Top Things To Do Near Pemberville, Ohio

Posted on: May 17, 2024

Otterbein Pemberville is the perfect blend of small-town life and big-city excitement. While our 165-acre campus is wooded with meadows and ponds, we are conveniently located near the playlands of northwest Ohio, specifically Pemberville and Bowling Green. Keep reading for our curated list of top senior-friendly things to do in the area.

Things To Do Near Pemberville and Bowling Green, Ohio

Beeker’s General Store

226 East Front Street, Pemberville, OH 43450

Ready to step back in time to the late 19th century when general stores were the place to be? Head on over to Beeker’s General Store for a few groceries and some gossip (well, maybe not that last part). While the products have changed over the years, the ambiance remains the same — planked floors, old wooden shelves and bins, and an ornate tin ceiling.

Beekers General Store

Current offerings include keepsake gifts, gorgeous floral arrangements, Amish edibles, an assortment of all your favorite candies, decadent chocolates, and much more.  

Visit their website for store hours and additional information. 

William Henry Harrison Park

644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville, OH 43450

William Henry Harrison Park provides 22 acres of fun opportunities in nature, including picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing, open-air shelters, and a pollinator garden. The park is open from 8 a.m. daily until 30 minutes past sunset. 

Visit the park’s website for more details.

Snook’s Dream Cars

13920 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Travel in the “past lane” to Snook’s Dream Cars, an extensive 1930s-70s car collection housed in a recreated 1940s-era Texaco gas station and showroom. Bill Snook and his son Jeff sparked their love for cars when, in 1963, they restored a 1929 Model A Ford for Jeff to drive at age 16. The two have been collecting cars and automotive memorabilia ever since.

Snooks Dream Cars

Since Bill passed away, Jeff has operated the living museum in his memory. The car collection includes coupes, convertibles, sedans, roadsters, and race cars of various makes and models. You can also find a memorabilia collection of toy and model cars, die-cast banks, signs, oil cans, pedal cars, a kiddie ride, and so much more. 

Visit the Snook’s Dream Cars website for hours, admission prices, directions, and more.


615 South Wintergarden Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Immerse yourself in the wonders of over 120 acres of nature at Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve in Bowling Green. Enjoy miles of hiking and walking trails with loop options that wind through forests and prairie meadows.

The Rotary Nature Center offers a special spot to view wildlife feeding stations and a flowing stream that frequently attracts birds, squirrels, and deer. 

Visit the park’s website for more information.

Wood County Museum

13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

The Wood County Infirmary, also known as the County Home, opened in 1868 and closed in 1971 when a new health care center opened nearby. The Wood County Museum debuted in the old infirmary’s place in 1975. 

Visitors are welcome to walk the 50-acre museum grounds, enjoying the Lyle Fletcher Arboretum, Adam Phillips Park, Archery Range, and walking trails. Your Wood County Museum experience also includes a self-guided tour of the original Infirmary, with a special focus on the Paupers’ Cemetery, Lunatic Asylum, Pestilence House, and Ice House. 

Wood County Museum

Additionally, you can view the revolving exhibits that connect the past with the present times. The museum is accessible, offering an elevator, accessible restrooms, and ample parking in the visitor lot. Limited wheelchairs are also available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Visit the museum’s website for hours, admission prices, and additional information.

The Little Red Schoolhouse

Bowling Green State University Campus

The Little Red Schoolhouse was originally built in Huron County, Ohio, in 1875 and closed its doors in 1938. The building that once housed eight grades of students was later moved to the Bowling Green State University campus, allowing visitors the chance to step back in time to experience the Little Red Schoolhouse as it once was.

The schoolhouse, which features items representing the educational system from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is open to visitors on weekends from 2 to 5 p.m.

Visit the schoolhouse’s website for additional details and contact information. 


154 South Main Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Previously Ben Franklin, Ben’s has been owned and operated by the Craft family since 1976 and has changed from an old-fashioned variety store to include several specialty stores under one roof. Shoppers can expect custom framing, educational toys, fresh candy and fudge, cards, craft and party supplies, and much more. 

Visit Ben’s website for hours, more product details, and available services.

Places To Eat Near Pemberville, Ohio

Front Street Cafe

210 East Front Street, Pemberville, OH 43450

Front Street Cafe, located on Front Street in downtown Pemberville, provides a taste of home using locally sourced, farm-to-fork dishes. They specialize in breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday but also feature pizza with homemade crust in the evenings from Thursday through Saturday. 

Front Street Cafe

Diners enjoy biscuits and bread made fresh every day, as well as popular menu items, including biscuits and gravy, French toast, Nashville nuggets, grilled chicken apple salad, and their made-from-scratch soup of the day.

Visit Front Street Cafe’s website for hours, menus, and more.

Pisanello’s Pizza

165 North Bierly Avenue, Pemberville, OH 43450

Independently owned, Pisanello’s Pizza features an extensive menu of pizza, subs, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and wings. Everything is baked (not fried), and the dough and sauce are made fresh daily. Crust types include hand-tossed, thin, thick, stuffed, and Chicago-style. They even offer specialty desserts like s’more sticks, cinnistix, and apple streusel pizza. 

Visit their website for hours, menus, and pricing. 

Things To Do in Perrysburg, Ohio

Perrysburg, located in Wood County, Ohio, is located along the banks of the Maumee River just 20 minutes from Pemberville. There are many interesting things to do and see in the area — here are a few of our favorites:

Fort Meigs 

29100 W River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551

Fort Meigs Historic Site features a War of 1812 museum and a reconstructed wooden walled fort. Seniors earn a discounted admission rate and can participate in a daily guided tour. Inside, they’ll explore the story of Fort Meigs and have the opportunity to view hundreds of original artifacts, many of which were found on-site. 

Fort Meigs

Visit Fort Meigs’ website for seasonal hours, admission prices, tour times, and more.

The Town Center at Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Boulevard, Perrysburg, OH 43551

The Town Center at Levis Commons is an open-air lifestyle center in Perrysburg that features restaurants, specialty shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a year-round destination for locals and visitors alike. 

Visit The Town Center at Levi Commons’ website for hours, a directory, and other information.

City of Perrysburg Parks 

View this page for location information.

Perrysburg offers 11 parks within the City limits, featuring over four miles of walking paths and numerous multi-use paths around the City. You’ll find an 18-hole disc golf course, boat launches, picnic shelters, tennis courts, pickleball courts, fishing ponds, and more. 

City of Perrysburg Parks

Visit the Municipal Parks page for details on each location.

Looking for Senior Living in the Pemberville area?

Otterbein Pemberville is a continuing care retirement community designed for active lifestyles. There’s always something to do here! From outdoor activities to card games, parties, musical concerts, and more, we’ve got you covered. 

Discover a variety of apartments and villas to suit your needs. Visit our website to explore floor plans, videos, photos, testimonials, and other important information about our campus. 

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