Flag City USA is celebrating it's bicentennial with patriotic fire hydrants throughout town. Dozens of community groups, families, and individuals adopted specific fire hydrants. They came up with a design, had it approved, bought the paint, and set to work decorating their hydrant. This one near the park was painted up like a Revolutionary War soldier. Flag City, USA - the official nickname of this charming midwestern community. Findlay has a population of around 40,000 and claims two major corporate headquarters: Marathon Petroleum Company and the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Findlay was also the first community in the world to offer touch tone telephone service in 1960.
Findlay began as a small fort 1812 but didn't grow up until the 1880s, when oil and gas were found in the area and exploited over a 20 year period. At one time, the world's largest gas well was drilled here on the bank of the Blanchard River.
Today you'll find a quaint downtown Main Street lined with century-old brick buildings as well as a large modern shopping district on the east side of town. Plenty of family run restaurants, bars and shops offer unique options for a day visit or stopover. Don't miss Dietsch Ice Cream, Jac & Do's Pizza and Tony's Restaurant. Browse nearby discoveries to read more about these local gems. Historic courthouse completed in 1888 amid Findlay's gas boom years. The courthouse cost $500,000, an enormous sum, particularly so given Findlay's population at the time was only 20,000 people.
The courthouse features an 18' copper statue of John Hancock atop the clock tower. Inside you'll find ornately tiled floors, lovely stained glass windows and early Victorian woodwork. A double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a frosted malt from Wilson's Sandwich Shop in Findlay, OH
Wilson's opened in 1936 as a spin-off from Kewpee Hamburgers now headquartered in nearby Lima, OH.
Having visited both recently, comparing Wilson's to Kewpee, I'd say both have old school cool atmosphere. The food at Wilson's feels more like vintage diner quality and Kewpee is more straight up fast food. Dedication bricks in the park below the mural. Don Rentz is my grandfather. He fought to liberate the Philippines from Japan during WWII. Family run ice cream shop still going strong after 70+ years! They also make their own chocolates - the chocolate-covered cherries are the real deal. This location on Tiffin Ave is open till 9:30 every day but Sunday, when they close at 9. Two Spanish hot dogs, onion rings and a frosty mug of root beer. Home of the Oilers - four-time NAIA Division II National Football Champions. Wed night classic car cruise-ins during the summer. Bring your own food though - that sign reads Classic, not Classy! Historic campus building dating to 1886. Cost ~$50,000 to build - a bargain considering classes are still taught here 125 years later.
Interesting note: The bell tower was originally two stories taller, but was deemed unstable and lowered in 1912. Black Raspberry Chocolate Chunk and Salted Caramel from Dietsch Brothers in Findlay, OH which according to their website was voted 2nd best ice cream shop in America. In addition to the ice cream shop, there is also a fully stocked chocolate/candy/gift shop. Do your taste-buds a solid and your waistline a foul by picking up a bag of dark chocolate covered pretzels. The root beer shakes at this drive-in stand are pretty good and they won't empty your wallet. Next time I'll have to try a Spanish dog to see what that's all about. The stand has been operating for 60 years (and looks the part), so they must be doing something right. Drive-thru convenience store - grab beer, soda and snacks without leaving your car! A local institution, despite it's raggedy outside appearance. Known for it's better-than-average Mexican fare, especially here in the midwest. Their motto is Small town ice cream at it's finest. For nearly 75 years Dietsch Brothers has been serving up the finest homemade ice cream and chocolates in Northwest Ohio. Their downtown location is closed on Mondays, but you can still get your fix across town at the Tiffin Ave shop, open till at least 9pm every day.
As for favorites, I enjoy the butterscotch milkshakes and chocolate-covered cherries. Once upon a time here sat the largest gas well in world. The Great Karg Well was drilled in 1886, and overnight Findlay became an industrial boomtown. This single well produced 12,000,000 cubic feet (340,000 cubic meters) of gas per day, and when lit it burned with a flame 100ft high and was visible more than 30 miles away.
At that time gas was simply a by-product of oil drilling, and with no way to store it they ended up piping it away for free to heat homes and drive industrial machinery. The primary benefactor was the glass industry, in which gas was the major expense, and glass companies relocated here from around the world. Eventually, though, the gas ran out, and within a decade the feverish pitch had ground to a trickle.
#thisismyhometown Worldwide HQ. You might ask why, in such a small town? It turns out that Findlay was the center of a gas boom in the late 1800s. For a few years the world's largest gas well, The Great Karg Well, was located right here, on the south bank of the Blanchard River. The Ohio Oil Company was formed in 1887, and over a century later - after numerous buyouts, mergers, spinoffs and name changes - Findlay is still home to what is now the country's fifth largest transportation fuel refiner. Best coffee in town, and a used book store to boot. Local business done right. Across from the university at George St. Perennial Ohio State Fair winning ribs. Ben Roethlisberger is known to frequent this casual diner - he grew up in Findlay and played for Findlay High. He's also had Tony's cater private parties in Pittsburg.
All in all the ribs are pretty tasty, especially for Ohio, and they have a great salad and dessert bar. Worth a stop if you are passing through. Just off Interstate 75. Great local sports bar with pretty good grub. The Killer Wings were just about perfect. Similar concept as BW3. Congressional Medal of Honor plaque just outside the courthouse. Three of these men were members of a small Union Army party to penetrate 200 miles into the South and capture an enemy train in an attempt to destroy bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
A decent place to grab a meal. Sports bar feel and food to match. The chicken strips are popular, though $10 specialty pizzas on Thursday nights are hard to pass up. You can count on Bob Evans for consistently good breakfasts throughout the midwest. No comparison with Denny's, IHOP or Waffle House. Their buttermilk biscuits are particularly nice - flaky on the outside and chewy inside. Best with honey. Tastiest pizza in town. Not your typical pie though - thin crust, sweet tomato sauce, and perhaps a bit too much salt. Could take some getting used-to, but worth the effort. Square pieces only add to the fun. Eat in or get it to go. If you're after a good, no-nonsense burger at throw-back prices, Keith's is the spot. This hamburger stand operates primarily as a drive-thru, though there is a walk-up window and you'll find a couple of picnic tables out front. The patties taste better than the standard fast-food chain patties and their Frosty-like malts hit the spot. Here in Findlay the primary competition is Wilson's, but with it's recent decline Keith's is now on top. Neighborhood bar and grill. Pretty basic pub fare, but the waitresses are friendly. No smoking here, so it's a better bet than the Walnut if you care about your health. Midwest hamburger chain, a notch above your standard fast food. I'm still unclear what's unique about a ButterBurger, but it was fairly tasty and the veggie toppings were fresh. Fried cheese curds are a fun side. I wasn't impressed with the frozen custard though - the grainy texture was distracting. Neighborhood dive bar. Smoking tolerated (despite state laws) but you need to bring your own Great place to buy a giant stuffed-animal tiger, giraffe, ape, penguin or more. DorAnne's carries the Melissa & Doug line of educational toys and can order any of the large animals from their catalog. They also carry a fun collection of gourmet food items, carefully selected and taste-tested by the proprietors. Stop by and try something new. Worldwide HQ. If your vehicle rolls with Cooper Tires, there's a good chance those tires were designed and built right here. Cooper Tires is nearly 100yo, and what began as a small time tire patch and cement company has grown into the world's ninth largest tire manufacturer. Classic American success story. Nice selection of wines here, particularly in the $20 range. If you have some time wander into the tasting room for some samples.
They also stock a fun lineup of micro-brews if you're looking to try something new. They even carry bottles from the Anderson Valley Brewing Company - try the Summer Solstice (or ask them to order it). Locally famous diner known for its square burgers, thick malt shakes and cheap prices. Open since 1936, the current structure dates from 1964 and is long overdue for an interior refresh. Your best bet these days is the drive-thru. Great steaks and a cozy country atmosphere at this locally owned chain. This is our go-to spot in town for a quality dining experience. Only six locations in Northwest Ohio, so the entrees are fresh and the service is friendly - a notch or two above your typical nationwide steakhouse dinner.
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Popular property highlights

Free breakfast
Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Business center

Location

Located in the heart of Findlay, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from University of Findlay and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Mazza Museum. City Park and Loudon Meadows Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Hotel Features

This hotel features coffee/tea in a common area, a microwave in a common area, and a refrigerator in a common area. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include conference space, laundry facilities, and free newspapers.

Room Amenities

All 100 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include room service, free long-distance calls, and free local calls.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. This Findlay hotel also offers gift shops/newsstands, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shared microwave 
  • Shared refrigerator 
  • Conference space 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Grocery/convenience store 
  • Total number of rooms - 100 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 1 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • RV, bus, truck parking 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Grocery/convenience store  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English

Parking

Free self parking, RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Pay movies 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Free long-distance calls 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Television 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Heating 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 6 AM

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.00 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD $10 per pet, per night

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD $10 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Rodeway Inn Findlay
  • Rodeway Inn Hotel Findlay
  • Rodeway Inn Findlay Ohio
  • Rodeway Inn Findlay Hotel
  • Findlay Rodeway Inn

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Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.


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