Best Valentine’s Day Date Spots in Minneapolis/Twin Cities Without Breaking the Bank

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Updated February 6, 2019
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Valentine’s Day may be one of our most divisive holidays. Some love it; some hate it. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, we can all agree that spending the day with your Valentine doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of cost-friendly alternatives to the expensive dinner, and quite frankly, more fun options as well. So, to help you have an exciting and eventful day with your loved one, here are nine great date spots in the Twin Cities to take your significant other.

Valentine’s Day Snowshoeing

Where: Theodore Wirth Park

When: Valentine’s Day, 8 pm

What: Go snowshoeing at night in Wirth Park and explore the gorgeous winter night sky while being lead by an astronomy expert

Cost: $7.50 per ticket

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Explore Minnehaha Falls

Where: Minnehaha Falls

When: Daily from 6 am – midnight

What: Take in the gorgeous frozen waterfall and snap a few Instagram worthy pics with your significant other. Just beware of the ice!

Cost: Free (other than parking)

Winter at the Walker: Be My Walker Valentine

Where: Walker Art Center

When: Valentine’s Day, 5 – 9 pm

What: Bring a date, come solo, or meet a friend—this is your low-commitment Valentine’s Day night out! Celebrate the opening of 5 Ways In and Chalk with special SweetheART tours. You can also listen to readings by local poets, try speed dating in French, and jam to DJ Douala Soul spinning tunes all night, or catch Love Tapes by Wendy Clarke in the Bentson Mediatheque.

Cost: Free

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Valentine’s Day Party

Where: Loring Park

When: Valentine’s Day 4:30 – 8 pm

What: Head down to Loring Park for bingo, games, crafts, and live music, as well as a movie from 6-8 pm. Light snacks will also be included.

Cost: Free

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Ice Skating

Where: One of 38 outdoor ice rinks across Minneapolis/St. Paul

When: Various hours

What: Few things are more romantic than holding hands with your sweetheart and skating. It’s a Minnesota tradition and the perfect prelude to grabbing some hot chocolate at a local cafe!

Cost: Rental prices vary

Learn more about St. Paul ice rinks here and Minneapolis rinks here

When Harry Met Sally Showing

Where: Parkway Theater 

When: Valentine’s Day, 7:30 – 9 pm

What: Will men and women ever just be friends? Harry and Sally attempt to answer this question in this 1989 hit comedy, which is the perfect date night movie for Valentine’s Day

Cost: $8 per ticket

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Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theater

When: Valentine’s Day, 8 pm (6 pm for dinner)

What: Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Cost: $76 for dinner and show, $61 for show only

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Cupid and You Cooking Class

Where: Cooks of Crocus Hill – St. Paul

When: Valentine’s Day, 6 – 8:30 pm

What: There are few things more magical than cooking alongside someone you love paired with a glass of wine. On the menu for this evening: spinach and raspberry salad with balsamic vinaigrette and roasted shrimp fettucini, as well as a dessert!

Cost: $95 per person

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Mississippi River Grand Carriage Ride

Where: Various spots in Minneapolis

When: Valentine’s Day is booked, but the days around it are available

What: If double dates are your thing, then the Mississippi River Grand Carriage Ride is the perfect Valentine’s Day activity. Take in the site of the following during this hour-long ride: Cobblestones of Main Street, James J Hill’s Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, Downtown Minneapolis skyline, Warehouse District, Federal Reserve Bank, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Historic Nicollet Island

Cost: $126 (seats 4 people)

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