Cincinnati is a vibrant city with amazing history and plenty to do. So what are the best date ideas Cincinnati has to offer? Here are 12 of our top choices, ranging from dinner trains and chili cook-offs to pottery and baseball adventures!
When you imagine your future with your special someone, how do you see it looking? If your answer is vibrant, fun, and full of beauty — we have the perfect date idea for you! This colorful Victorian home in Clifton is a beautiful place to spend time with your SO and manifest your future dreams. Hang out by the fire pit, play some outdoor games, make dinner, and enjoy each other’s company in a home that speaks to all your future goals.
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2. Travel back in time with the Cincinnati Dinner Train
Think dinner dates are lame? Think again! One of our top date ideas is the Cincinnati Dinner Train! You and your date will be transported back to 1949 in a vintage dining car with a fabulous four-course meal. Extra points if you and your date dress in the 1940s or 1950s attire for the occasion!
3. Sample some Cincinnati caviar
Breakfast in bed anyone? Goetta is a mix of ground meat and steel-cut oats and is known as Cincinnati’s caviar! It’s a great breakfast option if you’d like to start your date ideas in Cincinnati off with a local favorite. You could make your own or for the sake of ease, you can order from Glier’s Goetta and learn more about the Cincinnati staple on their website!
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4. Visit the world’s only ventriloquism museum
Looking for the most unique dates ideas Cincinnati has to offer? The world’s only ventriloquism museum in Greater Cincinnati is a great choice! The Vent Haven Museum is home to more than 900 figures and they even have a convention every year with nightly ventriloquism shows!
5. Take a cooking class at Jungle Jim’s
If you’ve never visited Jungle Jim’s international market, your first date trip should solely revolve around exploring this massive “grocery store.” However, if you’re well acquainted with Jungle Jim’s — there are more date ideas Cincinnati’s famous grocer has to offer! For example, how about taking their award-winning cooking classes with your special someone? It’s a super fun and hands-on date idea that’s sure to please!
For a super cute and creative date idea in Cincinnati, consider renting this Peerspace to record your own podcast! Ask each other questions about your future, favorite dates you’ve had so far, and best moments in the relationship. Not only will you both come up with great future date ideas in Cincinnati to enjoy together but you’ll also have an awesome memento to listen back to and treasure for years to come.
7. Embrace baseball history at a Cincinnati Reds game
The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team and the first major league team to use an airplane to travel to a match. Who knows — maybe you’ll be a part of another historic first when you attend a game with your special someone!
Did you know Cincinnati is home to the largest abandoned subway system in the U.S.? While the project was scrapped in the early 1900s, the project’s remanence still remains! For one of the more eerie date ideas Cincinnati has to offer, head down to Central Parkway. You’ll see the tunnel entrance right across the street!
9. Get a tour of a world-renowned pottery company
The first female-owned and operated large pottery manufacturer is from right here in Cincinnati! Rockwood Pottery is home to one-of-a-kind designs and expert craftswomen and craftsmen! They offer tours almost every Saturday of the year as well as other special events. You can also buy a few beautiful pieces as a memento of your awesome date while you’re there too!
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Did you know there are well over 100 chili restaurants in Cincinnati and locals eat more than 2 million pounds of chili a year? That makes a chili cook-off a perfect date idea in Cincinnati! It’s also a super easy date idea, especially if you rent a gorgeous Peerspace like this luxury suite in OTR to host your cook-off. You don’t even have to clean up the house before inviting your date over!
11. Sample some of America’s best ice cream
Food Network says Graeter’s Ice Cream, born in Cincinnati, is one of the “Top Five Ice Creams in America.” However, which of the many flavors is best? It’s time for you and your date to find out! Sample every flavor and discuss which one you would vote as the very best!
12. Serenade your sweetie — Cincinnati style!
Cincinnati is home to the largest outdoor chime foot piano in the world. Don’t know how to play a chime foot piano? Sounds like you have some practicing to do before inviting your date to be serenaded in Smale Park!