A romantic getaway doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Sure, a couples massage, caviar, and a luxury suite would be amazing. But, if we all waited until we could afford that, we’d never get around to it. We’re here to share cheap romantic getaways in Ohio because spending quality time with your partner is the important part, not how much money you spend.”
Fortunately, Ohio is home to some wonderful destinations that offer a romantic escape without breaking the bank. Here are a few of our favorite inexpensive romantic getaways in Ohio.
Cheap Romantic Getaways in Ohio
Sandusky may be known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” but there are romantic options for couples as well. The shores of Lake Erie makes a spectacular backdrop for romantic walks along the lake, and spots like the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve allow you to experience the nature of the Great Lakes and return to the city for date night. Take in the history of Sandusky on a walking tour or a Segway tour. A day trip to neighboring South Bass Island and Put-In-Bay via ferry is a great way to spend an afternoon or choose a sunset or dinner tour on Lake Erie with Goodtime Boat Tours. Check out more Lake Erie romantic getaway ideas!
Hocking Hills is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ohio, and because it’s a State Park, it’s also very budget friendly. Ohio is one of the few states in the US that does not charge entrance fees or parking fees at state parks. That means you can enjoy dozens of waterfalls and hiking trails at Hocking Hills State Park without spending a dime. Bring your own picnic lunch for a romantic day camped out near a waterfall, or pop into one of the many surrounding towns for authentic Midwest comfort food. Even the overnight options near Hocking Hills are affordable. Camper cabins start at just $40 per night. Find more ideas for a Hocking Hills romantic getaway!
This riverboat town in Southeast Ohio is the perfect affordable romantic getaway destination in Ohio. The town is steeped in history and river tales, which you can explore on your own, or join a guided tour through town. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts can explore nearby Wayne National Forest, or hit the Ohio River in a kayak. For a more leisurely river trip, you can take a sightseeing cruise on a sternwheeler paddleboat. Explore the cobblestone streets of the historic Harmar neighborhood and grab a bite at Harmar Tavern. This area is also home to several covered bridges, which you can explore on a road trip through Washington County. There are Marietta hotels and B&B’s for every budget, including the historic Lafayette Hotel, with the best location in town and very reasonable prices.
This college town in Southeast Ohio offers plenty to do for an affordable romantic Ohio getaway. If your budget is tight, keep an eye on the Ohio University events calendar, football games and parent weekends can drive up lodging costs. For the best prices, visit during college break times. The nightlife hub of Athens is on Court Street, so you’ll find lots of drink specials and cheap eats; if hanging with college crowds is your jam, head to Court Street. If not, there are other areas of Athens to explore. Thanks to the University, there are plenty of cultural attractions in Athens, including art museums, a history museum and performing arts. For nature enthusiasts, check out the Ridges Trail or the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
While Ohio is home to eight National Park Service sites, there’s just one National Park in Ohio. Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the nearby city of Cuyahoga Falls make a great romantic getaway in Ohio. The park is home to over 120 miles of hiking trails surrounding the Cuyahoga River as it winds from Akron to Cleveland. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath also runs through the National Park, offering several access points for cyclists and walkers. For a more relaxed day in the park, you can take a scenic drive, exploring several waterfalls that are easily accessible from nearby parking lots. For a small splurge, hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
For a taste of Ireland in Ohio, look no further than Dublin. This suburb of Columbus offers a fun weekend getaway with more affordable options than the nearby capital city. Hit the Celtic Cocktail Trail, sampling special cocktails along the way. Complete all 14 stops and get a t-shirt. (Make a weekend of this, not an evening!) Every month, Irish entertainment can be found around Dublin, just check the Events Calendar for dates and locations. Shop for unique Irish gifts at Ha’Penny Bridge Imports, and visit any one of several unique dining establishments in downtown Dublin.
History buffs will love a romantic getaway to this early 19th-century German village just 15 miles south of Canton, Ohio. The town, which has a population less than 200 today, has a fascinating history. With origins as a German separatist colony, the village of Zoar has been remarkably well-preserved. In 2012, Zoar was added to the list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. For such a tiny town, there are a surprising number of bed & breakfasts, as well as a few cafes and diners. There are plenty of outdoor attractions as well, including the Zoar Wetland Arboretum and Canal Lands Park.
Do you have ideas? What is your favorite inexpensive date idea in Ohio?
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