What are Your Local Tourist Attractions?

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What are Your Local Tourist Attractions?
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 6:29pm

Every place has something to offer. Even where I live in a very rural area, there are still things to see and places to go. If I was going to visit where you live, what would you tell me to see and do? Is your city or town known for anything special?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 1:13pm

Well, the town has a Historical Museum, set in the old nineteenth century "work house" (for debtors and the poor, I assume): http://www.woodcountyhistory.org/#

and a quartet of VERY large windmills! http://www.bgohio.org/departments/utilities-department/wind-turbines

There's a fabulous wall art installation portraying life in Bowling Green and disguising an equipment storage yard: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/mc/monitor/04-30-07/page29781.html

The downtown of Bowling Green  is relatively "historic" with old buildings dating from the days of the oil boom and a wonderful courthouse as well...

Oh, and if you are of this inclination, the National Construction Equipment Museum: http://www.hcea.net, Snooks Dream Cars (although I'm not sure he's open to the public anymore): http://www.snooksdreamcars.com

And of course, anything associated with the University... from the arts to sports.

Those are the points the Chamber of Commerce seems to be bent on promoting.

DH would tell you that the Simpson Garden Park is worth a visit in summer: http://www.bgohio.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks/Simpson-garden-park, as is Schedel Gardens some distance away: http://www.schedel-gardens.org and even Toledo Botanical Gardens (which, if you time it right, also holds the Crosby Art Festival mid summer): http://www.toledogarden.org!

If you time things right (August - early September), there are, within six weeks of each other, the Wood County Fair, the National Tractor Pulling Championships, and the Black Swamp Arts Festival!

And Wood County has an extensive system of public parks which offer all sorts of activities during the year, as well as just paths and hikes and other nature experiences: http://www.woodcountyparkdistrict.org

Nearby, there is the little village of Grand Rapids, which was supposedly a stop on the Underground Railroad, which has remnants of an old canal system and mill, and which holds a massive Apple Butter festival every September! 

A little further up the road in the other direction is Fort Meigs, which is a recreation of a War of 1812 fort: http://www.fortmeigs.org Lots of battle re-enactments take place here, ranging from July 4 celebrations dating back to French-and-Indian re-enactors to War of 1812 ( especially right now, with War of 1812 Bi-Centennial) and even Civil War!

And yet further up the road is Toledo, with an Art Museum of some repute: http://www.toledomuseum.org, a children's hands-on science museum called Imagination Station: http://imaginationstationtoledo.org/content/  and a Zoo: http://www.toledozoo.org!

Toledo also has an extensive metro-park system as well... http://www.metroparkstoledo.com/metro/

For the sports-minded, Toledo has a minor league baseball team called the Mudhens: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t512 and a minor league hockey team called the Walleye: http://www.toledowalleye.com and every summer, they host the Jamie Farr Classic LGPA Golf Tournament: http://www.jamiefarrowenscorning.com/2010/dev/home.aspx

And all summer long, Toledo (and it's suburbs) is weekend after weekend of ethnic fairs and festivals: http://cleveland.about.com/od/toledoohioattractions/tp/toledosummerfestivals.htm!

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 11:32am
Where I live there are several rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, and ponds. So anyone with an interest in swimming, boating, fishing, or nearby wildlife can have a good time here. Even better, with the weather being great 80% of the year you can be outside nearly any time you want.
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 3:16pm

ferry boat trips around the SF bay, island outings in the bay, parks, amusement parks, museums, restaurants, festivals,

music in the parks, etc.