5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Cincinnati

Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Cincinnati Dinner Train

There is nothing like taking a trip back in time to shake up date night. Aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train, you can travel back to the 1940s and enjoy all the nostalgic luxury that comes with it. The cars of the train are vintage and will make any train enthusiast excited. The tour itself, traveling through the city and down to the riverfront, lasts 3 hours and includes several delicious courses for dinner. 

Trammel Fossil Park

Many young kids dream of becoming an archeologist (likely Indiana Jones), of digging through the dirt for undiscovered treasures. At Trammel Fossil Park that dream can come true. Head to the park with your date and a shovel to enjoy some childlike adventure. There’s an abundance of fossils to be discovered because the plot at the park has remained undisturbed. Take a night out to find some treasure in the backyard of Cincinnati.

Queen City Underground Tour

If you and your date enjoy history but are looking for a guided tour outside the norm, then Queen City Underground Tour (ranked one of the Top 5 Underground Tours in the U.S.) is a must-do. Climb down to a hidden world that includes the crypts of Cincinnati’s first residents (maybe a ghost or two) and newly discovered tunnels connected to the brewery history of the city.

Cincinnati Chili Trail

Hungry, but looking for something more than the typical dinner date? Then try the Cincinnati Chili Trail. You can eat your way through the city trying to answer the highly-debated question of which local haunt makes the best chili in Cincinnati. If you follow the trail laid out by CityBeat you’ll also get a tour of Cincinnati from Northside to Newport. Two extremely popular, established places along the trail are Skyline (est. 1949) and Gold Star (est. 1965). You both will end the night stuffed with delicious food and can argue about which chili ranked number one.

American Sign Museum

This is not your typical museum. Walking inside can feel like stepping into a neon world of American history or like a trip to the famed lights of Times Square in New York City. The signs in the museum actually cover more than 100 years of American history, making it a festive, electric walk into the past.

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