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Romance is in the air, can you feel it?  Ahh… Valentine’s Day. Now, if you dread Valentine’s Day and everything about it, this post probably isn’t for you – but if you’re like me and you LOVE spending time with your better half (really, any day of the year) and are looking for an excuse to do something out of the norm for Valentine’s Day, then you are in the right spot!

Today I am here to give you some Valentine’s Day date ideas that aren’t your traditional dinner and chocolates kind of date night.

Carriage Rides along the St. Croix River
Downtown Stillwater – Pedestrian Plaza

Take a stroll along the beautiful St. Croix river in a horse-drawn carriage! Accompany this evening by visiting the charming, local businesses that Stillwater has to offer! You won’t be disappointed by all the beauty that the city of Stillwater entails.


Visit the Foshay Tower

Take your loved one out for dinner at The Living Room or drinks at the Prohibition Bar, both located inside the Foshay Tower. Then head up to the observatory deck, where it may be cold, but the view of Minneapolis is breathtaking.



Fireside Snowshoeing
$7.50 per person
North Mississippi Regional Park

Go on a snowshoe hike along the river and after, cozy up by the bonfire with some hot cocoa and craft your own candle to bring home!


Valentine’s Comedy Jam 
$$$ Prices range
Orpheum Theatre

This Valentine’s Day Lovers-Laugh-A-Thon is a great way to spend your evening laughing your behind off! Starring Red Grant, Kountry Wayne, Lil’ Duval, Michael Blackson, Shed G, Jordan Jackson and Just Nesh.


Free to $

There are plenty of rinks and lakes to go ice-skating on near you! Take an evening to skate around a beautiful lake, and warm up with some hot cocoa inside the warming house!


$5 per person
Minneapolis Visitor Center

What better way to spend a few minutes on Valentine’s Day cuddling with puppies?! A $5 donation gives you only a few minutes to spend cuddling and playing with puppies, but 100% of the proceeds go to Midwest Animal Rescue.


Or if you prefer cats…


Visit Cafe Meow
$10 purr person 😉

Cozy up with an evening of coffee or tea, and cats! For a $10 donation you can spend 1 hour with 10-15 cats up for adoption. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s (Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year) you can spend 15 minutes with the cats for only $3!


And there you have it – a variety of “out of the norm” activities to do with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Leave a comment below as to what your Valentine’s Day plans are!