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The Best Date Night Ideas In Minneapolis & All Over Minnesota

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

  • Wine & Canvas, Minneapolis: Artist can enjoy a lesson in painting while sipping on a glass of wine #Winning!
  • 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.
Duluth Lift Bridge
  • 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!
Couple riding bike in the sunset


Minnesota State Fair at Night

Want some more fall fun? Check out our post on the 20 Best Places To See Fall Colors in Minnesota.


Couple snowshoeing in woods
  • 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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Charles Saeger

Saturday 28th of May 2016

The Depot isn't open for skating in the summer, or in the fall or spring, for that matter.


Thursday 21st of January 2016

There are so many good ideas here! I'm not dating now, but I'll definitely share some of these ideas with my friends who are. Good idea on sorting them for the weather.


Monday 18th of January 2016

I remember hugging your date to keep warm !


Saturday 16th of January 2016

You forgot St Paul Winter Carnival during winter. You can skate at the outdoor rink, walk through Rice park and enjoy the ice sculptures, enjoy the parades, etc.


Saturday 16th of January 2016

Also, check out the Wind Surfing competition in Worthington in the summer!

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