Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Local Attractions

Thinking about a "Staycation" this year?

A new concept we're hearing about these days is the "Staycation" -- in other words, finding attractions closer to home in lieu of the more "traditional vacation" which involves travel, and of course, spending a lot more money.

What follows is a nice list of local options for your summer vacation this year if you decide to stay close to home. Not all of these places may be handicapped accessible, however, so do call ahead if that is a concern for you.

Around Toledo:

Toledo Zoo www.toledozoo.org 419-385-5721

Art Museum/Glass Pavilion www.toledomuseum.org 419-255-8000

Metroparks www.metroparkstoledo.com 419-407-9700

Toledo Botanical Gardens www.toledogarden.org 419-536-5566

Willis B. Boyer www.willisbboyer.org 419-936-3070

Sandpiper Cruises www.sandpiperboat.com 419-537-1212

Wolcott House www.wolcotthouse.org 419-893-9602

Toledo Firefighter Museum www.toledofiremuseum.com 419-478-3473

577 Foundation www.577foundation.org 419-847-4174

Ritter Planetarium www.rpbo.utoledo.edu 419-530-2650

Ft. Meigs www.ohiohistory.org 419-874-4121

Maumee Indoor Theater www.maumeeindoor.com 419-897-8901

Ohio Theater (ohiotheatre@sbcglobal.net) 419-241-6785

Oregon, Ohio:

Maumee Bay State Park www.maumeebayresort.com

Sandusky, Ohio:

Cedar Point /Soak City www.cedarpoint.com

Merry-Go-Round Museum www.merrygoroundmuseum.org

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center www.ghostlymanor.com

Great Wolf Lodge www.greatwolf.com

Lagoon Deer Park www.sanduskyfunspot.com

Castaway Bay www.castawaybay.com

Port Clinton, Ohio:

African Safari www.africansafariwildlifepark.com

Camp Perry Lodging www.cplcc.com

Island Adventure Fun Center www.island-adventures.net

Put-in-Bay Jet Express www.jet-express.com

Oak Harbor, Ohio:

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Crane Creek State Park

Marblehead, Ohio:

Prehistoric Forest www.mysteryhill.com

Monsoon Lagoon www.monsoonlagoonwaterpark.com

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

Fremont, Ohio:

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center www.rghayes.org

Milan, Ohio:

Edison Birthplace www.tomedison.org

Aurora, Ohio:

Geauga Lake Wildwater Kingdom www.wildwaterfun.com

Cleveland, Ohio:

Cleveland Zoo www.clemetzoo.com

Christmas Story House Museum www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame www.rockhall.com

Canton, Ohio:

Pro Football Hall of Fame www.profootballhof.com

Whitehouse, Ohio:

Butterfly House www.butterfly-house.com

Whitehouse Shrimp Farm www.shrimp-farm.com

Waterville, Ohio:

Bluebird Passenger Train www.tlew.org

Grand Rapids, OH:

Mary Jane Thurston Park

Canal Boat/Mill

Downtown Shops

Bowling Green, OH:

Civil War Museum www.acwmo.org

Snook’s Dream Cars snooksdreamcars.com

Ottawa, Ohio:

Harley Davidson Museum www.benbreecehd.com

Archbold, Ohio:

Candy Cane Christmas Shop www.candycanechristmas.com

Sauder Village www.saudervillage.org

Columbus, Ohio:

Columbus Zoo www.columbuszoo.org

German Village

COSI www.cosi.org

North Market www.northmarket.com

King Arts Complex www.kingartcomplex.com

Olentangy Indian Caverns www.olentangyindiancavern.com

More Resources:

Michigan and the Irish Hills Lakes & attractions www.brooklynmi.com

Ohio Seasonal Guide www.seasonalguide.com

So what are you waiting for? Get out and go!

[Special thanks go to Diane Frazee of the United Way's Family Information Network for providing the bulk of this week's blog posting. Thank you, Diane, for your tireless support of Ohio's disabled, and their families.]


  1. My Dad's family came from Archbold. The town park was built for the town by my great grandpa :-}

    I hope we get down to the Toledo are to see you two sometime this summer.

  2. Diana,

    That would be great! Would love to catch up with you and Oscar.

    And very cool about your grandfather and the park. Thanks for the info!

  3. You post the most informative blogs my friend. Makes me want to visit your area.

  4. Would love to meet you sometime, my friend! Do give a shout out if you ever find yourself near Toledo. :)