Date Ideas in Cincinnati: A Year’s Worth of Fun Date Ideas in Cincinnati

Living in or near a major city affords many opportunities to have fantastic date nights, and Cincinnati definitely delivers. There are so many fun things for you and your sweetie to do all year round. So, whether you plan a surprise night out or fill up your entire calendar with our suggestions, here are 12 fun date ideas in Cincinnati — from January through December.

January – Cooking Class at The Learning Kitchen

couple cooking

Want to learn how to cook together? Book a class at The Learning Kitchen. They offer educational opportunities all year long so that you can take your pick of the month. However, we think January is perfect as you stay cozy inside and learn to cook something new. Even if you don’t know your way around the kitchen, a cooking class can be one of the most fun date ideas in Cincinnati.

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February – American Sign Museum

Perhaps one of the unique museums in Cincinnati, the American Sign Museum, showcases the 100-year history of American signs. See vintage, neon, quirky, and just plain fun signs. Reminisce over those you recognize and learn about technology and design while roaming 20,000 square feet of signage. 

March – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Sure, movies are fun, but switch things up a bit and see a live show. The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has a spring show each year, so check their site to see what’s coming next. Their next show may make you laugh, cry, or ponder life more deeply. Go out for dinner beforehand, dress up, and make a night of being at the theater.

April – Cincinnati Reds Game

cincinnati reds pitcher at MLB game

As the weather starts to warm, it’s time to venture outside. Purchase tickets to see the Cincinnati Reds play at home. Plan to have dinner at the ballpark, even if it’s just hot dogs and soda. Then, sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and stand up during the 7th inning stretch. Seeing your home team play is one of the most fun date ideas in Cincinnati.

May – Cincinnati Parks

Everything is in bloom in May, which means it’s the ideal time to head to one of the many local Cincinnati Parks. Ride your bikes on a trail, or take a walk hand in hand. Do a mini scavenger hunt to see what you can find within the park. There are so many options, plus the parks offer activities throughout the month. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day relaxing as one of the cheap date ideas in Cincinnati. 

June – Dining Cruise on BB Riverboats

skyview of cincinnait and the ohio river

One of the best ways to experience the city is on the water, and if you can eat and explore at the same time, why not? Board one of BB Riverboats vessels and have a dining cruise date night on the river. Cruises happen all day long — lunch, sunset, and dinner — so pick a day, time, and meal that works best for you and your sweetie for this one of our date ideas in Cincinnati.

July – Green Acres Kayaks Trip

Beat the heat on a slow ride down the river in July. Green Acres Kayaks has thousands of kayaks, so there’s no need to make reservations. Also, choose your length of trip as they have 8-mile, 5-mile, and 3-mile options. Check their site for up-to-date information, and be sure to wear sunscreen for a day on the river. 

August – Cincinnati Fire Museum

Cincinnati Fire Museum

If you’re trying to stay cool, head indoors to the Cincinnati Fire Museum. The claim to fame is that professional firefighting originated in Cincinnati, so head to the museum to find out how this happened. The museum really brings the history of firefighting to life. It may be one of the more unusual date ideas in Cincinnati, but you’ll leave with an appreciation for those who save lives.

September – Apple Picking at A&M Farm Orchard

As the weather starts to get cool and the days grow shorter, fall is on the horizon. Although September still has beautiful, sunny days. So seize the opportunity to go apple picking with your partner at A&M Farm Orchard. Pick fruit fresh off the trees, and make apple pie or apple butter. But, of course, it’s perfectly acceptable just to eat your apples. Apple picking can be one of the cheap date ideas in Cincinnati, depending on how many apples you choose to pick. 

October – Corn Maze at Burwinkel Farms

corn maze

Get lost with your sweetie and steal a kiss in the corn maze at Burwinkel Farms. See how quickly you can find your way through the maze. Other activities, such as a hayride, seeing blooming sunflowers, and getting a pumpkin from the patch, are also happening at the farm in October. So have a day of fun, and go home with a pumpkin to decorate your porch from your date in Cincinnati. 

November – Salsa Class at KamaSalsa

Dance lessons may be one of the most fun date ideas in Cincinnati! Even if you have two left feet, try your hand (or foot?) at salsa dancing. At the very least, you and your significant other can get some exercise and laugh a bit. KamaSalsa offers classes for all levels, and if you’re a bit shy, book private lessons. You’re guaranteed to have a great time! 

December – Lumaze

christmas lights tunnel

Get ready for the holidays with your sweetie! Grab your gift list, and shop the holiday market at Lumaze. Walk through thousands of twinkle lights, and see live entertainment while you are there. Plan a full day to explore all that Lumaze has to offer. No matter how you spend your time there, you and your love will enjoy this one of our date ideas in Cincinnati. Lumaze is the perfect way to get into a festive mood. 

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