Also known as the Buckeye State, Ohio is a Midwestern state in the eastern part of the region. In addition to the capital city of Columbus, other large cities in Ohio include Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo and Cincinnati. For those seeking a romantic outing, the state offers even the most budget-conscious couples plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves. All rates are as of January, 2014.
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
The Cox Arboretum is a part of the Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio. For couples seeking an expansive and romantic outing, Cox Arboretum boasts a 189-acre facility complete with a wildflower garden, tulips and hyacinths and a butterfly house.
For an absolutely free outing in Ohio, German Village is a romantic destination situated south of downtown Columbus. This historic neighborhood was established in the mid-1800s during the massive German immigration of the time. The entire area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Third Street is the central location of German Village and includes unique businesses such as the 32-room Book Loft bookstore, which is romantic by virtue of its individualized spaces. There are two distinct locations for strolls in garden spaces that include the Grace Highfield Memorial Garden and the Huntington Gardens.
Lolly the Trolley
For visitors to the Cleveland area, Lolly the Trolley offers two-hour tours of various areas of the city for just $13 to $20 per adult. Romantic evening tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays. Though there are several specialty tours available, the City Sightseeing Tours cover over 20 miles of Cleveland, including areas such as The Flats, Ohio City and downtown. Local attractions such as the West Side Market, Playhouse Square and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are also visited during these narrated tours.
For couples who enjoy the more rustic side of life, Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio, has hayrides and tours of the corn maze from September through November. For couples who want to visit the farms for a home-cooked meal, dinner entrees include pot roast and apple-butter barbecue ribs. Most of the dinners are under $20.
Valley Gem Sternwheeler
The Valley Gem Sternwheeler is a riverboat docked in Marietta, along the Ohio/West Virginia border. This watercraft hosts romantic dinner cruises along the Ohio River. Prices range from $9 to $68 per person based on the type of cruise and the time of year. This casual outing is set in the lower deck of the riverboat and all seats are within a few feet of a window. The lower deck seats up to 98 guests and the dinner served during the cruise is buffet-style. Reservations are required and some sort of light covering such as a sweater is suggested for patrons deciding to peruse the outer deck areas.