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Catch the Toledo Zoo's Luminous Nights display through October.

Courtesy of Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Culture and history in Toledo

A beloved minor-league baseball team is at the heart of a thriving downtown district.

Perhaps the most famous fan of Toledo’s minor league baseball team remains “M*A*S*H” actor and Toledo native Jamie Farr, who as Cpl. Klinger often sported a Mud Hens cap. Ursula Barrera-Richards ’07 JD says Klinger might be surprised at what his team has pulled off.“The Mud Hens have basically spurred a revitalization of downtown.” Rippling out from the team’s Fifth Third Field, Toledo’s Hensville warehouse district boasts restaurants, rooftop bars, live music and special events from yoga to dancing in the streets.

Down the riverfront, catch the Toledo Zoo’s Luminous Nights display throughout October.

Another downtown area Alyssa Darah ’13 likes is Adams Street. “It has eclectic shops, nice cafés, restaurants and bars.” The neighborhood also features a makers studio and art galleries.

Across the Maumee River is the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which celebrates the history of this largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet. Especially appealing to children is the museum ship, the S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. At one time the biggest ship on the Great Lakes, it is docked in the Maumee and open for touring from May to October.

Where to stay

The new Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel features a rooftop bar overlooking the skyline. Or opt for the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park, with 120 rooms and private balconies overlooking the water.

Where to eat

The Toledo Blade called Mancy’s Steakhouse — a third-generation Toledo institution — “just short of perfect,” and Esquire named it one of the 40 best steakhouses in the country.

And don’t miss

The Artist Village at Toledo Botanical Garden features cottages that house studio space for resident organizations such as the Stained Glass Guild, Toledo Potters Guild and Photo Arts Club of Toledo. Check the calendar for upcoming demo days and events.