Toledoans are outside now more than ever, and as families explore the great outdoors together, why not make it an experience? The ideas below provide family-friendly activities that get everyone moving while also supporting local businesses–all while staying outside. Nothing quite says summer like being outside all day, reveling in the natural beauty of the world, and eating delicious food!
Bike along the University/Parks Trail and stop for a meal
- Bike, scooter, or rollerblade down the University/Parks Trail. The trail is perfect for little ones as it’s smooth with minimal bumps/cracks and each crossing has a stoplight with crossing lights.
- Make it memorable by grabbing carryout from Sidon Lebanese Grille & Bakery or something yummy from any of the rotating food trucks parked in front of Patron Saints Brewery. Then relax with a craft beer on the outdoor patio at Patron Saints Brewery. Check Patron Saints Brewery Facebook page for the food trucks available each day, like Lyle’s Crepes, Rosie’s Rolling Chef, Jera’s Heavenly Sweet, The Beastro Burger, and The Saucy Slamwich.
- For trail access, park at Tam-O-Shanter, the McCord Road entrance, Wildwood Preserve, Ottawa Hills Municipal Building, University of Toledo Southwest Academic Center or Ottawa Park. 6.3 miles one way.
Breakfast with a morning stroll on The Sylvania River Trail
- Begin your day with a donut from Brieschke’s Bakery, a breakfast sandwich and coffee from Chandler Cafe, or the whole breakfast shebang from Executive on the Main in downtown Sylvania. Outdoor patio seating is available throughout downtown Sylvania.
- Then stroll down the scenic Sylvania river trail, just south of downtown Sylvania, that runs along Ten Mile Creek from Main Street, passes through the SOMO district, and ends up near the Burger King on Monroe Street.
- River trail access and parking are available at Root Learning near the Wingate Hotel on Main Street. The trail is ¾ mile one way.
Lunch and scenic river views at Perrysburg Riverside Park
- Park in downtown Perrysburg and cross Front Street to take a short walk to reach the sleek seated area built for gazing upon the natural beauty of the Maumee River. Bring a pair of binoculars to peer upon the wildlife that flocks to this waterway, and don’t forget your phone to snap some photos!
- Grab lunch before or after Riverside Park at the plethora of restaurants available in downtown Perrysburg, most of which include outdoor seating, such as Swig, Stella’s Restaurant and Bar, and Zingo’s Mediterranean. Or grab a cup of Joe from Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters as you head to the river!