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May In Northwest Ohio

What better way to say “May” in Northwest Ohio then opening your swimming pool? We know that’s the most exciting thing about May.

Once you have your swimming pool opening scheduled, there are plenty of other activities in May that are fun and entertaining also.

Interestingly, the biggest Week in American Birding is May 3-12, 2019. This 10-day event is planned at the peak of spring warbler migration in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of Northwest Ohio.  The “Biggest Week” will be jam-packed with workshops, warblers, free guided walks, warblers, half-day trips, keynote speakers, island birding trips, and more warblers.   The event is located at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio. Festival Headquarters: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center at 1750 State Park Road in Oregon, Ohio. This is a fantastic family event, and it’s completely free.

The Metropark System of Toledo is a system of parks stretching from Pearson Park in Oregon, Ohio to Providence Park at the western side, close to Grand Rapids, Ohio. Wildwood, Secor, Oak Openings, Sidecut, Fallen Timbers, along with others are also included in the Metropark System.

On May 12th, the Metroparks hosts a full day called Outdoor Adventure. Outdoor adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. At the Expo you have the opportunity to try on adventure activities to see what fits. Try archery, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and much more. The expo has something for all ages from the seasoned enthusiast to the beginner. They will have music, food trucks and outdoor industry exhibitors. May is Bike Month, so at the expo you’ll meet area biking clubs and businesses and learn about Metroparks biking programs and trails.

Beginning in May, you and your family can step back in time and ride the mule-drawn canal boat at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio.

The boat rides are available on the hour:
Tuesday–Friday: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mother’s Day, May 12th: Boat runs 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Also, in Grand Rapids is a working sawing and gristmill.
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 5 p.m.

With both of these attractions located together, you can spend an enjoyable day learning more about the Erie Canal System.

Of course, before doing any of these, don’t forget to call us at Hawaiian Pool Builders to schedule that best event ever, opening your swimming pool!

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