Metroparks Toledo have so many secrets to discover. There are hidden bridges and shelters; charming plants and animals; and outdoor adventures including kayaking, archery, climbing, and biking to name a few. In recent years, new playgrounds at Farnsworth, Oak Openings, Pearson, Secor, Swan Creek, and Wildwood are encouraging kids to engage in imaginative outdoor play. All of our area metroparks integrate history, education and adventure.
Bend View’s remote shelter house might be over 2 miles from the nearest parking lot, but it’s well worth the hike. The view of the river’s bend is absolutely beautiful and the path has little traffic to disturb you.
Rent the rustic Caretakers Cottage for a special overnight experience. While at Oak Openings, search for Ohio’s native cactus, the Eastern Prickly Pear. Also, be on the lookout for the Treehouse Village in the future!
Located near the old ghost town, Providence offers fascinating insights into local history with the Isaac Ludwig Mill and the authentic canal boat tours. Anglers will also be delighted in the quality and quantity of fish that can be caught at the Providence Dam.
In 2006, the Toledo Botanical Garden became a public/private partnership between the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo. The garden is extremely unique to Toledo because of the artists’ village, the exceptional variety of plants, numerous sculptures, and more.