Romantic Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio

Stop by the West Side Market and have a picnic at the Lake Front State Park.Stop by the West Side Market and have a picnic at the Lake Front State Park.

At first, Cleveland may not evoke romantic notions, but this city on the shores of Lake Erie offers many parks, gardens, cultural institutions, restaurants, community events and natural wonders. The ideal time to visit is late spring to early autumn when the average temperature is between 65 and 70 degrees.

West Side Market

The architecture of the West Side Market has been designated a National Historic Landmark since 1973. More than 50 vibrant vendors sell fresh goods from pastries to meats under the spacious venue with arched ceilings and tiled walls. Spend an afternoon wandering the neat aisles while taste testing a wide variety of seasonal fruits, sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee and stocking up on locally produced foods for a picnic or romantic meal.

1729 West 25th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 216-664-3386

Lakefront State Park

In the heart of the city is Lakefront State Park, which borders Lake Eerie. Various parks, including Edgewater Park, make up the state park, which offers picnic areas, scenic boardwalks, beaches and a 9-mile bike trail along the lake. Couples may also want to take a sunset dinner cruise around the lake offered by numerous vendors, such as Nautica Queen. (

8701 Lakeshore Boulevard NE Cleveland, OH 44113 216-881-8141

Cleveland Orchestra

The renowned Cleveland Orchestra performs year-round at the Severance Hall. Music lovers will appreciate the sound quality of the hall and diverse events and concerts led by Music Director Franz Welser-Most. One special event is the Friday@7 Series, an exciting event full of music, food and drink.

Cleveland Orchestra 11001 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106 800-686-1141

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Stroll through one of the 20 gardens, specialty gardens and indoor biomes of exotic plants and flowers at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Mary Ann Sears-Swetland Rose Garden is known for its rich, vibrant colors and fragrances. Visitors can cool off in the shaded Woodland Garden while catching glimpses of butterflies and listening to songbirds. And you can enjoy lunch in front of the 74-foot reflecting pool with water lilies at the Katherine Philipp Geis Terrace.

Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 216-721-1600

Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Sunrise and sunset hot-air balloon rides are offered by Great American Days. The rides take you over more than 32 lakes and streams around Cleveland and offer panoramic views.

Great American Days 65 Roswell Street Suite 300 Alpharetta, GA 30004 866-987-9876

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About the Author

LH Lee spent two years backpacking from 2007 to 2009. Since her return in 2009, she has contributed various travel articles to Off Track Planet and Matador. Lee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in screenwriting from the School of Visual Arts and is a recipient of The Media Workshop from UCLA.

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