Toledo Metropark Treasures: Farnsworth Metropark

Farnsworth is located at 8505 S River Rd, Waterville, OH 43566.

Treasures you’ll find at Farnsworth Metropark:

The Interurban Bridge

The Interurban Bridge was once the largest earth filled, concrete reinforced bridge in the entire world, though the bridge is in ruins it is quite a sight to behold.

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The Roche de Bout (also spelled Roche de Boeuf)

The Roche de Bout is one of the only significant rock outcroppings in the Northwest Region of Ohio and serves as a support for the bridge. The rock was an important landmark to Indians centuries ago, who met on the rock for meetings, including one before the famous 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers. As long as the water level is somewhat low, you can easily wade out to the rock.

The 100-mile Bowling Green Fault line, the only fault line in the entire Great Lakes Region & it runs through the park. If the water is low enough you actually are able to see it.

 

Towpath Trail

Towpath Trail is 2.5 miles and Easy (Stroller and ADA accessible).

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The trail parallels the Maumee River the whole way, passing by several islands on the river owned by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. (Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting to the islands).

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However the Kayak Concession is open and you can rent a Kayak and Kayak around the islands.

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Price: (Credit card payments only) Single Kayak, $10 per hour Tandem Kayak, $15 per hour Downriver kayak trip, Farnsworth to Side Cut Metropark, including transportation back to Farnsworth, $20 per person. E-bike rental, $10 per hour

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fishing & Camping & Picnic Areas

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The Playground

The playground (closest parking lot is the Boat Launch entrance to the park on 8801 S. River Road (US24), ) is AWESOME!

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It includes; a turtle, a Great Blue Heron, a buckeye leaf, and even the Bowling Green Fault Line are depicted in the sculptures. Not only can children enjoy playing outside in the park, but they can learn about it at the same time.

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And there is a really nice, new, shelter adjacent (and restrooms too) that is available to rent along with a charcoal and gas grill (locked)…it would make the perfect spot for a family reunion, birthday gathering, etc. Kids could play on the playground, older kiddos/adults could take turns kayaking, have a cookout, walk the towpath, and enjoy the natural beauty that is Ohio!

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DEETS:

Hours: 7am-dark everyday

Address: 8505 S River Road (US 24) Waterville, OH 43566

Ranger Phone: (419) 779-6052

Map: http://metroparkstoledo.com/media/2158/river-parks-map-nov14-map-only.pdf

Website: http://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/farnsworth/

Sources:

http://www.naturalohioadventures.com/farnsworth-metropark.html

 http://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/farnsworth/

 

 

10 Reasons Why Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is the Perfect Family Getaway (Promo Code included for Kids, Eat, Stay, & Play FREE!!)

 

Whether you are looking for a fun family vacation, the perfect destination for a reunion with family and/or friends, or simply a day away from the mundane Maumee Bay State Park Lodge has all the amenities necessary to provide a custom catered experience. There is literally something for everyone, the fitness gurus, naturalists, the bookworm; those looking to jam pack their day with activities, and those who prefer a more leisure experience. Here is a list of the

10 Reasons Why Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is the Perfect Family Getaway

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  1. Boardwalk– This is hands down my children’s (ages 5-10) favorite activity! They enjoy exploring, investigating, and observing all the swamp and marsh has to offer from the comforts of the boardwalk including, snakes, frogs, fish, birds, deer, raccoons, different habitats, butterflies etc. maumeebay 062 This is one nature walk that involves a lot of observing to keep your eyes peeled! maumeebay 076The easy, two-mile Interpretive Boardwalk trail traverses swamp and marsh wetlands and has interpretive signs, an observation blind and tower. MaumeeBay8The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. maumeebay 094Additionally, the park offers two multi-use trails for walking, jogging, or biking: Trail – 6 Miles – Easy & Mouse Trail – 3 Miles – Easy
  2. Nature CenterTrautman Nature Center is equipped with inter-active displays, a programming auditorium, research laboratory and viewing windows. It is a state-of-the-art nature center staffed by a year-round naturalist. maumeebay 047The boardwalk trail is adjacent to the nature center. maumeebay 049Stop in for a visit before heading to the boardwalk so that you can learn about some of the habitats and wildlife that you will see on your boardwalk adventure!maumeebay 059
  3. Swimming– Maumee Bay State Park Lodge & Resort offers your family the opportunity to swim year round! MaumeeBay3There is something absolutely breathtaking about looking outdoors and seeing inches of snow & large flakes falling while enjoying the warmth comfort, and pure fun the indoor pool offers. MaumeeBay2The indoor pool area also features kid-friendly splash park fixtures & whirlpools. You can also enjoy the seasonal swimming areas…outdoor pool & 2 beaches.MaumeeBay6668
  4. Seasonal fun– Fishing, golfing, boating (rent a paddleboat or canoe), biking (no room for your bikes, no worries, you can rent bikes at the Bay), maumeebay 102skiing (rentals available for cross-country skiing), sledding down the top-rated big hill, ice skating (rentals available), maumeebay 044swimming in the outdoor pool, you name and Maumee Bay State Park probably offers it! (Hunting is permitted in adjacent Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area. A valid Ohio hunting license is required).
  5. Little Kid Space & Arcade– looking for some additional family fun or perhaps an opportunity to give mom & dad a break? maumeebay 037(Mom & dad hit up the kiosk near the Water’s Edge Restaurant for a caffeinated beverage to enjoy while watching the little ones run off that excess energy) The little ones can enjoy the soft play area (for children 42” or shorter) with a pirate ship, they will have a whale of a tail of fun! MaumeeBay4While the big kids will enjoy all the fun to be had in the games & arcade area…also fun for the kids at heart.MaumeeBay509
  6. Courts– Game on! Enjoy a little friendly competition with your family/friends or invite other guest to join in the fun at one of the courts, volleyball, wallyball, racket ball, horseshoe, shuffleboard, lighted tennis, and/or basketball.
  7. Food– Pack Picnic- picnic areas with tables and grills can be found adjacent to the beach areas. Water’s Edge Restaurant, take in a breathtaking wraparound view of Lake Erie while enjoying a delicious culinary cuisine (Beer & Wine list is available). maumeebay 015The menu offers something for everyone and kid friendly options too. Allow all your senses to be enveloped by the experience. (And their Sunday Brunch is AH-mazing!)maumeebay 018  Icebreaker Lounge– provides a relaxing nautical theme while you enjoy your favorite drink or a lighter meal with the family…fun atmosphere, music, pool table, and kids menu available. Bayside Snack Shop (seasonal)-perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat before or after a day spent in the great outdoors, includes a delicious menu featuring juicy burgers, hot French fries, tempting frozen treats and thirst-quenching beverages, the Bayside Snack Shop is a popular stop for families. Pro-shop Concessions– Whether you’re preparing to tee off, making the turn, or ready for the 19th hole, the concession stand at the Maumee Bay Pro Shop has you covered. Hot dogs, chips, ice-cold beverages and beer are waiting for you when you’re ready for a break.
  8. Fireplaces– wind down an unbelievable day with the beckoning crackle, warmth, and relaxation from one of Maumee Bay Lodge’s beautiful fireplaces. maumeebay 0222Enjoy the company of family and friends, share stories, play board games (several family-friendly games are available for complimentary use from the front desk), or cozy up to a great book (there is a free lending library in the main lobby).maumeebay 025
  9. Entertainment- On selected dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park’s Amphitheater features Saturday night entertainment. These events are free to the public and can include musical groups, magicians and more. All events start at 7:00PM. There are also movies running periodically in the lobby area, all rooms have cable, and be sure to check out the list of events going on when you arrive!
  10. Gift Shop & the amazing people who work at Maumee Bay Lodge– The kiddos absolutely adore the gift shop, there is such a lovely variety of items for children at various price points (so they can spend all $5 dollars they saved up) adults, birders, naturalist, wine aficionados, etc. And the Lodge would not be the amazing place it is without the AWESOME people who work there! maumeebay 031Do stop at the front desk, ask your questions, inquire about activities going on, etc. It is the kind, compassionate, welcoming, and enthusiastic individuals who work at the Lodge; from the front desk, landscaping, the naturalist, housekeeping, waitresses, gift shop employees, etc. that make you feel like an extension of the Maumee Bay Lodge family that will make it hard to leave and in anticipation for your return.

And there is so much more…geocaching, massages, playground, birdwatching, etc. Plan your adventure today!!!

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Day trip information– Day passes for Maumee Bay Lodge are $12 per person, children 2 and under are FREE; passes are available Sunday- Thursday 8am-10pm. The pass entitles you to everything at the Lodge for the day, the pools, play areas, fireplaces, courts, workout area, etc. You receive bands to be worn for access to the pools & key in order to enter the lodge through any of the entrances outside.MaumeeBay7

Kids Eat, Stay & Play Free

Their most popular family package makes its summer debut — with a twist! Book this special offer, and up to two kids 12 and under eat, stay and play free all summer long!

Fuel up for your memory-making day with breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the lodge restaurant, featuring kid-friendly menus that will please their palate — while keeping money in your pocket.

Plus, for each night of your stay, you’ll receive a Fun Buck that can be redeemed for fun family activities throughout the park for up to four people. You’ll receive a full menu of redemption choices upon check-in (options vary daily), but choices may include:

  • S’mores kit with roasting sticks
  • Trail kit including refillable water bottles, snacks, and maps
  • Geocaching maps and clues
  • Splash pack with pool noodles
  • One hour of paddleboat or canoe use
  • One hour of bicycle use

It’s never been easier or more affordable to spend your family vacation at an Ohio State Park. But book today — like summer, this offer won’t last forever.

To book online use Promo Code FREEPLAY* (Offer available May 27 through September 5, 2016).

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY!