Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still plan a romantic weekend in Cincinnati. Whether you live in the Queen City, or you are planning a visit, there are loads of romantic things to do here, and we have options for romantic getaways in Cincinnati for everyone, whether you are on a tight budget, or looking to splurge on a special getaway.”
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Romantic Things to Do in Cincinnati
There is no shortage of romantic things to do in Cincinnati, no matter what season you are planning your getaway. Here are just a few ideas for a romantic getaway in Cincinnati.
- Roebling Bridge – a nighttime stroll across Cincinnati’s Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect nightcap on a romantic evening. Built in 1867, the bridge connects the entertainment districts of Covington and Cincinnati.
- Loveland Castle (12025 Shore Dr, Loveland)- just 30 minutes outside Cincinnati is Chateau LaRoche, one of five castles in Ohio that you can visit. Loveland Castle was built over a period of 50 years in the 1900’s, and tours are given in April through September.
- Smale Riverfront Park (166 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati)- another place for a romantic evening stroll is Smale Riverfront Park, with 45 acres of riverfront space.
- Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati)- this art museum houses an impressive collection of artwork, with local and international artists well represented. And best of all, admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free, although if you wish to attend a special exhibit, there may be a small fee.
- Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St, Cincinnati)- the “other” art museum in town. Taft houses a private art collection in a stately 175-year-old Federal-style building. The Museum includes art from around the world, and hosts special exhibits throughout the year, with the Christmas display drawing many visitors.
- Cincinnati Music Hall (1241 Elm St, Cincinnati) – whether you want to see the ballet, opera, orchestra or chorus, the Cincinnati Music Hall has them all. The historic building dates back to 1878 and hosts performances nearly every day of the year.
- Carew Tower (41 W 5th St, Cincinnati) – the observation deck at Carew Tower is the perfect place to kick off your date night. Go at sunset to watch the lights of Cincinnati start to twinkle. At just $6 per person, this is one of the best cheap things to do in Cincinnati.
- Eden Park (950 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati)- for beautiful views of Cincinnati, head up the hill in Eden Park. Springtime blooms bathe the park in color, and there are park benches strategically placed to take advantage of the views. In addition to beautiful outdoor space, Eden Park is also home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
- Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati) – located in Eden Park, this conservatory was built in 1933, and now houses over 3,500 international plant species. In the spring, a butterfly exhibit is rolled out, while a Christmas live nativity scene is also a big draw.
- Newport on the Levee (1 Levee Way, Newport)- over on the Kentucky side of the river, there’s a huge entertainment complex that’s perfect for a date night. There are a movie theater, GameWorks, and a bowling alley, tons of restaurants and let’s not forget that the aquarium isn’t only for kids.
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St, Cincinnati)- listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the country and stands out as one of the best zoos in the United States and is known for birthing programs of endangered species. Highlights include manatees, gorillas, and hippos.
- Washington Park – In Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Washington Park is one of the oldest parks in town, and just had a spiffy renovation in 2012. You can stroll the leafy pathways, and take a rest at several park benches.
- Findlay Market (801 Race St, Cincinnati)- for the best foodie date night, head to Findlay Market, the oldest continuously operated public market in Ohio. You can explore on your own or taste your way through on a guided tour. Shop for fresh ingredients, prepared meals, sweets and more.
- Cooking Classes – learning to cook a romantic meal together can be the perfect date night activity! Both Sur La Table and Tablespoon Cooking Company offer a full calendar of cooking classes, with private options available as well.
- Cincinnati Food Tour – according to Viator, there are several food tours offered in the Cincinnati area. From Madison Avenue to Findlay Market and more, a food tour is a great date night spent sampling some of Cincy’s best food.
- Enjoy a self-guided tour of the murals in Cincinnati or book a mural tour.
Romantic Places to Eat in Cincinnati
Whether you want to round out your weekend getaway with a romantic meal, or just want a break from cooking, these are some of Cincinnati’s most romantic restaurants.
- Metropole (609 Walnut St, Cincinnati) – located within the 21c Museum Hotel, Metropole offers a fun and innovative dining experience with an ever-changing menu inspired by the offerings of local farmers.
- Bouquet Restaurant (519 Main St, Covington, KY) – this farm-to-table restaurant in Covington has been described as cute and cozy, with a frequently changing menu based on seasonality and availability.
- Red Feather Kitchen (45209, 3200 Madison Rd, Cincinnati) – another farm-to-table option in Cincinnati, with over 300 wines available. They also have a very popular Sunday brunch.
- Sotto (118 E 6th St, Cincinnati) – one of the best Italian restaurants in Cincinnati! Enjoy homemade pasta over candlelight, followed by a scrumptious dessert menu.
- Primavista (810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati) – another popular Italian restaurant, with award-winning views from the top floor of Queen’s Tower. Primavista specializes in veal and seafood dishes.
- Orchid’s at Palm Court (2801, 35 W 5th St, Cincinnati)- for upscale, innovative American cuisine, look no further than Orchid’s at Palm Court. Located in the Hilton on Netherland Plaza, Orchid’s serves up unique dishes like bleu cheese beignets, foie gras terrine, and vichyssoise.
- Boca (114 E 6th St, Cincinnati)– one of a kind European cuisine is the specialty at Boca, and this is the place to go when you want to splurge on a romantic night out.
- Zula (1400 Race St, Cincinnati) – for a light bite before an evening out, head to this Cincinnati tapas and wine bar, which serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Romantic Places to Stay in Cincinnati
A romantic getaway is not complete without a cozy place to rest your head at night. From charming B&B’s to luxury hotels, these are the best romantic places to stay in Cincinnati.
- The Cincinnatian, Curio Collection by Hilton (601 Vine St, Cincinnati) – one of the Historic Hotels of America, this boutique hotel was built in 1882 and offer luxury accommodations in the heart of Cincinnati.
- 21c Museum Hotel (609 Walnut St, Cincinnati)- one of the newer additions to the Cincinnati hotel scene is the 21c Museum Hotel. Located in the arts district of Cincinnati, this hotel is all about contemporary and is the first of its kind in Ohio.
- Gaslight Bed & Breakfast (3652 Middleton Ave, Cincinnati)- this B&B in the historic Gaslight District offers cozy rooms with eclectic furnishings in an early 1900’s home tucked away in lush greenery.
- AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks (135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati)- this “lifestyle hotel” is right next to Smale Park and the Great American Ballpark, on the bank of the Cincinnati River. You can enjoy the best of Cincinnati within walking distance, or stay in and enjoy the luxurious, European-inspired accommodations.
- The Westin Cincinnati (21 E 5th St, Cincinnati)- with an excellent location next to Fountain Square, the Westin Cincinnati is the perfect place for a romantic evening, with easy access to the theater and restaurants, not to mention the Heavenly Bed awaiting you at the end of the evening!
- Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn – the historic village of Mariemont is the perfect weekend getaway near Cincinnati. Just ten miles from downtown Cincy, the village has classic English architecture, and the Mariemont Inn is the best location to take advantage of everything. Check here for special savings before you book.
- Millennium Cincinnati (150 W 5th St, Cincinnati)- another hotel option in the heart of downtown is the Millennium, best known for the gorgeous outdoor pool deck.
- Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 W 5th St, Cincinnati)- with the grand staircase and opulent fixtures, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has been hosting romantic getaways since 1931 and is still the premier wedding venue of downtown Cincinnati.
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