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Discover downtown Toledo with summer walking tours

Explore downtown Toledo this summer with free, guided lunchtime tours.

The 32nd annual Toledo walking tour season runs from Thursday, July 14, through Thursday, Aug. 25. Tours will be held every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

“The purpose of the downtown tours is to provide Toledo area residents with a fun, yet informative opportunity to learn about some of the wonderful buildings and architecture that we have in downtown Toledo,” said Dr. Neil Reid, UT professor of geography and director of the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center.

Tours, which include a guidebook, will take place rain or shine and are sponsored by the UT Urban Affairs Center and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

“The tour guides are all trained volunteers who really enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion about our wonderful downtown,” Reid said.

The tour schedule is:

  • July 14 — Hensville. Check out new places to watch games. Meet at the corner of St. Clair and Washington streets.
  • July 21 — The Oliver House. Discover the oldest commercial building in use in the city. Meet in the parking lot at 27 Broadway St.
  • July 28 — “The Low Down on UpTown.” See how the lower part of UpTown has evolved. The tour will center around Madison to Jefferson avenues and 10th to 13th streets. Meet at the corner of Madison Avenue and 10th Street, SSOE corner.
  • Aug. 4 — Immaculate Conception Church. Meet at 434 Western Ave. Park on the street.
  • Aug. 11 — Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Tour. See the city skyline from the Civic Center Plaza. Meet at the corner of Michigan Street and Madison Avenue. Free parking available in the library garage.
  • Aug. 18 — Bush Street Historic District. Tour the Italianate colony with a touch of Spain. Meet in front of 712 Bush St. Park on the street.
  • Aug. 25 — Fifth Third Building. Come see the view from Toledo’s tallest skyscraper. Meet in the lobby of One Seagate on Summit Street. Photo ID needed to get to the upper floors.

For more information, call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department at 419.259.5233.

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