Toledo may not stand out as a romantic destination, but there are plenty of memorable ways for couples to spend time intimate together in northwest Ohio. Toledo is large enough to have significant cultural offerings such as the symphony, jazz events, and art museums. Pair that with an evening of fine dining and watching the sunset on Lake Erie. Whether you and your love are into simple pleasures like a ball game and a hot dog or prefer a show and an elegant dinner, Toledo has numerous options.
Take in a performance at the Valentine Theater, located in downtown Toledo. The Toledo Cultural Arts Center hosts a number of shows throughout the year, including performances by the Toledo Ballet; concerts by the Toledo Symphony; Broadway-style musicals/plays; and events featuring comedians, musicians, and entertainers. With only 901 seats, there isn’t a bad view in the house.
For more than 50 years, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra has been bringing a sense of class and sophistication to Northwest Ohio through live concerts performed at many venues around the city. If you are looking for an intimate evening with a loved one, consider an elegant concert with a first-class orchestra. The box office is located downtown, but the Toledo Symphony performs regularly at various venues around the city, such as The Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, The Valentine Theatre, The Toledo Zoo, The Stranahan Theater, and The Franciscan Center at Lourdes College.
The Belamere Suites Hotel in Perrysburg, Ohio, is nothing like a standard hotel. The Belamere Hotel is designed with romance in mind. Each room at the Belamere provides a king-sized bed, fireplace, a Jacuzzi for two or a private heated indoor pool, fluffy robes, a private entrance, and a catered breakfast. If you are looking for intimate accommodations to share with your partner, then look no further. Belamere Suites Hotel was selected as the number one hotel for romance in the entire country for 2019, and number six in the world.
One of the top art museums in the country, The Toledo Museum of Art regularly hosts world-class exhibits along with a tremendous permanent collection. Set among the historic homes in Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood, the outside of the museum and adjoining glass pavilion are impressive.
Take a romantic stroll through the museum’s collection of modern, contemporary, ancient, European, African, Asian, and glass art. The museum's permanent collection is always free to visitors, though some of the special exhibitions cost a fee. For a special treat, visit the museum on Friday nights and grab a bite to eat at the Museum Café. Note that the museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.
For the best concerts, musicals, plays, ballets, and orchestra performances in town, head to the Stranahan Theater, located on Heatherdowns Boulevard in Toledo. If you are looking for a grand way to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion, the Stranahan seats nearly 2,500 guests for an unforgettable experience.
Toledo has so many first-choice restaurants, it would be hard to choose just one to share a romantic dinner out with your partner. Some of the best include Mancy’s Italian, Poco Piatti, Ciao! and Real Seafood. For an extra special evening, visit the restaurants in International Park which line the river in downtown Toledo.
Mancy's Steak House is one of the top restaurants in Toledo, with a mouthwatering menu including high-grade, aged steaks that pair with their famous one-pound baked potatoes, French onion soup, chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, or one of the 300 bottles on their wine menu. If the menu isn't enticing enough, the dark-paneled walls and cozy booths make for an intimate night out with your loved one.
The Toledo Mud Hens, an AAA Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, play at Fifth Third Field downtown. The field offers a diverse array of concessions as well as a shallow horseshoe of seats so that you're never far away from the action.
The Club seats here are ideal for a romantic outing. They offer a private entrance, access to the Birdcage restaurant, and the best views of the park. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a constantly changing menu of Spanish, Greek, Italian, Asian, and All-American cuisines.
Whether you enjoy the view from Cleveland's Edgewater State Park, on the city's near west side, or Mentor Headlands Beach on the far east side, the sunset over Lake Erie and the Maumee River is one of the loveliest views in town. In the warmer months, bring a picnic dinner and dine as you watch the sun sink unobstructed into the horizon. Or, stroll hand-in-hand along the beach and just enjoy the view and the company.
Hollywood Casino Toledo features 125,000 square feet of gaming space, including 2,000 slots, 60 gaming tables, and a poker room. In addition, it has a sports bar, three restaurants, and a cocktail lounge with daily drink specials. If you need a break from the slot machines, live bands perform on Friday and Saturday nights, perfect to add a romantic ambiance to your night out.
The casino is located on Miami Street, just off of I-75 near the Maumee River.
Located just across the river from the casino, the Toledo Zoo hosts a full summer schedule of outdoor concerts in their grand amphitheater. The schedule ranges from jazz and Broadway tunes to big band and classical music, often highlighting local bands from the northern Ohio area. Head to the zoo during the day for an afternoon of visiting the animals, and then stay into the evening for a night of music under the stars.
The summer concert series is free to attend, but admission is required if you want to visit the zoo beforehand.
A Toledo institution, this Hungarian restaurant located just across the Maumee River from downtown, is known for its spicy pickles and peppers and its Hungarian hot dogs topped with chili. Opened in 1932, Tony Packo's was brought to the country's attention when MASH's Corporal Klinger, a Toledo native, mentioned it repeatedly on the TV series. It's a unique, kitschy, and affordable place to eat after a day of sightseeing, and a fun place whether you're on your first date or celebrating your 50th anniversary.
The Toledo Botanical Garden is a huge botanical garden with more than 60 acres of fragrant meadows and wildflower, rose, and herb gardens to stroll through. There are few places in Toledo as tranquil as these gardens to take a romantic stroll.
Marvel not just at the greenery and flowers, but also the original sculptures that are peppered throughout the gardens. If you happen to be visiting at the end of June, the annual Crosby Festival of the Arts is a high-quality outdoor art show in the Botanical Garden. Music lovers can attend evening jazz performances during the summer concert series.