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Parent Picks | Family-Friendly Activities

Parents everywhere are always looking for family getaway ideas.  Destination Toledo is here to help you out by providing a slew of great suggestions for a family getaway to Northwest Ohio!


African Wildlife Safari 
267 S Lightner Rd, Port Clinton, OH | 419-732-3606 
Who says you can’t feed the animals?  You’re next stop at the African Wildlife Safari allows you to not only feed the animals but get up close and personal with over 400 exotic species.   Explore this 100-acre preserve from the comfort of your own vehicle as you encounter some of the world’s most beautiful and remarkable animals.

The Canal Experience
13827 S. River Rd., Grand Rapids, OH | 419-407-9741
Take the kids on an adventure back in time at The Canal Experience at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, OH.  Enjoy a scenic ride aboard The Volunteer, a 60-foot mule-drawn (that’s right, real mules!) canal boat. Characters from a bygone era in period attire greet your family as you visit a working saw and gristmill, scenic Providence Dam and lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks.

Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH | 419-627-2350
This is what the kids have been waiting for…Cedar Point!  Live for the thrills? We've got them in spades. Scream your face off on miles of high-speed coaster track, and twist, turn and plummet feet first into the Cedar Point Shores waters. Spend a few days living for the thrills at The Roller Coaster Capital of the

Imagination Station
One Discovery Way, Toledo | 419-244-2787
Ever felt the whipping winds of a hurricane? Step inside our Hurricane Chamber and your answer can be ‘Yes’. Defy gravity as you ride the High Wire Cycle 20 feet above the atrium or bounce on the BOYO, our human YoYo. Feel your stomach flip as you take a ride on the Zing2000! Simulator or be awed by the power of our 600 gallon Water Vortex. Challenge your friends to a game of tug-o-war, you against all of them, and win! Science can be as fun and exciting as you can imagine it to be!

Maumee Bay State Park
1750 Park Rd., Oregon, OH | 419-836-1466
Get ready for some fun in the sun!  Head out to the 1,850-acre Maumee Bay State Park and play on the beach on the shores of Lake Erie.  Venture out on the water or take a nature walk on the marshland boardwalk teeming with wildlife, or bike along one of the winding trails with stunning views.  And dad will love the 18-hole Scottish Links golf course!

Urban Air Adventure Park
5243 Airport Highway Toledo, OH | 419-962-3257
If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in the Toledo area, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park will be the perfect place. With new adventures behind every corner, they are the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family.

Toledo Mud Hens (Spring/Summer)
Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo | 419-725-HENS
Batter up!  Family fun is waiting for you as the Toledo Mud Hens play ball at Fifth Third Field!  Grab some popcorn, cotton candy and a cold drink and settle into this unique ballpark situated in the historic downtown landscape of the Warehouse District.

Toledo Walleye (Fall/Winter)
Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo | 419-725-9255
Nothing beats a Toledo Walleye hockey game for family-friendly, fast action fun. A great way to spend a fall or winter day!

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way, Toledo | 419-385-5721
Start your journey at one of the nation’s top-ranked zoos and the number one attraction in Toledo!  Hand feed Masai giraffe from the feeding deck, then experience a new high on the ropes challenge course and zip line.  Touch small sharks and stingrays at the state of the art Aquarium. Grab lunch at the Carnivore Café before enjoying your whirlwind trip through the Arctic Encounter, Hippoquarium, Nature’s Neighborhood,…your journey is endless!


The Docks Restaurants
22 Main St., Toledo | 419-697-4400
Take a break and relax with a view of the beautiful downtown Toledo skyline at one of the several restaurants located at the Docks.  Enjoy the picturesque riverfront on the outdoor patio of Real Seafood, Kobe Bay or El Vaquero for an afternoon nibble and a cold drink. Zia’s Italian opens at 5 pm with one of Toledo’s best happy hours for mom and dad and a great price on pizza for all!

Tony Packo’s
1902 Front St., Toledo | 419-691-6054 
No visit to Toledo would be complete without a stop at the original location of Tony Packo’s, made famous by actor and native Toledoan, Jamie Farr.  Chow down on a famous sausage hot dog smothered in homemade chili sauce with “the works” at the original location on Front Street.  The kids will find plenty of choices including homemade macaroni and cheese and traditional hot dogs.

Pizza Papalis
519 Monroe St., Toledo | 419-244-7722
It’s lunchtime…and our pick is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Located in the heart of downtown Toledo, Pizza Papalis serves up some of the best pizza in the Midwest.  Their specialty is their Chicago deep-dish, but don’t overlook their thin crust pizza which is equally as tasty.  Not in the mood for pizza?  Pizza Papalis also offers a variety of great sandwiches, salads, soups and Italian specialties.



Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

444 N. Summit St, Toledo | 419-244-2444 
Want to stay at downtown Toledo? Explore the surrounding area through an underground Pedway connected to local businesses and attractions, including the kids’ favorite Imagination Station Science Museum.  The interior design of the hotel is reflective of Toledo's glass art culture and features awe-inspiring city and river views.