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Providence Metropark, Grand Rapids

#58 of 139 in Historic Sites in Ohio
Must see · Park · Historic Site
Providence Metropark is a regional park located near Grand Rapids, Ohio that is part of the Toledo Metroparks. The park contains mule-drawn canal boat rides on the Miami and Erie Canal and features canal lock 44, the only original functioning lock in the state of Ohio.
The park also contains the Isaac Ludwig Mill which was built in 1866 over a two-year period. The mill was originally a sawmill powered by a water wheel, then later was converted to a grist mill in the 1880s driven by water turbines. Today, it functions as a living museum.
The park is connected by a walking trail to Bend View Metropark and Farnsworth Metropark.
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  • I stopped off at Providence Park on the way to my hotel in Maumee. It gave me a chance to see the river and get some photos. There was a nice sunset that night and the water was calm upstream from.....  more »
  • Took My grandaughter. It was a nice time - figuring out the murderer from amount the actors in costume for the year 1846.  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit. The dam is fun for the kids the facilities were super clean. They have some nice trails and a lot of cool stuff to see. The Lumber mill is neat and interesting to learn about.
  • Had a great time walking along the canal boat route for a little bit, exploring the trail, and playing at the playground with kids. I couldn't believe how big some of the trees were! My kids enjoyed finding little sea shells that had washed up into the area when it had flooded a bit. My son even found a fishing pole caked in dirt but my husband says it's still usable. I was sad to see some trash the also washed up, such as lighters and pop cans, but I think next time we go I'll have kids each bring a small trash bag to help clean up. It's a good family project and a good way to help teach kids the value of helping to keep the environment clean.

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