10 Dates for Valentine’s Day

From traditional date nights to pottery classes, we found something for everyone—no matter who you are or who you love.

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Let’s face it: Planning dates for Valentine’s Day can be tough. What should you do? Where should you go? Will my significant other even want to do this? Maybe you’re in a fresh relationship looking to impress, or maybe you and your long-time sweetheart want to light your love on fire again. No matter who you are or who you love, feel the spark with one of these unforgettable date nights.

For the foodies:

Cupid and You Cooking Class

Learn how to whip up a three-course meal with your date. We can taste it now: A fresh spinach and raspberry salad, shrimp fettuccine in a creamy herb sauce, a rich chocolate soufflé, and of course, a glass of bubbly prosecco. Be there or be hungry. Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. @ 324 S. Main St., Stillwater, cooksofcrocushill.com

For the adventurers:

Skate the Star

Lace up for Mall of America’s Skate the Star—a refrigerated ice rink that circles the Mall’s iconic star sculpture. Admission is free and skate rental costs $5 per person. Thursday, Feb. 14, 3-10 p.m. @ Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, mallofamerica.com

For the homebodies:

Chill Out & Order In

Don’t feel like doing anything? Order in with DoorDash or Uber Eats, hit the couch, and power up Netflix or Hulu to catch the latest episode of your can’t-miss series. Have you tuned in to Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series on tidying up your home yet?

For the romantics:

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

It’s basically a real-life fairytale, right? Reserve a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage through downtown Minneapolis and catch breathtaking views of Nicollet Island, the Minneapolis skyline, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and more. Thursday, Feb. 14, various reservation times @ 95 Merriam St., Minneapolis, thehitchingcompany.com

For the animal-lovers:

Puppy Cuddle

If you’re more into dogs than romance, this has your name all over it.  But puppy kisses don’t come cheap—every three minutes of fur-filled bliss costs $5. Worth it. Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ 505 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, facebook.com

For the traditionalists:

Three-Course Seafood Dinner

Stella’s Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar is hosting the ultimate Valentine’s Day three-course dinner for only $99 per person. Choose between fresh seafood dishes of oysters, sushi, mussels, shrimp, lobster, crab, and more. Our selling point? The third-course red velvet cake. Feb. 13-15, open 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. @ Stella’s Fish Café @ Prestige Oyster Bar, 1400 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, stellasfishcafe.com

For the theater- and book-lovers:

Potted Potter

You can’t enough of Harry Potter and theater makes your heart skip a beat—we get it. See Potted Potter, a 70-minute Harry Potter parody, for wicked laughs, a game of real-life Quidditch, and a dash of Hogwarts magic. Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. @ Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, hennepintheatretrust.org

For those with two left feet:

Latin Partner Dancing

Spice up your night with Latin dance instructor Scott Skoog as he teaches merengue and bachata basics, dips, turns, and how to move as a unit. Sweat it out first and drink up after—your $15 lesson includes a beer, kombucha, or root beer from Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative. Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-7:45 p.m. @ 3134 California St. NE, #122, Minneapolis, facebook.com

For the warm-blooded:

Fireside Snowshoeing

Strap into your snowshoes and trek along the river with Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Then sit around a blazing fire, sip hot chocolate, and take a stab at crafting your own candle. Snowshoes included. Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. @ Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, apm.activecommunities.com

For the art-obsessed:

Pottery Throwing Basics

Studio 2 Ceramics teaches you and your date how to center, throw, and pull your own wine cups for $95 per couple. After you head home, professional ceramic artists glaze, fire, and prepare your piece for pickup. Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. @ Studio 2 Ceramics, 711 15th Ave. NE, #210, Minneapolis, facebook.com

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