Ultimate Guide for Unique and Fun Date Ideas in Cincinnati

Want to mix things up your next date night or day date?

I’m sharing unique, fun and romantic things to do to add to your list for date ideas in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

These date ideas will help you have a great time whether it’s your first date or if you’ve been together for years.

Reasons to Try the Self-Guided Food Tour at Findlay Market

Take a Self-guided Tasting Food Tour of Findlay Market

1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 

This is a great adventure for spontaneous foodies at Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. The market is located in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood that has incredible architecture.

You can take this tour at your own pace during regular market hours vs. a guided food tour that needs to be booked in advance.

Eat. Walk. Repeat. tour is a self-guided tour that allows people to explore Findlay Market via an audio podcast presented by Cincinnati Food Tour founder, Barb Cooper.

During the self-guided tour you’ll about the history of the area, vendors and use tokens for samples from your vendors of choice.

Jungle Jim's International Market

Explore Jungle Jim’s International Market 

Two locations –

  • Jungle Jim’s International Market Fairfield – 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH (Original Location)
  • Jungle Jim’s International Market Eastgate – 4450 Eastgate S Dr, Cincinnati, OH

Jungle Jim’s is no ordinary grocery store. You’ll find international foods from around the world in an over the top quirky environment that’s over 200,000 square feet!

For example, the hot sauce area has a real fire truck on display and the seafood area has real boats.

Their bathrooms are also award winning and one of a kind.

You can take a guided tour of the market, sign up for a class or tasting or check out a special event.

If you’re extra adventurous and like to cook you could pick a theme to shop for and create a meal after your visit.

A Food Tour in Walnut Hills that You Need to Check Out

Take a Guided Food Tour

One of my favorite things about food tours is that you can sample dishes and discover restaurants you want to return to for a future date night.

Learn more about great restaurants in different parts of Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky on a guided food tour.

Cincinnati Food Tours  

Riverside Food Tours

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Bike and Brew on the Little Miami Scenic Trail

There are 78 miles of paved trails that are perfect for walking or biking.

What’s even better is that there are several restaurants and breweries conveniently located along the network of bike trails.

The best thing about this adventure is that you can burn off your calories before or after you consume them along the bike trail.

outdoor area at Miamiville Trailyard

Here are a few noteworthy stops on or near the bike trail:

Picnic in the Park Cincinnati Art Museum

“Picnic in the Park” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH

Enjoy exploring the Cincinnati Art Museum followed by a Picnic in the Park.

Picnic in the Park packages must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance of your visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum from the Terrace Cafe.

All picnic packages come in a reusable tote bag featuring the artwork In the Park by Frank Harmon Myers and a custom CAM reusable picnic blanket.

You can order a picnic to be eaten at designated spaces inside the museum at their Great Hall, Schmidlapp Gallery and Front lobby or outside on the grounds.

There are plenty of beautiful spots in Eden Park for picnic nearby too.

*If you purchase alcohol for your picnic package it must be consumed onsite at The Cincinnati Art Museum.

Visit the museum in a new way by creating a free personalized Art Hunt using myCAM to use to find pieces throughout the museum.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Ohio

Rent an “Art Cart” at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH

Explore the incredible outdoor sculptures throughout Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park on a golf cart aka “art cart.”

The scenery throughout Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is beautiful and the sculpture enhance the beauty.

There are plenty of areas that are perfect for a picnic or you can explore more of the park on one of the hiking trails.

Street Art in Cincinnati Ohio

Take a ArtWorks Mural Tour

Did you know that Cincinnati has over 230 public murals throughout the city?

You can learn more about the incredible murals in Cincinnati neighborhoods on a self-guided tour or a public guided tour by ArtWorks.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance of many of the murals if you get hungry or thirsty along the way.

Experience Indoor Skydiving at iFLY Cincinnati

Go Indoor Skydiving at iFLY

7689 Warehouse Row, Liberty Township, OH

This is the perfect adventure for thrill seekers…especially if one or both people love adrenaline, want to step outside of their comfort zone or aren’t quite ready to commit to jump out of a plane.

Indoor skydiving allows you to feel the weightlessness of skydiving in a controlled environment under the guidance of an instructor.

Cincinnati Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Book your first iFLY flight here

swings at Smale Park

Enjoy the Views of the Ohio River From Smale Riverfront Park

166 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH

Smale Riverfront Park is a beautiful place to walk or bike along the Ohio Riverfront.

You can also enjoy views from the pedestrian walkways on both sides of the Roebling Bridge that connects Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The park also has two separate sections with swings and fountains that light up at night during the warmer months.

If you want to get a drink or bite to eat there are plenty of options at The Banks within walking distance.

washington park fountains

Take a Stroll Through Washington Park

1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH

Washington Park offers great views of Cincinnati Music Hall. There are special events at the park year round that include live music and food trucks.

During the summer months, the fountains are magical at night and there is a Graeter’s Ice Cream on Vine Street a short walk from the park.

Cincinnati Dinner Train

Take a Scenic Ride on the Cincinnati Dinner Train

Cincinnati Dinner Train  – 2172 E Seymour Ave, Cincinnati, OH

There are only a handful of dinner trains left in the United States and we’re fortunate to have one in Cincinnati.

Reservations are required (Read more about our experience on the Cincinnati Dinner Train)

Additional Scenic Train Rides

There are several themed train rides that are perfect for a date

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad – 16 E South St, Lebanon, OH 45036, US

Fireworks Friday for Cincinnati Reds baseball game

Watch Fireworks Friday at Great American Ball Park

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 

The fireworks take place each Friday night that the Cincinnati Reds have a home baseball.

Check the Fireworks Friday schedule for an upcoming show.

Be prepared that it can be a late night whether you’re watching from inside the stadium.

Riverside Drive in Covington is the perfect place to watch the fireworks if you want to see the full skyline of downtown Cincinnati.

If you love baseball, check out the 1919: the year that changed baseball tour that’s focused on baseball history in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is a great option for Cincinnati Reds baseball super fans.

Cincinnati Ballparks & Breweries Bus Tour is another option where you go to every location where the Reds played during the 19th and 20th century, tracing the connections between local brewing and baseball.

Drive in Movie Theater

Watch a Movie at the Drive In

A drive in movie is a great way to mix up movie night. Use these tips for what to pack for the drive in movie before you go.

Broadway Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts

Watch a Live Performance

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have a lot of great options when it comes to watching a live performance. We’re fortunate to have so much talent in the area in a variety of mediums and venues.

concert in Newport KY

Attend a Live Concert

Check out the upcoming shows and live music coming to the following venues:

Elephant encounter at Cincinnati Zoo

Book a Behind the Scenes Experience at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 

3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH

If you want to get up closer with the animals there are Animal Encounters with the giraffes, penguins, wallabies, elephants, hippos, or Red Panda for an additional fee.

Other romantic dates at the Cincinnati Zoo are the Tunes & Blooms events with gorgeous tulips and live music each Thursday evening in April or the Festival of Lights during the holiday season.

Purchase Discounted Tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo here
Unforgettable Penguin Encounters at Newport Aquarium

Backstage Animal Experience and Penguin Encounters at Newport Aquarium

1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium or book a penguin encounter to see penguins up close.

Purchase Discount Tickets for the Newport Aquarium here
cat at Puurfect Day Cat Cafe in Covington KY

Visit a Cat Cafe

Cuddles with kittens and enjoy drinks from the coffee shop at one of these Greater Cincinnati cat cafes

*Warning you may be tempted to adopt a cat while you’re there.

view from BB Riverboat Newport KY

Sightseeing Date Ideas Around Cincinnati

There are a variety of sightseeing, dinner cruises and themed cruises to choose from. These are a great way to appreciate the city from another vantage point.

BB Riverboats on the Ohio River –

Book one of the following Riverboat cruises below:

Cincinnati Segway Tours (Eden Park Segway Tour and Segway of Cincinnati Riverfront Tour)

The Cincinnati Observatory

Star Gaze at the Cincinnati Observatory

3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Observatory is home to the one of the oldest working telescopes in the world. As “The Birthplace of American Astronomy” it’s also the first public observatory in the western hemisphere.

Their special events after dark book up quickly so make sure that you book a reservation in advance.

brewery tunnels in Cincinnati Ohio American Legacy Underground tour

Take an Underground Tour

Mix things up and explore the history of Cincinnati beneath the surface on an Underground tour by American Legacy Tours or the Brewing Heritage Trail.

Check out the following themed tours

cooking class

Take a Cooking Class

Step outside of your culinary comfort zone and learn a new skill or recipe during a cooking class.

The following local businesses offer cooking classes that would be a great date for foodies:

Girls Night Out at a Local Winery in Cincinnati

Take a Craft Brew, Wine and Spirits Tour

Learn more about the art of craft brewing, distilling, or winemaking during one of these tours around Cincinnati.

Funny Bone Comedy Club

Attend a Comedy Show

If your special date has a good sense of humor a comedy show is a great date idea to break the ice.

Braxton Brewing Co. Rooftop Igloo Bar Near Cincinnati

Book an Igloo

During the cooler months, cozy up together in a private igloo.

American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Explore a Local Museum

Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Fun Date Ideas With a Little Friendly Competition or Team Building

The Escape Game Cincinnati – 700 W Pete Rose Way Lobby B, Suite 360, Cincinnati, OH

Book your Escape Room Adventure here
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