The city of Toledo is just 11 miles from the village of Swanton in north western Ohio so if you are visiting the area a day trip to this vibrant district is definitely recommended. There is something here to suit all tastes whether you prefer more cultured pursuits like the opera, art galleries and museums or are looking for more family-orientated activities like the Toledo Zoo or Botanical Gardens.
The city’s Zoo is situated in the old south end district and is deemed to be among the best ten zoos in the country with a staggering number of animals – over five thousand from over seven hundred species – from every corner of the globe. Among the highlights that it has to offer are popular features like the Hippoquarium, the Primate Forest, African Savanna, Arctic Encounter and a Children’s Zoo but Toledo Zoo is also part of an international conservation project. This is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and these include important breeding programs for endangered species to help ensure their existence for future generations to enjoy. Over a million people visit this popular attraction every year and it is open every day from 10am, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day however closing times will vary depending on season. Admission fees are $11.00 for adults and $8 for children aged 2-11 years while senior citizens and babies or toddlers under 2 years of age will be admitted for free.
If you have an interest in the arts, then you may wish to pay a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art which can be found on Monroe Street however there are exhibits and features here that will interest the whole family. The museum is home to many famous paintings and is renowned around the world for its collection of Old Master paintings in particular. One of its most impressive features has to be the Glass Pavilion, which is deemed to be an architectural wonder due to the curved glass panels that make up its interior and exterior walls. This is surrounded by vast amounts of green space outdoors which add to its beauty as well as an outdoor sculpture garden with some magnificent works of art that can be viewed from inside the building as clearly as they can from the outside. The museum also holds an impressive collection of Asian and African art that include artifacts and antiquities as well as free glass blowing demonstrations that are held daily in the Pavilion where visitors can learn more about how glass is made. Younger children can enjoy hand-on activities in the museum’s Family Art Center which are held several times a week. The museum is open from 10am Tuesday to Saturday and from noon to 5pm Sundays however it is closed every Monday and closing hours vary. Toledo also has several metro parks which are open from 7am until dark, where visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking and cycling on some of its numerous trails as well as several live concerts and other special events held throughout the year.