Things to Do in Toledo, Ohio

Posted on: December 14, 2021

Discover small-town life right next door to big city excitement at Otterbein Pemberville. You’ll find a relaxing setting on this expansive campus surrounded by nature. There’s so much to see and explore on-site, but there’s also a wide variety of activities and things to do in nearby Toledo, Ohio

Amenities and Activities at Otterbein Pemberville

Residents have the freedom to choose how they fill their days at Otterbein Pemberville. With the benefit of a maintenance-free lifestyle and supportive care services available when you need them, there’s more time for fun activities or leisurely days in this serene, wooded setting. Take a look at some of the amenities and activities residents can experience on campus:

  • Wooded trails
  • Fishing at the pond
  • Gazebo and gardens
  • Card tournaments, BINGO, and games
  • Social events, parties, musical performances
  • Exercise classes
  • Bible study
  • Scheduled transportation and outings
  • Worship services
  • Woodshop
  • Guest speakers
  • Library
  • Beauty/barber shop

Otterbein Pemberville is designed for active lifestyles, so the sky’s the limit on what hobby or activity you decide to try next!

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If you love the thrill of city life, you’ll want to venture over to nearby Toledo, Ohio. Otterbein Pemberville offers a convenient on-campus shuttle for organized activities or you’re always free to set out on an adventure of your own.

Otterbein Pemberville resident riding a scooter around campus.

Things to Do in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo is located on the westernmost point of Lake Erie on the northern border of Ohio, and it’s easy to navigate to at the intersection of I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike (80/90). There’s a lot to do along the Maumee River, which runs through downtown Toledo. These exciting destinations would be perfect to add to your day trip itinerary to the area. Let’s dive into some of the more popular attractions

Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art, founded in 1901, features over 30,000 works of art in its collection. There are more than 35 galleries to view, and visitors will appreciate free admission. Parking is free for members, but there is a charge for non-members. The museum is generally open daily but is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and some holidays. You’ll want to explore the Toledo Museum of Art website for current exhibition information and updates on hours of operation.


Child looking at fish at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium.

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

For those who love animals and enjoy learning about conservation efforts, the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is a must-see attraction! The zoo has over 10,000 animals representing more than 720 species. You can see animals from different habitats from all over the world. Reservations are not required, and there are special perks for members, such as unlimited year-round attendance, free parking, extended hours, discounts, and more.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Located along the Maumee River in downtown Toledo, the National Museum of the Great Lakes showcases the history of the Great Lakes through photography, artifacts, audiovisual displays, and hands-on interactive exhibits. The highlights include the seasonal self-guided tours through the 617-foot iron ore freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the historic Museum Tug Ohio. There’s also a virtual tour available on their website should you wish to see the museum from the comfort of your own home

Wildwood Preserve Metropark and Wildwood Manor House

One of Toledo’s most visited parks, the Wildwood Preserve Metropark, is the former estate of the Stranahan family. The Manor House, a 30,000 square foot Depression-era home, is the centerpiece of the park and is open for free tours. There are nearly 500 acres of grounds to explore by a system of trails near the Ottawa River.

Gazebo at the Toledo Botanical Gardens

Toledo Botanical Garden

Not far from the Wildwood Preserve Metropark lies the Toledo Botanical Garden. Affectionately known as “a museum for plants,” this botanical garden offers more than 60 acres of gardens and plant collections to explore. The Toledo Botanical Garden also houses the region’s largest public collection of sculptures, which are located throughout the grounds. If you bring along any young guests, you’ll want to visit the Secret Forest, a special playscape that immerses children in nature.

Sandpiper Boat

With the Maumee River, Maumee Bay, and Lake Erie, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by water in Toledo. Put on your sea legs and prepare to set sail on The Sandpiper, a 100-passenger cruise vessel that offers both public and private rides. From picnic lunch to sunset and city light cruises, there’s something for everyone ready to cruise down the river. You can even take a water taxi to one of the restaurants at The Docks for lunch or dinner. Now that’s what you call boat-to-door service!

Otterbein Pemberville resident standing in front of her home waving.

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