Whether you have limited time, need a break from the kids or want to reconnect with your significant other, taking a romantic day trip is a great option for a quick getaway. Explore vibrant cities and charming small towns, admire Ohio‘s beautiful natural landscapes and learn about Ohio’s historical past, while enjoying each other’s company. Keep reading for a few of my favorite romantic day trips in Ohio.
Romantic Day Trips In Ohio
These romantic day trip ideas are perfect for a quick getaway with your sweetheart.
Hocking Hills is one of the best places to go if you are looking to connect with nature! Hikes lead you to beautiful scenic waterfalls, caves, caverns and gorges. Be sure to snap a selfie together in front of the scenic landscapes. Adventurous couples can kayak the Hocking River, horseback ride through Wayne National Forest, take an off-road Segway tour or zipline through the trees. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, visit Hocking Hills Winery for a wine tasting and Brewery 33 for craft beers and live music.
Upper Falls in Hocking Hills
If you are looking for a city that has a lot to do, Cleveland is a great option! Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, watch a play or dance performance at Playhouse Square, catch a Cavaliers basketball game or Cleveland Browns football game and eat your way through West Side Market. Be sure to snap a selfie together in front of the Cleveland script signs.
Cincinnati is an excellent romantic day trip in Ohio if you want to experience a big city for the day! The Queen City is home to many world-class museums such as the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the American Sign Museum. You can catch thrill rides at Kings Island and Coney Island Amusement Park, say hello to Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, admire the numerous art murals throughout town, catch a Reds baseball game or Cincinnati Bengals football game, walk along the Ohio River and explore Smale Riverfront Park and eat your way through Findlay Market.
Ohio’s capital is bustling with activity. Explore historic neighborhoods like German Village and Italian Village, visit the Columbus Museum of Art and Franklin Park Conservatory and shop in local boutiques in the Short North. Stroll hand in hand along Scioto Mile Promenade while taking in the downtown skyline at Bicentennial Park. The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, a play at Ohio Theatre or Palace Theatre, Columbus Clippers baseball game and a Blue Jackets hockey home game are also lots of fun. Sip your way through the Columbus Coffee Trail and sample local flavors at North Market.
Columbus, Ohio Skyline
Ohio has the largest Amish population in the country. A visit to Ohio’s Amish Country makes for a great day trip to learn about Amish heritage, shop for handmade items, dine on delicious homemade foods and take a long scenic drive through the beautiful countryside. To learn more about Amish heritage, visit Millersburg Glass Museum, Ernest Warther Museum and the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. Be sure to sample wines at a local winery, sample cheese at a cheese chalet, watch a live performance at Ohio Star Theater, visit Sugarcreek to see the world’s largest cuckoo clock and Millersburg’s charming downtown.
If you are looking for a fun trip in a small town, Yellow Springs should be first on your list! This town is packed with specialty boutique shops for an afternoon of shopping and is a hub for natural health practitioners. The restaurants are full of delicious healthy, and locally sourced dishes, and you can find weekly farmer’s markets right in town. There are local concerts and live theatre performances regularly and gorgeous scenery can be found at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve or Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.
Located along the banks of Lake Erie, Geneva-on-the-Lake is the perfect day trip for lake lovers. The stunning lakeside town has many great outdoor activities such as relaxing beaches, boating, kayaking, ziplining and hiking. Take a tour of the nearby wineries (after all, the area is known as Ohio Wine Country), ride the historic Erieview Park Ferris Wheel at Old Firehouse Winery, pamper yourself at the Spa at The Lakehouse Inn and take a scenic drive to discover Ashtabula County’s numerous covered bridges.
Ohio Wine Country
This quaint waterfront town is full of history and a great budget-friendly destination. Go for a hike, take a Segway tour, learn about the town’s history as the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, ride the Valley Gem Sternwheeler, tour The Marietta Castle, visit historic Harmar Village, shop in eclectic boutiques and dine in local restaurants (The Busy Bee has great breakfast and eat a Harmar Tavern’s “Sure to be Famous” bologna sandwich).
If you can only take a short trip this Valentine’s Day or anniversary, consider one of these romantic day trips in Ohio! There are so many romantic things to do in each of these spots that you won’t be disappointed no matter where you choose!