Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights – Inside A Snow Globe

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

 Inside A Snow Globe

Sandusky And Marblehead

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Toledo Zoo – Inside a snow globe

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

– the Lights Before Christmas

Marblehead Lighthouse

We left Sandusky and headed around the coast of the Great Lakes of USA. I wanted to see Marblehead Lighthouse as I’m starting to get a passion about lighthouses from our last few days around the lake. They are so beautiful and have been part of the highlight of our single parent travel. At times, it is simple things like these that make a memorable family travel. It is a lesson we have learned from our own experiences and from the experiences of the many luxury travel experts we have met in the course of our trip around the world.

Both the lighthouse the cottage next door was decorated so prettily for Christmas. But as usual, all was closed for the season.

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Marblehead Lighthouse –

Check out the wreath on the door as these lighthouses quite often are people’s homes so we are told.

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Lighthouse door Christmas wreaths

We are leaving Ohio – I am sad. I love the barns and the area and the country hospitality we have encountered so far.

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Ohio barns are gorgeous


We head into Toledo around lunch time. We get the rudest  Motel owner yet. I so do not want to stay, so we spend the next 3 hours checking out other hotels. In the end, I decide it is the best value for money and we go back but I’m not happy about his attitude.  In the end, the 3 hours wasted would have been better spent on a more luxurious property – lesson learned.

He refuses to let me use the bath stating it uses too much water, nor will he provide a bath plug. But little does he know that a travel expert like me brings a flat plug with us, so a nice hot bath I have anyway. My son does some schooling while I have a relax in the tun, and then we get ready to go to the Toledo Zoo.

Lights Before Christmas

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Arriving at the Lights Before Christmas

Tonight the Toledo Zoo has Lights before Christmas. We are told to get there before it gets dark. But ‘school’ as my son decides he wants to do makes us late.

Alas, we find out most animals are put away – time for me to be a little more of the family leader – this is not always easy as a single Mum.

Well priced tickets

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Giant Rocking Horse

It is still pretty inexpensive to get in – $20 for us both. $1 for rides, like this big rocking horse. Not as big as Gumeracha – to any South Australians but still a lot of fun!

Learning Center

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – Hidden door in the Learning Center

Explorason has been in a ‘school’ mindset today (which made us late to get here) so this learning center is a winner for him.  He loves the secret passageway in the early learning center but I actually freaked out when he didn’t come back. I discovered it leads to another room. I wish I had that as a child in our home or school as I thought it was brilliant.


We head in further to the center and learn how to make spiders webs. This lovely lady teaches us all about ants – I learned a LOT this evening at the Toledo Zoo – they were just great.

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – world schooling with ants

Louis The Elephant

We head off to find the elephant who is named the same as my son. We visit Santa, and see a model railway and have fun and feel the night is packed with activities.

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – decorated trees in the Toledo Zoo

Ride The Train

Inside the Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights area we ride a train for $1 – the park is split in two – one section is across the main road. Don’t miss this section if you go there.

Inside a Snow Globe

Toledo Zoo

©Exploramum and Explorason – fabulous fun inside a snow globe

The main reason we come to Toledo Zoo is to stand Inside A Snow Globe!  Each year we make a Christmas Card and we decide this should be the one for this Christmas here in the USA.  Unfortunately, the team running the snow globe have technical problems.

The couple before us proposed BUT first, he was left holding the ring for 10 minutes – and the crowd looked on – not sure if she would say yes or no.

Eventually, we get in the snow globe and the staff won’t let us play with the fake snow because it is running low. So we toss a tiny amount and we still have a bit of fun.

This photo is not so good as we had to pay for a photograph. So this is a photo of a photo – they wouldn’t let us use our camera and they had no facility to pay to put it on a USB stick or a disk.

We finish off Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights with an excellent hot chocolate and decide we think Toledo Zoo is pretty good.

Getting Lost

Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights

©Exploramum and Explorason – A perfect night at Toledo Zoo

It has been a good night. that is until I forget the suburb the motel is in. I walk all around the car park and no-one is from Toledo.

It took a while – but we found the suburb starting with “M”. We head back to the hotel via the Christmas house light displays. I feel for this small town but I will give them 10/10 for Christmas spirit. It was a good effort – and the Lights before Christmas are pretty great we think.

Tomorrow we head on. Where will we go next?

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4 thoughts on “Toledo Zoo Christmas Lights – Inside A Snow Globe

    • Well i thought that, but then I saw you bloggin in Fiji, remote places, and I’m thinking how’d you wing that! But obviously when you hit the towns you do. You should do a comp to raise funds for an iPad, you can blog remotely with an iPad with Blogsey… just an idea, you keep keepin on… Love to hear about your travels heaps!! 🙂 Kate

    • Yes – in Fiji I had to walk 2 miles each way with my laptop – sometimes in heavy rain – to get to the internet shop – which may or may not be open.
      I am actually thinking of getting my son an iPad and could use that – he only has a 7 year old laptop and it is heavy.
      Then I could use his – if he is kind enough to share?
      Thanks for letting me know about it.
      I appreciate all the helpful advice I can get.
      Have a wonderful Christmas break and Happy New Year too 🙂

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