Off the Beaten Path…
Check out these gems in Northwest Ohio!
Boyd’s Retro Candy
954 Phillips Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43612
Nostalgic for some childhood candy? Boyd’s Retro Candy has over 1,000 candies, new and old…some originating in the late 1800s! How about Curly, Wurly Flying Saucers, Indian Pumpkin Seeds, Chuckles, Dots, Jujubes, JujyFruits, or some Good & Plenty? Or try some Gold Mine Gum, Zotz or Fizzies. Enjoy a Faygo or Frostie Soda or one of the retro sodas like Bubble Up, Nihi and Moxi. Fill up a $2 bag with penny candy (from the 2¢ jars).
Canal Adventure and Isaac Ludwig Mill
13827 S. River Road
Grand Rapids, OH 43522
Step back in time and enjoy a day exploring life as it was when the Miami and Erie Canals carried goods and people 249 miles between Toledo and Cincinnati. Take an authentic, mule-drawn canal boat ride at Providence Metropark, which has one of greatest concentrations of canal-era features in the country, including:
The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
Scenic Providence Dam constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by.
One-hour boat rides narrated by living history interpreters. May-Oct. $7 adults, $6 seniors (60 and over) and Metroparks members, $4 children (3 to 12); ages two and under free.
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558
Located in the heart of Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Toledo Metropark’s largest park, “The Spot” has become a social media phenomenon for visitors and photographers. Nestled in 1,200 red pine trees and about four acres wide, “The Spot” is the perfect place to look up, look around, and enjoy a spectacular masterpiece by Mother Nature. Google Maps even named it “The Spot” on their app. The 5,000-acre Oak Openings Preserve is a birders’ paradise and includes sand dunes and wetlands, has more than 50 miles of trails, and was once named by the Nature Conservatory as one of the 200 “Last Great Places on Earth.”
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Blvd
Toledo, OH 43610
Constructed in the Spanish Platteresque style, Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the 124 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. The Cathedral is 285 ft long and 215 ft wide with bell towers that soar 96 ft into the sky. The 8 ft by12 ft corpus (figure of Jesus) above the alter is carved from 250-year-old bleached oak. Inside the cross is a letter written by the wood craftsmen of the Schmidt Studio who placed it there before the cross was shipped to the United States.
Tour guides available for groups of ten or more. Self-guided tour brochures available for groups less than 10. Call 419-244-9575 or email at [email protected].
577 E Front St
Perrysburg, OH 43551
A lovely 12-acre estate bequeathed by Virginia Stranahan Secor to the community for education and enjoyment, the 577 Foundation includes many unique features. Visitors can step inside an 1804 original log cabin, explore the Geodesic bio-dome, a year-round greenhouse with organically grown flowers, herbs and vegetables and koi fish, or choose some used books in the Carriage House, once filled with saddles, bridles and horse carriages. Kids love to dig in the silica shale fossil rock pile and watch honeybees at work in old Dairy House. Learn how to throw pottery in the Pottery Barn, which once housed dairy cows. Visitors can follow the “River Walk” trail through apple, peach, and pear orchards to a hilltop view of the Maumee River. Free and open to the public.
Toledo Architectural Artifacts
20 S. Ontario St.
Toledo, OH 43604
Get inspired! Step inside this gem of a 30,000 sq-ft store brimming with vintage plumbing, hardware, doors and lighting from the 1800's into the 1980's. Everything from antique doors and fireplace mantels to architectural salvage, antique garden, plumbing and lighting, and more! Great place to browse and fine great one-of-a-kind home and decorating ideas and projects. Store Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 10 am till 5 pm.