Lovers of lighthouses, here’s your chance to enjoy a family-friendly summer festival along the waterfront and at the same time, contribute to the preservation and restoration of the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse. Just plan a trip to the 9th annual Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. It is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive from Cleveland to the Toledo area.
Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival Taking place at the Maumee Bay State Park, the Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival will feature numerous activities (all free) that are sure to please all ages but the featured attraction this year will be boat rides that will take visitors out to the lighthouse. Public tours of the inside of the Lighthouse, the old keeper’s residence and the light tower on top of the structure are being offered for $45 per person. All proceeds go to the upkeep and renovation of the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse. You must be physically able to climb a 6 -rung ladder and no flip-flops are allowed.
An alternate boat ride that will circle the lighthouse island is being offered that will give visitors a spectacular view of the exterior of the lighthouse. Cost of this tour is $35 per person. Both tours last approximately one hour and will be offered from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. All tours are offered weather permitting.
Visitors will also be able to see the Lighthouse’s original light: a 3.5 order Fresnel Lens, one of only three in existence.
A Bit About the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Situated on a crib about 5 miles off shore from Maumee Bay State Park, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse was completed in 1904. Designed in the Romanesque style, this 4000 square foot, 64 foot lighthouse is made of buff brick and has a rolled edge steel roof. The Army Corp of Engineers added boulders to three sides of its base in 1989.
Free activities at the Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival include a sand castle competition, nautical Arts & Crafts, and children’s activities. There will also be a silent auction (Proceeds also benefit the Lighthouse restoration).
There will be plenty of free, live entertainment all weekend with performances by the Eddie Boggs Band, American Legion and Polish bands and Randy and the Reef Sharks Beachboys. There will also be performances by a magician.
A multitude of food and beverages will be available for purchase including perch, shrimp, ice cream and lemonade.
Hours for the Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Festival itself is free but remember, there are fees for the boat rides and Lighthouse tours.
For more information or to make reservations for the boat tours call 419-691-3788 or get online at www.toledolighthouse.org.
Maumee Bay State Park is located at 17509 State Park Rd. #2 in Oregon, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive from Cleveland.