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Lima is a historic railroad town and county seat of Allen County in northwest Ohio. It lies along Interstate 75 about 78 miles south of the city of Toledo. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lima was 38,771 residents. The town of Lima was founded in 1831 and has been a railroad and industrial/manufacturing town ever since. In the early days, it was defined by it's connection to railroading, being an important Midwestern hub and home to the Lima Locomotive Works, whose name was known world-wide. Lima today is a vibrant, quintessential blue-collar Ohio city. It's home to Ohio State University Lima Campus. The city includes a historic district and twenty-four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the buildings are the Allen County Courthouse, the old post office, the Hotel Argonne and the Neal Clothing Building. The Lima Locomotive Works began in 1869 and built its' first narrow-guage steam locomotive in 1878. That same year the company worked on a geared locomotive designed by Michigan lumberman, Ephraim Shay. The well-known Shay Locomotive was built for steep grades, heavy loads and sharp right turns. In 1881, Shay granted Lima Locomotive Works exclusive rights to manufacture his locomotives that eventually were sent to 48 U.S. states and 24 foreign countries. As of 2005, some of these engines were still in use after 100 years. The Loco Works, as it was called, also built the Chesapeake and Ohio 2-6-6-6, one of the largest locomotives ever built in the world. The plant closed permanently in 1981 and today the Lima Locomotive Works plant is run down and razed - a mere ghost of what it once was in its heyday.

Surrounding areas: Indian Lake, Ohio (20.1 mi), Lake St Marys, Ohio (20.9 mi), Grand Lake, Ohio (25.2 mi), Celina, Ohio (27.8 mi)

Lima Vacation Rentals

Lima Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn1210 Neubrecht RdLima, OH (419) 228-4251
Days Inn Motel1250 Nuebrecht RdLima, OH (419) 227-6515
Econo Lodge Of Lima1201 Neubrecht RdLima, OH (419) 222-0596
Fairfield Inn Lima2179 Elida RdLima, OH (419) 224-8496
Hampton Inn1933 Roschman AveLima, OH (419) 225-8300
Holiday Inn Lima1920 Roschman AveLima, OH (419) 222-0004
Knights Inn2285 N Eastown RdLima, OH (419) 331-9215
Motel 6 #5861800 Harding HwyLima, OH (419) 228-0456
Ramada Inn3600 East Bluelick RdLima, OH (419) 221-0114
Travelodge1430 Bellefontaine AveLima, OH (419) 227-2221
Wingate In150 W Market StLima, OH (419) 228-7000
Wingate Inn Lima175 W MarketLima, OH (419) 228-7000
Travelodge413 Apollo DrWapakoneta, OH12.8 mi.(419) 739-9600
Holiday Inn Express1008 Lunar DrWapakoneta, OH13.2 mi.(419) 738-2050
Super 8 Motel1011 Lunar DrWapakoneta, OH13.2 mi.(419) 738-8810
Arrow Motel718 E 5TH StDelphos, OH13.9 mi.(419) 692-0786
Knights Inn855 State Rt 103Bluffton, OH15.5 mi.(419) 358-7000
Comfort Inn117 Commerce LnBluffton, OH16.0 mi.(419) 358-6000
Amerihost Inn St Marys1410 Commerce DrSaint Marys, OH20.6 mi.(419) 394-2710
S & W Motel1321 Celina RdSaint Marys, OH20.8 mi.(419) 394-2341
Days Inn8200 N Washington StVan Wert, OH26.8 mi.(419) 238-5222
Holiday Inn Express840 N Washington StVanwert, OH26.8 mi.(419) 232-6040
Amerihost Inn902 E Columbus StKenton, OH27.5 mi.(419) 675-1400
Comfort Inn1421 Rt 703 ECelina, OH27.8 mi.(419) 586-4656
Holiday Inn Express Celina2020 Holiday DrCelina, OH27.8 mi.(419) 586-4919

Lima Weather & Climate

Central Ohio has a humid continental climate and deals with a wide variety of weather each year. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms and blizzards are all possible in central Ohio. An average year sees 173 sunny days. Summers are warm and often humid. The comfort index for central Ohio, based on humidity during the summer, is 46 out of 100 (with a higher number being more comfortable.) Winter is cold and usually snowy, although snowfall varies greatly year to year. The average snowfall is 27 inches. The US average is 37. Spring weather is unpredictable and cool while autumn is mild with plenty of sunshine. Tornadoes are a possibility, especially late spring through early fall, although they don't occur as often in this region as in other parts of the U.S.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 18°F 2.22 in. -
February 37°F 21°F 1.98 in. -
March 48°F 30°F 2.68 in. -
April 60°F 39°F 3.46 in. -
May 71°F 49°F 3.89 in. -
June 80°F 58°F 4.05 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 4.26 in. -
August 81°F 61°F 3.38 in. -
September 75°F 54°F 3.07 in. -
October 63°F 43°F 2.41 in. -
November 49°F 34°F 3.12 in. -
December 37°F 23°F 2.68 in. -

Lima Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Findlay airport (FDY) located about 29 miles northeast of Lima in Findlay, Ohio, the James M Cox Dayton International airport (DAY) located approximately 58 miles south of Lima in Dayton, Ohio, the Fort Wayne International airport (FWA) located roughly 59 miles northeast of Lima in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and finally the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located around 60 miles northeast of Lima in Toledo, Ohio.

Lima Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH45.9 mi.
Wyandot LakePowellOH67.6 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN77.2 mi.
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement ParkMiddletownOH86.2 mi.
Cedar PointSanduskyOH87.6 mi.
Water Parks
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH67.6 mi.
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH87.6 mi.
The Beach WaterparkMasonOH96.2 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH98.3 mi.
Parky's Pirate Cove/Miami Whitewater ForestCincinnatiOH110.8 mi.
Surf Cincinnati Water ParkCincinnatiOH110.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Hawthorne Hills Golf CourseLimaOH 
Oaks Golf ClubLimaOH 
Springbrook Golf ClubLimaOH 
Tamarac Golf ClubLimaOH 
Colonial Golfers ClubHarrodOH10.1 mi.
Prairie View Golf ClubWaynesfieldOH12.1 mi.
Bluffton Golf ClubBlufftonOH15.6 mi.
Delphos Country ClubDelphosOH17.7 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubOttawaOH18.8 mi.
Pike Run Golf ClubOttawaOH18.8 mi.
Woods Golf ClubVan WertOH26.1 mi.
Sycamore Springs Golf CourseArlingtonOH26.3 mi.
Memorial Park Golf CourseKentonOH27.4 mi.
Foxs Den Golf ClubCelinaOH28.1 mi.
Mercer County Elks Country ClubCelinaOH28.1 mi.
Northmoor Golf on the LakeCelinaOH28.1 mi.
Cherokee Hills Golf CourseBellefontaineOH28.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH35.9 mi.
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH83.2 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI119.0 mi.
State Parks
Fort Amanda State ParkOH9.7 mi. 
Fox Island State ParkOH22.2 mi. 
Indian Lake State ParkOH22.2 mi. 
Grand Lake State ParkOH25.0 mi. 
Harbor Point State ParkOH26.3 mi. 
Lake Loramie State ParkOH28.3 mi. 
Van Buren Lake State ParkOH36.1 mi. 
Independence Dam State ParkOH38.9 mi. 
Kiser Lake State ParkOH38.9 mi. 
Bicycle Museum of AmericaNew BremenOH25.6 mi.(Technology)
Mercer County Historical MuseumCelinaOH27.8 mi.(History)
Fort Recovery State MuseumFort RecoveryOH42.0 mi.(History)
Johnny Appleseed MuseumUrbanaOH47.6 mi.(History)
Museum of the SoldierPortlandIN50.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Lincoln MuseumFort WayneIN59.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN59.8 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH69.8 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH79.4 mi.
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH80.7 mi.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenCincinnatiOH110.8 mi.

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