Free Things to Do in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge
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Enjoying Toledo, Ohio doesn't have to be expensive. The Glass Capital of the United States offers a wealth of parks, museums, historic neighborhoods, and other attractions that are free to the public.

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    Toledo Museum of Art
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    The Toledo Museum of Art, founded in 1901, houses a diverse collection of art with special emphasis on 19th and 20th century European and American paintings. The museum's Glass Pavilion, opened in 2006 features an extensive collection of glass objects, ranging from ancient times to the present. The museum, located in Toledo's Old West End neighborhood, is free to the public.

    Toledo Museum of Art
    2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood
    Toledo OH 43620
    419 255-8000

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    Toledo Zoo entrance
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    The Toledo Zoo, with more than 5,300 animals representing more than 760 species, is consistently considered one of the top zoological institutions in the country. Located just south of downtown along the Anthony Wayne Trail, the zoo features an African Savanna, the Kingdom of the Apes and Primate Forest, the Arctic Encounter, and Africa!, among other exhibits.

    The zoo offers free admission to Lucas County residents every non-holiday Monday from 10 am to noon. Bring a valid ID.

    The Toledo Zoo
    2700 Broadway
    Toledo, OH 43609
    419-385-5721

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    This historic neighborhood, located west of downtown Toledo features 25 city blocks of late 19th century structures. The area includes many architectural styles such as Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Queen Anne, Georgian, French Second Empire, Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Italian Renaissance. It's also home to the Toledo Museum of Art and several bed-and-breakfast inns. The area is a great place for an afternoon stroll.
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    The R. A. Stranahan Arboretum, located on Toledo's west side off of Sylvania Avenue, is a 47-acre nature preserve administered by the University of Toledo. The park features an array of cultivated ornamental trees, rolling lawns, natural woods, ponds, wetlands and a prairie. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm.

    Stranahan Arboretum
    4131 Tantara Drive
    Toledo, OH 43623
    419-841-1007

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    The Libbey Glass Outlet store, in Toledo, Ohio, is not only a great destination for shoppers on the lookout for a deal, but for anyone interested in the city's glass history and having a fun downtown experience. Of course, they aren't (quite) giving their merchandise away, but window shopping is free.

    Libbey Glass Outlet
    205 South Erie Street
    Toledo, Ohio 43602
    419 254-5000

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    The Toledo Metropark system features 12 individual parks that range from cozy Side Cut Park along the former Miami and Erie Canal to sprawling Wildwood Preserve on the north side of Toledo. All are free and facilities include ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing spots and historic sites. Most parks are open from dawn until dusk.