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Summer is upon us and everyone is ready to get back to having fun. Toledo has so many amazing activities for every age to enjoy this summer. If you’re looking for a summer adventure in and around Toledo, this list will give some great ideas!
Go To Adult Summer Camp
Metroparks Toledo invites you to “unleash your inner child” at one of the adult summer camp experiences in their No Kids Allowed series. Register online to try a new activity like kayaking, archery, and tree climbing. There’s even an overnight camp! Check out these upcoming camp experiences:
Tree Climbing, Hammocking at Height
July 10, 2021 5pm-8pm
Night Owls Overnight
August 13, 2021 6pm-10am
Archery, Hiking, and Hammocking
September 22, 2021 6pm-9pm
Visit Your Local Farmers’ Market
Buying fresh locally grown produce at the farmers’ market is one of the best places to support your local farmers. There are many opportunities around Toledo to do so during the week.
Toledo Farmers’ Market
525 Market St,
Toledo, OH 43604
Westgate Farmers’ Market
3408 West Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606
Wednesdays 3 pm-7 pm
Perrysburg Farmers’ Market
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Thursdays 3 pm-8 pm
Visit Every Zoo in Ohio
Ohio is home to world-class zoos. Each one features something unique and worth the drive. Plan a trip to all of them!
Visit a New Coffee Shop
This year Toledo saw two new coffee shops open in downtown Toledo. Both providing coffee enthusiasts a different experience. Grindhers recently celebrated their grand opening with coffee, cotton candy, and a drag show! What a fun afternoon! Their cold brew floats and iced latte flights have been very popular.
Another addition to the downtown area is The Onyx Cafe. The Onyx Cafe has a great workspace environment that complements its great coffee and warm hospitality.
Go Lavender Picking
Trying something new this summer should definitely include a visit to Pemberville, Ohio.
About 25 minutes outside Toledo, is where you will find Luckey Road Lavender Farm. U-pick season starts June 19 as they celebrate opening day with a makers mart featuring several local makers. Don’t miss it!
Other events to check out at Luckey Rd Lavender this summer:
Lavender Crown Workshops
June 20th, 6 PM & June 27th, 6 PM
Learn to make lavender crowns and have a professional photo taken in the lavender fields.
Sunset Lavender Yoga
June 24-July29th Thursday Evenings @7pm
Enjoy a one-hour yoga class between rows of lavender in bloom.
Attend A Professional Golf Tournament
This summer, Toledo will host The 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club. The tournament takes place from August 31 – Monday, September 6. The opening ceremony will be one of a kind and will include cuisine from local Toledo restaurants and a live performance from Gwen Stefani.
Go Strawberry Picking
Fruit that you’ve picked yourself always seems to just taste better. It’s also a great activity for the entire family to enjoy together. Visit a local farm before u-pick season is over!
4550 Weckerly Rd
Monclova, OH 43542
3275 N Ridge Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
Go To a Food Festival
The best way to try multiple restaurants at the same time is at a food festival. Toledo has a few coming up that you don’t want to miss. If you love a good BBQ Rib, you’re going to want to snag a ticket for Northwest Ohio Rib Off. The event is set to happen July 30 – August 1, 2021, at the Lucas County Fairgrounds. Pizza Palooza is back for their tenth year celebrating your favorite cheesy meal. The event will take place Friday, July 30th & Saturday, July 31st at Centennial Terrace.
Hike a Trail You’ve Never Hiked Before
There are 19 Metroparks in Toledo with “more than 12,000 acres of protected natural land to explore and 198 miles of trails to traverse.” Visit a park you haven’t been to yet and explore its trails. New adventures await you all summer long.
Try Every Donut Shop In Toledo
There’s nothing better than a fresh donut from your local, family-owned donut shop. You can taste love and dedication in every bite.
Here are a few donut shops to get you started on your journey to find your favorite donut: Cafe Donuts, Holey Toledough, Sparky’s Donuts, Ice Cream & Coffee, Mama C’s Donuts & Fine Pastries, Papa Moose’s Donuts, Wixey Bakery, Haas Bakery, Don’s Donuts Bakery & Cafe, and Bakery Unlimited.
Take your love for donuts on the road to Columbus and hop on the sweetest trail in Ohio, The Butler County Donut Trail. This delicious trail features 13 mom-and-pop donut shops. Print a passport out and get exploring!
Visit A Garden
If you’ve never been to the Toledo Botanical Garden, do it this summer. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with flowers and trees of different varieties. It’s a great place for a morning walk.
Visit The Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio for a very unique garden experience featuring works of art using plants. Another beautiful garden to put on your radar is The Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore, Ohio. This 17-acre garden estate exemplifies beauty and serenity. Just east of Cleveland, you’ll find Holden Forests & Gardens, one of the largest arboreta and botanical gardens in the United States. Put it on your list now!
Complete An Ohio Ale Trail
The 419 Ale Trail kicks off this summer featuring 29 breweries and craft beverage makers in Northwest Ohio. While you wait for the official launch take a trip to Dayton and take on the Dayton Ale Trail. On this trail, explore 27 local breweries. After collecting stamps from each brewery, get rewarded with a custom Dayton Ale Trail logo 16oz beer glass.
You also have the option of a road trip to Columbus to take on their 41 stop ale trail. After collecting 4 stamps you’ll earn a Columbus Ale Trail embroidered patch and matching sticker. Level up by visiting all of the breweries and receive a limited edition art print.
Peddle your way from brewery to brewery on the Brewed on the Bikeway Trail in Athens, Ohio. This craft beer and bike tour also feature unique eateries and art along the trail.
Other Ohio ale trails to check out:
Mansfield Wine & Ale Trail
The Darke County Whiskey, Wine, & Ale Trail
Route 33 Brew Trail
Ride Every Roller Coaster In Ohio
Be a super thrill seeker this summer and head to Cedar Point and brave all 18 rollercoasters. Start early! Your mission is not complete without a trip to King’s Island. They have 13 more rollercoasters for you to ride.
Enjoy Ohio’s Art Scene
One of the best ways to see what Ohio’s art scene has to offer is to take the Art Road Trip. This guide, provided by Ohio. Find It Here., maps out 12 stops around Ohio that include murals and iconic museums that are sure to inspire you. Click HERE for the guide!
Volunteer To Paint The Largest Mural In The Country
The Glass City River Wall covers 160,000 square feet across 28 silos and is located along the east bank of the Maumee River, near downtown Toledo. Artist, Gabe Gault, was chosen to create the large-scale art installation. The project is currently underway and could use a few hands. What a great way to be a part of Ohio history. Visit https://www.glasscityriverwall.org/ to learn more about the project and how to volunteer.
Go Wine Tasting on a Sunday Afternoon
With a choice of over 350 local wineries across Ohio, you are sure to find a favorite sip. The weather has been beautiful these last few weeks, perfect for sipping in an outdoor setting. Visit http://www.findohiowines.com to find an Ohio winery to visit.
Pack a Picnic
Last year, Metroparks Toledo was named America’s No. 1 large-city park district for 2020. Take advantage of all of these beautiful park spaces with a picnic. Invite a friend and bring a basket of goodies and enjoy the views. If you’re looking for something a little more special, book a curated, luxury picnic experience from Social Setting Co. Everything is taken care of from the setting up to the menu. Just show up!
Learn To Swim
The City of Toledo invites persons of all ages to learn how to swim this summer, every Tuesday and Thursday. Swim lessons are free and run from July 6-July 29. Registration Required: toledo.oh.gov/summer
Go Roller Skating At The Park
Ottawa Park Ice Rink has been very popular in the winter months for years. Starting June 28th the venue will now offer an outdoor skating experience. Roller skates and inline skates will be available for rent. Skate hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am-9 pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 am-5 pm.
Unplug For An Entire Weekend
Try a digital detox and turn off the phone all weekend. Use the time to reconnect with family, discover new hobbies, sleep better, and take time for yourself.