Planning a date night can be tricky on a college student’s budget. Here are 15 cheap and fun date ideas near The University of Minnesota Twin Cities that will dazzle your SO without breaking your piggy bank!
1. St. Anthony Falls
Wander around the picturesque St. Anthony Falls, take a romantic stroll across the landmark Stone Arch Bridge which has some of the coolest views of the city (would make an awesome insta pic!), and perhaps stop at Aster Cafe for a yummy brunch for two (voted best first date spot in MSP!)
Lace up your skates and hit the ice at one of the areas famous ice skating rinks, The Depot, Roseville Oval, or Rice Park!
3. Sledding & Hot Cocoa
Step up your sledding game for as little as $10 and take a cruise down Buck Hill on one of their giant tubes! Race each other down the slopes and maybe even make a bet, loser buys hot chocolate afterwards!
4. The Observatory Deck
Gaze out over the city lights and get some of the best views of the city from the Foshay Observatory Deck (an adorable photo opp!)
5. Como Zoo Conservatory
Escape into nature (even in the midst of the winter) at Como Park Conservatory, with several different greenhouses, the conservatory makes for a perfect little refresher when you’ve hit the winter blues.
6. Waterpark of America
Release your inner child side and slip and slide through this 70,000 square foot indoor waterpark! With a ten story high water slide, surfing slope, and lazy river you certainly won’t be bored, so go ahead, soak up all the fun!
Ever watched the movie snow dogs and wished you could hang out with those cute little pups for a ride? Well, now’s your chance! Cozy on up on one of the sleds at HHH Ranch and experience the fun of mushing first hand!
8. Apple Orchard
Apples, hayrides and warm cider galore, with over 10 apple orchards within the area a stop at an apple orchard should definitely be on your bucket-list for a great date!
9. Movie Night
“Netflix & Chill” no more and head on over to the classic 1950’s Riverview Theatre to catch one of the latest blockbusters for just $3!
10. Explore the Museums
A quick little history lesson never hurt anyone, am I right? With nearly 20 museums to chose from, a journey back in time has never been so easy!
11. Visit Uptown
Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of uptown! With several local shops, delicious eats (including the famous Glam Doll Doughnuts!), and tasty coffee hideouts, Uptown truly has it all for a perfect date-day escape.
12. Work Out!
Get your sweat on together at one of Minneapolis’s several unique training facilities! Spin away to the upbeat tunes at the CycleBar in Uptown (first time riders ride for free!) or face your fear of heights and get climbing at the Vertical Endeavors rock wall!
13. Minnehaha Falls
Pack up some goodies and head over to Minnehaha Falls for an afternoon of relaxing. Enjoy a riverside picnic, check out the stunning waterfall, hike the trails, and even enjoy a little carriage ride along the promenade.
14. Ice Cream at Izzy’s
Who doesn’t like ice cream, especially when it’s Izzy’s? Located right in Mill City Park, Izzy’s and it’s massive selection of delicious flavors is just a short walk away. Share a cone or get your own, either way it’s too yummy to resist!
15. Dinner & Bowling at The Nook
Enjoy a casual American fare dinner and lace up (or velcro) your shoes for a game of bowling while your at it. This cute little hole-in-the-wall restaurant is an adorable casual date-night venue with cheap eats and a unique atmosphere!