What is it like to live in Toledo, OH?
Toledo, Ohio has always been a great place to raise children. It offers many of the amenities of much larger cities without having to fight the traffic and crowds to enjoy them.
It has always had a world-class zoo and art museum, and the museum also provides wonderful acoustics for performances of the Toledo Symphony.
In addition, Toledo’s proximity to other locales and events can’t be beat. For instance, Ann Arbor, with its great shopping, farmer’s market, art festival and education-related events is only 30–40 minutes north on Rt 23. Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, with all their entertainment offerings, are only 60 minutes north on Rt. 75, and Toronto, which has some of the greatest shopping and eating in the world, is only about a two-hour drive away.
Cleveland is the farthest at about a four-hour drive to the east where one has access to the Cleveland Clinic for medical diagnoses and treatment. Bowling Green, Columbus, and Akron are 30 minutes to three hours away, and Amish Country, which offers beautiful hand-made furniture, quilts and baked goods, is one to two hours south of Akron.
If you or your children are fond of horses, there are stables for boarding and riding in Michigan, only about ten miles down Secor from the University of Toledo. You can arrange to have other riding enthusiasts exercise your boarded horse(s) when you’re not available.
There’s virtually no end to available summer activities. There are numerous summer camps in Michigan for children. Cottages on numerous lakes in Michigan and Indiana that are only 1–2 hours away are available to buy or rent. Several towns in Michigan south of Traverse City are comprised of mostly artists who sell their creations.
For those who love the water, there’s no better boating anywhere than the Great Lakes. A typical trip from Toledo would involve taking Lake Erie north to the Detroit River. Before crossing Lake St. Clair to the St. Clair River, you’d decide whether to go up the Canadian side or the American side, with the former being the usual preference as it’s nicer. From Lake Huron, the cruising/sailing options and opportunities to see what can be seen only by boat around Georgian Bay and Baie Finn are endless. The islands, like Put-n-Bay, in Lake Erie are available for weekend trips.