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Toledo Ohio is situated in northwest Ohio on the west end of Lake Erie. The city is the 4th largest in Ohio and is well known for its art community, auto assembly, and local sports teams. The glass industry is very large here as well and so Toledo is often called "The Glass City". Toledo is an impressive place to visit with opportunities to enjoy zoos, gardens, and amusement parks, museums, sporting arenas, or art galleries. Major Attractions The National Museum of the Great Lakes has permanent and traveling exhibits that highlight the importance of the Great Lakes to American history. Their motto is to not only educate, but to entertain and bring maritime history alive to those of all ages. Toledo Mud Hens Baseball is a must see for the sheer experience of America's favorite pastime. They are a minor-league team affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, but their history dates back 10 1896 making them one of the oldest minor league teams in America. Home to the nation's first "hippoquarium", the Toledo Zoo boasts of more than 5000 animals, first class exhibits, and summer concerts. The Toledo Botanical Garden has 57 acres of gardens and meadows, art galleries, and recreated pioneer homes. Houses dating back to the 1830s can be found at the Wolcott House and Museum and it is true living history. Fort Meigs State Memorial is the largest walled fortification in the U.S. It was build in 1812 and the site of two battles during the War of 1812. Shopping Architectural Artifacts, Inc. is a place one can find the perfect gift, unusual home decoration, or original item. Stuffed with over 20,000 items, one can find furniture, hardware, windows, chandeliers, mantels, gardent urns, and many other items. toledo ohioLocated downtown, the Erie Street Market offers a little bit of everything with about 25 merchants selling everything from collectables, artwork, and crafts to gourmet meats, cheeses, and sandwiches. Chocolate makes a perfect gift! With only 30 stores nationwide, Schakolad Chocolate Factory is a great place to stop for old –fashioned and finely made chocolates. The Taste of Toledo and the Best of Ohio is a one-stop souvenir and gift shop that has t-shirts, mugs, prints, and gift baskets. Arts and Architecture 16th century Spanish architectural style, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is unique in North America. It is huge and massive with mosaic alters and wall frescoes that reach up to the ceilings. Toledo Museum of Art is over 100 years old and holds pieces by Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Degas, Bearden, and Cezanne. It has a spectacular sculpture garden, a beautiful Glass Pavilion, a Peristyle Concert Hall, and a Museum Café that is worth stopping in. 20 North Gallery is across from the Mud Hens Stadium and home to local artists' studios. Exhibits include realism and abstract styles of art and hosts about eight shows a year. Restaurants Many options abound to eat in and around Toledo and one surely will not be disappointed in the choices. Some of the top-rated places to eat include: Mancy's Italian Grill is an Italian Steakhouse and part of a small local chain. Claddagh Irish Pub serving the best fish and chips, corned beef cabbage. It's a traditional Irish pub and a local favorite. Ciao! Ristorante is very fragrant not just because of the appealing food choices from Italy, but also because of an outdoor patio herb garden. From spicy red sauces to grilled dishes to traditional Italian favorites, it is a fabulous restaurant. A Toledo favorite is Schumucker's Restaurant. This family owned diner makes their dishes from scratch and is home to many feel good classic meals such as meatloaf, fried chicken, or Swiss steak. toledo ohioThe Real Seafood Company specializes in the freshest seafood from all over, but in particular the Great Lakes, Boston, and the Pacific Coast. It is a romantic atmosphere and their menus change weekly to keep up with the fresh arrival of fish, clams, and oysters. El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant is for those who enjoy authentic Mexican food prepared the way it was centuries ago. Fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables that are smothered in delightful sauces make it a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. For the world's most famous hot dog visit Tony Packo's. When Klinger from the TV series MASH announced the Hungarian hotdog, everyone from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Motley Crue's Tommy Lee have visited the place. Toledo is a great place to visit and has many activities that will surely entertain a variety of people and families. While there are many jokes about Toledo, it is truly an amazing city with wonderful architecture, art, museums, and history.

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