Lagoon Deer Park
1502 Martins Point Rd. (off SR 269)
Website (419) 684-5701
In all, there are about 200 animals that reside at this interesting and educational facility. The animals are quite docile and are accustomed to being petted, so the attraction is safe and fun for all members of the family, young and old. Animals found at this wildlife park include not only deer, as the name may lead one to believe, but also rheas (small ostriches), llamas, audads (a variety of sheep), and adorable miniature donkeys that are a favorite with small children. In addition, Lagoon Deer Park boasts some 56 acres of lagoons for fresh water fishing. Visitors can expect to catch a variety of species, depending on the season, including rainbows, crappies, muskies, bass, bullheads, channel cats, carp, perch, northern pike, and bluegills. Some of the fish are brought in regularly to stock the lagoons while others are propagated at the facility. Guests must bring their own gear and bait if they wish to fish. Lagoon Deer Park is touted as an especially good place to teach young, budding anglers how to fish. In addition, some fish are tagged for prizes. Visitors can also feed the hungry fish with food available at the park.
301 Jackson Street
Website (419) 626-6111
The museum is located inside an old post office building and you'll instantly realized they sure don't make buildings like this anymore. Inside, there is a small gift shop and many new and antique carousel animals on display. In the center is an antique Merry-Go-Round that was found stripped of all the animals from the late 1800's. New carousel animals were added and the Merry-Go-Round was restored to it's wonderful former glory with lights and music. Featuring signed horses, menagerie carvings, and a new wolf, the exhibit display gives visitors insight into the three historic carving styles. Several of the artworks are in their original factory paint, an unusual state when on a working carousel the piece may be damaged. As part of your inexpensive admission ($5-6), a ride on the Merry-Go-Round is included. The museum also has items on display that are parts of private collections. There is also a small section where you can see craftsmen carving a horse out of wood. All the tour guides are volunteers who just love working there. You can stay and linger for as long as you like after the tour. Something that is really cool to see is two carousel horses that appeared on US postage stamps. Images of the stamps are next to each of the horses. Adults and children will both enjoy this.