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Most Instagrammable places in Toledo, Ohio

September 20, 2021

Visit Toledo in northwest Ohio, a vibrant city on the shores of Lake Erie which offers visitors plenty of Instagrammable locations to take the perfect picture!  

Toledo might not be the most famous city in the States but it sure has a lot to offer. The industrial city (the American version of Sheffield?) played a significant role in American history with its glass manufacturing contributions and is dubbed the “The Glass Capital of the World.” 

Today the city of Toledo is full of fascinating arts, culture, nature parks and garden scenes. From world-class museums to modern Metroparks, here are some of the awesome places to take the best Instagram picture in Toledo, Ohio. 

Toledo Botanical Gardens

Located on Elmer Drive, Toledo Botanical Garden is a 60-acre garden owned by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. Moreover, it is the only botanical garden in the area, which is open daily to the public and free of charge. There are sculptures beautifully scattered throughout the garden and the most amazing dahlias creating the perfect scene for the most iconic Instagram picture. The gardens include the green garden, herb garden, perennial garden, pioneer garden, and many more.

The botanical garden hosts events like the Crosby Festival of Arts, Heralding the Holidays, and the Jazz in the Park Garden Concert Series. There is also a Seasons Gift Shop and Visitor Center. Walkthrough brilliantly coloured beds of blooming flowers, gorgeous trees, sculptures, and art in this beautiful setting. A must-see location is the beautiful city of Toledo.


Oak Openings 

Oak Openings is nestled between Whitehouse and Swanton. Likewise, it is, the largest of the Toledo Metroparks and is known for its abundant woodland trails, dunes, and a patch of tall red pine trees called “The Spot”. The nature preserve contains an oak savanna, sand and vegetated dunes, wetlands, and several rare species of plants. Some of the interesting plants that grow here include cacti, orchids, and wild lupines. Furthermore, there are many birds such as whippoorwills, indigo buntings, and bluebirds. Some of the available activities include camping, fishing, horseback riding, and picnicking. The preserve is open every day. The Oak Openings is a globally distinct ecosystem, designated by The Nature Conservancy, a renowned conservation organization, as “One of the 200 Last Great Places on Earth.” Visitors love Oak Openings for the variety of natural backdrops that look amazing in every season. 


Toledo Art Museum 

You can find the museum located on Monroe Street in downtown Toledo and was founded in 1901 by local glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey, the museum moved to its current location in 1912. Remarkably, it hosts a collection of over 30,000 works including outstanding 19th and 20th-century glass art but also has American, Egyptian, African, Greek, Japanese, Renaissance, and Roman works of art. In addition to this, there is also a wonderful sculpture garden and Museum Café. The museum also offers free admissions. 

Visitors will find one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. The Art Museum offers a multitude of classy indoor and outdoor backdrops. The Glass Pavilion is a unique art gallery that photographs beautifully.  You can also roam the exhibits looking for backdrops but, remember, refrain from using your camera flash as it is banned!  

You can also find our exclusive UI Toledo Darwin Bag stocked in the Museums Shop. 


Art Tatum Celebration Column 

The Art Tatum Celebration Colum is a symbol of celebration of the Jazz legend Art Tatum. He was born in 1909, Toledo, Ohio, U.S and died in 1956, and was considered one of the greatest American pianists of the greatest technical virtuosos in jazz. Despite his impaired vision, Tatum taught himself piano, attended the Toledo School of Music, and developed a reputation for unparalleled veracity and improvisation. Tatum ultimately came to be respected by his peers in the jazz world.  

The Celebration Colum is located in downtown Toledo in the form of a 26-foot-tall column of piano keys just outside the Huntington Center. It was commissioned by the City of Toledo as part of its One Percent for the Arts program and was completed in 2009. Additionally, the column twists into the sky as a permanent tribute to Toledo’s powerful contribution to jazz. A legendary location to take the most unique Instagram shot!  


Middlegrounds MetroPark 

Located in the bustling streets of downtown Toledo, Middlegrounds Metropark offers a unique view of the Toledo skyline and the Anthony Wayne bridge. The 28-acre green space offers a 1.5-mile walk/bike path and tranquil views of the Maumee River. It is important to note, the park was built with sustainability in mind as it features beautiful decking made of ipe wood and the river benefits from a natural system that captures and cleans water runoff from the conjoined bridge. 

Middlegrounds has a kayak cove with access to the river for those who bring their boats and a hub for the Veo Bike Share. Some fun amenities include; trails, recreational green space, picnic grounds, a dog park, interpretative exhibits. This modern riverside park in the city will take your breath away. One of the best places to take pictures in Toledo, Ohio.  





These are just a few of the most Instagrammable places in Toledo, Ohio. These tips will guarantee you will take the best Instagram pictures of your visit to vibrant Toledo. Once your trip is over, you could also buy some of our official Urban Illustration, Toledo-themed memorabilia to remind you of your amazing trip.  

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Most Instagrammable places in Toledo Ohio:

  • Toledo Botanical Gardens
  • Oak Openings 
  • Toledo Art Museum
  • Art Tatum Celebration Column
  • Middlegrounds MetroPark