Playground roundup of great area parks

. May 1, 2017.

There’s no better way to spend time with other moms and their little ones or to wear out the kids than in the fresh spring air. Toledo has some great places to play. We hope our playground roundup inspires you to hit the swings and the slides for some fun.

Hook a Walleye This Spring


Side Cut Metropark
1025 W. River Road | Maumee | 419-360-9187
Grab your fishing gear and catch some walleye on the Maumee River at Side Cut, the first of Toledo’s metroparks. An extension of the Miami and Erie canals and home to Bluegrass Island and Fallen Timber Falls, Side Cut is laden with expansive trails and a gleaming riverfront. Kids can frolic at one of the two nature-esque play structures built for toddlers and school age children, or take advantage of Side Cut’s open fields and toss a football or a frisbee.

Come See Wildwood’s Enchanting Birds & Wildflowers

Wildwood Metropark
5100 W Central Ave. | Toledo | 419-270-7500
The most visited of Toledo’s metroparks, Wildwood boasts an expansive 493 acres of beautiful trails, surrounded by natural habitat. Don’t miss the diverse breeds of birds and breathtaking wildflowers this spring and summer. The newly renovated playground, suitable for toddler-age kids through grade-schoolers, is the perfect spot to gather for play dates and outdoor fun! Summer camps are offered for kids of all ages.
Become an Archery Master at West Wind’s 3D Course

West Winds Metropark
9918 Geiser Rd | Holland | 419-270-7500
West Winds Metropark is home to the region’s first free, public, 3D archery course. Kids, sharpen your target practice at the elevated shooting range with targets from 20 to 75 yards, or on the 3D trail featuring more than 30 realistic animal targets and 13 shooting stations. Permits available for aviation enthusiasts to fly their drones and radio-controlled devices at the park’s RC Model AirStrip.

Fun for All at Lakeview Park’s All Inclusive Playground

Lakeview Park Port Clinton
1000 E. Perry St. (SR 163),
Port Clinton, OH | 43452
This waterfront park features the Flagship Collaborative Play Space, an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities. Lakeview Park is accessible, less than an hour’s drive, across the street from the Port Clinton City Beach. Picnic tables, grills, basketball courts and public restrooms are available from May-October.

Oak Openings Nature Preserve
4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton | 419-270-7500 Oak Openings is comprised of a majestic oak savanna ecosystem with vegetated dunes and wetlands. With more than 180 rare plant and animal species and over 50 miles of trails, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring nature and spotting bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, songbirds, and more. Host your kiddo’s next birthday party at the one-of-a-kind Beuhner Center, an interactive nature center with an adjacent playground.


There’s Something for Everyone at Ottawa Park

Ottawa Park Disc Golf Course
2201 Ottawa Pkwy | Toledo | 419-245-2875
Ottawa Park’s beautiful scenery and numerous attractions make it a great destination for the whole family. Serve it up on one of the park’s 16 tennis courts, play a round of golf, try summer inline hockey, or throw a few rounds of disc golf — all perfect activities on a sunny summer day! Feeling adventurous? Test out the 6.4- mile mountain bike trail or walk/run along the park’s paved trails. There’s plenty of playground equipment for young kids and the free summer concerts held at the outdoor amphitheater make Ottawa Park a must-do. Don’t forget to check out the Police Museum!

Visit Fort Imagination at Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park
429 East Boundary Street | Perrysburg
Visitors rave about Woodlands Park, and we agree. It’s the perfect destination for families of all ages, Fido included. Attractions comprise an 18-hole disc golf course, plenty of open acreage for kite flying, and a walking path lined by beautiful flowers. The park is home to community-funded Fort Imagination, a gigantic play structure. Kids are sure to enjoy the numerous slides, monkey bars, teeter totters and more. Make an afternoon of it and pack a picnic lunch.

Make Summer Memories

Olander Park
6930 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania | 419-882-8313
There are few summer activities that you can’t do at Olander Park. A perfect place to visit on a hot day, Olander’s 28-acre spring-fed lake is great for fishing, boating, and swimming (or just relaxing on the sandy beach). Four playgrounds and sand volleyball courts accommodate kids young and old; rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available to those 16 years and up. Park is free to residents of Sylvania School District (no pets allowed).