Interesting and Alternative Valentine's Day Ideas in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Valentine's Day? Let's see. There's flowers, chocolate, and a meal at a romantic restaurant, right? Or, why not do something more creative instead? Here's some ideas for interesting, alternative, and non-traditional Valentine's Day dates.
  • 01 of 07

    February 15: pack hot chocolate, or just warm your hands over the scorching hot molds at Franconia Sculpture Park's Valentine's Day Iron Pour. Several Minnesota sculptors will be pouring molten metal in what could legitimately be called the hottest event this Valentine's Day. Franconia Sculpture Park is about an hour north of the Twin Cities.

  • 02 of 07

    Is hitting the slopes romantic? Absolutely! While ski pants are not especially attractive, you can help your date up when they fall over, and if you are feeling especially corny, make out in the chairlifts. And it's lots of fun too. Plenty of snow this year, and if it's not too cold, conditions are great. For the most romantic experience, book a cabin a Lutsen Mountains in Northern Minnesota - the North Shore is always a good romantic getaway.


  • 03 of 07

    Minneapolis performance and burlesque artists have dragged old time entertainment into this century, with plenty of kicking, screaming and twirling of tassels. There's several shows on Valentine's Day weekend.

    Le Cirque Rouge, burlesque and vaudeville entertainment, are at St. Paul's Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Friday February 14.

    The Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis has Ballet of the Dolls Presents: High Brow and Lashes, with theater, poetry and romance on February 14, plus select dates through February 23.

  • 04 of 07

    Blood donations tend to be down during the winter, while the need for blood remains the same. Visit one of the four metro area locations, all are open on Valentine's Day with your sweetie, and give someone else a gft that's truly from your heart. There are Red Cross blood donation centers in downtown Minneapolis, Arden Hills, Blaine and St. Paul, and frequent blood drives held across the metro area. You can make an appointment online, and find traveling blood drives near you at the Red Cross website.

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  • 05 of 07

    Learn a new skill together at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. This ceramics studio runs a monthly Clay for Couples class, a evening class where the two of you can learn to sculpt clay and throw pots on the wheel. One class costs $60 per couple, which includes instruction and materials. The February class is on February 8, followed by another class on March 14. The artwork you make together will be fired and ready to be collected two weeks after the class.

    And specially for Valentine's Day, the NCC has the 9th Annual "Roses Are Red Valentine's Workshop with two dates, February 14 and 15. An evening of delicious food, desserts and wine, romantic music, plus pot throwing instruction. Your creation will be fired and ready to take home about 10 days after the class. The workshop costs $95 per couple.

  • 06 of 07

    Vertical Endeavors rock climbing gym in St. Paul holds their annual climbing competition on February 8. Flashing, if you are not familiar with the sport, is climbing a route successfully on the first attempt, without falling off. I'd enter this competition just to get the shirt. If you don't think you have the skills for flashing, volunteers are needed to help out with the competition.

  • 07 of 07

    Add a new skill to your resume by taking a pole dancing class at a pole dancing studio in Minneapolis. Knockout Bodies offers several pole dancing and non-pole dancing fitness classes every week, marketed as cardio strength training - which they are indeed. Your man will appreciate what you learn as much as your abdominal muscles will thank you.