The 17 Best Places to Propose in Ohio

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Welcome to our ultimate guide to the most enchanting proposal spots in the picturesque landscape of Ohio. 

Picture this: your beloved's eyes glimmer with unbridled joy as you bend down on one knee, armed with the perfect Ben Garelick diamond ring that sparkles like the night sky in a setting so breathtaking it will be etched into your memories forever.

If you hadn’t guessed, proposals are our favorite thing, and Ohio is SO beautiful!

Before you embark on your journey to forever, let us whisk you away to 17 of Ohio's hidden gems.

From the awe-inspiring vistas of Hocking Hills to the serene shores of Lake Erie, we've handpicked the most idyllic locations to let your love story play out.

So, hold on tight as we navigate these spectacular destinations, each brimming with its own unique charm.

Where to Propose in Ohio

1. The Cleveland Botanical Garden: 

Step into the enchanting world of vibrant flora.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is a feast for the senses! Meander together through the serene pathways, and keep your eyes peeled for hidden alcoves and whimsical pavilions - perfect for dropping to one knee in private.

2. Hocking Hills State Park: 

With cascading waterfalls, verdant canopies, and awe-inspiring vistas like Old Man's Cave, this place is bursting with picturesque proposal spots!

Hocking Hills State Park will enchant nature-loving couples looking to escape the city life's hustle and bustle.

3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland: 

If you’re the kind of couple ditching the slow dance for something more upbeat on your wedding day, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will hit all the right notes.

Celebrate your shared passion for music and propose surrounded by memorabilia and musical legends to strike the winning chord. 

4. Columbus Park of Roses: 

The rose is a symbol of love, passion, and admiration. Wander hand-in-hand through the fragrant blooms of the Columbus Park of Roses, where over 12,000 rose bushes burst into life each spring.

Let love blossom in this floral paradise - better than any bouquet!

5. Lake Erie: 

There’s something so soothing about big bodies of water, but don’t be fooled. As the sun dips below the horizon, this one bursts to life with fiery hues!

Enjoy a cozy picnic or a romantic stroll along the shore, or surprise them with a private boat tour.

6. Cincinnati Observatory: 

The stars will shine just for you at the Cincinnati Observatory - the birthplace of American astronomy.

So pledge your love among the wonders of the universe, and propose between the pillars of the beautifully maintained building.

7. The Chateau Laroche: 

AKA Loveland Castle. Step into your very own fairy tale at the medieval-inspired Chateau Laroche.

Pop the question in the enchanting gardens or one of the beguiling castle rooms, and celebrate with a spectacular meal at the romantic on-site restaurant.

8. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: 

Feel connected to nature and the one you love at the tranquil Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

This idyllic setting has exotic plants, vibrant blooms, and mesmerizing water features. And if that wasn’t enough, there are incredible glass artworks and paintings on display.

9. Vinoklet Winery: 

With its rolling vineyards and heart-shaped lake, this quaint haven was made for proposals!

So split a bottle or two basking in the warm summer sun, and enjoy one of life’s rare, absolutely perfect moments at Vinoklet Winery.

10. Hayden Falls  

Fall in love all over again at Hayden Falls.

The waterfall's ethereal 30-foot cascade is surrounded by lush greenery, woods, and picturesque trails, perfect for a day of exploring with the one you love.

Then, head off the beaten path for a truly unforgettable proposal. 

11. Squire's Castle: 

Surrounded by ancient stone walls, towering turrets, and enchanting forests, Squire’s Castle is straight out of a storybook.

Sweep them off their feet on a leisurely hike through the nearby park and soak up the spellbinding views.

12. Mohican State Park: 

If you like your landscapes wild and untamed, you’ll love Mohican State Park’s rich tapestry of forests, rivers, and valleys.

Explore the countless picturesque trails and scenic overlooks, and end the day curled up with a bottle of wine in a luxurious cabin. 

13. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: 

Are you looking for somewhere different to ask the big question? Take a walk on the wild side at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

You’ll come face to face with red pandas, giraffes, tigers, and many other exotic creatures, and there’s even an on-site restaurant!

14. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens:

 

Built in 1911, Stan Hywet Hall has witnessed countless love stories over the years.

The manicured gardens, lush lawns, and fragrant paths provide a timeless setting for proposals and private performances.

Will your chapter in the story be next?

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15. Edgewater Beach Park: 

Where better for two hearts to meet than where the Cleveland skyline meets the shores of Edgewater Beach?

We recommend visiting as the sun sets and Lake Erie's gentle waves are bathed in gold. You could even go for a swim if you’re feeling brave!

16. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History: 

Following a $150-million expansion, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a real gem in Ohio’s crown.

Lose yourself in the wonders of nature and surprise them by popping the big question in the iconic entrance or botanic garden. 

17. The Ohio River: 

This serene river curves and winds through six charming river towns - each filled with fabulous eateries and local landmarks.

The Ohio River Scenic Byway is a great place to start and offers breathtaking views of the majestic waterway.

Travel by car, motorcycle, or bicycle, or enjoy a taste of the slow life on foot. 

Engagement Ring Recommendations: Let Your Love Shine

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is essential to your proposal journey, but don’t worry if you’re unsure where to start! 

We’ve helped countless customers find the perfect match for their loved ones and have some handy tips to make the shopping process simple and - dare we say - enjoyable!

The ring you select should reflect your love story, capturing the essence of your unique bond. 

At Ben Garelick, we're passionate about helping you find the ideal symbol of your love and commitment that will continue to sparkle for a lifetime.

From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, our curated selection of engagement rings offers a mesmerizing array of designs that cater to every style and taste. So whether you're seeking a solitaire that exudes elegance or a vintage-inspired piece that evokes the romance of a bygone era, we're here to guide you through finding ‘the one’.

As you explore our enchanting collection, consider the following factors:

  1. Style: Take note of your partner's jewelry preferences and personal style. This will help you narrow your choices and ensure the ring complements their existing wardrobe.
  2. Stone: There’s a whole rainbow of gemstones out there! Start with the basics: would they like the color? Then ask: ‘which one embodies how I feel about them?’ Diamonds remain a classic choice, but sapphires, emeralds, or rubies may suit your partner’s style more.
  3. Setting: The placement and setting of your chosen stone sets the overall tone of the ring. Ben Garelick offers various options, from prong and bezel to halo and pavé. Each setting showcases the gemstone in a different light, adding to the overall beauty and character of the ring.
  4. Metal: Whether it's the timeless elegance of yellow gold, the contemporary allure of white gold or platinum, or the romantic warmth of rose gold, selecting the perfect metal that complements your chosen gemstone and setting is key
  5. Budget: Lastly, establish a budget you're comfortable with before you hit the shops. We have rings to cater to various price points and believe everyone deserves to find a beautiful and meaningful piece without breaking the bank.

Our friendly and knowledgeable jewelers are here to help every step of the way. 

But, of course, there’s no such thing as a silly question, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like some guidance and support. 

We’d love to help you discover the perfect reminder of your devotion! 

Here are our top engagement ring recommendations that will leave your partner breathless as you embark on this thrilling journey of forever:

Ben Garelick Large Round Cut Diamond Collar Hidden Halo Engagement Ring

BGLG Nolita 4.00 Carat Baguette Cut Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

Gabriel "Chrystie" Diamond & Blue Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

Love Knows No Bounds: A Journey to Forever

As we bring our romantic sojourn through Ohio's most enchanting proposal spots to a close, we hope you've discovered the perfect destination that speaks to your heart.

Remember, the magic of a proposal lies not only in the location but also in the genuine emotions and personal touches that make it an unforgettable experience.

With the perfect ring from Ben Garelick's exquisite collection, your proposal will sparkle even brighter! 

Here's to the start of an incredible new chapter, where you and your partner write the pages of your own unique love story.

All of us at Ben Garelick wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and endless moments of joy!

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby? Not to worry - chat with our engagement experts online 24/7, call us on (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966. Let’s find the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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