Be a part of the action with Toledo’s plethora of interactive attractions.
Head to the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium to get up close to wildlife. At the aquarium’s touch tank, visitors can reach out to stingrays, horseshoe crabs, African silverfish and three species of small sharks. A separate touch tank in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History holds about 20 young lake sturgeon, which vary in length from 18–28 inches.
For an additional fee, guests can feed the hungry Masai giraffes – Michelle, Ellie and Tulie – at the Tower Ridge Giraffe Feed Deck in the Africa! exhibit.
For a real thrill, take on the Expedition Africa Aerial Adventure Course, which rises more than three stories above ground. This area features a zipline and challenge course rides, allowing guests to complete up to 16 elements spanning 30–40 feet above the ground. New this year, these options are included with zoo admission.
Hearkening to its history of glass, Toledo offers visitors opportunities to experience glassblowing. One of the best places is the Toledo Museum of Art, which is bringing back its glassmaking master class series this year. Internationally admired artists will teach seven, one-week classes covering topics including glassblowing, fusing and neon art.
Several studios in the area also offer glassblowing and glass-related classes for visitors of various ages. They include the Gathered Glassblowing Studio located downtown and Copper Moon Studio Gallery & Gifts and Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, both in suburban Holland.
Take to the skies in a mock jet at the Imagination Station, one of hundreds of interactive exhibits at this science center downtown along the Maumee River. For a thrill, try out the High Wire Cycle. Biking across a 1-inch cable, 20 feet above the ground may seem impossible … until you try it. Before leaving, see a feature film in the new KeyBank Discovery Theater, where the 58-foot wide, 4K screen immerses you in a memorable learning experience.
Take a ride along the Maumee River aboard the Sandpiper, a 100-passenger cruiser that’s available for public trips May through October. Enjoy a picnic lunch or a sightseeing excursion past the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse and the remains of the Turtle Island Lighthouse. Afterward, eat at one of the five restaurants at The Docks, each with an impressive view of the downtown skyline. Enjoy the pizza and pasta specialties at Zia’s or dig into the fresh catch of the day at Real Seafood Company.