Toledo, Ohio, is the home to the world’s largest glass manufacturer, Owens-Illinois, as well as Libbey, Inc. The city has been known as the “Glass City” because of its long history of glassmaking, dating back to the early 1800s when the city’s first factory of this type was opened. Today, dozens of similar manufacturers make anything from bottles to complementary supplies for the auto industry to flat material. And if you love art, you’ll appreciate viewing the building made out of glass at the Toledo Museum of Art, where you’ll also find amazing collections and live glass-blowing demonstrations.
The Toledo Zoo
Recognized by many as the best zoo in America, the Toledo Zoo is a must-see while in the city. The zoo has been around since 1900 and is home to over 10,000 animals. It is especially known for its award-winning elephant exhibit and hands-on approach to education, with many opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals.
The National Museum of the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes hold 20% of the world’s fresh water and are an important part of the region’s economy and ecology. The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the story of the lakes and those who have depended on them for centuries. The museum is located in the historic Great Lakes Shipping Channel and is a great place to learn about the history and future of the Great Lakes.