Toledo may not stand out as a romantic destination, but there are plenty of memorable ways for couples to spend time 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 stroll and a fine 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 Toledo Symphony performs regularly at 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 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 private heated indoor pool, fluffy robes, a private entrance, attached garage, and a catered breakfast. Have the feeling of getting away without having to go too far from home.
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; 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.
Take in a Performance at the Stranahan Theater
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 La Scola, Mancy’s Italian, Poco Piatti, Ciao! and Real Seafood.
For an extra special evening, visit the restaurants in Industrial Park which line the river in downtown Toledo, or head to Mancy’s original restaurant for an intimate setting with dark wood paneling and plenty of privacy.
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 Bird Cage restaurant, and the best views in all of the park.
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 enjoy the view.
Located just south of downtown Toledo in the suburb of Perrysburg, Fort Meigs is the largest wooden-walled fortification in North America. Built in 1813 to defend the Ohio country against the likely British invasion from Lake Erie, Fort Meigs has been restored to its original condition.
Visitors can tour the seven blockhouses, five cannon batteries, and the visitors' center. The Fort is open from April 1 to October 31. The site hosts frequent re-enactments during the season, including the Independence Day celebration and Ghosts on the Garrison (the last two weeks of October.)
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 lounge. Adjacent to the casino is a five-story parking garage with space for more than 2,500 cars. The casino is located on Miami Street, just off of I-75 near the Maumee River.
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. Admission is free.
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 and affordable place to eat after a day of sightseeing.
Savor a Top-Notch Steak Dinner
Mancy's serves high-grade, aged steaks that pair with their famous one-pound baked potatoes, French onion soup, chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, or fresh asparagus with house-made hollandaise. They have an extensive wine list of 300 wines and carry 20 craft beers.
Rustic Cousino's offers romantic sharable starters such as baked brie topped with candied almonds and served with toast points, sliced apples, and four-berry melba sauce. Jumbo shrimp cocktails are also on their shareable menu. Follow that with one of their aged steaks for a memorable evening.
The Toledo Botanical Garden is a huge botanical garden with acres of fragrant meadows and wildflower, rose, and herb gardens to stroll through. You can see a recreated pioneer garden as well as natural gardens.
Art lovers will enjoy the Artisan Village, original sculptures located throughout the Garden and the annual Crosby Festival of the Arts. If you love music, go to the summer concert series where local jazz musicians perform.