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13 Last Minute Summer Trips from Toledo, Ohio

Posted 10 months ago by Angela B

Posted in Nature and Travel | Tagged with daytrips, Indiana, Michigan, Mid-Atlantic, midwest, Ohio, Pennsylvania, road trips, summer, Toledo, travel, Trips from Toledo and vacation

I thought the Trips from Toledo series was finished, but I keep hearing about fun new places to explore this summer. I hope you enjoy travelling to these destinations as much as I do! 

Summer Daytrips from Toledo, Ohio

Short Trips: Under 100 Miles

Map of trip from Toledo, Ohio to Tecumseh, Michigan
Image of a teacup and saucer
Photo by Kpalmtrees

1. Tecumseh, Michigan (45 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Find some summer adventure paddling down the crooked Raisin River. Not the adventurous type? Try searching for some treasures for your home at the antique mall and then test your etiquette at the British Tea Garden.

Lakeside, Ohio
Picture by Dakota Callaway

2. Lakeside, Ohio (52 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Hidden away is the historic Lakeside district, founded in 1873 by the Methodist Church as a vacation resort. The private district is open to the public during the summer for a fee. Lakeside has shopping, dining, overnight accommodations and a calendar full of events.

Tipton, Michigan
Photo by F. D. Richards

3. Tipton, Michigan (52 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

At Hidden Lake Garden you can travel the 755-acre grounds to view the exotic plants, conservatory, Bonsai collection and more. Stop at the Tip Top Café on the way home back to Toledo for some good diner grub.

Jackson, Michigan
Public Domain photo

4. Jackson, Michigan (67 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

On the outside, Tecumseh seems like a sleepy town, but it won’t seem so sleepy after you go skydiving. Also, tour the vacant jail and Cascade Falls. On your way home, relax by the water at The Beach Bar or The Pointe Bar and Grill on Clark Lake.

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Photo by Mark Goebel, PunkToad, and Liam Chang

5. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (79 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Cranbrook Educational Center is full of beautiful architecture, interesting art, manicured gardens and more. Founded in 1904, the 319-acre campus is open to visitors year-round. If you stay the night, check out this list of charming local bed and breakfasts.

Vermilion, Ohio
Photo by Tim Evanson

6. Vermilion, Ohio (83 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

This peaceful harbor town is the perfect place to spend a summer day. Visit the lighthouse, watch the sailboats glide across the sparkling water and attend the various festivals/concerts. Don’t leave before experiencing the Mystic Belle Scenic River Cruise

Avon, Ohio
Photo by Juhan Sonin

7. Avon, Ohio (97 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Need to get out of the heat? Play CLE is the largest indoor adventure park in the nation! Play CLE has indoor ziplines, a ropes course, bouldering walls and more. Café Piccolo is the perfect spot for a lovely Italian lunch on the patio.

Mid-Sized Trips: 100-200 Miles

South Bend, Indiana
Photo by Visit South Bend

8. South Bend, Indiana (156 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Who knew that there is so much to do in South Bend? Magnificent night river lights, whitewater rafting in the middle of the city, various museums, the Farmer’s Market, and of course, the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Granville, Ohio
Photo by Chamberednautilus

9. Granville, Ohio (186 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

This New England style town is known for its cosmopolitan country ways. Tour the town’s art shops, stay at one of the many boutique inns and taste Ohio’s best old-fashioned frozen custard.

Map of roadtrip from Toledo, Ohio to Jamestown, Pennyslvania
Jamestown, Pennsylvania
Photo by F. D. Richards

10. Jamestown, Pennsylvania (195 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Interested in camping somewhere new this summer? Try Pymatuning State Park on the Pymatuning Reservoir. This park has 16,892-acres featuring boat rentals, fishing, swimming, an amphitheater, over 400 campsites and more.

Longer Trips: Over 200 Miles

Monticello, Indiana
Photo by Patrick McGarvey

11. Monticello, Indiana (205 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

On the Tippecanoe River you will find a cute little resort town with a beach, amusement park, camp grounds, golf courses and more. Stop at the Hoppy Gnome on the way home through Fort Wayne. Their street tacos come highly recommended.

Kewadin, Michigan
Photo by Marada

12. Kewadin, Michigan (298 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Looking for that turquoise blue water from the Bahamas this summer, but can’t afford to travel halfway across the world? Then Torch Lake is the place to be, famous for its tranquil teal blue waters. The drive might be long, but it sure is worth it.

Petoskey, Michigan
Photo by Masmithers

13. Petoskey, Michigan (503 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

There’s a lot to do in Petoskey, like museums, shopping and the Lower Peninsula’s only whitewater rafting. However, the best thing to do in Petoskey is to find a nice spot by the water and unwind!

Stay at the Perry Hotel and you might be lucky enough to see the Lady of the North ghost.

BONUS: Travel 30 miles north to get to the quirky Polish restaurant, Legs Inn and eat in the scenic outdoor garden on Lake Michigan.


Travel Books @ Your Library

Midwest / Mid-Atlantic United States

	 The Great Lakes at ten miles an hour : one cyclist's journey along the shores of the inland seas / Thomas Shevory
Under the Radar Michigan : the first 50 / written by Tom Daldin ; photographs and stories about the episode names by Jim Eldelman ; contributing prose by Eric Tremonti
Little Indiana : Small Town Destinations by Jessica Nunemaker
Lonely Planet New York & The Mid-Atlantic's Best Trips

Web Resources for Travel

Ohio - Find It Here
Attractions, Events and Things to do in Ohio.

Pure Michigan
Things to do, places to stay, trip ideas, events and featured destinations in Michigan.

Visit Indiana
Things to do, lodging, food & drink, events and trip ideas in Indiana

Visit PA
Attractions, activities, events, local resources, campgrounds, hotels/motels, restaurants, maps and outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania.


Toledo Library Travel Blog Posts

Trips from Toledo Series

School's Out, It Must Be Vacation Time

Haunted Midwest Travel for Those Who Dare!

Top Tourist Spots Around the World

Ohio Travel


Featured Image Collage (photo credits):
Top-left: Hidden Lake Garden in Tipton, Michigan – photo by F.D. Richards
Top-right: Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills – photo by Meadowgate
Bottom: Petosky Pier – photo by Scottb211


Disclaimer: The information included in this blog post is for educational purpose only. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library does not endorse any businesses featured in this blog post.


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