#ISpyDowntown – Knowledge!

mainThe Toledo-Lucas County Public Library dates back to 1838, making it the first public library funded by tax dollars in the state of Ohio. Main Library has stood as a downtown landmark since it opened on September 5, 1940. Welcoming more than a half-a-million visitors a year who check out nearly one million items, Main Library is home to 1.2 million books, CDs, videos, DVDs and reference materials, which is the fifth largest public library collection in the state of Ohio. For the past several years, The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been ranked among the best libraries in the nation by the Hennen American Public Library Rating (HALPR) index. The Main Library is located on 325 Michigan St. Toledo, OH     43604.

In August of 2001, a 271,000 square foot, $45.1 million renovation and expansion to Main Library was unveiled, opening one of the most technologically advanced public libraries in America.

Some features of the Main Library include:

  • Art Deco
  • Central Court
  • Wintergarden
  • Local History and Geneology Department, featuring the Blade Rare Book Room.
  • Business and Technology Department
  • Humanities Department
  • Children’s Library
  • Popular Library
  • Audio Visual Department
  • Huntington Meeting Room
  • McMaster Center for Lifelong Learning
  • Civic Plaza Rooftop
  • Enclsoed Conference Rooms
  • Gallery
  • Café and Classics Gift Shop
  • Features more than 125 public access computers with free Internet access
  • 28 computers especially for children
  • 9 computers especially for teens
  • 1 handicapped-equipped computer
  • 300 underground parking spaces, accessible off of Adams Street.
  • The Metro, compelte with Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 gaming units in enclosed areas for teens to test their skills, learn, and play games solo or in groups.
  • Self-serve faxing, copying and scanning
  • Government Documents – Federal Depository Library Program


Branch Hours

1pm – 5pm *

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9am – 5:30pm

9am – 5:30pm **
* Sundays, September – May
** FREE PARKING on Saturday
and Sunday

Visit to search for classes, events, or any other information about the Main Library that you may want to know.


#ISpyDowntown – Toadally Awesome Art!

City-of-Frogs-Artistic-amphibians-take-Toledo-by-storm-4Its Reigning Frogs began in June of 2001 as a public art campaign coordinated by The Arts Commission. Over 100 local artists participated by decorating large frogs cast in fiberglass. UT sculpture student, Miguel Romero, created the original frog sculptures. Individual frogs were sponsored by local businesses, and many reflected the spirit or theme of the sponsor.

This public art display brought tens of thousands of people to downtown Toledo and raised more than $150,000 for local charities. Frogs were then put up for auction October of 2001 and placed all over the City of Toledo.

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#ISpyDowntown – Nautical Toledo!

GreatLakes_PhotoCourtesyAnna-Kolin_Great-Lakes-Historical-Society_WEB-1The Great Lakes Maritime Museum, located in the Toledo Maritime Center, is a significant cultural asset to the Toledo area. Formed by The Great Lakes Historical Society, the museum contains real artifacts and is extremely interactive. Among the many real artifacts that the museum boasts is a 160-year-old lifesaving boat from Kelley’s Island. It’s the oldest Great Lakes boat known to exist in its original construction. Also, the museum’s centerpiece is the restored lake freighter S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker.

There are computers and televisions that show several of the museum’s audio-visual exhibits and explain elements of the Great Lakes history. The museum is also a short boat ride from the Toledo Maritime Academy making it an excellent resource for students.

 The port authority originally built the Maritime Center during the early 2000s as a local terminal for passenger ferries and cruise ships.

Learn more about hours, admission prices, and further information on The Great Lakes Historical Society here:

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#ISpyDowntown – Living Green!

UpTown PARKwalk-in-the-parks-0917(ing) Day not only takes place in Toledo, but is a global event where parking spaces are transformed into temporary parks. Here, you can stroll the UpTown district and view 30 + creative park installations on Adams Street. The parking spaces are used for music, food stands, camping, arts and other activities. The parks are located between 12th and 22nd Streets.

The whole idea behind this endeavor is that it promotes better uses of urban spaces and encourages people to ‘think green’. Besides the event encouraging people to think about the environment, it’s also a chance for people to visit the neighborhood.

PARK(ing) Day is an open-source experiment in spatial remixing created by independently operated groups around the globe. The original PARK(ing) Day concept was made by Rebar Art and Design in the city of San Francisco.

The project began in 2005 when Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then it has evolved into a global movement with organizations and even individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

PARK(ing) Day has since been adapted and remixed to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world, and it continues to expand to all different experiments such as free health clinics, political seminars, art installations, and even a wedding ceremony.


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#ISpyDowntown – Local Foodies!

This 3-hour food tasting andimage_4-1024x1024 cultural walking tour includes delicious food and drink tastings and also an insider view of the history, architecture and culture of Toledo’s downtown neighborhood.

Toledo Flavors Food Tour was established in the spring of 2014, with the first official tours starting in July. A mother-daughter team who not only wanted to bring people together through food, but also wanted to educate Toledoans on the many exciting things that the city has to offer started this tour.

Those who partake in the tour get to explore downtown while experiencing foods from local restaurants and specialty stores. While doing so, you also learn inside information about chefs, new culinary perspectives and local foodie stories. Participants will enjoy 6+ servings, tastings or samples at locally owned downtown restaurants. You will also get a Warehouse District Food Tour Booklet with a map and exclusive guest coupons.

Tasting locations are subject to change but currently include: Packo’s at the Park, Grumpy’s, All Crumbs Artisan Bakery, Downtown Latte, Veritas Cork & Craft and The Blarney.

Tours are Thursdays and Saturdays through Mid-September  at 11 a.m. Tickets are $42 for adults and $30 for children. The food tastings will leave you more than satisfied and are definitely enough for lunch. Tours take place rain or shine, and meet near Superior and Washington Streets (exact meeting location is provided with ticket purchase). Learn more about these amazing tours and buy your tickets HERE!
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#ISpyDowntown – Nature!

garden-Manos-PaschallisManos Community Garden at Jackson and 14th St. is owned by Manos Paschallis and was offered to Toledo GROWs, an outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden, in 2010 and was completed a year later. The design encompasses the idea of community, art and nature in this unique Uptown District of Downtown Toledo, which is a mix of residential and business.  It’s a place for people to explore, for neighbors to adopt a garden bed and grow their own produce, and it’s also a place of community interaction. Manos Community Garden is filled with flowers, vegetables, and art.

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Adult Division’s Wild Connections Group along with Helen Palochko worked to make a bird friendly haven, earning the space a National Wildlife Habitat Certification. Tolco Corporation’s nearby property serves as a study satellite area, as the garden also serves as a Cornell University urban bird study site. Set in a circular rising sun pattern, the raised bed vegetable garden has a strong sculptural presence. The plots spread out like sun rays. A graduated brick and stone terrace was hand laid by Toledoan Brad Fields. Native plants draw birds, butterflies and pollinators.

Gary Marck of IBC Inc, his family and partner Leo Deiger, allowed seven local artists, (who donated their time and talent), to paint the 200ft wall with unified nature/community themed murals. The pieces are an amazing mix of simplicity and detail, creating a gallery effect of individual paintings. Muralists include: Katie Davis, Courtney Billian, Merce Culp, Annette Fink, Samantha Dougherty, Jerry Gray and Har Simrit-Singh. Telephone poles will be converted to totems that will also function as  bird and bat houses. A grassy area offers a spot for kids to play and for artists to display their work during the summer Art Walks. For the students of Toledo School of the Arts (TSA), the garden serves as an outdoor biology lab.

Toledo GROWs is the community gardening outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden. GROWs is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the continued growth and success of community-based gardens in the City of Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio.

 As a statewide and regional leader in community gardening, Toledo GROWs offers organizational resources and technical assistance to support the development of sustainable garden projects that serve people of diverse ages and abilities. In 2012, GROWs served over 165 community gardens. Throughout the seasons, Toledo GROWs works with community garden organizers to ensure that they have everything necessary to create a vibrant community garden.

Learn more about Toledo Botanical Garden and it’s Toledo GROWs program, along with Manos Community Garden at

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#ISpyDowntown – Downtown Culture & Fun

Since its founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, innovative and extensive education programs and architecturally significant campus. More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

To accommodate the ever growing collection and demand for art education, the Museum campus has grown exponentially since its founding. From its humble first exhibition space in two rented rooms, the Museum has grown to cover approximately 36 acres with six buildings, including the innovative Glass Pavilion, which was opened in 2006 and offers five galleries.

In addition, the Museum

  • Was first located in the Gardner Building in Downtown Toledo
  • Gets about half of its electrical energy from the sun, from a 360 kilowatt solar panel canopy that was constructed in 2013 and an additional 200 kilowatts on the roof of the main buiding
  • Uses produce from its Chef’s Garden to prepare food for the Museum restaurant
  • Features a gorilla, polar bear, leaping hare and a horse in the David and Georgia Welles Sculpture Garden
  • Is open on Thursdays and Fridays until 9 pm

The Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately-endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public—free of charge—six days a week, 309 days a year.  The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information on The Toledo Museum of Art visit or call (419) 255-8000.



#ISpyDowntown – Downtown Adventures

The Sandpiper is a 100-passenger cruise vessel plying the waters of the Maumee River and Bay. The boat is available for private and public rides from May through October, departing from their dock at the foot of Jefferson Ave. in Downtown Toledo. Choose from a wide range of trips, including a picnic lunch cruise, a Friday-night family cruise, sunset and city lights cruises, cigar cruises, a musical dinner cruise, a lighthouse cruise and many more. Some of these excursions are catered, and for others you are encouraged to bring your own picnic.

The Sandpiper was built in 1984 in Maumee, Ohio. She has spent her entire career in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, including the Maumee River, Monroe, Michigan, and many Detroit River locations. She is constructed of welded steel and is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard. The boat is 65 feet in length and weighs 37 gross tons. Its maximum speed is 8 mph, and its cruising speed of 6 mph makes it a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Private parties and other events can also be arranged aboard The Sandpiper, such as birthday, anniversary, graduation, church, club, wedding, corporate and other events.

The Sandpiper also serves as a floating classroom. The boat is available for field trips, with tour content that is both educational and fun.

Learn more about The Sandpiper and its cruise schedule at, or by calling 419.537.1212.

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#ISpyDowntown – Downtown Style

Since 1889, The Toledo Club has remained the city’s premier destination for big city elegance and old world charm. A richly appointed architectural gem, it serves as an unparalleled backdrop for everything from the casual business lunch and invigorating game of squash to the lavish black tie gala.

The city’s idyllic place to relax, network, entertain and celebrate offers many amenities. It boasts full-service athletic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, cardio equipment, weight room and squash courts. Guided by Executive Chef Michael Rosendaul, the Club provides top-notch dining in the exquisite Main Dining Room, the casual Sports Grill & Tavern, the Oak Room cocktail bar, or even carry out. Other amenities include a barbershop, tailor, masseuse, manicurist and dry cleaning.

The Toledo Club formally opened its present Clubhouse on June 15, 1915, at Madison Avenue and 14th Street. Designed by architect Lawrence Bellman, the handsome five-story edifice was immediately acclaimed as one of the most notable and beautiful works of architecture in the city. During its long history, the Club has played host to pivotal business deals, lavish dinners, and irresistible intrigue, including a secret panel used to hide beverages during Prohibition.

Today’s membership includes over 700 men, women and families who remain committed to our city’s growth. The number of members under 40 has grown significantly in recent years, as young professionals have taken an interest in living in and supporting Downtown Toledo. With the casual and formal dining options, Downtown’s finest athletics facility and high-tech conference capabilities, The Toledo Club is thriving as Toledo’s foremost social and business destination.

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#ISpyDowntown – Riding Bikes!

Artist-designed bike racks can lend a playful air to a community, while encouraging the use of bicycles in urban spaces. In 2011, The Arts Commission began its program of Artist-Designed Bike Racks in Downtown Toledo, funded by the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art Program. Since then, 30 unique bike racks designed by local artists have been installed throughout the Downtown neighborhoods.

For the 2014 edition (Phase III), 239 designs were submitted by 114 local and regional artists, with 10 selected for development. Over the years, bike racks have featured animals (owls, fish, squirrels and even a fox), “common” items (such as paper clips, a guitar, a turnip, a sailboat and a cup of coffee), and uniquely local items like the High Level

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Bozarts Gallery

151 S. St. Clair St.


Call for upcoming shows or private viewing.


Paula Brown Gallery

912 Monroe St.



Gathered Art Gallery & Studios

23 N. Huron


Show your work, rent a space or take a class. We are all about bringing Art to Toledo.


Madhouse Gallery

1215 Jackson St.


Local art gallery.


Secor Gallery

425 Jefferson Ave.


By appointment only.


Shared Lives Studio Gallery

20 N. St. Clair St.



Sur St. Clair Gallery and Meeting Space

1 S. St. Clair St.


Gallery and event center. A place for catered events & meetings in the Warehouse District.



Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship

International Park


View the massive engine room, posh officer’s dining room, captain’s quarters and more on this historical tribute to Toledo’s shipping channel as a floating museum.


Frogtown Froggy Museum

Fort Industry Square

124 N. Summit St.


Open Sat. & Sun., or by appointment, with over 400 froggy related items on display!


Toledo Museum of Art/Glass Pavilion

2445 Monroe St.


Discover 30,000 masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and more. See world-renowned glass collection at the award winning Glass Pavilion.



Toledo Opera

425 Jefferson Ave.


For over 50 years, audience members have experienced the Toledo Opera.


Toledo Repertoire Theater

16 10th St.


“Toledo’s community theater since 1933” located on 10th Street in the old First Alliance Church.


Toledo Symphony

1838 Parkwood Ave.


Performing in Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, this award winning symphony has been playing for over 60 years.


The Valentine Theatre

410 Adams St.

Box Office: 419-242-ARTS (2787)

Beautifully restored historic theater and event facility.



Attic on Adams

17th & Adams, above Manos


Local bar open until 2:30 a.m., 7 days a week with daily drink specials and “late night munchie” food, music and pool.


The Bar

513 Jefferson Ave.


Drinks & Billards


Blarney Irish Pub

601 Monroe St.


Enjoy Irish and American Fare, happy hour specials and live entertainment.


Blush Bar

119 N. Erie St.


Female impersonation.


Bretz Nightclub

2012 Adams St.


Providing a safe, fun and exciting destination for 25+ years.


Bronze Boar

20 S. Huron St.


This unique bar offers a large selection of domestic & import beers, designer martinis, wine and live entertainment.


ICE Restaurant and Bar

405 Madison Ave.


Affordable breakfast, lunch and dinners, in PNC Bank Building. Live entertainment.


Manhattan’s Restaurant

1516 Adams St.


Classic Italian and American cuisine in New York bistro style. Live jazz and blues nightly.


Maumee Bay Brew Pub

27 Broadway St.


Wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted beer.


Michael’s Bar & Grill

901 Monroe St.


Family owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meeting rooms.



The Oliver House

27 Broadway St.


Toledo’s own Buckeye Brew, woodfired pizza and burgers. Live Entertainment.


Ottawa Tavern

1815 Adams St.


Long-standing Toledo bar and grill, for food and music.


Our Brothers Place

233 N. Huron St.


Serving American cuisine with entertainment nightly.


Packo’s at the Park

7 S. Superior St.


Authentic Hungarian menu with world-famous dogs, across from Fifth Third Field.


PizzaPapalis Taverna

519 Monroe St.


Authentic Chicago-style and thin crust pizza and more. Live entertainment Thurs.-Sat.


Rip Cord

115 N. Erie St.


Alternative life style bar.


Table Forty-4

610 Monroe St.


Located across from Fifth Third Field, offering the finest quality foods, excellent service and a comfortable, casual atmosphere at affordable prices.


Tequila Sheila’s

702 Monroe St.


Sports & music bar located on the NW corner of Erie & Monroe Streets.


Toledo’s MainStreet Bar & Grill

141 Main St.


Homemade pizza, subs and grinders. Live music, open 7 days.


Wesley’s Bar & Grill

1201 Adams St.


Unique gathering place serving 100 beer choices, in the heart of the UpTown District.


Woodchucks Bar & Grill

224 S. Erie St.


A bar with local flavor and music located across from the Erie Street Market.


Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull

9 N. Huron


Open 7 days. 11 am to 2 am. Great food, full bar, outside patio and live music. 34 beers on tap.


Ye Olde Durty Bird

2 S. St. Clair St.


Venues & Attractions


Beach Volleyball Complex & Club

International Park


Eight-professional, fully-lit beach volleyball courts with league and open-play.


Event Center

23 N. Summit St.


One of downtown Toledo’s premier upscale venue and banquet facilities.


Fifth Third Field

Home of the Toledo Mud Hens

406 Washington St.


Baseball stadium of the Detroit Tigers’ AAA affiliate. Souvenir store is open year-round.


Huntington Center Arena/Toledo Walleye

500 Jefferson Ave.


8,000 plus seat, state-of-the-art arena, home of the ECHL Toledo Walleye Hockey Team.


Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way


Visitors of every age will be immersed in a multi-sensory experience. As fun as it is educational.


Lucas County Court House

700 Adams St.


Designed by David L. Stein and erected in 1894, the beautiful building and lawn are the seat of Lucas County.


Oliver House

27 Broadway St.


Once the premier hotel of the city, this mixed-use building houses several restaurant, residential and entertainment venues.


Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

2535 Collingwood Blvd. in Historic Old West End


The only Plateresque (architectural style of 16th century Spain) cathedral in the world.


Sandpiper Boat

Docked in Promenade Park at Jefferson and Water St.


This 100-passenger boat cruises upriver past elegant estates or downriver toward Lake Erie. Public rides and private charters available.


SeaGate Convention Centre

401 Jefferson Ave.


Toledo’s largest convention facility featuring 75,000 sq. ft. of column-free exhibit space.


Toledo Club

235 14th St.


Since 1889, this private, downtown club has offered the premier setting for dinners and parties. Reciprocity honored for local and non-local clubs.


Toledo Farmer’s Market

273 S. Erie St.


A fresh, farm produce market, open on Saturdays offering poultry products, fresh flowers and much more.


Toledo Skyway Marina

1701 Front St.


The “one stop shop” for docking, refreshments, restrooms, showers, power and more. Close to Downtown dining & entertainment.


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