Life in Bowling Green

With mile upon mile of shorelines, islands and riverbanks shaping the terrain almost wherever you turn, the Northwest Ohio region abounds in striking geographies and abundant nature. More species of freshwater fish and birds make their home here than just about anywhere else in the nation, and an impressive string of parks and reserves makes all this wildlife readily accessible.

Generations of the region's residents and their neighbors recognized their region's rare combination of opportunity and beauty and made the commitment to strike deep, lasting roots here. The cultural and social investments they made, and the distinctive neighborhoods and communities they created, remain to welcome new generations today.

For people looking for a true sense of belonging in an era of upheaval and change, the Northwest Ohio region extends a particular welcome. Here, the remarkable combination of affordability and accessibility that one finds only at rare moments and places converges to create a quality of life that others can only dream of.

And that's entirely right for a region that will attract and retain the best talents from elsewhere as well as within as the heart of the new manufacturing economy, where good ideas can reach global proportions, and life can be good every step of the way.

Top Things to do in Bowling Green

BGSU Arts and Athletics
From theatre, arts, athletic and alumni events, there is never a loss of things to do in Bowling Green!  Between the community and University, your social calendar can be as full as you wish!

BGSU Planetarium
The Bowling Green State University Planetarium is a 118–seat public science theater serving BGSU students, area schools and the public of northwest Ohio. Set under a 40-foot dome, the Minolta star projector can show the sky as it would be seen from any place on the Earth at any time, including the Sun, Moon, planets, and more than 4000 stars. 

Black Swamp Arts Festival

The Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) connects art and the community by presenting an annual arts festival and by promoting the arts in the Bowling Green community. 

Bowling Green City Pool
Cool off this summer at more than just your typical city pool with a slide and waterworks for kids! 

Cinemark Cinema
You won't find less expensive movies anywhere in the area! The refreshments are affordable as well and the movies are new releases that are half the cost of most venues.

The 50s original movie theater has been transformed into a venue designed to present a dynamic array of entertainment possibilities.  Movie house, live entertainment, wine bar and banquet facility, the Clazel Theater offers something for people from all walks of life and bestows Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio an invigorating leisure atmosphere. 

The National Tractor Pull
The National Tractor Pulling Championships was voted the 2009 Super National Pull of the Year.

Wood County Fair
One of everyone's favorite weeks of the year, the Wood County Fair includes a big name concert, food that you won't be able to wait a whole year for, rides, activities and entertainment that will create memories that last a lifetime. 

While Bowling Green is a small community, the entertainment is large. The city offers an array of nightlife for people of all ages.

Top Things to do in Northwest Ohio

The Butterfly House
The Butterfly House contains more than 1,000 butterflies with many different species from North and South America and Asia.

Cedar Point
The roller coaster capital of the world.

Centennial Quarry and Terrace
More than just a great place to swim, the Centennial Terrace and Quarry offers water toys, great concerts and a beautiful beach.

German American Festival
The German-American Festival, the Toledo area's oldest, largest and greatest ethnic festival with authentic German food, beer and entertainment.

Kelleys Island
The entire island measures more than four square miles and is the largest fresh water American island in Lake Erie. Remnants of the island's past can be seen throughout the island as the entire island is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Lake Erie
All the fun of a genuine shore vacation is closer than you think. Nearly seven million people visit the Lake Erie Shores and Islands each year, solidifying its position as one of the most appealing vacation destinations in the Midwest.

Maumee Bay State Park
Set in the midst of a 1,850-acre state park, Maumee Bay offers not only the finest of recreational facilities but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie.

Mud Hens
This park was built to give people a mix of fun - and affordable and entertaining experiences - that can fulfill the dreams and wishes of any fan.

Located in Lake Erie, visit the Put-in-Bay Chamber and Visitors & Convention Bureau webpages to learn more about this popular summer vacation destination.

Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art's collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States.

Toledo Walleye
Walleye Hockey. It's not all about slap shots and hat tricks. It's about people sharing great times and great memories with their family and friends.

The Toledo Zoo
With more than 9,000 animals representing over 800 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the world's most complete zoos—it's also the region's top family destination!