About Toledo

The city of Toledo was chartered in 1837 and built on the Maumee River as it enters Lake Erie. With its rich diversity of people, the Toledo area is proud to showcase its world class art museum, nationally recognized zoo, a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet and theater groups, along with a wide variety of neighborhood and ethnic festivals. For the nature lover, there is also a wonderful Metro Park system and access to the diverse environments surrounding Northwest Ohio's Great Lake, Lake Erie.

Public Art

Toledo was the first city in the state of Ohio to adopt a one percent for its arts programs. In 1977, the city passed an ordinance that set aside one percent of the capital improvement budget for arts programs. The funds from this ordinance have helped populate the city with an assortment of outdoor public works of art.


The Arts Commission has put together a list of highlights from the Art in Public Spaces Collection and includes works of art by Alice Adams, Pierre Clerk, Penelope Jencks and Hans Van De Bovenkamp.

Performing Arts

The performing arts scene in Toledo is as vibrant as it has ever been. 

Whether it's the symphony, opera, ballet or performances at The Toledo Rep, our local performing artists contribute much to the quality of life in The Glass City.

Thanks to the renovation of The Valentine Theater and the construction of the Huntington Center downtown, Toledo has become an attractive stop on many national tours in recent years.


The Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is more than just a home and sanctuary for a diverse collection of animals. A walk across the Zoo grounds reveals a rich architectural history as well as many outdoor sculptures and murals. All of the Zoo's historic WPA era buildings are still in use today.

Our Metroparks

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area span across Northwest Ohio and seeks to preserve many of the region's most significant natural areas. It spans over 10,500 acres and includes vital habitats like the Lake Erie coastal zone, the corridors of the Maumee River, Ottawa River and Swan Creek. Admission to any of the eleven parks in the Metroparks system is free.

We want your visit to Toledo to be an enjoyable experience and these highlights are just a small sampling of what is available here in Northwest Ohio. We hope the following online resources offer some additional ways to spend your time here in Toledo.


Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau: A complete guide for your stay in The Glass City

Toledo Region: Learn more about how residents work, learn and enjoy life in the Toledo region 

Toledo.com: An online directory of things to do in Toledo