For the artists
Why not play with clay this Valentine’s Day? Caufield Clay offers courses where you can keep your pottery at the end of the course and Cry Baby Clay has clay kits for fun at home. caufieldclayworks.com, crybabyclay.com
You don’t have to be a skilled woodworker, jewelry maker, painter or craftsman to have a good time at Upstairs Circus (and thank goodness for that). You and your date can each choose from a list of dozens of projects—bottle openers, beaded wrap bracelets, wooden butcher boards, and more—and craft with a drink in hand. upstairscircus.com
Combine one of our world-class museums with a superb coffee shop: Luckily, Mia and Spyhouse or the Walker Art Center and Cardamom are couples made from heaven.
For the winter warriors
Who says all winter sports require skill? For a first date, skip the skis and opt for a snowshoe hike at Theodore Wirth Park instead. Pack up, rent your snowshoes at The Trailhead ($12 a pair for three hours), and hike through the forests and hills of the park’s extensive trail system. loppet.org
Yes, it’s cold, but hear us out: a walk across the Stone Arch Bridge is a perfect first date component (and February isn’t quite as busy as August!). If the date is going well, take an after-dinner stroll after dinner at the nearby Aster Cafe or Owamni (if you can snag a table there). Fancy a longer city hike? We like to park near the Guthrie, cross the Stone Arch, stroll through the main St. Anthony area and dive down to Nicollet Island before returning through downtown after crossing the Hennepin Avenue bridge on Washington Avenue. You’re welcome!
Double your northernness and grab an ice cream cone at Linden Hills Sebastian Joe’s (yes, ice cream is a four-season date option) before diving in for a stroll down to Lake Harriet. Walk all the way around for a nearly three-mile loop, or head to the Peace Garden for a round-trip—it’s just as magical when it’s covered in snow.
For the winter weary
Warm up with a complimentary visit to the many flowers at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. Covering about five acres worth of tropical and semi-tropical plants under its glass dome, the conservatory is like a gateway to a beach vacation. comozooconservatory.org
Whether you’re throwing like a pro or one of you needs bumpers, Bryant Lake Bowls bargain night can blow any couple: Every Monday starting at 6:00 p.m., you’ll each receive a special entree, two draft beers, or a bottle of wine (with NA -options). ), including a game of bowling. Dinner and a bowl, anyone? bryantlakebowl.com
Isn’t love like spinning a roulette wheel? Take advantage of Betty Danger’s Danger Wheel, the Dinkytown restaurant’s year-round Ferris wheel, for pristine views of the Northeast and a chance to warm up next to your sweetheart (blankets can be delivered in the winter months, order a hot drink). best to hold in hand). bettydangers.com
For the gourmets
Play bartender with the best cocktail courses at places like Norseman Distillery, Constantine and Parlor. Sure, these require a bit of advance planning and come at a slightly higher price point than some other options, but hands-on learning (and a few solid casts) practically guarantee your date will be free of awkward silences — which is priceless, right?
Learn what it takes to make a stunning bouquet with a 45-minute Sip ‘n Bloom flower arrangement class, hosted this week at the Bauhaus, Number 12 Cidery, Graze and First Draft. Discover a new favorite task room and create your own arrangement. sip-n-bloom.com
Why not throw in for a special Valentine’s Day meal? We’ll cover you.