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9 Reasons to Visit Toledo this Winter

Feeling the winter blues? Toledo's got the cure for your cabin fever!

Looking to avoid cabin fever this winter? Toledo offers plenty of fun for weekend warriors ready to embark on a winter adventure. With a great mix of big city attractions, plenty of parks to explore, a great dining scene, live entertainment, plus scores of craft breweries, distilleries and wineries, there’s cool activities to appeal to the entire family.

1. Winter Fun with Metroparks Toledo

You’ll find plenty of outdoor fun at all 19 beautiful Metroparks situated throughout Toledo and Lucas County. From snowshoeing to ice-skating, there is a winter adventure awaiting any skill level. Pro Tip: Whether or not there’s a cover of snowfall, you can still enjoy miles of hiking trails, deer and birdwatching at any one of our Metroparks.

Cross-Country Skiing - Glide quietly through the winter landscape on groomed or ungroomed trails with miles of natural beauty to explore on skis. 

Ice Skating - Looking for a place to lace up your skates and enjoy nature in her winter beauty?  At Pearson, lights have been added near the lake so you can continue ice skating even after sunset.

Sledding - Metroparks has lighted sledding hills at Side CutPearson and Glass City that stay open after dark for family fun. Bring your sled and enjoy the snow!

Snowshoeing - Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore a winter wonderland on the Metroparks trail of your choice.


Photo by: Metroparks Toledo

 

2. Craft Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

The Toledo region’s beer scene is flourishing with a number of new, innovative breweries making northwest Ohio a true craft beer destination. Maumee Bay Brewing Company located downtown, is the anchor that kicked off the craft beer culture in Toledo. The ever popular Earnest Brew Works has opened a second taproom in downtown Toledo in addition to their south end location. Patron Saints Brewery offers saintly brews and seltzers in a cozy atmosphere and Buffalo Rock Brewing Co. in Waterville has a variety of styles sure to please any palate.

After sampling great Toledo area breweries, plan a road trip to nearby gems like Twin Oast Brewing and Catawba Island Brewing Co. to the east and 4KD Crick Brewery and Two Bandits Brewing to the west.

The growth of distilleries and wineries continues, adding to the variety of boozy beverage options. Toledo Spirits offers their unique selection of whiskies, gins and vodkas handcrafted using regional ingredients. Six Fifths Distilling in Perrysburg features premium all natural craft spirits with local ingredients. Newly opened Urban Pine Winery serves up sweet whites to dry reds, plus sangria and craft beer. Find a complete list of craft beverage makers here.

Pro Tip: Sign up for the 419 Ale Trail mobile passport, plan your road trip and start checking in at participating breweries and craft beverage makers and receive discounts and prizes along the way! 

Photo of: Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

 

3. Toledo’s Dining Scene

Looking for a dining adventure? Winter is the perfect time to experience our hip and trendy dining and drinking establishments! Here are some great recommendations:

Hannon’s Block is a great new addition to the downtown restaurant scene. Stop in for a handcrafted cocktail or glass of wine and order from a creative selection of starters, like the artichoke feta dip, great salads or the soon-to-be-famous block burger.

Enjoy Japanese-inspired dishes on your gastronomic adventure at Rayoka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi. Dive into crispy tempura or an assortment of sushi, sashimi, and nigari from the popular sushi bar. Or cozy up to a hibachi table for fresh cuts grilled to perfection accompanied by exceptional drinks from a full cocktail bar.

Craving some classic pizza? Check out The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar next to the University of Toledo for some Old world style New York pizza created with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Even the water used for the pizza crust is special; it is filtered and molecularly replicates New York City water!

Set in an industrial-chic motif that achieves a warm inviting atmosphere, Barr’s Public House is a unique gastro-pub that features high quality pub fare, an exquisite wine list, eclectic craft beer selection, in addition to creative hand-crafted cocktails and mocktails!

In the mood for a really good sandwich? Then head over to Whiskey and the Wolf and taste the best roast beef sandwich in Toledo! Other great items include single, double or triple cheeseburgers, soups and salads for lighter appetites and – you guessed it – a great selection of whiskeys.

Photo: Hannon's Block

 

4. A Day at the Museum

Shake off the winter chill and explore the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. Visitors will find one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Discover more than 30,000 treasures ranging from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, and graphic and decorative arts. The Glass Pavilion, located across from the main museum, introduces visitors to TMA's world-renowned glass collection from ancient to modern times.

Don’t miss some special exhibitions currently on display at TMA including:
The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum through Feb. 27, Stan Douglas: Doppelgänger on display through May 15, and beginning January 15, Living Legacies: Art of the African American South. For a complete list of exhibitions, visit Toledo Museum Art Exhibitions. Pro Tip: Admission to the museum is always free, although there may be a charge for some special exhibits. Visit The Museum Café for fresh, delicious fare at a reasonable price, or stop by the Museum Store to shop for unique art and gifts.

Photo by: Toledo Museum of Art

5. Fascinating Walking and Driving Tours

The Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program manages over 80 works of public art located throughout the city of Toledo. Create your own walking or driving art adventure by using the downloadable field guide showcasing over 60 pieces of public art in many forms including murals, sculptures, bridge lighting projects and more. Choose from nine different art zones to begin your art exploration.

Intrigued by gangsters, bootlegging and the unholy Prohibition Era? Then check out the Unholy Toledo Tour. This two-hour driving tour takes you past sites of old-time nightclubs, speakeasy’s, gambling halls and locations where mob-style murders occurred. Interested in booking your own private prohibition & bootleggers tour? Check out the 419 Brew Bus for details!       

Photo by: Destination Toledo

 

6. Treehouses and Cabins for a Unique Stay

What better way to enjoy winter’s beauty than to overnight in nature? Enjoy a weekend at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center in a two or four bedroom cabin with all the comforts of home set on Lake Erie. Or bask in the unrivaled view from above at the Cannaley Treehouse Village, the largest public overnight treehouse site in the country located in Metroparks Toledo’s Oak Openings Preserve. Check out Metroparks Toledo other unique overnight options and book your one-of-a-kind winter weekend getaway today!

Photo by: Daniel Woodcock | instagram.com/danielrwoodcock

7. Local Coffee to Shake off the Cold

A classic cappuccino. A bold espresso. A soothing latte. Whatever choice of liquid energy you prefer, you’ll be savoring every last drop at these Toledo area locally owned coffee houses.

Located in the historic Old West End, Black Kite Coffee brings a hip, bohemian vibe to Toledo’s coffee scene. Independent and locally owned, they specialize in delicious coffee from Flying Rhino Coffee, teas, savory desserts and breakfast items.

With a casual atmosphere and central location near University of Toledo, BREW Coffee Bar is the perfect place for a relaxing break with Zingerman’s coffee and tasty desserts.

Offering fair trade coffee, delicious pastries, amazing sandwiches and a unique gift shop Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts, is a Maumee treasure!

What began in 2010 as a family of home roasters, Maddie & Bella has grown to two locations; their first shop in Perrysburg and a second location in downtown Toledo’s Warehouse District.

Drink like a local by grabbing a cup at SIP COFFEE in the Cricket West Shopping Center. Enjoy a big latte, a pastry from All Crumbs Bakery, and that neighborhood coffee shop feel.

Click here to check out more great coffee options!

Photo by: Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters

 

8. Weather-Friendly Winter Fun for Kids

There’s plenty of child’s play to keep the kids entertained while staying out of the elements this winter. Pack up the family and discover hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are fun and educational at Imagination Station. Then, head over to the National Museum of the Great Lakes featuring more than 250 artifacts plus over 40 hands-on exhibits that tell the incredible history of the Great Lakes. Next up…take a road trip to The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan rated “One of the Coolest Museums in the World” including their Giant Screen Experience. After warming up at all the indoor attractions, grab your scarf and gloves and head to the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, home to more than 10,000 individual animals representing over 720 species. 

Pro Tip: Make sure to check winter hours before heading out on your family-friendly adventure!

 

9. The Performing Arts – Live Theater and Music is Back!

The performing arts are alive and well in Toledo! From national acts – like Reba McEntire – performing at the Huntington Center, to the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, bringing its world class musical performances back to live audiences, the in-person exhilaration has returned. Known for their incredible Broadway series, both the Valentine Theatre and the Stranahan Theater also offer a wide variety of great concerts this season from Alice Cooper to Vanessa Williams. Be sure to check out beautiful performances by local institutions like the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, Toledo Opera, Toledo Ballet and the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

However you decide to spend your winter weekend in Toledo, be sure to share your photos and adventures with us @toledocvb use #ThisIsToledo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we recommend visiting the social media pages of each location or checking their website directly for the most up to date information. 

Photo by: Toledo Symphony Orchestra