9 Last Minute Spring Trips from Toledo, Ohio

Posted on March 20, 2017

by Angela B

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!

Spring Daytrips from Toledo, Ohio

Short Trips: Under 100 Miles

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, OhioPhoto 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, OhioPhoto 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, MichiganPhoto 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, MichiganPhoto 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, MichganPhoto 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

Longer Trips: Over 100 Miles

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, OhioPhoto 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, IndianaPhoto by Serge Melki

Ohio / Michigan Travel Books @ Your Library

Kids Love Ohio - 7th Edition (2016) by Michele Darrall Zavatsky
Backroads & byways of Ohio : drives, day trips & weekend excursions / Matt Forster
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 Zavatsky
Michigan off the beaten path : a guide to unique places / Jim DuFresne ; revised and updated by Jackie Sheckler Finch (12th editiion, 2016)

Indiana / Midwest Travel Books @ Your Library

Indiana state parks : a centennial celebration / Matt Williams
Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations by Jessica Nunemaker
Along Interstate 75 (19th edition, 2016)
The Chicago Tribune Guide to Midwest: Travel Vacations, Road Trips, Weekend Getaways and More
Toledo Library Travel Blog Posts

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Haunted Midwest Travel for Those Who Dare!

Top Tourist Spots Around the World

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