Waterville

Welcome to Waterville

A coveted, picturesque town full of historical beauty

Sitting on the shores of the picturesque Maumee River, Waterville is aptly-named. Stunning waterfront views abound in this charming place, and one of the biggest perks of living in Waterville is access to the town’s gorgeous green spaces. Developed by John Pray in 1818, Waterville was initially called Pray’s Falls. Pray built many of the city’s historic buildings still standing today, some of which are considered the finest examples of Federal-style architecture.  
 
The charming downtown area is home to some of Waterville’s most dynamic restaurants, like the lively Shawn's Irish Tavern, a vibrant spot where the bartender will remember your name and your drink order. This bustling sports bar has been a neighborhood fixture since 1968 and makes the perfect outing for meeting up with friends or celebrating a Little League win with the family. There's no better choice for a true taste of Mexico than Cocina de Carlos. This family-owned kitchen is proud to say that nothing here is frozen except the ice cubes. And with classic Mexican dishes made with gluten-free and vegan options, Carlos’s offers something delicious for every palate. Low-key and delicious, Pisanello's Pizza is the local go-to pizzeria for innovative pizzas, subs, and salads. They even offer a cauliflower crust and a host of vegetarian toppings. With its scenic views and picturesque setting, Waterville provides residents with plenty of outdoor recreation and events. The Maumee River Buffalo Rock was once an important site for the Ottawa Indians. Waterville commemorates the place with the annual Roche De Boeuf Festival, a parade, car show, and family event that has been entertaining the community for almost 50 years. Farnsworth Metropark provides the perfect opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the gorgeous Maumee River views Waterville is known for. This long, narrow park sits on the western shore of the Maumee River with gorgeous views of the Missionary, Butler, and Indian islands. Much of Waterville’s historical beauty can be found on Main Street in the Historic District. Several homes and buildings here are on the National Register of Historic Places and boast design influences from Greek Revival, Art Deco, and Colonial Revival styles. 
 
Waterville residents have the privilege of sending their children to the area’s impressive school system, the A-rated Anthony Wayne Local School District, and have close access to the prestigious Bowling Green State University.
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