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Toledo, OH Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 12
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 400
Committable Meeting Rooms* 17
Convention Center Space 90,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 75,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 13,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $306
*Maximum for a single hotel

Toledo, OH Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s Toledo meeting planning guide – a Toledo city guide for meeting planners. A remarkably vibrant and modern locale, Toledo's affordable hotels, diverse meeting spaces, and top-notch attractions combine to create a destination that complements any meeting or convention. Meanwhile, just an hour away, Detroit Metro Airport provides non-stop service to over 160 destinations worldwide.

Once in the city, most meeting guests will want to head straight downtown to the SeaGate Convention Centre, the city's largest meeting facility. For large-scale Toledo meeting planning, this location is prime. Boasting 75,000 square-feet of column-free exhibit space, 20,000 square feet of pre-function space and 25 high-tech meeting rooms, SeaGate has been the site of choice for everything from graduations and car shows to tradeshows and banquets. What's more, SeaGate is located adjacent to the Park Inn Toledo and Hotel SeaGate, which combined offer more than 600 guest rooms.

Just steps away from the SeaGate Convention Centre, meeting planners will find the Huntington Center home to the Toledo Walleye ice hockey team and Toledo Bullfrogs arena football team as well as a state-of-the-art performance and special Toledo event venues. It features several party suites for groups of 16 to 25 guests, as well as the Aquarium and the Club Level Lounge for dinners and receptions of up to 200 and 600 guests, respectively. The Huntington Center also boasts outdoor event space at two spacious terraces.

To break out of the routine, Toledo offers a wide range of historical attractions, museums and restaurants that double as fantastic private event spaces. Moored alongside International Park, the S.S. Willis B. Boyer is not only the largest museum ship in the U.S. but also a memorable event facility. Here, guests of weddings, parties, corporate luncheons and more enjoy scenic views of Toledo skyline and a romantic maritime environment.

Back on land, the Toledo Museum of Art's gorgeous Glass Pavilion, which houses over 5,000 pieces of eye-catching glass works, is a unique backdrop for receptions and galas of up to 300 guests. The numerous galleries, courts and terraces of the art museum itself also lend themselves to events of all types and sizes.

Beyond its tourism and convention business, Toledo is the primary market city for northwest Ohio, known for its strong economy built on industrial manufacturing, glassware and healthcare. The city is home to the headquarters for Owens Corning, Dana Holding Corporation, Health Care REIT, Inc., and Libbey Inc. The Toledo metropolitan region is also home to the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes College, Mercy College and Davis College, among others.

About Toledo, OH / Additional Info

Arts, shopping, sports, dining – Toledo, Ohio, manages to pack all this and more within its 84 square miles. Located along the beautiful Maumee River at the southern end of Maumee Bay – the western-most inlet of Lake Erie – the city of Toledo itself is home to just over 285,000 residents, while the Great Lakes Megalopolis of which it is part has a population of 59 million people. A meeting point of Indian trails and pioneer excursions, Toledo was first settled by Americans in 1794, though it was not until the late 19th century that the city blossomed into an industrial hub. Furniture producers, glass companies and carriage makers were among the industries that carried Toledo to become one of the largest cities in Ohio by 1880.

Today, Toledo's storied past can be explored at every turn; in fact, many of its most popular visitor attractions have historic roots. The 10-acre Fort Meigs, the largest wooden-walled fortification in North America, immerses guests in the stories of the War of 1812 and frontier times in Ohio. Visitors can take a walk on the decks of what was once the largest vessel on the Great Lakes at the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship, now permanently moored alongside International Park. Or, tour Sylvania Historic Village, site of the oldest train depot in the state, a replica 1840s timberframe barn, and an authentic Quarry Stone schoolhouse.

Perhaps one of the most notable locations to enjoy Toledo's history is at Historic Old West End. The 25 blocks of this large neighborhood encompass one of the largest collections of late Victorian houses still standing in the country, including pristine examples of Georgian, Italian Renaissance, Dutch Colonial, Arts and Crafts and Queen Ann styles of architecture. Among them, visitors will find the 10,000-square-foot, 18-room home of Edward Drummond Libbey, who’s Libbey Glass Company helped contribute to Toledo's immense glass empire.

History buffs aren't the only ones who will find something to love about Toledo. Take a walk on the wild side at Toledo Zoo, home to over 6,000 animals including the exotic birds, turtles and goats of the new Nature's Neighborhood children's zoo. Hit the links on the shores of Lake Erie at the Eagles Landing Golf Club, just nine miles outside of downtown. Catch the Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, play at the new Fifth Third Field. Or, take in the enchanting collection of antique lithophanes – three-dimensional porcelain castings – at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes.

Thanks to an ever-expanding nightlife scene, the fun doesn't stop in Toledo once the sun goes down. Grab a seat at the Toledo Opera, which recently celebrated 50 years of top-notch performances of Carmen, Candide, Madama Butterfly and numerous other classics. Enjoy Cajun dishes and some of the best jazz in the Midwest at Murphy's Place, which showcases national touring artists, regional performers and local favorites six nights a week. The lively Club Eclipse merges modern sound technology with the historical elegance of the 1930s bank in which is located, now equipped with spacious seating, a top-shelf bar and original Henri Matisse paintings.

For a more low-key night on the town, guests can turn to Toledo's international dining scene. The cozy, casual Mancy's Italian Grill serves innovative Italian fusion dishes, while margaritas, fajitas, and enchiladas are always on the menu at Loma Linda's, which has been serving Mexican food in the area since 1955. Seafood is best enjoyed on the waterfront at riverside restaurants such as The Docks and Cousino's Navy Bistro.

Of course, no trip to Toledo would be complete without a taste of the world-famous Hungarian hot dogs and chili at Tony Packo's, a Toledo favorite for over 75 years. Offering not just great food, Packo's is an attraction in and of itself for those looking to see the hot dog buns signed by celebrities and presidential candidates that now adorn the restaurant's walls.

 
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