Toledo Flights:

Flights to Toledo

image of ToledoThe US city of Toledo was named after Toledo in Central Spain and it is the fourth largest city in the state of Ohio. Situated in the Great Lakes Region, Toledo is at the western end of Lake Erie, on the border with the neighbouring state of Michigan.

The Toledo Express Airport (airport code: TOL) is the nearest airport to Toledo, and is about 10 miles (16km) outside the city. There are some good choices for flights to Toledo when coming from Johannesburg, but there may be additional options if you chose to fly into Detroit Wayne County Airport (code: DTW), about an hour away, instead. When taking a flight to Toledo, you can book a seat with Northwest Airlines and connect in Amsterdam and Detroit, which is the same route as KLM. United Airlines makes their stops in Washington and then Detroit.

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The Tourist Attractions in Toledo:

Toledo has a good selection of tourist attractions, enough to keep visitors occupied for several days at least, and once you’ve seen all that Toledo itself has to offer you can explore the Great Lakes Region in more detail.

Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art is the city’s top museum and it’s housed within an impressive Greek revival style building. The museum is best known for its major collections of glass art, and a new building opened a couple of years ago just to showcase these pieces – the Glass Pavilion is just across the street from the main museum building.

The Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo is probably Toledo’s most popular family attraction and has been educating children and adults alike since its opening in 1900. There are some excellent exhibits here that incorporate around 700 species and a total of 4,800 animals. The Toledo Zoo was the first zoo to have a hippoquarium – a fantastic underwater viewing exhibit that allows you to see hippos up close and underwater! Other exhibits include the Arctic Encounter, the Museum of Science, and several specific children’s areas.

Old West End
Visitors who are interested in the historic side to Toledo can visit the Old West End historic neighbourhood. There are some wonderful old houses here covering a wide range of architectural styles from Victorian, to Arts and Crafts, to Edwardian. The Toledo Museum of Art is at one end of this neighbourhood while other public attractions include the Rosary Cathedral and the Historic First Congregational Church.

Although the houses are mostly privately owned and not open to the public there are often neighbourhood events taking place in Toledo’s Old West End, such as garden tours in September, Tours de Noel in December, and the old West End Festival in June.

The Imagination Station
In the downtown core of Toledo is the city’s science museum, called the Imagination Station. Aimed more at children than adults this is a worthwhile visit if you’re in Toledo with family as it features over 300 exhibits for children of all ages.

When Should You Visit?:

Being in the Great Lakes region Toledo has a humid continental climate that gives the city warm and humid summers and cold and snowy winters. For the warmest weather visit Toledo in July when the average high temperature is 28C, but humidity is high. December to February is significantly colder than the rest of the year, dropping to an average high of just -1C in January

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