Feb 13, 2024 - Things to Do

Valentine's Day guide: Romantic things to do in Cleveland

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Cleveland is many things — the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, a sports town and a craft beer haven — but the city doesn't get enough credit for being very romantic.

Why it matters: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and there are plenty of things for couples to do in and around Northeast Ohio.

How to celebrate: We've created a day of romance that will take you from breakfast to bedtime in Cleveland.

8am: Stroll hand in hand through the bustling West Side Market, with its historic décor rivaling public markets in larger cities like Boston and San Francisco.

9am: If you're still hungry, head to Le Petit Triangle Café, Ohio City's quaint French restaurant whose name and savory crêpes scream romance.

10:30am: Time to head to University Circle and its collection of museums and art galleries.

1pm: Grab a late lunch in the trendy suburb of Lakewood.

3pm: A five-minute drive from Pier W is Lakewood Park with its Solstice Steps, one of the most breathtaking spots along the shoreline.

4pm: Next, go to the Gordon Square Arts District for quirky fun at Superelectric Pinball, which offers a variety of craft beers and pinball machines.

5:30pm: Take in the skyline as you head back downtown for a romantic dinner.

7:30pm: You're just a 12-minute walk (or five-minute drive) from Playhouse Square.

11pm: If you're looking for a nightcap, try Coda, the intimate music club beneath Dante Next Door in Tremont.

The bottom line: There's so much to choose from.

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