The Town of Tiffin

Jun 12, 2013

This summer we will be taking you on a tour of the town of Tiffin. A true college town, Tiffin has a lot to offer students and visiting families with food, entertainment, and services. Come back each week to see our next stop! Also, check out the Tour of Tiffin


Tiffin Farmer's Market

Farmers' Market & Flea Market 

From June through October the downtown Tiffin square hosts a Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Stop by to pick up fresh produce, honey, baked goods, and more. It’s a great way to support local farmers and get fresh delicious fruits and vegetables.

Also in Tiffin, from May through October, the Seneca County Junior Fair Foundation hosts one of the largest Flea Markets in northwest Ohio at the fairgrounds. With 250-400 vendors per show, there is a lot of treasure to be found and a great atmosphere to enjoy.

Distance from campus: ½ mile (9 walking minutes)

There are plenty of other events to visit throughout the year in the area like the Art Festival, the Seneca County Fair, the Oak Ridge Festival, area church festivals, the Heritage Festival, and the Jazz Festival.



Molyet's Farm

Molyet’s Farm Market

Molyet’s provides the Tiffin community with a variety of grocery goods from local Ohio companies and produce from Ohio growers. It’s a combination of a grocery store and famers market that is open year round.

Visit their deli, gourmet foods, homemade popcorn shop, local produce section, and garden center.

More and more college students are making the effort to eat better. Whether you are an upperclassmen cooking for yourself or you are an underclassmen looking for healthy snacks, Molyet’s is a good place to stop.

Distance from campus: 1.7 miles

There are plenty of places to shop for food in town including Krogers, Aldi’s, IGA, and Walmart.


civil war museumThe American Civil War Museum

Tiffin is home to the American Civil War Museum of Ohio. Visiting the museum will enhance your experience and knowledge of the Civil War and Ohio’s role in it. They offer personal and group tours.

The museum offers eight exhibits including The Road to War, The War Begins, Life of a Soldier, Andrew’s Raiders, Leaders, The First Modern War, Medicine, and Life at Home. They also take part in community events like the Heritage Festival, Halloween Lantern tours, and a Victorian weekend.

Distance from campus: .7 mile

Other museums in town are the Tiffin Glass Museum and Seneca County Museum. Neighboring cities also offer interesting museums. Both the Mad River Railroad Museum and the Hayes Presidential Center are under 30 mins away.



Carmie's in Tiffin, Ohio

Carmie’s Grill and Bar

Owned by a Heidelberg alum, Carmie’s is a restaurant where you can watch the game, meet up with friends and eat a delicious meal while gazing at sport memorabilia all over the walls. Famous for their homemade potato chips, you can also enjoy sandwiches, burgers, wings, steak, chicken, and knockers (hot dogs).

You can also try the 3 lb. Chunk Challenge, get a group of friends for an evening of Dueling Pianos, or check out a Bike Night. Connected to Carmie’s is the Camden Falls reception and conference center. Many Heidelberg couples hold their wedding receptions there and the space is also used for banquets and dinners.

Distance from campus: 2.4 miles

Other sit-down options include T J Willies, Pioneer Mill, Denny’s, Clover Club, Madison Street Tavern, Hunan King, Rosie's Soup 'N' Such, Mexican Restaurant, Bob Evans, Big Boy, The Viaduct, Golden Crown, and Paulette’s.


Trinity United Church of Christ

A church community can help give students an additional support system away from home. Trinity United Church of Christ offers both a traditional worship service and a contemporary service every Sunday. Students can get involved in their adult bible study, bell choir, or contemporary band.

Heidelberg has a long history and close affiliation with the United Church of Christ, but has several options for students of all religious affiliations. Campus Fellowship hosts a student-led Christian worship service on Monday nights, Catholic Newman Club sponsors a monthly Mass on Sunday nights, and Campus Ministry holds a weekly Christian chapel service at noon every Wednesday throughout the year.

Distance from campus: .3 mile (7 walking minutes)

Here are some other churches in town. Saint Mary Catholic Church, Old Trinity Episcopal, Grace Baptist Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, First United Baptist Church, Church of the Nazarene, First Christian Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Grace Pentecostal Church.


Hugo's ice creamHugo’s Ice Cream

Sundaes, arctic swirls (flurries), shakes, smoothies, slushes, oh my. Everyone loves ice cream on a hot day or a cold day, or really any day. Hugo’s is just one of many choices in Tiffin for students to get their ice cream fix whether it's a raspberry smoothie, puppy chow arctic swirl or butterscotch sundae. With a drive-thru and outside seating, you can grab and go or sit and enjoy.  Turn your trip into a meal with sandwiches, hot dogs, and fries.

Distance from campus: 1.5 miles

Tiffin has several unique ice cream stops and everyone in town fiercely defends their favorite. You’ll just have to taste-test them all! Stop by the Big Dipper, Shake Shak, Uncle Mike’s Dairy Bar, and Jolly’s Drive-In.


5/3 Bank

5/3 Bank

During college, most students go through a crash course in financial management. Tiffin has plenty of banks to choose from with options to keep your current bank or set up your first account. Like most banks in town, 5/3 has a checking account with benefits and services geared toward college students.

Heidelberg’s Campus Center has a 5/3 sponsored ATM that is available to all students from any bank. You don't have to worry about carrying too much cash around. Heidelberg events are free for students!  

Distance from campus: Office building = 1.5 miles, ATM = .0

Want to keep your old bank? Tiffin also has branches of Old Fort Banking Company, First Bank of Ohio, U.S. Bank, First Merit Bank, St. Joseph Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Ohio, PNC Bank, and Sutton Bank.




Bailiwicks coffee

Bailiwicks Coffee Company

Coffee is a diet staple for many college students. Whether you like it simple and black, iced with whip cream, or creamy and sweet, coffee is not hard to find in Tiffin. Bailiwicks has become a favorite hangout spot for many Heidelberg students. They offer espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies, Italian sodas, hot chocolate and more. With comfy couches, chairs, and even private rooms, Bailiwicks is a great place to relax, meet friends, and study.

Distance from campus: ½ mile (10 walking minutes)

Other places to get your coffee fix or sweet tooth satisfied are the Tiffin Bake Shop at three different locations, the Pit Stop, Phat Cakes, and Heidelberg’s own Fireside Café offering Starbucks coffee. There are also rumors of Dunkin Donuts setting up a shop in Tiffin. Donuts and coffee make for a great start to the morning!



Ritz theatre

Ritz Theatre

The historic Ritz Theatre opened in 1928 when movies were just beginning. Renovations have kept the buildings historic look and feel while installing new technologies to keep patrons entertained. Many Heidelberg students are involved in the theatre’s performances and children’s programming.

This past year the Ritz performed many plays including The Diary of Anne Frank, Five Women Wearing One Dress, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. If you’re looking for laughs, the Ritz has brought in the Nobodies of Comedy, the Bob and Tom Comedy Show, and comedian (and Heidelberg alum) Brian Regan. You can view unique performances from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to the Nelson Illusionists. The Ritz also brings in performing artists and this past year Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith were in town.

Distance from campus: ½ mile (10 walking minutes)

Students can also see movies in town at Cinemark Movie Theater ($2 Tuesdays!) or the Field of Dreams Drive-In movie theater.


Hedges Boyer Park

Hedges Boyer Park

Hedges Boyer Park has been called Heidelberg’s backyard. The 78 acre park has plenty of options for students who are looking for a place to simply enjoy being outside or a place to be active. The park has sand volleyball courts, ball diamonds, a music shell for concerts, walking trails, picnic pavilions, open fields, a disc golf course, playgrounds, and a swimming pool.

The Tiffin YMCA is located right across the street from the park. Heidelberg offers joint programs with the Y for students and staff including Karate, Pilates, Cycling, and personal training sessions.

Distance from campus: Just over a half mile (12 walking minutes).

Tiffin has 12 other parks in town as well as three golf courses within 10 minutes driving distance of campus.



ReniosReino’s Pizza and Pasta

Reino’s was Tiffin’s first pizza place. Today it offers a wide variety of Italian food from subs, salads, and fold-overs to pasta, wings, and chicken parmesan. Pizza favorites are Frankie’s Original, pesto pizza, and Flatbread pizza. A good option for students is their lunch and dinner buffet.

The owner is an honorary Excelsior Men’s Society member, so Reino’s is a favorite hangout for two of Heidelberg’s Greek organizations: the Excelsior Society and the Philalethean Society.

Distance from campus: ½ mile (10 walking minutes)

Want to try a different pizza? Try AJ’s Heavenly Pizza, Little Caesars, Fort Ball Pizza Palace, Marco’s Pizza, Jac & Do’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Napoli’s Pizza, or Padrones Pizza.