Guide to the Most Romantic and Fun Winter Date in Central OH

City Guide, Eat & Drink, Food & Drink Guides, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on January 31, 2024
Photo courtesy of Hieu Ly on Facebook

Looking to wow your significant other, but the dreary and cold winter weather is stifling your creativity in the date ideas department? While it may not say so on my resumé, I am quite the dating expert and know a thing or two about cool and unique dates tailored specifically to Columbus and the surrounding areas.

Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just because, this date is perfect for showing your significant other how much you care.

So sit back, grab a pen and paper (or just bookmark this blog post), and get ready to blow your partner’s mind with the perfect winter date!

First stop: A Beautifully Romantic Walk and Photoshoot through Walnut Woods Metro Park

6833 Richardson Road, Groveport, OH

You know what they say: nature is nature’s aphrodisiac! Let your love blossom at one of Central Ohio’s most beautiful spots in nature, Walnut Woods Metro Park. Walking hand-in-hand among the towering pines and sweetgum trees is a romantic and fun way to start off your date, while burning some excess calories before dinner rolls around. Pro tip: Grab some flowers beforehand and give them to your partner on your walk for extra beauty and some extremely instagrammable photo ops! Extra points if there is a dusting of snow on the trees.

(Alt: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens if you don’t want to venture out into the cold)

Photo courtesy of Erin Flannery via Walnut Woods Metro Park’s Facebook page

Second stop: Dinner at RH Rooftop

4120 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

Continuing along with the nature vibes and instagrammable spots, RH Rooftop is sure to wow your partner. The scenery and food are both extraordinary and will make your significant other feel oh so special. Wherever you sit, you’ll be entranced by the sheer beauty of everything around you (especially your date).

Photo courtesy of RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus

Third Stop: Afters at Star Lanes Polaris

8655 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH 43240

The party doesn’t have to stop after dinner! Star Lanes Polaris offers over a dozen LED-lit bowling alleys, a full arcade, VR experiences, and a full-service bar so both you and your date can let loose and have some fun to end the night. While my Wii Bowling high score is 300, my real-life bowling high score is only 138 so please don’t show me up if we are in adjacent lanes.

Photo courtesy of Star Lanes Polaris’ Facebook page

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