The Toledo area is full of places to go and things to do! We put together a list of places to take a family “field trip” this fall, so all you have to do is choose your favorites and take the family for a day they won’t forget!
Sandpiper Boat Rides
This is one way to mix education with fun! Ride down the Maumee River on a “floating classroom” and discuss history, ecology, current events, animals and more. Don’t miss the boat, get on board for this experience until October. Dock is at the foot of Jefferson Street inside Promenade Park.
Known for their Apple Butter Stir Festival held every year in October, their farm market is open year round and they offer seasonal tours of the large apple cider press, their packing plant, orchard, stores and gift shops.
7605 Garden Rd., Holland. 419-865-2916. macqueenorchards.com
Toledo Firefighters Museum
This is the place to educate students about fire prevention and safety! Founded in 1976 with the purpose of preserving the history of the Toledo Fire Division, the two-story museum is on the premises with a working fire station in remembrance of fallen fire fighters. The museum houses vintage fire equipment, Toledo’s first fire pumper and much more.
918 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo. 419-478-3473. toledofiremuseum.com
Ritter Planetarium-Brooks Observatory at the University of Toledo
With programming from September until May, the Ritter Planetarium gives students a vast look into the Milky Way and beyond. Their state-of-the-art digital projector and surround sound transports visitors through space at lightning speed. Join them in their passion to educate students on astronomy and all things that happen in the sky.
Located on UT’s main campus, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo. 419-530-2650. utoledo.edu/nsm/rpbo
Ready to dig and discover fossils and artifacts? Go no further than Fossil Park, which was a sea full of life 375 million years ago. This Sylvania-area location is one of two in the world that is a Devonian Era site and it’s full of treasure because of it. Their 5-acre quarry is open for eager learners to experience something anciently new!
5675 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. 419.882.8313. olanderpark.com
Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center
The second son of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes wanted to build a lasting memory of the nineteenth president. Since 1916, his dream became a reality with the opening of the Hayes Memorial. It has since undergone numerous expansions, and its name was changed to the Hayes Presidential Center, which now includes the home, library, museum, tomb and 25-acre estate of the late president.
Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 419-332-2081. rbhayes.org/hayes
Great Lakes Historical Society
The National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship offer educational programming for students. Their mission is to preserve the history of the Great Lakes by inviting people of all ages to explore the ship that has been turned into one of the largest museum ships in the Inland Seas.
1701 Front St., Toledo. 419-214-5000. inlandseas.org
Dedicated to preserving the historic property at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, the 577 Foundation is waiting for your visit to learn about the diversity of the area. They encourage exploration, experimentation, having fun and being creative. It’s also home to Virginia’s Garden, which is interactive and was built specifically for children.
577 East Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. 577foundation.org
Visitors will rethink history after visiting Sauder Village. Costumed tour guides take you through life over a century ago, explaining craftsmen creating with glass, metals, fabric, wood and clay. And if hunger strikes, homemade delicacies will satisfy everyone!
22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold. 1-800-590-9755. saudervillage.com
Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc.
Attention train enthusiasts! Since 1969, the almost 11 miles of tracks and museum have been serving visitors with access to historical railroad equipment. Their various locomotives will provide a wealth of information and visitors can jump aboard their Bluebird for a 15-minute ride around Northwest Ohio. Call ahead for train schedules.
14745 Saylor Ln., Grand Rapids. 866-638-7246. tlew.org
Race to Toledo Speedway for a thrilling field trip where visitors will stand wide-eyed at what’s in front of them. They offer special Kid’s Nights for guaranteed excitement where they will meet the drivers and get autographs!
5639 Benore Rd., Toledo. 419-727-1100. toledospeedway.com