Our Local, Secret Forest


Looking for a unique, outdoor activity to take your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild? Toledo Botanical Gardens Secret Forest is where it’s at. At the Secret Forest, you can watch your child’s imagination come to life as they explore the beautiful, wooden structures.


And no, this isn’t just another playground.

It’s a place that nurtures creativity, its a place that fosters that child-like sense of imagination, it’s a place that you’re definitely going to want to add to your family bucket list. So, whether your child climbs up into the treehouse, crawls through the netted tunnels, or plays in the “beehive” structure, they are sure to love this unique play area, and so will you!

The Secret Forest at Toledo Botanical Gardens connects kids with nature in fun ways that will keep them active and engaged outdoors.

The other cool thing? Its located on the Toledo Botanical Gardens property, so you can pack your tribe a picnic, and plan to make it an all morning event. After playing in the Secret Forest, make sure to explore the gardens, the pioneer house, and the beautiful vegetable gardens nearby.

 So where is this Secret Forest actually located?

Please keep in mind that the Secret Forest at Toledo Botanical Gardens may be accessed from two different entrances. One entrance is a little bit further away from the Secret Forest, making for a beautiful, serene walk to the play area.


5403 Elmer Drive Toledo, Ohio 43615

(This entrance is near the Play Area)

5434 W. Bancroft Toledo, Ohio 43615

(This entrance is about a 5-10  minute walk to the Secret Forest)

Price: Free

Hours: 7 a.m. to Dark, daily


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Jenna Sims
Jenna Sims is a stay at home momma who currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Grant and daughter Sadie. Together, they enjoy exploring Toledo’s metro parks, scoping out some killer food at local restaurants, and finding fun events to attend within their community. When they aren’t exploring their community, Jenna and Grant are slaving away on their new fixer-upper. Check out their journey on Instagram @thisoldbrickhouse. Aside from renovations, Jenna is passionate about fitness, being outdoors, and anything vintage or antique related; especially shopping at local estate sales and the Maumee Antique Mall.


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