backed by Lake Erie, Northwest Ohio is a vibrant region of big cities, friendly small towns, and rolling farmland.
Toledo, whose metro area is called home by more than half a million people, is the social capitol of the region. The city grew around the Miami and Erie Canal and eventually became a railroad and manufacturing hub which attracted large numbers of immigrants.
Stroll the leafy historic streets in Old West End and take in a concert at the Stranahan Theater. The Toledo Opera makes its home in the historic Valentine Theatre, while the Collingswood Arts Center showcases its work in a beautiful historic building. The renowned Toledo Museum of Art has permanent collections and hosts visiting shows.
Motorheads love Toledo Speedway and the city is home to the Automobile Racing Club of America. Baseball fans can cheer for the home team when the Toledo Mud Hens play – their home court is Fifth Third Field, which has been called one of the best minor league fields in the nation. The Toledo Zoo was ranked as the top zoo in America recently.
Skyscrapers of Toledo Skyline and waterfront
No matter your passion, Toledo and Northwest Ohio has something for you!
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Sports have a long tradition of excellence in Northwest Ohio, and visitors have plenty to cheer for. The Toledo Mud Hens are one of the oldest minor league teams in the nation, and their home turf, Fifth Third Field, is one of the most celebrated in the country. Inverness Golf Club has hosted major golfing tournaments like the U.S. Senior Open. Stock car enthusiasts head to the Toledo Speedway.
You’ll find four seasons of events and festivals in Northwest Ohio. Find a gift to remember at the Crosby Festival of the Arts, and don’t miss the Toledo Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival. The Toledo International Film Festival celebrates art and cultural diversity, while the Great Toledo Auto Show draws classic and exotic car buffs from around the Midwest. For real local flair, check out the Black Swamp Arts Festival.
There’s tons to do around Toledo regardless of the season or weather. The Toledo Zoo has animal exhibits, live concerts, and a famous holiday light program. Nearby, Imagination Station has hands-on educational children’s science exhibits. The National Museum of the Great Lakes explores the region’s history and boasts a docked lake freighter. Check out the Sylvania Historical Village to learn about the region’s culture and heritage.
Experience a night to remember at the Stranahan Theater, a renowned concert venue – it’s just one of the many arts facilities in the area. Downtown, the historic Valentine Theater is home to the Toledo Opera. Nearby, the Toledo Museum of Art showcases local and international works – it’s also home to the Gehry-designed Center for Visual Arts. The city also has plenty of outdoor installations and walking tours to visit them.