5 Day Summer Itinerary for Toledo, Ohio

Posted on May 7, 2018

by Angela B

Are you visiting Toledo, Ohio this summer and wonder what to do and where to go? Or, are you a native Toledoan looking for something different? Check out these unique ideas for this summer!


Morning (City Center)

Coffee – Rustbelt Coffee

What To Do?

Image of a kayak in the water

Take your kayak down to the Swan Creek Landing Dock starting in Downtown at the Erie Street Market Dock. Some say even though you are kayaking in the middle of the city, you’d never know it.

Afternoon (South)

Lunch – Antojitos Laredo Taco Truck

What To Do?

Take a selfie with the many beautiful murals around the neighborhood.

Murals in Toledo, Ohio (Southend)
Photo by Angela Bronson

Night (South)

Dinner – Taqueria La Authentica Michoacana

What To Do?

Image of people dancing
Take Salsa/Bachata Dance Lessons at Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center. Lessons are every Thursday night, no partner needed.


Morning (City Center)

Coffee – Bleak House

What To Do?

Research your heritage for free at the Main Library using Ancestry – only available inside the library.
Image of the Central Court at the Main Library in Toledo Ohio

Afternoon (Beverly)

Lunch – Maumee Yacht Club

What To Do?

Image of a cheetah
Schedule a behind the tours at the Toledo Zoo and get up close and personal with the animals. Tours vary from cheetahs to penguins, and more!

Night (Point Place)

Dinner – River Diner

What To Do?

Try your skills at the Oarhouse Sand Volleyball court. Open play every Friday and Saturday night.


Morning (City Center)

Coffee – Maddie and Bella

What To Do?

Fruits and Vegetables at a Farmers' Market

Toledo Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning in the summer. Check out what the locals are selling this summer.

Afternoon (City Center)

What To Do?

Lunch – High Tea at St. Paul Toledo

Take a Downtown Art Gallery self-guided tour.
Image of a canvas with a large black dog
Photo by Heart Gallery

Night (Ottawa)

Dinner – Pizza Cat

What To Do?

Image of a Guitar
The Amphitheater in Ottawa Park has a free summer concert series on Saturdays 6-8 p.m., July 14 through August 18.


Morning (Old West End)

Coffee – Black Kite

What To Do?

Holy Toledo! Travel down Collingwood Blvd and you will see what makes Toledo so holy. There are dozens of churches! Notables:  First Congregational Church has 16 Tiffany stained-glass windows, and Rosary Cathedral was designed to complement Toledo’s Sister City, Toledo, Spain.
Church interior - Toledo, Ohio
Photo by Nheyob

Afternoon (Five Points)

Lunch – The Four Horsemen

What To Do?

Woodlawn Cemetery - Toledo, Ohio
Photo by Angela Bronson
Visit the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery, a beautiful green space in the middle of a concrete neighborhood. Check the schedule for free walking tours featuring over 100 tree species and 200 migratory and stationary birds.

Night (City Center)

Dinner – The Heights

What To Do?

Sunset Sandpiper Cruise is a relaxing way to experience the great Maumee River in a narrated tour of history, nature, and more.
Sandpiper - Toledo, Ohio


Morning (City Center)

Coffee – Claro Coffee

What To Do?

Image of a bike on a trail surrounded by trees
Take a bike ride down by the river at Middlegrounds Metropark. Ride down to the Toledo Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge to watch the trains go by every 10 minutes. It is one of the busiest railways in the country!

Afternoon (Franklin Park)

Lunch – 5th Street Pub

What To Do?

Visit Toledo’s first adult arcade, Reset Arcade, to play 30 retro arcade games for free.

Reset Arcade - Toledo, Ohio
Photo by Rob DiCaterino

Night (Heatherdowns)

Dinner – Doc Watsons

What To Do?

Trivia Night
Photo by WBEZ

Visit Doc Watsons for dinner and play Sporacle Trivia, which is free to play and is held at multiple establishments in Northwest Ohio.

Related Library Books and eBooks

Coffee and Tea

The Coffee Lover's Diet: Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life by Bob Arnot, M.D.
The Little Coffee Know-It-All: A Miscellany for growing, roasting, and brewing, uncompromising and unapologetic by Sawn Steiman
Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage by Lisa Boalt Richardson
The Healing Powers of Tea: a complete guide to nature's special remedy by Cal Orey

Art and Recreation

Art : a visual history by Robert Cumming
The art book : big ideas simply explained
Families on foot : urban hikes to backyard treks and national park adventures / Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis
Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, & Ohio : the definitive guide to the region's top multiuse trails

Local History and Trivia

Toledo's Woodlawn Cemetery by Rebecca Deck Visser and Renee Ciminillo Jayne
Toledo's Historic Farmers' Market by Trini L. Wenninger
The Amazing Pub Quiz Book Compendium by Jack Goldstein
The Greatest General Knowledge Quiz Book by Chris Cowlin

Children’s Books

And then comes summer by Tom Brenner ; illustrated by Jaime Kim
We're going to the farmers' market by Stefan Page
Ohio by Ann Heinrichs
Bitty Baby has a tea party by Kirby Larson & Sue Cornelison

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