When love is in the air, it seems like almost nothing can knock you down. “You’ll find enchantment here; the night will weave its magic spell when the one you love is near.” While
Lady & the Tramp wasn’t describing Greater Cleveland with those lyrics, it almost feels like they could have been. The entire area surrounding Cleveland is full of romantic little hideaways… you just have to know where to look. Romantic Things to Do in Cleveland for Couples
There are so many romantic things to do in Cleveland that it’s almost hard to narrow in on a few stand-out date ideas. The following are some of the most romantic places in Greater Cleveland, so you can easily select a dreamy date night escape.
1. Stay at Wallace Manor Bed & Breakfast
Wallace Manor Bed and Breakfast, 4724 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
Longing for a getaway? A stay at
will take you back in time. Dripping with elegance, this historic bed and breakfast near Franklin Castle has been dazzling visitors since its construction in the 1880s. While it was a private residence for most of its history, it’s now an incredible welcoming miniature castle that’s waiting to treat you like royalty. Take a dip in the outdoor hot tub or soak away stress in a deep claw-foot bathtub. Sit on the wrap-around porch and people watch as you take in the architecture of this historic stretch of pure Ohio City.
5 Minutes Away: Indulge in libations at Terrestrial Brewing Company and then walk along Lake Erie’s shoreline at Edgewater Park. 2. Get pampered at Sacred Hour Wellness Spa
Sacred Hour Wellness Spa, 17917 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA
One hour? Two? What works best for you? At
in Lakewood, you can customize your visit to meet your relaxation needs. Indulge in couple’s massages, Korean scrubs, and private steams, or you can each pick your own relaxation experience and meet up in the lobby after for drinks. This luxurious Lakewood getaway is almost guaranteed to melt your stress away.
10 Minutes Away: Enjoy a delicious dinner alongside epic views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline at Pier W. 3. Learn to dance at La Danse
La Danse Cleveland, 23366 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH 44122, USA
Hold your beloved close (and try not to step on their feet) at
in Beachwood. At this social club-style studio, you can learn to ballroom dance, cha cha, salsa, waltz, and more. If you’ve never danced before, the introductory package is best so you can decide if you like it, as well as if you’d prefer group lessons or private one-on-one instruction. These lessons are great for learning something new or brushing up on skills. If you and your partner are both beginners, this cool Cleveland dance studio offers a great way to learn something new together.
10 Minutes Away: Explore 155 acres of beauty at Acacia Reservation, a former golf course that’s now a stunning park. 4. Picnic at Squire's Castle
Squire's Castle, 2844 River Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094, USA
Want to feel like royalty? A relaxing session at
in North Chagrin Reservation should do the trick. This romantic destination was one a millionaire’s playground, but today it’s the perfect place to picnic with your beloved. Explore the castle inside and out, then lay a blanket on the grass and dig into a delicious meal. Once you’re energized, you might also want to explore the park a bit further. There’s an old-growth forest on site, and the trails at the park are well-marked and easy to follow.
5 Minutes Away: Continue exploring the Cleveland Metroparks and get competitive at Manakiki Golf Course. Honorable Mentions
Cleveland is a romantic city, through and through! The following places will enhance the romance on your Cleveland date night.
5. Dig into dinner in Little Italy
Little Italy, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Who could forget that spaghetti scene in
Lady & the Tramp? In addition to serving authentic pasta dishes, the restaurants in Cleveland's Little Italy are known for their ambiance. 6. Stroll through the Cleveland Fine Arts Garden
Wade Lagoon, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
The landscape surrounding Wade Lagoon is overflowing with beauty, from its iconic springtime cherry blossoms to the large slathering of artwork surrounding its gorgeous blue pool.
Cleveland Date Ideas for Foodies
Who doesn’t find love in food?! For many, sharing meals is a love language. Enjoy pure indulgence with a trip to these romantic foodie-friendly spots in Cleveland.
7. Dig into a yummy meal at Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar
Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar, 623 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
You won’t believe the atmosphere at
Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar
. This unique eatery in Downtown Cleveland was a bank, once upon a time, and that level of grandeur is now permanently preserved in its design. National City Bank operated here from 1921 to 2008, and Jazz Age splendor is still dripping from every element of the building. Acoustic panels help the open space feel intimate, and unique elements like vault doors and high ceilings keep the space interesting. Of course, the menu still manages to take center stage despite so much splendor. This is a great place to grab a steak, as its name suggests, but everything down to the apps and sides is sure to delight your taste buds.
5 Minutes Away: Watch the sun set over Lake Erie at the stunning urban Voinovich Bicentennial Park. 8. Take your taste buds on an international journey at Paris Room
Paris Room, 7 N Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, USA
Turn up the romance at
Paris Room Bistro
, a local eatery that will take your taste buds on an international adventure. This intimate eatery is hidden near a local waterfall that you can walk right up to, so it goes without saying that the surrounding town is full of charm. The restaurant itself is too, with intimate stone walls and dim, warm lighting setting the scene for each meal. Locally sourced ingredients bring each international dish to life, and each artfully-arranged plate promises pure indulgence.
10 Minutes Away: Bask in the beauty of nature at Henry Church Rock Picnic Area, then search for the namesake rock near the river. 9. Enjoy dinner with a view on the Nautica Queen
Nautica Queen Cleveland's Dining Cruise Ship, 1153 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
When it comes to romantic experiences, few places can compete with the
Nautica Queen’s dinner cruises
. This Cleveland cruise is iconic in The Land. With all sorts of unique dining excursions, this getaway offers a romantic cruise along the waterways of Forest City… complete with incredible views of the Lake Erie sunset. Sip libations and relax after dinner… you’ll be able to enjoy a few hours on the water. Not sure you’re looking for a dinner cruise? Lunch and brunch cruises are also offered, and each offers a memorable experience for attendees.
10 Minutes Away: Take in views of the Historic Coast Guard Station and search for butterflies at Wendy Park. Honorable Mentions
Food is part of Cleveland’s identity! Keep the fun going by swinging by these other foodie-friendly spots in Forest City.
10. Plan a picnic or charcuterie board at the West Side Market
West Side Market, 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
The West Side Market always makes for an exciting visit. This old-school market in Ohio City has everything you need to plan the perfect picnic... or just pick up a sweet treat to make your next date extra special.
11. Opt for authentic at the local biergarten
Das Schnitzel Haus, 5728 Pearl Rd, Parma, OH 44129, USA
Cleveland has all sorts of authentic eateries, and
Das Schnitzel Haus
is one of the most popular. Here, you can indulge in Cleveland classics like pierogies and kraut with some delicious brews.
Outdoor Date Ideas for Nature Lovers
There’s a reason they call Cleveland Forest City! The nickname is nearly as old as the city itself, but the area continues to be a haven for lovers of the great outdoors.
12. Explore a hidden history in Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River Reservation, Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070, USA
The Cleveland Metroparks have something for everyone! At this spot, we’re going to visit a landmark that appeals to nature lovers, animal lovers, and history buffs. The incredible
preserves the story of one unlikely hero. Smoky was the world’s first therapy dog, but before that, she served in the Air Force. During WWII, her actions saved countless lives. Most famously, she crawled through a culvert pipe to take a communications wire to waiting soldiers. All in all, this little lady participated in aerial missions, survived kamikaze attacks and bug bites, and eventually visited wounded GIs to cheer them up. She passed away in Cleveland at the age of 14 and was buried in an ammo box at this site.
10 Minutes Away: Head up north to the coastline to view the modest but striking Dr. Edward Bishop Lighthouse. 13. Hike to Lookout Ridge Overlook
Lookout Ridge Overlook, Parma, OH 44134, USA
Parma is a suburban city near Cleveland, but you might not expect to find a stunning view of the Cleveland skyline here. Fortunately,
Lookout Ridge in West Creek Reservation
offers this and more. The stunning vantage point is accessible via Lookout Ridge Loop, a 1.5-mile trail lined with wildflowers and greenery. Once you reach the overlook, you’ll find yourself standing more than 1,000 feet above sea level. The trail is a fairly new addition to the Cleveland Metroparks, so your date may have yet to explore this site!
10 Minutes Away: You’ll find Jack Frost Donuts mere minutes away on Pearl Road. Enjoy massive and delectable desserts after your hike! 14. Go kayaking on the Cuyahoga River
Great Lakes Watersports, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Looking for an urban adventure? Look no further than
Great Lakes Watersports!
This cool urban adventure allows you to rent kayaks, powerboats, jet skis, and more. You can launch right in the Flats, but there are opportunities to head out near Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline for added adventure. This awesome Cleveland business offers a unique way to see the city and its skyline.
5 Minutes Away: Check out the brand new Skylight Park in Tower City Center. 15. Go coastal camping at Lake Erie Bluffs
For many Clevelanders, camping is a love language all its own. One of the best places to camp in the area is
Lake Erie Bluffs.
At just half an hour outside of Cleveland, this pretty coastal site offers stunning views and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Near the campsite, you’ll find a 50-foot coastal observation tower that allows you to survey the beautiful landscape of the surrounding park. Plus, the campsites are offered at a budget-friendly rate that allows you to save some money for extra s’more-making materials. What’s more romantic than roasting marshmallows under the stars together?!
15 Minutes Away: Head over to Paine Falls Park to see a gorgeous waterfall that’s nestled right against the road. Honorable Mentions
Northeast Ohio is full of natural beauty. If these spots weren’t enough to keep you busy, rest assured… there’s more to explore!
16. Go on a treetop adventure at the Holden Arboretum
The Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094, USA
In addition to being an outdoor wonderland, the
is also an outdoor art museum. You'll love exploring the treetops, climbing lookout towers, and seeing the latest works of art decorating the landscape.
17. Go with the flow at Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls, Bridle Trail, Walton Hills, OH 44146, USA
Bridal Veil Falls is one of many waterfalls in Bedford, and it's arguably the most beautiful. This scenic spot in Bedford Reservation is a must for any casual outdoor date day!
Date Night Ideas in Cleveland for Couples
Nightlife in Cleveland is always fun! However, there are a few places, in particular, that are perfect for romantic evenings on the town. These date night spots in Cleveland can’t be beat!
18. Sip creative cocktails at Vault
Vault, 2017 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
Located under the iconic Cleveland Trust Rotunda,
is something of a hidden gem. This club was once a bank, and the vault itself is still intact - and it’s chic as can be! You’ll find yourself immersed in lush surroundings with rich colors and patterns. Dig into small plates and sip on unique cocktails as you soak up the lush atmosphere. It was renovated in 2017, so it’s still a fairly new concept to many Clevelanders… and locals in the know are hooked!
5 Minutes Away: For more dazzling nightlife, swing by the world's largest outdoor chandelier in Playhouse Square. 19. Indulge your literary hunger at Bookhouse Brewing
Bookhouse Brewing, 1526 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Now here’s something unique that bookworms, in particular, can appreciate.
is part library, part bar… and it’s just as cool as can be. The shelves are overflowing with incredible literature, and the "give a book, take a book" policy ensures there’s always something new for you to read. Their beers are literary-themed (as they should be) and ever-rotating, so there’s something to discover at the beginning of each new visit (or chapter, if you will).
5 Minutes Away: Wanna go bar hopping? Hansa Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, and Market Garden Brewery are all just up the street. 20. Enjoy a classic movie date at the Cinematheque
For fans of unique films,
can’t be beat. This repertory movie theater opened in 1986 and continues to show indie films, foreign films, and classic movies in a comfortable space. This is one of the few places in Cleveland where you can take a date to enjoy an old-school 35mm film projection! Plus, it has exclusive showings that typically can’t be found anywhere else in the region. This is truly a unique experience!
5 Minutes Away: Lake View Cemetery is right up the road, and its landscaped grounds are filled to the brim with art. Honorable Mentions
Want to keep the fun going? You and your date can stretch date night a bit later at these additional romantic spots in Cleveland.
21. Indulge in a late lakeside stroll at Lakewood Park
Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA
In addition to being a spectacular spot to watch the sunset, Lakewood Park is also a treat after night falls. It's open until 11 p.m., and the well-lit Lakefront Promenade hike is magical under the stars.
22. Watch the sunset and stargaze at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
CVNP is Ohio's only national park, and it is also open late. In fact, many of its parks and picnic areas are open 24 hours a day. Some spots are perfect for stargazing, which is particularly rewarding during annual events like the Perseid meteor shower.
Best Date Spots in Cleveland for Sports Fans
Clevelanders are ride or die, both when it comes to sports
and when it comes to romance. But why not combine the two? You’ll love combining sports and romance at these cool Cleveland sites. 23. Enjoy a private tour of Progressive Field
Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
If you think a
tour of Progressive Field
is out of your reach, think again! Tickets to tour Progressive Field are surprisingly affordable. These tours are perfect for groups, families, or, you guessed it, romantic dates. If you’re a fan of Cleveland sports, this unique behind-the-scenes experience belongs on your local bucket list.
5 Minutes Away: Wind around the corner to take in the magnificence of Cleveland’s Old Arcade. 24. Gather a group for the Lake Erie Monsters game
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
Ever thought about
taking a group
to the next Monsters game? Book a fan experience, plan a party, or plan a premium group experience. When you’re splitting the cost with your sports-loving couple friends, it becomes surprisingly affordable… and some, like the Super Suite Package for birthday parties, are made extra special with a nachos bar, cupcakes, and a puck for each attendee. Show them you care by planning a group get-together (or quadruple date, or whatever you decide) that they’ll never forget.
5 Minutes Away: If you’re hungry after the game, Rascal House is right around the corner for late-night wings, pizza, and more. Honorable Mention
Are you yourself something of an athlete? There are plenty of places in Greater Cleveland where you and your honey can unleash your inner child and play!
25. Unleash your inner athlete at Play: CLE
Play: CLE, 38525 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011, USA
is a super cool 25,000-square-foot adventure park... it's the largest of its kind in the entire region and, yes, it's adult-friendly. Take on the obstacle course, then cool down with a cold beer!
Romantic Things to Do in Cleveland in the Daytime
A good daytime date can’t be beat. These kinds of dates can often be stretched out later into the evening if you’re having fun… and the opportunities to find romance in Cleveland are almost endless.
26. Catch a show at Severance Hall
Severance, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Few places in Cleveland are as romantic as
! Its construction began in 1929, and it preserves the elegance of the Jazz Age in every element of the structure. The biggest funder of the building’s construction was John Long Severance, who incorporated nods to his devotion to his wife into the building’s construction. They had no children, so the building was planned as a monument to her to secure a lasting legacy in history. Her favorite flower, the lotus, is hidden in designs throughout the building. Impress your date by sharing this historic love story, then fall in love with the beauteous sounds of the orchestral performance.
15 Minutes Away: Grab after-show drinks at the Taco Bell Cantina. 27. Check out the local art scene at SPACES
SPACES, 2900 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
An art viewing is always romantic. However, if you’re looking to take the stuffiness out of an art-viewing date,
is perfect for you. This groundbreaking art gallery allows artists to be as weird and wonderful as their creativity will let them be. Timely and relevant exhibits will make you think, and pop-up events and performances provide entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else in Cleveland.
5 Minutes Away: Head over to Forest City Shuffleboard Arena and Bar for more local fun. 28. Climb a mountain together
Chapin Forest Reservation, 9938 Chillicothe Rd. (Rt, 306, Kirtland, OH 44094, USA
Yes, there’s a mountain in Cleveland.
is pretty petite, and you might not even notice it if you’re not looking for it. However, it rises 1,163 feet above sea level and overlooks Cleveland from 18 miles away. Most of the mountain is covered in Chapin Forest Reservation, which provides pathways to head up to its peak. Once there, enjoy panoramic views of the landscape, and admire Cleveland’s skyline from afar.
5 Minutes Away: Check out a surprising local history at the Kirtland Temple. Honorable Mentions
The romance in Cleveland doesn’t end there! You can also stop and smell the roses in the following places.
29. Explore the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Cleveland Cultural Gardens, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens span Rockefeller Park, and they're stunning. Each features beautiful landscaping alongside stunning stonework and statues.
30. Kiss atop the Ferris Wheel at Cedar Point
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA
Okay, so Sandusky is a bit of a hike from Cleveland... but what's more romantic than a kiss atop the Ferris wheel?!
There’s so much to love about Cleveland, and these romantic local spots definitely foster love. Have you enjoyed a date at any of these spots? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!
Looking for even more date ideas in Cleveland? Check out our Best things to do in Cleveland series for more local attractions you’ll love.
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