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Toledo's Seasons

The City of Toledo celebrates the seasons with brilliance and artistic design. Every season offers a spectacular vision of history and past in harmony.  The downtown offers a five-block easily walked area, including two observation decks on Main Street for views of Toledo's riverfront and heritage train display. From May to October the town's core is blooming with more than sixty hanging flower baskets of unusual size and beauty which bloom continually throughout the season. The baskets are donated by community members, businesses and organizations and have been favorably compared to those in Victoria, B.C. The flower plantings grow to more than two feet in width and can nearly trail to the sidewalks.

A Thursday Waterfront Market is held each Thursday in the summer, from June through August, at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park, bringing shoppers to stroll the park and purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and local handcrafts. The downtown is decorated with hanging flower baskets and many businesses and local groups create scarecrow displays during Toledo's Scarecrow Festival.

Christmas finds Toledo beautifully decorated with large lighted wreaths donated and decorated by community members. Businesses and organizations create lighted displays for the enjoyment of all.  A custom holiday tree is created by local artists and community volunteers and a tree lighting ceremony and party gets everyone into the spirit on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. In February, residents may publicly declare their devotion by having their sweetheart's name inscribed on a  "street valentine" which adorn each downtown street lamp.


Toledo restaurants offer a traditional American diner style menu at The Timbers on Main street as well as Pizza at Cobblestone Pizza and Rizza Pizza. Holy Toledo Bar and Grill offers a full menu and Cup of Sass Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.

View our Toledo Centennial Mosaic Mural - Largest outdoor mosaic mural in the Northwest!  Dine in a cozy restaurant. Enjoy river recreation. Go bird watching. Visit art galleries. Check out the Railroad Heritage Display. Explore Toledo History Center. Skate at Toledo's state-of-the-art Skatepark. Go Bowling. Golf at Olalla Valley Golf Course. Go swimming at Toledo's Municipal Pool. Take a scenic drive down the Yaquina Bay Road. Enjoy our community events. Go Kayaking or fishing from our public boat launches at South Bay Road, Cannon Quarry Park, or Elk City Campground.

Toledo enjoys warm temperatures in summer in its sheltered location on the Yaquina River six miles inland from Newport. River recreation is accessible from the Port of Toledo's public boat launch on South Bay Road just south of Toledo. The port developed Toledo's waterfront by installing a viewing platform over Depot Slough near the port office on First Street, and constructing a boardwalk along the riverfront during 2004. Upriver, fishing and kayaking are favorite sports on the Yaquina and Big Elk Rivers.

County parks offer boat launching, picnic facilities and camping upriver from Toledo on the way to Elk City. The river offers beautiful scenery and bird watching and cycling opportunities along the North Yaquina Bay Road, which begins in Toledo and follows the river to Yaquina Bay in Newport following the original path of the Oregon Pacific Railroad, the first transit route into Lincoln County built in the 1880's.

​Toledo's Public Library, Toledo's Skate Park, the Public indoor pool, the City Park, and a hiking trail are all located catty corner from Main Street's shopping and restaurants. Conveniently, these great family activities are all securely located next to the Toledo Police Department, so families can play under the watchful protection of Toledo's finest. 


Several world-class artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, and writers make their homes in Toledo, taking inspiration from the small-town atmosphere, our beautiful river, estuaries, and rural vistas.   Some have converted downtown commercial and residential space into working studios. Landscape artists such as Ivan Kelly and Michael Gibbons open their homes during monthly "First Weekends" in addition to many such creative types that hold open studios during Art Walk each year over Labor Day weekend.

Toledo is host to several other annual events including the Toledo Summer Festival, celebrating the timber industry roots of this pioneering town.  The fireworks display at the Toledo Summer Festival is the best small town display in the Northwest!

The Summer Festival includes a great parade, logging show, carnival, and dances. The Toledo Waterfront Market, at the beautiful Port of Toledo Park, features over 30 vendors selling crafts, produce, food and much more. It runs every Thursday June through August. The railroad society has all their restored equipment on display during the Waterfront Market, encouraging folks to come and see the velocipede (a bicycle with an outrigger that runs on the tracks) and the restored sixteen man crew car. Free sail boat rides, canoeing and kayaking are offered at the Port beginning May 31, 2019, 3 pm to 6 pm on Thursday and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday until August 30, 2019. Swap Meets are planned in June and August, where people can come and sell their wares. This event brings in anywhere from 450 to 500 buyers and up to 30 vendors.

 Trick or Treating on Main Street happens every Halloween and is always a great success, with hundreds of children participating and store owners handing out candy. A Christmas tree lighting celebration and holiday party is a yearly event happening the first weekend in December to kick off the Christmas season.

Historical Information 

Settled in 1866, Toledo shows its historical roots in our town center, where many buildings date from the early 1900's.  The City Hall was built in 1930 in the Art Deco style and just down the street you will find the Toledo History Center displaying a variety of artifacts and era photographs depicting its pioneering roots around its timber, railroad, boat building and dairy farming history .

Toledo's harbor is a repair port for many of the hardworking ships and vessels that bring fresh seafood to our tables. The inland harbor offers sheltered moorage at the Port of Toledo's docks.

Toledo still has an active railway as freight trains come and go on a daily basis along one of the most often traveled short line rails in Oregon.  The "Toledo Hauler" services Georgia-Pacific's pulp mill located a short distance down the tracks; the second largest employer in Lincoln County.  "G-P" is also the "top recycler" in the state, using 1 billion pounds of used cardboard to make container board annually.

As visitors travel down Main Street, its like a walk through history with store fronts and building facades spanning every generation and genre of architectural style.

Residents and visitors enjoy discovering the inventive displays, from scarecrow linemen at the local utility office to scarecrow engineers at the display of "One Spot", Toledo's 1922 Baldwin Steam Engine, the last steam logger in Oregon now on permanent display near Toledo's waterfront.

A dedicated group of railroad historians, Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, has installed the engine, an RPO mail car, and a restored 1906 wooden caboose near Toledo Post Office. The society restored the mail car to be used as a railroad interpretive museum, including a restoration of the mail sorting section of the car. The volunteers are available to answer questions each Saturday as they continue their work interpreting the rail history of Lincoln County.

Toledo, Oregon 

Surrounded by scenic tree lined hills and nestled along a bend in the Yaquina River, Toledo is home to approximately 3,600 people. This historic town descends over tree covered hillsides to meet the river. Toledo is one of the few cities in Oregon that has a true downtown on a city street that is not on a throughway or highway. Art galleries and studios, gift shops selling the work of local crafters, and a unique collection of independent businesses and restaurants make Toledo an interesting and unique place to visit. 

​When coastal wind and fog roll along the beaches, Toledo often stays warm and sunny due to our inland location just a short distance from the coast. Thus, Toledo enjoys summer temperatures 10 to 15 degrees warmer than those in nearby Newport.

Several world-class artists make their homes here, taking inspiration from the small-town atmosphere and beautiful river, estuary, and rural vistas. We invite you to browse our website and come visit our community. For brochures and other information by mail, we invite you to bookmark this website and return often to see what Toledo has to offer.