For some, the way to a person's heart is through their stomach; for others, it's making memories together and sharing special moments. From concerts and quiet dinners for two to museum tours and ice skating, Cleveland and northeast Ohio offer all types of romantic activities for Valentine's Day lovebirds. Cleveland neighborhoods like the Waterloo Arts District and University Circle offer fun things to do, and those who enjoy a road trip will discover lovely getaways such as a winery in Madison and a romantic inn found in Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Ice Skate at University Circle
If you're looking for a fun way to soak up the winter scenery of Cleveland this Valentine's Day while bonding with your loved one, you can head to the Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle. This annual ice rink is open for the entire winter and typically closes out the season on Valentine's Day weekend. And at just $5 for admission and skate rentals, it's also one of the least expensive date ideas.
The season wraps up on February 15, 2021, and advance tickets with a reserved time slot are required for skating in 2021.
If you want to take your sweetheart out to dinner on Valentine's Day, you'll need to make a reservation at one of Cleveland's special occasion restaurants well in advance, as this holiday is one of the busiest for the city's many fine dining establishments.
Eateries such as Mallorca, a Spanish restaurant in the Warehouse District, offer excellent cuisine in a quiet, romantic setting. The Flying Fig, one of the first restaurants in the area to feature locally-grown and organic produce, is a great destination in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood for an intimate dinner featuring healthy, tasty food. Also, for a fantastic view of the Cuyahoga River and elegantly-plated Italian dishes, consider heading out to Lockkeeper's Restaurant in Valley View, about 20 minutes from Cleveland by car.
Admire the Cleveland Museum of Art
Add some culture to your Valentine's Day with a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, where you may find inspiration perusing the fine works in the galleries. Exhibits at this free museum include everything from Swedish modern design to stained glass lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Typically, there are events with a romantic twist scheduled for February 14, but all special programming is on hold in 2021 until further notice. Furthermore, the Provenance Cafe at the museum—which typically offers creative meals that correspond to the current exhibits—is only serving pre-packaged items until the museum resumes normal operations.
Get Practically Naked for Charity
One way to show your love for humanity is to run a one-mile course in your underwear (or long-johns) in the Cupid Undie Run. This annual event, which is held in cities across the country throughout the month, benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation, which helps provide support for research into the cure for neurofibromatosis.
The run is moving to a virtual format on February 13, 2021, and runners can get creative in how they want to participate. Whether you want to run for one mile, bike for one mile, or eat a mile-long sandwich, your options are limitless. However you take part, you can feel good that you're spending your holiday supporting a good cause.
Chocolates have become almost synonymous with Valentine's Day, and you can get up close and personal with the treat-making process at the Harry London Chocolate Factory in North Canton. Stop by the front shop to buy your true love some tasty chocolates and then go on a tour of the factory and sample the sweets together afterward. Tours are available by reservation only in 2021, so be sure to call ahead to book for a popular time like Valentine's Day.
Although Canton is about a one-hour drive south of Cleveland, there are also plenty of other chocolate shops right in the city if you can't make the trip.
Enjoy a Romantic Weekend Getaway
If you're looking to make your Valentine's Day celebration extra special this year, you might consider booking a room at a romantic getaway destination near Cleveland.
The quaint Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake, located one hour outside of Cleveland, offers a number of couples' packages and specials which include things like spa services, chocolates, flowers, restaurant vouchers, and wine tastings. You and your loved one can enjoy intimate meals and all the peace of getting away from the city for a weekend of being pampered.
Nothing says a romantic dinner like candlelight service and a nice, fresh wine pairing from a local vineyard. Northeast Ohio is home to many wineries, many of which offer Valentine's Day services for two at their on-site restaurants.
Located about 45 minutes east of Cleveland in Madison, Ohio, Debonne Vineyards has over 175 acres, making it one of the largest estate wineries in the state. While there, you can also enjoy food, which includes a variety of specialty sandwiches, fresh appetizers, and wood-fired pizzas.
As of November 16, 2020, marriage licenses will not be granted in-person in Cuyahoga County until further notice.
Perhaps one of the most romantic things to do is getting married on Valentine's Day, and Cuyahoga County municipal judges have been presiding over the marriage ceremonies on the steps of Tower City in Cleveland on the holiday for years.
During the ceremonies, the Tower City concourse, including its grand staircase, marble floors and pillars, gurgling fountains, and soaring arched glass ceiling, is transformed into a romantic place where couples exchange wedding vows.
If you want to tie the knot on Valentine's Day, you must have your marriage license beforehand and will have to pay a fee for the services and register in advance.
Go to a Show at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
As of February 2021, all shows at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern are on hold until further notice.
The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, a music venue in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts district, is a great spot to catch a concert and grab a few cocktails. If you and your Valentine are music lovers with a fondness for intimate venues, then the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern is your spot. During all concerts, visitors can choose from a full menu for dinner, which includes vegetarian and vegan choices.