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20.21 Restaurant is situated above the Walker Art Center. Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Asher Miller present their own art via first-rate Asian-inspired dishes. The restaurant views of downtown Minneapolis are some of the best in the city. Before settling in for an evening of culinary delights, visit the Walker Art Center with your date for some art appreciation. Works consists of over 11,000 modern and contemporary pieces and includes video, photography, painting, sculpture, and more.
A mall may not sound like the most romantic place for a date, but if you’re in Minnesota it’s the perfect place. Mall of America is the crown jewel of shopping malls with over 520 stores, four department stores, 50 restaurants and a chapel where couples get married year-round. Some suggested dining options include Crave, Napa Valley Grille, Tucci Benucch and Twin City Grille. Afterward, stop in at Godiva or Lindt for a sweet treat. If that isn’t enough, opt for a game of a miniature golf course, explore the Underground Aquarium take in a movie at the theatres or play at the indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park.
There is no doubt Minneapolis Sculpture Garden holds one of the most romantic settings in Minneapolis. The garden’s centerpiece is one of Minnesota’s most famous landmarks, Spoonbridge and Cherry. Various paths also lead to a number of other unique sculptures and through the glass enclosed Cowles Conservatory which displays various permanent and seasonal displays of native, tropical and exotic plants. Couples can enjoy a picnic in the grass or roam the grounds admiring the art. The 11-acre garden is a friendship project between the nearby Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been a Twin Cities icon for over 100 years and it happens to be one of the most romantic locations in the Twin Cities. Couples can stroll through the various indoor and outdoor exhibits. During the week of Valentines Day the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory transforms into a romantic setting with a candle-lit ambiance amongst the three featured gardens. Live musicians will bring music to the air as diners are served by a local catering service. Admission to the zoo and conservatory is free, but a small donation is recommended.
Nothing says romantic like exploring the outdoors by candlelight. The 2,000-acre Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, south of St. Paul, has regularly scheduled evening cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing enhanced with glowing luminaries. As the sun drops from the sky, enjoy glowing trails alongside your date. When you’re finished return to the visitor center and cozy up by a blazing bonfire with a hot chocolate. Rental equipment is reasonably priced and can be checked out at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.
The Guthrie Theater has been entertaining theater-goers since 1963 and what better way to spend a romantic date than watching a passionate William Shakespeareplay or perhaps a dinner and a show. Whatever your show style and theme may be, The Guthrie is sure to have something to appease you and your date with almost daily showings ranging from classical literature to modern works. Before or after the show enjoy dinner at the exquisite on-site Sea Change restaurant.
The Milwaukee Road Depot, aka The Depot, in downtown Minneapolis offers a perfect setting for a romantic date. Depending upon your idea of romance, the adventure seeking will enjoy thrills at the 15,000 square-foot indoor water park, or for a more mellow date, ice skate hand-in-hand and enjoy views of the downtown skyline at the seasonal indoor ice skating rink. Afterward, enjoy cocktails by the fire at the cozy Stone Arch Bar or enjoy a meal at Charley’s Grill along with a bottle of wine from the extensive wine menu.
Riverview Theater is the epitome of a classic date. The 1950’s style theater is equipped with high-tech modern features including state-of-the-art projection and sound systems and the classic auditorium features new high-backed rocker seats and digital sound. Shows range from Hollywood’s most recent blockbusters to niche art films. Before or after your film, dine at any of the surrounding restaurants in the area.
Riverview Café and Wine Bar in the Minneapolis river community is the perfect urban location to relax with a daytime cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Riverview’s Mocha and Music sessions livens up the joint regularly with live music. On nice evenings couples, enjoy chatting on the outdoor dining patio while indulging in some delicious homemade food alongside their glass of vino. There’s plenty else do in this neighborhood area including, various shops, the 1950’s style Riverview Theater or dates can opt for a couples massage at nearby Revolution Bodyworks.
As the saying goes, two is better than one and that’s even the case for a massage. If you’re looking for a unique romantic date, choose from a wide selection of couple massages at Sabai Body Temple in Uptown Minneapolis. The professional massage therapists specialize in Eastern-inspired massage and Alternative Medicine. For the ultimate in relaxation, request the Asian Fusion for Two, a blend of Eastern deep tissue and Western relaxation techniques performed in a beautiful candle-lit setting for two.