Attractions And Historic Places
Historic Downtown Findlay Dining and Shopping
The Historic Downtown area of Findlay is a beautiful section of Hancock County and Northwest Ohio you won’t want to miss. You can find almost anything to do whether you’re interested in food, shopping or entertainment. Some of the best local dishes are served downtown, ranging from Asian to Italian, to American and beyond (see Revolver Restaurant, below). Or, if shopping is on your agenda, the Downtown area is peppered with unique boutique shops to satisfy all kinds of retail finds. The Downtown Findlay area also features a full service hotel, The Findlay Inn & Conference Center, and a selection of live entertainment venues.
Jones Building Artist Studios
The Jones Building is located in the heart of Downtown Findlay at 400 ½ S. Main St. On the second floor, artists create watercolor, photography, pen and ink, oil art and have been since 1960. Currently there are 16 talented artists working from Jones Building. ArtWalk, held the first Friday of every May and November, is a great opportunity to tour the studios, meet the artists and even purchase some of the work. Individual and group tours, and private viewings can also be arranged. See the Jones Building Website for tours and other information, or check out our recent Now You Know video on the Jones Building.
Swan House Tea Room
For a taste of tea, or a filling lunch in a Victorian atmosphere, you’ll want to try the Swan House Tea Room. The Swan House boasts several blends of imaginative teas, as well as sandwiches, pastries, cakes and lots of other baked goods. They also feature a gift shop that is full of items perfect for the tea lover in your life. If you love tea, or just a historic place to enjoy lunch, you won’t want to miss the Swan House in the heart of Downtown Findlay.
The Mazza Museum, located at The University of Findlay, is the world’s largest museum devoted entirely to literacy and the art of children’s picture books. Founded in 1982, Mazza now contains nearly 5,000 original artworks. Schools can schedule tours for children but even adults will enjoy this the Mazza. This Childrens Museum in Northwest Ohio also offers art camps during the summer, art auctions, book readings and much more for the whole family.
Enjoy not only the beautiful campus but the art, books and toys that fill this magical museum. You can find them on Facebook to update on events and information about the museum.
Hancock Historical Museum
The beautiful Hancock Historical Museum is something the whole family can enjoy. School aged children can enjoy workshops that involve hands on learning about history. Adults can enjoy monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series presentations and various workshops. The Museum also sponsors a re-enactment group that participates in various Civil War activities.
The Museum maintains two sites in addition to its home on Hardin Street, the Little Red Schoolhouse, which is furnished as if it were a 19th century one-room schoolhouse and the Riverside Train which used to be recognized as the miniature train at Riverside Park .
Little Red School House
Restored in 1972, the Little Red School House once housed the children of local farmers and families in Hancock County. Families can now visit the school house to learn about the history of Findlay in this 19th century school. Third-graders from across the county come just to experience a traditional one-room school day where the students actually wear “appropriate” attire. A fun way for kids to really get into history is right here in Findlay at the Little Red School House.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation
A non-profit organization established in 1998 for the preservation, promotion and education of railroad history in Northwest Ohio offers a wide variety of fun throughout the year. Train rides are available to individuals young and old. But not all rides are created equal. Halloween offers the Train of Terror and Haunted Engine House and the Pumpkin Train. And the winter holidays offer the North Pole Express. No matter what the season, check out the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation to enjoy a ride on one of their beloved trains.
Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Red Hawk Run, an 18 hole course, features Bentgrass tees for faster plays, fairways, target greens framed by sand bunkers and greens built specifically to provide excellence in golf. Anyone who loves golf can have fun here! If the beautiful and challenging landscape isn’t enough, how about the numerous awards this facility has won? For several years Golf Digest has awarded Red Hawk Run Golf Course four and a half stars, the only course to receive that high a rating in Northwest Ohio. And in 2005 out of 150 courses in the nation under $50, Red Hawk received 18th. If you’re still not convinced of what an outstanding course this is, come check it out for yourself.
Hancock County Courthouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hancock County Courthouse is an architectural beauty. Built in the early 19th Century by William Taylor it is now used as a recreation and social center. Four copper statues adorn the Courthouse including John Hancock, our founding father and the feminine incarnation of Law, Justice and Mercy. It also has four faces on the clock tower that point toward each cardinal direction.
So while visiting Historic Downtown Findlay why not swing past the First Hancock County Courthouse?
Hancock County Fairgrounds
Used during the Civil War for training grounds, the location of the Hancock County Fairgrounds is another beautiful local landmark. The location of the Independence Day Fireworks in Flag City USA, the county fair, the Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Show and many other events, it will be easy to find an excuse to come visit.
Located just off Main St. the Hancock County Fairgrounds is on East Sandusky St. If you’re looking for a fun family trip come to the County Fair Labor Day weekend and enjoy the 4-H projects, rides and the food!
The Cube & Marathon Diamonds
If you’re a sports fan you’ll want to check out Findlay’s Recreation Buildings including The Cube and Marathon Diamonds.
The Cube offers public skates, ice skating lessons, meeting rooms and birthday skate parties. With multiple annual events including a martial arts event, hockey tournaments and a travel showcase sports fans are sure to find an event they’ll enjoy.
Located on the same grounds as The Cube, the Marathon Diamonds are the premier baseball and softball diamonds in Flag City, USA. Tournaments are held regularly throughout the summer months at this beautiful facility. Check out a home run or two this summer.
Looking for antiques? Look no further than Jeffery’s Antique Gallery, Northwest Ohio’s largest antique mall. Will 38,000 square feet Jeffery’s houses 250 dealers with rows of high quality items in showcases and booths. All of the items at Jeffery’s are at least 25 years old and include items like glassware, toys, furniture, clothing and much more.
Make the trip and visit Jeffery’s Antique Gallery right off I75 at Exit 161. It’s wheelchair accessible, there’s plenty of parking in case you decide to drive your RV, there are refreshments in the lobby and if you have pets you can feel free to bring them along. Whether you’re on a road trip across the country or a day trip across the county stop by Jeffery’s Antiques.
Originally settled by Hancock County pioneers Charles and Mary McKinnis, Litzenberg Memorial Woods is a trip back in time to 1847. One of the premier history locations in Hancock County the house and homestead take visitors to another world. One of the nicest trails in northwestern Ohio with uncharacteristically hilly trails and a ravine, it’s a beautiful stop you’ll want to make when looking for things to do. It also features one of the wild flower viewing jewels in Hancock County.
The park is open year round and a program schedule can be found on the Hancock County Park District Web site. Programs include camps, trail runs and other family focused activities. Come see the 227 acres, original McKinnis house, playground, picnic area, trail system and the 1800’s garden. If you’d like a tour of the park simply call 419-423-PARK and arrange one.
Dietsch’s Brothers Ice Cream
Feeling like some ice cream during the hot summer months or delicious chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth? You’re in luck because Findlay is the home of Dietsch’s Brothers Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, one of the greatest Northwest Ohio attractions. For more than 75 years, family has been the key to Dietsch’s success and they have made sure to keep that key ingredient in their sweets. They produce high quality fine chocolates and ice cream at a personal level of service to the customer.
No matter when you’re visiting, make sure to swing by Dietsch’s shop on West main Cross St. or Tiffin Ave. But if you can’t make the trip soon enough for your chocolate fix don’t worry. Dietsch’s Brothers will ship within two business days.