It’s that rare occasion, a trifecta of sorts: the babysitter is booked, the evening is reserved and your schedule is cleared for an official date night. It’s on the calendar, and it’s happening. But what is the best way to utilize this precious time away from your kids? Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a little romance, a culinary experience or a money-saving good time, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best spots in Cincy to woo your main squeeze.
Adventurous Dates: An adrenaline rush for two
Kayak the Little Miami River
Couples who paddle together… stay together? At least, they have a lot of fun together! Take a day trip down the Little Miami River on a kayak with Mariemont Livery. Located on Wooster Pike, this company offers kayak rentals and float trips right from their own livery. After a fun day on the water, enjoy a drink at Cincinnati’s local brewery, 50 West.
The Loveland Bike Trail
A ride on the Loveland Bike Trail is a perfect date for couples looking to enjoy the outdoors together. This paved bike path is part of the Little Miami Scenic State Park and connects to Loveland’s historic downtown area. Looking to cool down after a rigorous ride? Make sure to stop at Hawaiian Shaved Ice Trailside, which offers 52 delicious flavors of shaved ice (some natural and even sugar free!)
Romantic Dates: Fueling the passion
The scene at Sotto oozes romance with intimate dining options and tables illuminated by candlelight. With a menu designed for sharing, couples can enjoy treats like goat cheese and hazelnut honey bruschetta, homemade pasta or amazing ricotta-filled doughnuts for dessert. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended for couples looking to indulge in the dreamy experience that is Sotto.
Stroll Krohn Conservatory
Take romance outside and explore Krohn Conservatory. Located in Eden Park, the Krohn Conservatory displays more than 3,500 plant species from around the world and offers special exhibit programs such as their “Butterfly Show.” From the beautiful flowers to the rainforest waterfall, Krohn Conservatory offers a retreat-like date right in Cincinnati’s very own backyard.
Drinks on the rooftop at 21C Museum Hotel
Enjoy creative cocktails and killer views on the Cocktail Terrace at 21 C. Worth a ride to the 11th floor, this rooftop restaurant offers some of the best panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati. After taking in the city’s lights, stay the night in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms displaying the work of contemporary artists.
Foodie Dates: Cincy culinary coolness
Hyde Park Farmers Market
Morning dates can be just as fun as nighttime ones. Stroll the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market, located in Hyde Park Square, and take in some of Cincinnati’s finest local cuisine and produce. From Blue Oven Bakery to La Terza coffee, the Hyde Park Market offers multiple food and dessert options. Grab cakey-waffles topped with fresh strawberries at the Taste of Belgium stand and then pick up a gorgeous wildflower bouquet from Hazelfield Farm. Later, grab a treat to bring home to the kids from Street Pops. The market is open every Sunday from May through October.
Nothing is quite as delicious as slow-smoked pulled pork, paired with cheesy macaroni and jalapeno corn bread. Eli’s BBQ is a foodie’s dream date, and the atmosphere helps create a real southern experience from the outdoor seating area to the “bring your own drink” options. A picnic date at Eli’s, complete with live music on a Saturday, is a great outing for any couple looking for a good time.
Affordable Dates: Fun on a budget
Bibliophile couples can take full advantage of the Mercantile Library, which offers a historic collection of books, workshops and events. Peruse art displays or even download one of their many e-book options and snuggle up for a good date night reading session.
With free admission on Sundays, the Taft Museum of Art makes for a fantastic money-saving date option. Tour the museum’s current exhibition, then stop by the café for a sweet treat. Free on-site parking is also available for all visitors, making this a win for the pocketbooks!
Release endorphins together on a date at a local Cincinnati YMCA facility. Although a monthly membership fee is required to join, the YMCA offers multiple classes and exercise options to keep couples in shape together. Free on-site babysitting is also available, making this the kind of date you can have again and again.
Plan your own date night today! From adventurous encounters to romantic dinners, Cincinnati provides plenty of interesting options for you and your special someone.