Let Summer Begin! Spend Memorial Weekend in the Metroparks



Another location and an extra day to kayak. A new place for dogs to play. Summer traditions return, and a full calendar of events awaits. Memorial Weekend is the start of summer in the Metroparks. Here is what you can expect.

Discover a New Park

This is the perfect weekend to discover any of the four new Metroparks you may not have had the chance to visit.

Kayak Concessions

Now there are two locations and an extra day each week (Thursday) to rent kayaks in the Metroparks. River Lures operates concessions at Farnsworth and Middlegrounds.

Hours and prices starting this week through Labor Day are the same at both locations: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $10 per hour for single kayaks and $15 per hour for tandem kayaks. No reservations needed.

River Lures also rents electronic-assist bicycles – “e-bikes” – for $10 per hour.

Off-leash Dog Area

Metroparks first off-leash dog area at Middlegrounds opens Memorial Weekend. Separate, fenced areas for large and small dogs are located near the park entrance, with convenient parking on Ottawa Street outside the park. This is a self-serve feature, and no memberships or fees are required.

For the safety and health of dogs and people, all dogs using this facility must be:

  • Licensed
  • Vaccinated
  • Spayed or neutered
  • Four months of age or older

Signs are posted with additional tips and rules. More


Pedal boats at Pearson

Pedal around the pond at Pearson. The pedal boats are a summer tradition at the Oregon park. While there, visit the unique, nature-themed playground or check out the new boardwalk trail and observation tower accessible from the Lallendorf Road parking area.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Price: $5 per half hour.

Open this Weekend

The Canal Experience at Providence Metropark. Let the canal mules, Molly and Sally, pull you back in time to the mid-1800s aboard an authentic canal boat. The 45-minute trip is an immersive experience as the crew tells passengers about life on Ohio’s canals. See boat times and ticket prices

The Manor House at Wildwood Preserve is open Sunday from noon to 5 for free tours of one of Toledo’s grandest residences. The 30,000-square-foot Colonial revival home, built in the 1930s, was the estate home of Robert Stranahan, co-founder of Champion Spark Plug, and his wife, Page. Summer hours for the house are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (Closed Saturdays, Mondays and the first week of each month.) About

National Center for Nature Photography. Located at Secor Metropark, this unique gallery is typically devoted to professional nature photography. The current exhibit features all entries in the Photo Arts Club of Toledo photography contest. Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. About

Programs Get You Active Outdoors

Outdoor skills programs, such as kayaking and archery, are popular summer activities. See these, as well as our lineup of nature programs and other fund, educational activities, on our Program Calendar

Special events on the horizon include the Happy Trails 5K, now a night run with lots of fun new twists.

Sign up for Summer Camp

Metroparks has extended the early bird registration discount for summer camps. Sign up your child now. There are camps for all ages and interests, from pre-school to teens. Camp page

Reserve Your Place

Planning a family reunion, church picnic or employee outing? See our Reservations page for all the picnic shelters and indoor facilities to accommodate your special event. Make it more memorable by scheduling your own group program, such as a nature walk, an archery lesson or paddle on a scenic pond.