Dating is good for a relationship because it gives each person a chance to connect with the other while normal distractions are set aside for the time being.
However, it can become very easy to fall into the same date night routine.
With that in mind, we looked around the whole state of Minnesota for the best date night ideas to help spice up the date night for anyone. While you will find many date ideas for Minneapolis, we found many great ideas in every corner of this great state.
Spring Date Ideas
- Paint Pub, Maple Grove: Artist can enjoy a lesson in painting while sipping on a cold beer!
- Nina’s Coffee Cafe, St. Paul: Consumer ratings are through the roof for this coffee cafe, which serves organic coffee.
- Eat my words, Minneapolis: What a great name for a used bookstore. They also sell publications from local authors.
- Hermann The German, New Ulm: Take a photo with New Ulm’s famous monument.
- Four Firkins, St. Louis Park: A unique craft beer store who are proud to be considered the local “Beer Geeks”.
- Canal Park, Duluth: Take a walk around Canal Park and watch the ship go under the lift bridge.
- Northshore Scenic Railroad, Duluth: Sign up for one of their many train rides up the beautiful Minnesota North Shore.
- Go Green, Anywhere: Plant a green tree together to celebrate Arbor Day, which is the last Friday in April every year.
- Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis: Take your photo by the famous Cherry and Spoon.
- Twins Game, Minneapolis: Catch a ball game at Target Field.
- SPAM Museum, Austin: Then go make this yummy recipe with SPAM!
- Support Little League, Anywhere: Pull up to a local ballpark and cheer the kids on with a hot dog in hand!
- Farmers Market, Anywhere: In Spring you’ll see a lot of potted plants and seedlings you can purchase for your own garden. Then in June, you will find the traditional market with fruits and veggies abound. Check out Minnesota Grown for the closest one to you.
- Maple Syrup Trapping Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone: I think this is my favorite Spring date idea! The Audubon celebrates an Annual Maple Syrup Day, allowing visitors to enjoy a warm pancake breakfast, and then participate in tree tapping, boiling and other syrup-making activities. Meet a Minnesotan who runs a Maple Syrup business – Sapsucker Farms.
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis: Looking for a cheap date? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts costs nothing for general admission and it offers a springboard for deep conversations between the two of you. Of course, special exhibitions do cost you a ticket ranging $20 per person.
- Food Truck, Twin Cities: Try out a tasty food truck. Click on the link to search MN Food Truck Association members.
- Bike Ride, Anywhere: Go for a bike ride on one of these paths listed in this MN Bike Guide, just make sure to wear a helmet!
- Paddle Boarding, Anywhere: Grab a stand up board and pick one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota to enjoy for an evening. If you don’t have a board you can easily rent one from places like Three Rivers Park or find a great deal on paddle boards at Amazon.
- Glensheen Mansion, Duluth: Explore the 39 room 1900 era mansion of a prominent Minnesota family, which sits on 7 acres of lush gardens.
- Bunker Park Stables, Andover: Take a horse trail ride during sunset.
- Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream, Minneapolis: Who screams for ice cream?!
- Go Ice Skating, Everywhere in Minnesota: In case you miss winter you can have a blast ice skating indoors! Many cities offer an indoor ice rink with skate rentals (or bring your own ice skates).
- Minneapolis Queen, Minneapolis: Take a ride down the Mississippi river like royalty.
- Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis: A large event held every summer to raise funds for the restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary.
- Nice Ride, Twin Cities: Rent a bike through the community bike company. There are 170 stations to choose from, just make sure to wear a helmet.
- Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul: Eat all you can and then go on a few rides…
- Twin Cities Harvest Festival, Brooklyn Park: Get lost in Minnesota’s largest corn maze (19.5 acres)!
- Forest Edge Winery, Laporte: CUTE place to kick back and relax. Oh, and did we mention there is wine?!
- Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls: Venture outdoors for a healthy hike on one of the many trails offered (camping can be romantic, especially with these items!).
- Mill City Museum, Minneapolis: The museum is in the building once known as the world’s largest flour mill.
- Oktoberfest, New Ulm: A place to celebrate good beer and brat with your loved one.
- Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis: Order the best Shepherds Pie in Minneapolis.
- Gooseberry Falls, North Shore: Road trip up or down the North Shore and stay overnight in a tent at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
- Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Rochester: Take dance lessons and surprise your family members at the next wedding reception!
- Giants Ridge Golf Course, Biwabik: Voted one of the best golf courses in the state of Minnesota. Perfect for a relaxing day outdoors, just bring lots of extra golf balls!
Want some more fall fun? Check out our post on the 20 Best Places To See Fall Colors in Minnesota.
- Red Wing Pottery and Stoneware, Red Wing: Take a pottery class and tour the history of MN pottery.
- Hennepin Trust Theater, Minneapolis: Has the hottest stage performances in Minnesota.
- Volunteer at a local food shelf together.
- Vertical Endeavors, Minneapolis: Race each other up the climbing wall with a rock climbing adventure.
- Green Acres Sledding, Lake Elmo: Voted as one of the top 10 sledding hills in Minnesota.
- Snowshoeing, MN State Parks: Nothing spells out LOVE more than a winter chill in the air and the sound of snow beneath your feet. (You can buy snowshoes here)
- Stars & Strikes Bowling Alley, Wyoming: Bowling, laser tag, video games, and volleyball are a few options to entertain yourselves at Stars & Strikes.
- Bill’s Gun Shop And Range, Robbinsdale: While not for everyone, a little target practice can be the bullseye you both need!
- Fired Up Studios, Minneapolis: Get really romantic and play with pottery clay.
- Hunt and Gather, Minneapolis: Go “treasure hunting” for stuff you didn’t know you needed.
- Bentleyville Tour of the Lights, Duluth: This should definitely be on your MN bucket list! It claims to hold the title of “America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display” offering the glow of over 5 million lights – UFFDA!!
- Bad Axe Throwing, St. Paul: Finally a place to take out all your frustration by throwing axes, thankfully NOT AT EACH OTHER! Actually, this will be an unforgettable date and tons of light-hearted fun!
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