It’s Clear to Me: Adventures Await in the Glass City
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed all aspects of our lives. It’s been particularly hard on our elderly population who now must be cautious with what they do and who they do it with. There’s still safe and fun things to be had but it requires some additional steps that include masks, social distancing, and proper hand-washing.
We are fortunate that Toledo has a wide array of adventures just waiting to be explored. With proper caution and commonsense, these activities can be done safely by all!
Here are a few things you can do with your elderly parent in Toledo:
Toledo Botanical Garden:
Part of the region’s 17 Metroparks, the Toledo Botanical Garden is a 60-acre oasis of plants and gardens that is easily accessible to all. An array of gardens include a host of colorful, unique annuals and perennials. Sculptures and associated art are spread throughout the garden including in the Artisan Village. The Garden is also fully wheel-chair accessible and has relevant COVID prevention practices in place.
Toledo Museum of Art:
While the views and art are outstanding, one of the best parts of the Toledo Museum of Art is the price, it’s FREE! Offering a broad collection of art and education programs, the architecturally-unique campus is privately-operated and as a nonprofit so it does not charge patrons. Its collection of nearly 25,000 works include art in 35 galleries, a Sculpture Garden and Glass Pavilion. Works by van Gogh, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and more await for an artistic feast for your eyes and soul.
See: https://www.toledomuseum.org for more.
Also a part of Metroparks, Wildwood Preserve is among the most popular in the region. The 493-acre park is a huge part of Toledo’s history. It is the former home of the magnate Robert Stranahan, founder and iconic leader of Champion Spark Plug. Offering free tours, the Georgian colonial estate also displays its charms during the holidays with appealing decorations and offerings. Trails and prairie land is also home to many flora, fauna and animals -- all accessible by a system of trails that bisect the Ottawa River.
Toledo Zoo and Aquarium:
Toledo’s Zoo is world renowned. It’s a great place to take a leisurely walk while seeing some of the world’s most exotic animals. Now through October 28th they are featuring Senior Discovery Days with free admission on Wednesdays, free parking and a 15% discount on merchandise in the gift shop. Want to learn more?
Visit https://www.toledozoo.org/seniors for more details!
Even amid a pandemic, art and nature awaits for your next adventure in Toledo. Be safe and have fun!