Toledo Parks & Gardens
Diverse plantlife and unique ecology make this Metropark a preferred destination for naturalists. Birds and numerous butterfly species are just a sample of the wildlife that is observable at this preserve. The largest of all the Metoparks, Oak Openings also features over 50 miles (80km) of hiking trails. The park is located just two miles (3.2km) west of the Toledo Express Airport.
Commemorating early transportation via canal, this unique Metropark features 45-minute guided interpretive trips of the canal aboard a mule-drawn canal boat. Visitors can tour a functioning water-powered mill and other historic structures. In operation from May to October, the Providence site is also host to special events and family programs.
A historic cemetery and a diverse ecology make up this unique Metropark. Visitors can walk amongst tall timber forests, explore swamplands and view a unique focal pond stained brown by the oak leaves of autumn. The park is also the site of the National Center for Nature Photography, which features a gallery, workshops and field experiences. Secor is located six miles (9.6km) west of US Highway 23/I-145.
The Wildwood Preserve Metropark is home to many diverse plants and animals which can be observed from numerous walking trails. The park also features a deep stream which runs through it and prairie grass displays, some reaching 10 feet high. Visitors can also tour the park's historic Manor House estate, which features a number of restored rooms, buildings and formal gardens.
A boat launch and fishing are just a few of the features of this riverside Metropark. A small system of islands are visible from the trails which comprise this nature area along the Maumee River. Low river levels expose the Bowling Green Fault geological feature, a rock formation which runs beyond the park into the State of Michigan.
Located at a picturesque bend in the Maumee River, this Metropark features an extensive trail system and scenic river outlooks. Birdwatching opportunities are plentiful at this location, accessible via the 2.2 mile (3.5 km) Towpath trailhead at Farnsworth Metropark.
This former canal line features original canal locks, river outlooks, ravines and the interesting and rare rock formations called the Maumeee River Ledges. Anglers appreciate the unique spring fishing experiences during which an abundance of spawning walleye make their way upriver. Nature tours are also provided during the summer months aboard a 15-passenger tram.
This Metro Park preserve offers numerous opportunities for hiking and observing abundant plant life, bird species and amphibians. The urban oasis is open for public use from 7am until dusk.
57 acres of meadows and gardens await visitors at the Toledo Botanical Garden. Follow the stone pathways to the herb garden and the rose garden featuring more than 250 roses. Take a stroll down the Grand Allee, where rows of Crabapple trees, Dawn Redwoods and Silver Leaf Lindens provide shelter. Enjoy the Garden Galleries where garden accessories, original artworks and unique gifts can be purchased.
This former American Indian homesteading and hunting site is now a designated agricultural and educational preservation area. The Metropark features wetlands, ponds, an oak forest and a large restored barn which serves as a learning and meeting space for interpretive programs.
Unique plantlife, ponds, bridges and picnic shelters are just a few of the features of this Metropark. Its location near Lake Erie make the park an important migratory stop for numerous bird species. The park also holds a variety of interpretive and educational programs for both children and adults.