Welcome to Sylvania
A lively family community with a vibrant downtown scene
Well-maintained and beautiful, Sylvania really is something special. Founded in 1833, Sylvania was named for the dense trees covering the area and still has the distinction of being a Tree City. Considered one of the best places to live in Ohio, this pretty neighborhood was once swampland. Founder General David White recognized its potential and started development with a simple log cabin. Perfectly groomed landscaping, well-lit streets, and a tranquil atmosphere make Sylvania the perfect family home.
Although Sylvania offers a peaceful, quiet vibe, the downtown scene is bustling with trendy restaurants and innovative menus. Prepare for a night to remember at Element 112, a chic French bistro featuring locally sourced ingredients and multi-course tasting menus. With decadent choices like baked brie with fresh figs and lavender honey and classics like coq au vin, this hotspot may just become your new favorite date night destination. For a quick bite before work, head to the bustling, counter-serve cafe Barry Bagels for flavored cream cheeses, deli sandwiches, and, of course, topnotch bagels. Sidon Lebanese Grille has a modern, relaxed vibe and the best Lebanese food in town. From classic hummus and garden salads to falafel pitas and manakeesh, this family-run spot has quickly become a local favorite. The aptly-named Sylvania makes sure to put its signature trees and outdoor beauty on display at the Toledo Botanical Garden. With more than 60 acres of gardens and plant collections, this park is not only perfect for quiet walks and stunning scenery, but it’s also a fixture for educational programs, public art, and a summer concert series featuring local jazz performers. As a national Tree City, it’s no surprise that Sylvania has over 250 acres of parkland, including Olander Park, a 60-acre lakefront park offering fishing, boating, swimming, trails, and four playgrounds, as well as Pacesetter Park, an impressive 138-acre complex featuring lighted athletic fields, concession stands, a sprawling playground, and a skate plaza. If sports are more your fancy, the Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, a multi-purpose athletics complex and convention center, provides several ice skating rinks, an indoor soccer field, and an event center, as well as skating lessons and hockey sessions. A town that loves its music, Sylvania is proud to be home to the impressive Centennial Terrace, which offers local events, live music, national acts, regional performers, and more. The Festival of India is a cultural celebration hosted by the Hindu Temple of Toledo. This spectacular festival has been going strong for over 30 years and is a neighborhood favorite.