"Toledo, Ohio, located on the Maumee River and just north of the Great Black Swamp giving it the nickname “Frog Town,” is one of the best-kept secrets in the United States. It is rich in culture, history, outdoor activities, and it all comes at a low cost of living. The friendly down-to-earth locals represent the city’s attitude and slogan “You will do better in Toledo."" Toledo is also known for its roots in the glass industry as the “Glass City” and home of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza with a 50-by-4 foot glass mural as a reminder that Toledo is the center of the glass industry. With so much history and fun to be had by residents, it's no wonder so many find their perfect home among the many options in Toledo apartments."
Founded in 1833, Toledo was built by tough settlers that conquered the swampland to transform it into a thriving community with an entrepreneurial spirit. After being founded, waves of immigrants poured into the city to forge out their dreams, which is why it said to be the city built on dreams. In 1835, Toledo went to war because of a mapping dispute over the boundary lines between Michigan and Ohio. Much of present day Toledo falls in this strip of land, and it speaks to the strong character of those that built the city.
In Toledo, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons. The summers are warm, and the fall and spring offer all the beautiful color changes and seasonal weather. If you hail from a warmer climate, you will want to prepare for the winters because they are icy, and the city is often hit with some hefty snow to play in.
Getting Around Toledo
Most of the population relies on their own vehicles to get around town. The public transportation available in the city is a bus system with more than 30 routes, but it does not serve all neighborhoods. Walking or biking is an option when the weather is nice. Be aware there are not many bike lanes. There are two airports, the Toledo Express Airport and Toledo Executive Airport, but many residents choose to travel the 45 minutes to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport because there are more flights available. The Amtrak is another attractive option.
Commuting in Toledo
The average commute times in Toledo are about 20 minutes. Two interstates running north and south through town, the I-75 and the I-280, helps to move traffic along. Even though most people drive themselves, the rush hour traffic is generally reasonable. As with most cities, construction can cause some delays.
The Toledo Blade is the official newspaper for the area, and the UT Independent Collegian is the official newspaper of the University of Toledo. There are several popular radio stations to fit most anyone’s taste in music, news, and radio entertainment. Some popular television stations are WNWO TV 24, WTVG TV 13, WTOL TV 11_, amd WUPW TV 36
Toledo has an excellent mix of culture, art, education opportunities, outdoor activities, city history, museums, and landmarks. It is a family-focused community with an extensive park system throughout the city. The University of Toledo has a beautiful campus on 858 acres and was rated Tier 2 in the 2016 edition of the Best Colleges. Toledo has a long history of innovation from businesses like the glass industry and Jeep vehicles. The diversity of the population adds variety to the local food, music, art, and fun in the area. Toledo is a place you don't want to miss!
Toledo is the home of Fort Meigs on the bank of the Maumee River. Built in 1813 with General William Henry Harrison's direction and is one of the largest walled fortifications in North America. The freighter SS Willis was launched in 1911 and is currently a restored, living-history museum docked at International Park. The Firefighters Museum preserves equipment dated back to 1920 and historical homes pepper the area.
Things to do in Toledo
Toledo has a great mix of residents drawn to the area for the outdoor activities, the family atmosphere, and a variety of the Arts. Many enjoy the Cedar Point Amusement Park and the Put-in-Bay Island with a myriad of restaurants and activities. The Toledo Museum of Art is a brilliant find along with the symphony and ballet. If golf is your love, then you’ll enjoy the public and private courses around the city. Toledo is the home of the historic Inverness Club, which hosted the PGA Championship.
Year round there are festivals for everyone to enjoy. One of the most popular is the Toledo Opera that includes dinner and dancing. The Maple Sugaring Festival to commemorate the history of maple syrup, and then there is the Taste the Town hosting restaurants from the area along with a parade and tours of historic homes. There’s no resisting the Northwest Ohio Rib-Off or the Wood County Fair that includes lots of food German beer, and dancing.
Toledo Vacation spots
Enjoy a Tuscan-inspired getaway at the Villa Suites in Canton, Ohio. For a romantic getaway, try a stay a Landoll’s Mohican Castle with a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride in Loudonville, Ohio. If you're looking for golf, play on a Jacklaus Signature golf course at the Bertram Inn with Tuscany inspired décor. Or visit the Amish community in Millersburg with charming cottages and shopping.
Where to move in Toledo
When choosing a place to live in or close to Toledo, you may want to consider if you would like to be near the downtown area, the university, or in one of the outlying suburbs. The top rated neighborhoods in the area are West Gate, Franklin Park, Beverly, and Southwyck. Each offers close amenities, a lower cost of living and low crime rates, as well as higher rates of high school graduations than some other areas. No matter which neighborhood you choose for your apartment, there will be a variety of places to eat, shop, and local parks and entertainment to enjoy.