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9 Last Minute Spring Trips from Toledo, Ohio

Posted 8 months ago by Angela B

Posted in eBooks & eAudiobooks, Fitness, Nature, & Travel and New | Tagged with getaways, guidebooks, Indiana, Michigan, midwest, Ohio, road trips, travel and vacations

What could be better than getting out on a beautiful spring day after the chilly winter?

This list is here to help you find new places to enjoy during the warmer weather!

1. Perrysburg, Ohio (11 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

In honor of National Stress Awareness Month in April, I propose visiting 577 Foundation. You can de-stress by taking a pottery class, cooking class, visit the geodesic biodome, or take the riverwalk down to the serene Mighty Maumee.

Perrysburg, Ohio
Photo by Jlgavino

2. Oak Harbor, Ohio (27 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Birding in Northwest Ohio is huge thanks to Magee Marsh. People from all over the country come from late April to late May to see migrating birds. The peak viewing days are around May 14. Oak Harbor, Ohio

Photo by Patrick Bronson

3. McClure, Ohio (41 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Northwest Ohio is blessed with many great park systems. Of course, we have city parks, county parks, state parks, and national wildlife preserve parks. Why not try out the small, but beautiful Mary Jane Thurston State Park.

McClure, Ohio
Photo by Starley Shelton

4. Clayton, Michigan (59 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

April 22-28 is International Dark Sky Week, so seek out Lake Hudson State Recreation Area, Michigan’s first dark sky preserve. April 26th is the New Moon during this week. BONUS: Potterville, Michigan’s Fox Park is also a dark sky and has an observatory.

Clayton, Michigan
Photo by Pmonaghan

5. Brooklyn, Michigan (61 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

The historic Irish Hills first became popular as a stopping point for stagecoach trips between Detroit and Chicago - and the tourism continues to grow today. The Irish Hills have many golf courses, wineries, lakes, and some oddities - the abandoned Prehistoric Forest, the competitive Twin Towers, Stagecoach Stop Motel and Mystery Hill. Visit Jerry’s Pub right on the lake.

Brooklyn, Michigan
Photo by Friscocali

6. Detroit, Michigan (63 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Belle Isle Park is a magical little island in the Detroit River. Founded in the 1860s, the 982-acre island park has an aquarium, a conservatory, nature center, Great Lakes museum, yacht club, golf range, beach, walking and biking paths, athletic fields, fishing, playgrounds, kayaking and more.

Detroit, Michgan
Photo by Mike Bell

7. Huron, Ohio (69 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

Equipped with a golf course, sports facilities, treetop ziplining, bike rentals, nature preserve, sunset cruises, Sawmill Creek Resort is a wonderful place to spend a spring day away.

Huron, Ohio

Photo by Angelina Earley

8. Columbus, Ohio (149 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

If you are interested in botany, glass art, gardening, or insects, then you should check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens this spring.

Columbus, Ohio
Photo by Megan Myers

9. Indianapolis, Indiana (229 miles from Toledo, Ohio)

The three mile Downtown Canal Walk has bike, boat, kayak and Segway rentals to explore this unique area. There are many open-air cafés to grab lunch or bring a bagged lunch and sit by some of the beautiful public artworks.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Photo by Serge Melki

Ohio Travel Books

Kids Love Ohio - 7th Edition (2016) by Michele Darrall ZavatskyKids Love Ohio: Your Family Travel Guide to Exploring Kid-Friendly Ohio - 500 Fun Stops & Unique Spots by Michele Darrall Zavatsky (7th edition, 2016)

Explore places where you can discover hidden caves and castles, puppet and whistle factories or workshops of inventors. Well-known attractions plus hundreds of places you've probably never thought of! Make short vacation plans or get to know your favorite area better. Each chapter is a day trip zone including points of interest, events and suggested lodging and dining. Choose from over 500 listings in one book about Ohio travel with kids ages 2-15. Save Time. New features include hand-picked HIGHLIGHTS, itineraries and web resources to quickly help you make the most of a short trip in each chapter. Searching countless hours on the internet? We give you fast travel facts, prices, and our exclusive, expert kid-tested reviews for every listing. We did the work so you don't have to. You won't find this information together anywhere else! Great tool for moms, dads, grandparents, teachers & visitors.
Ohio in Photographs: A Portrait of the Buckeye State by Ian Adams and Randall Lee SchieberOhio in Photographs: A Portrait of the Buckeye State by Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber

Showcasing the work of two of the state’s leading landscape photographers, Ohio in Photographs presents a rich array of places and people, from serene hiking trails and Dayton’s Huffman Prairie to shining downtown riverscapes and the riotous colors and figures of an unconventional Fourth of July parade. Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber give us iconic and unique images that capture the true texture of life in Ohio today.

Adams and Schieber divide the work into five regional chapters framed by short historical introductions by Mary Anne Reeves. Each of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties is represented by photos that capture scenes from urban to rural: natural areas, historical sites, public gardens, cultural and sports events, workplaces, and more. Ohio in Photographs is a can’t miss for any Ohioan at home or away.
100 things to do in Columbus before you die / Jackie Mantey100 Things To Do in Columbus Before You Die by Jackie Mantey

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the 15th largest city in the United States. What the stats won’t tell you, though, is that it’s a secret gem of the Midwest. The diverse population that calls CBUS home makes it a testing ground for new trends — from burgers to fashion statements. It’s the location of the headquarters for Express and Victoria’s Secret, Wendy’s and White Castle. But Columbus’s biggest attraction is its people, who are notoriously kind, smart, and progressive. Their innovative spirit and multi-faceted interests paired with the city’s relatively inexpensive rates and easy travel makes a visit to the 614 a non-stop adventure. Whether you take a stroll through the thriving independent arts districts or make a stop at the cultural mainstays (hello, best zoo and aquarium in America), time spent in the heart of Ohio will have you falling in love.

Michigan Travel Books

Kids Love Michigan (6th edition, 2016) : Your family friendly travel guide to exploring kid-friendly Michigan. 600 fun stops and unique spots by Michele Darrall ZavatskyKids Love Michigan: Your Family Friendly Travel Guide to Exploring Kid-Friendly Michigan - 600 Fun Stops & Unique Spots by Michele Darrall Zavatsky (6th edition, 2016)

Discover places where you can "race" over giant sand dunes, climb aboard a lighthouse, explore the land of lakes, locks and falls, meet an inventor, or catch a fun factory tour. Make short vacation plans or get to know your favorite area better. Each chapter is a day trip zone including points of interest, events and suggested lodging and dining. Choose from nearly 600 listings in one book about Michigan travel with kids ages 2-15. Some well-known attractions plus 100s of places you probably never thought of! Save Time. Take just 20 minutes and glance at our hand-picked FAVORITE itineraries to plan a Quick Tour in one area of the state.Searching countless hours on the internet? We give you fast travel facts, prices, and our exclusive, expert kid-tested reviews for every listing (expanded in this edition). We did the work so you don't have to. Your won't find this information together anywhere else! Great tool for moms, dads, grandparents, teachers & visitors. The best things to do and see for all the family - visited for kid-friendliness by real parents.Save Money. We've found places to visit for little or no charge!
Historic Michigan Travel Guide (7th edition, 2016): The Guide to Historical Destinations in Michigan edited by Larry J. Wagenaar and Nancy FeldbushHistoric Michigan Travel Guide: The Guide to Historical Destinations in Michigan edited by Larry Wagenaar and Nancy Feldbush (7th Edition, 2016)

This guide provides opportunities for cultural tourism throughout the beautiful state of Michigan. With over 500 historical museums, sites, and attractions, the reader is exposed to Michigan's rich and diverse cultural history - which is much more than the automobile. The book also lists historic inns and provides lodging choices beyond the modern hotel or motel.
Michigan off the beaten path : a guide to unique places / Jim DuFresne ; revised and updated by Jackie Sheckler Finch (12th editiion, 2016)Michigan Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places by Jim DuFresne ; revised and updated by Jackie Sheckler Finch (12th edition, 2016)

Michigan Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Michigan Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Michigan that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Michigan Day Trips By Theme by Mike Link (2nd edition, 2016)Michigan Day Trips By Theme by Mike Link (2nd edition, 2016)

Discover unique attractions around the Great Lake State! Take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that catch your interest. No more information overload! Destinations in the book are based on such themes as waterfalls, garden tours, lighthouses, fun getaways and outdoor adventures. Useful for singles, couples and familiesvisitors and residents alikethis guide encompasses a wide range of interests.

This title is also available as an eBook via hoopla.

Indiana Travel Books

Indiana state parks : a centennial celebration / Matt WilliamsIndiana State Parks: A Centennial Celebration by Matt Williams

The stunning photographs in this book bring out the full glory of Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs. From the icy toboggan run at Pokagon State Park to fireworks on a balmy night at Versailles State Park, the splendid images by nature photographer Matt Williams record the seasonal landscapes and the variety of activities that make these parks so exceptional. As Hoosiers observe the centennial of their state park system, this beautiful and informative book marks the occasion with a visual celebration of the parks’ scenery, wildlife, recreation, and history.
Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations by Jessica NunemakerLittle Indiana: Small Town Destinations by Jessica Nunemaker

Print | eBook

Where was James Dean's hometown? What do A. J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Al Unser have in common besides winning the Indianapolis 500? Where was the world's first theme park? Find these answers and more in Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations. Featuring towns of 15,000 or fewer inhabitants, Little Indiana explores where to eat, stay, play, and shop in over 90 small towns. After six years of traveling the state in search of amazing local experiences, blogger and TV host Jessica Nunemaker shares a treasure trove of what to expect in Hoosier small towns. Perfect for any length of excursion-day or weekend-the book is organized by region and town and provides travelers easy access to information found nowhere else. From wineries to antique shops, alpaca farms to chocolate stores, unique attractions are awaiting discovery. Full-color images showcase specialty stores, mouth-watering meals, and exciting attractions tucked off the beaten path. Proof that there's always something to do in a small town, this book is the perfect way to kick-start your next Indiana adventure!

Midwest Travel Books

Along Interstate 75 (19th edition, 2016)Along Interstate 75 by Dave Hunter (19th edition, 2016)

Interstate-75 is the main route for the millions of Midwestern "snowbirds" who drive to and from Florida each winter.

Whether a first-timer or one who has driven the route for many years, the book is packed with local information along the way, a culmination of more than 50 years of the author's Florida-bound I-75 driving experience.

Getting there is half the fun—Local knowledge, "Insider" and Money Saving tips, lodging & restaurant recommendations and mile-by-mile roadside stories and entertainment.

Each of the book's 25 mile-per-page colored strip-maps takes an average of 30 minutes to drive, providing a sense of pacing for your trip - excellent for planning your night stops while on the route.

The two sets of custom-designed maps (south and northbound) are intuitive and very easy to use - even for non-map readers. Each "fits" your direction of travel so landmarks and features drawn on the right side of the map, pass on the right side of your car.

Designed with in-car use in mind, the book has a laminated wrap-around cover and book mark flap. A concealed plastic spiral binding allows the book to be easily folded back to display the current road-section map.
The Chicago Tribune Guide to Midwest: Travel Vacations, Road Trips, Weekend Getaways and MoreThe Chicago Tribune Guide to Midwest: Travel Vacations, Road Trips, Weekend Getaways and More [eBook]

The Chicago Tribune Guide to Midwest Travel, composed of articles from the Chicago Tribune's travel experts, is a convenient and unique handbook for traveling throughout the Midwest. The book is organized by state, then features general recommendations for restaurants, museums, hotels, and outdoor activities. Also included are insights on travel accessories, mobile apps, outdoor gear, technology, and even tips on taking the best vacation photography. This book offers a diverse variety of experts' advice, making it well-suited for any kind of travel: family vacation, weekend getaways, and even business travel. The Chicago Tribune Guide to Midwest Travel reveals destinations, festivals, and attractions that easily may have been overlooked otherwise. Whether readers want to visit a new region or embark on a nearby adventure, this one-of-a-kind guide from a trusted source will make any trip more memorable.

General Travel Books

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 written by James Bainbridge and others

The best places to go and things to do all around the world right now! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet's staff, authors and online community, we present a year's worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth (Rough Guides, 3rd edition, 2016)Make the Most of Your Time on Earth - Rough Guides (3rd edition, 2016)

1,000 travel adventures across all seven continents, gorgeous full-bleed images throughout, and short summaries of each adventure. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth is truly the ultimate inspirational guide for world travelers and those who dream of hitting the road.

The third edition has been fully revised, with stunning, brand-new color photos throughout and a wealth of new writing and new adventures, from sleeping in a baobab tree in Senegal to breakfasting in a Burmese teahouse. Entries are divided into regions, so it's easy to go straight to the part of the world you're interested in, and all the nitty-gritty practical information you'll need to find out more is contained in the "Need to Know" sections at the end of each chapter.

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth is the product of the combined travel experience of Rough Guides' authors over the last 30 years, each an expert in his or her own territory. Our authors have chosen their favorite experiences from their travels to inspire yours — making this the perfect book for planning your next big adventure, or just dreaming of future travels.
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