No matter how long you've known your companion, there's a lot of pressure involved in planning a great date. Here are some of our favorite date ideas that have something for everyone.
1. Bogart's Event Center 14917 Garrett Ave, Apple Valley 952.432.1515 0.6 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
Can't decide between a music date or a sporting date? You don't have to at Bogart's Event Center, which includes a restaurant, bowling alley and music venue. Main Street Grill offers casual dining, while Back Alley Tavern is a sports bar that hosts karaoke three times a week. There is live music every Saturday along with dueling piano players on Friday and Saturday. Visit the website for schedules and hours of the different venues.
2. IMAX Theatre 12000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley 952.431.4629 2.8 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
Going to the movies is a can't-miss date activity, but why not do it up 21st-century style? IMAX Theatre at the Zoo features a 97-foot screen which is nine times the size of standard theatre screens, and the state-of-the-art sound system virtually puts you inside the picture. The concession stand sells traditional refreshments as well as items like pizza and sliders, and alcoholic beverages are available. Admission starts at $10. Check the website for current films and times.
Volstead House is ironically named after the act that established prohibition during the Roaring 20s, and it definitely creates an intriguing speakeasy ambiance. The entrance is located unobtrusively behind a sports bar, and the bartender uses a ladder to access the floor-to-ceiling shelves holding hundreds of types of liquor. Sample one of the whiskey flights or try one of their creative takes on classic mixed drinks. Volstead House is open seven evenings a week.
Live entertainment has a special energy all its own. In addition to stage plays, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre hosts musical acts, improv comedy shows and special events such as wine tastings. Admission includes dinner, while appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Visit the website for the show calendar and ticket prices.
5. Canterbury Park 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee 952.445.7223 8.8 miles from Springs at Egan Drive
Dating involves a certain amount of chance, so why not try your luck at Canterbury Park? Live horse racing runs from May through September, with simulcast racing at the Racebook during the off-season. There is also a casino featuring card games including Texas Hold 'Em and Blackjack, and Canterbury Park hosts special events like car shows and MMA fights. Choose from a wide range of onsite dining and drinking options. The card casino is open 24/7 and the Racebook hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free for both.
Do you and your significant other have a favorite date spot? Tell us in the comments!