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Downtown Walking Tours

mud hensSummertime and its warm weather are here, and that makes it the perfect time to put on your comfortable shoes and head downtown for the 33rd annual Toledo walking tours.

The free, public tours will be held every Thursday from July 6 through Aug. 24 from noon to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Sponsored by the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the downtown walking tours will take place:

July 6
Fifth Third Building - The tallest skyscraper in Toledo. Come and see the view from the 23rd floor. Meet in the lobby of One Seagate on Summit Street. Photo ID needed to get to the upper floors. 

July 13
The Oliver House - The oldest commercial building (1859) in continual use in the city. Explore this fine example of adaptive reuse. 27 Broadway. Meet in the parking lot.

July 20
Adams Street and UptownThe tour will extend along Adams from 10th to 18th Streets, looking at existing buildings as well as structures that no longer exist. Meet at  Main Library's North Lawn at Adams and Michigan.

July 27
Middlegrounds Metropark - The Metropark's newest park is a time capsule of Toledo's industrial heritage and offers spectacular views of the city. Meet at Middlegrounds main parking lot.

Aug. 3
Westmoreland Historic Neighborhood - Where the Old West End went after the turn-of-the last century: One of Toledo's most elegant early 20th century neighborhoods; both a local and national historic district. Meet on center island at Mt. Vernon and Grand Avenues.

Aug. 10
Collingwood Arts Center - One of the oldest homes in the Old West End grew into a massive religious complex and then into one of Toledo's premier arts centers. Meet at the Arts Center. Parking on site. 

Fifth Third buildingAug. 17
Toledo's Royalty: Royal Hotel and its vintage neighborhood - The new owners will discuss their plans for restoration of the building. Meet in front of 337 Broadway.

Aug. 24
Old Orchard Neighborhood - Discover why this area got its name, its streets, its architecture and its early residents. Meet at Kenwood and Pemberton. Park closer to Kenwood.

Participants will receive a small booklet with information about key downtown buildings.

“The purpose of the downtown tours is to provide Toledo area residents with a fun, yet informative opportunity to learn about some of the wonderful buildings and architecture that we have in downtown Toledo,” said Dr. Neil Reid, UT professor of geography and director of the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center.

“The tour guides are all trained volunteers who really enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion about our wonderful downtown,” Reid said.

For more information, call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department at 419.259.5233.

Last Updated: 6/10/17