See a spectacular waterfall
One of the most scenic date spots in the Twin Cities? Minnehaha Falls, hands-down. The 100-foot cascade is a sight to behold any time of year, whether it's flowing in the summer or frozen in the winer. You can view it from the top or descend the stairs to take it all in from the base. Afterwards, treat your date to a fish taco at neighboring park eatery Sea Salt.
Ice skate with a view of downtown Minneapolis
If you’re brave enough to explore the outdoors despite the cold temperatures, make sure to swing by the Wells Fargo Winterskate in Loring Park. You can always stop by one of the many ponds or lakes in the Twin Cities too, of course, but this location also features free skate rentals, a warming house, and a groomed rink, making it perfect even for the greenest skater.
Warm up at the Como Zoo Conservatory
The Como Zoo is a popular summer attraction (a free zoo? Who wouldn’t go?), but why not head there in the wintertime? Rather than see animals, you can stop by the Como Zoo Conservatory which is a free, glass-enclosed building, filled with steamy tropical heat. In addition to the gorgeous gardens, visitors can attend a free weekly concert series in the conservatory. Nothing sets the mood like an abundance of flowers.
Pull your best Harry Houdini by playing the Escape Game
Intentionally locking yourself and a small group into an escape room for an hour might not sound like your idea of fun, but it is truly a blast. With themes from a Mars Mission to a museum heist, the Escape Game is the best group date out there for mystery and whodunit fans.
Stroll to a show on St. Paul’s only pedestrian-only street
Downtown St. Paul
Park Square Theatre is a hidden gem that’s produced some lively up-and-coming productions lately, including a Hamlet reinvented for 2017. The recently revamped theater has two floors, a cozy lobby, and faces St. Paul’s only cobblestone paved pedestrian area, providing a mini promenade on the way through the theater doors. The spring 2018 lineup includes performances of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Pirates of Penzance, and Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.