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Best Places to Propose in Northeast Ohio

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Check out some of the most romantic spots around Northeast Ohio to pop the question.

Under the Chandelier

Cleveland Chandelier | Genevieve Nisly Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Genevieve Nisly Photography

The Playhouse Square Chandelier is one of the most unique parts of Cleveland. It’s the world’s largest outdoor chandelier. Cleveland’s theater district is actually the largest performing arts district after New York City. Make an entire day out of it by getting drinks and dinner, then catching a play. Your partner will think it’s just a lovely date night until you pop the question and your lives change forever!

Botanical Gardens

Spring is finally upon us! There are local botanical gardens and greenhouses all over Northeast Ohio. Take a moment to smell the flowers – literally! – before proposing. Not only will you enjoy taking a stroll through beautiful and exotic flowers and plants, but they’ll be a beautiful backdrop as you present a ring! Then, you can buy a plant to honor the occasion or buy a bouquet of your favorite flowers from the visit for your anniversary each year.

Terminal Tower Observation Deck

Terminal Tower Cleveland | Genevieve Nisly Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Genevieve Nisly Photography

If you’ve never been to the Terminal Tower Observation Deck, this is a must! You may feel like a tourist, but in the best way. You’ll never get to see Cleveland like this in any other way. It offers incredible views of the skyline and Lake Erie and is a beautiful spot to propose. Just be sure to buy a ticket in advance! They’re only $5, but because the deck is only open on the weekends, ticket sales are entirely online and sell out quickly.

At your Alum

College Kids Kissing | LMAC Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
LMAC Photography

If you and your partner met at college, why not go back to the beginning? Take a walk around campus and reminisce about memories you shared, then catch lunch or dinner at your favorite local hotspot. Whether you went to Kent, Akron, Youngstown, CSU, or another nearby college, there are stunning vistas and buildings on each campus that would be romantic place to propose.

McKinley National Monument

While these steps are in Canton, not Philadelphia, you’ll feel like Rocky after running up them! After an adrenaline rush like that, you’ll feel confident enough to pop the question. The monument itself is beautiful, but when you’re standing at the top looking down, you’ll have a beautiful view of the hill, pond, and trees. Then you can visit the museum and library to learn more about President McKinley and stop by Canton’s Art District for unique shops and restaurants.

Squire’s Castle

Couple Kissing in front of Castle | LMAC Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
LMAC Photography

Did you know there are actually several castles around Northeast Ohio? Most brides hope to feel like a princess on their wedding day, but they can feel like a princess during the proposal, too! Visit Squire’s castle in Willoughby Hills, Glamorgan Castle in Alliance, Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, or Stan Hywet in Akron. Not only are they beautiful to behold and propose in front of, but most have artifacts inside to view, too.

Mill’s Creek Park

Mill’s Creek Park, located in Youngstown, is one of the first parks in Ohio! Walking around, you’ll see covered bridges, beautiful gardens, and the Lanterman’s Mill. You can camp, hike, bike, or go boating, play golf or tennis, or have a romantic picnic to divert suspicion. Then visit the Lanterman’s Mill to see a working mill and browse the gift shop to find the perfect gift to mark this occasion.

Your Home

Proposal | Dani White Photography | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Dani White Photography

Not really one to seek out attention? A public proposal may not be right for you or your partner! This is a big moment, so it’s important to be comfortable and confident. Proposing at home is special and intimate, and allows you to react without having to hold back. You can prepare a home-cooked meal, watch a movie, enjoy a quiet night in, or invite over your closest family and friends!


There are, of course, many other spots around Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown to propose. Choose your favorite restaurant, the place you met, or a new hotspot you’ve been dying to try, and consider hiring a professional photographer to capture the moment. Trust us, when you pop the question and they see that gorgeous engagement ring, everything around you will disappear anyway.

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