Whether you're making a fun first impression or revamping that repetitive date night, dating in Minnesota should be adventurous and exciting. While there's nothing wrong with a nice dinner date or a movie and live music in a local pub, breaking out of the mold is a great way to impress your significant other. Minnesota's most exciting date options run the gamut, from skydiving to segways. If these don't excite you, there are always ballroom dance classes.
Hitching Post Motorsports
350 17th Ave. North
Hopkins, MN 55343
Price: from $85 per 24-hour period, plus taxes and fees/schedule Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to pay $99 for any bike, any day, plus taxes and fees
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sun
If you're looking to get physically closer to your date, there's no better way to subtly press the issue than with a motorcycle built for two. Explore outstate Minnesota, cruise the lakes, or ooo and aah at the mansions on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Hitching Post rents a large variety of motorcycles including the Honda Rebel, Yamaha 950 Touring and the Harley Davidson Road King. Renters and operators must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver's license including a motorcycle endorsement.
2540 Nicollet Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Price: $15 per person Mon to Fri/$17 per person Sat and Sun/$12 per person optional rental package including shoes, harness, belay device, chalk bag and helmet
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Snag a few exhausting hours of wall climbing, available at a very reasonable cost in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. Perfect for outdoorsy folks trapped inside on a a rainy day or in the evening, or an early morning followed by a ravenous breakfast. Vertical Endeavors makes wall climbing an experience you are not likely to forget anytime soon. The Minneapolis location sports a 25,000-square-foot climbable surface, 60-foot high walls, three bouldering areas, plus lessons for novice and experienced climbers.
Cannon Falls Canoe & Bike Rental
Intersection of North 4th Street and the Cannon River, a half mile north of County Road 19
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
One of the best tests of a relationship is if it survives a shared canoe trip, so try one down Cannon River. You'll both probably want to be reasonably fit for this, but you don't have to be an athlete to handle the oars. Choose a shorter, two-and-a-half-hour outing, or a full-day one that takes up to seven hours. Transportation back to your starting point is provided as part of the package.
Segway Magical History Tour
St. Anthony Main (starting point)
125 Main St. Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Price: $80 per person includes certified segway training, 5-mile historical tour of Minneapolis by Segway, Mill City Museum admission ticket including refreshments, helmet and validated parking in St. Anthony Falls ramp.
Hours: April 1 to Nov. 15; tours depart daily at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a tour a downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, or the Minneapolis Sculpture garden via your very own Segway motorized two-wheeler. After getting some much-needed instruction, you'll quickly zip your way to spots you'd never thought to explore before. Glide along to sites including F. Scott Fitzgerald's house, St. Paul Cathedral, the James J. Hill house and St. Paul's old gangster hangouts. If the city's magical history just isn't enough, hop on a ghost tour or a run through the sculpture garden.
Skydive Twin Cities
2026 County Rd. J
Baldwin, Wisconsin 54002
Price: $189 per person tandem jump (with an experienced, professional skydiver) weekdays/$210 weekends
Here's your chance to show what you're made of, as you and your date drive less than hour for the experience of a lifetime. Nothing says you're special more than throwing your date out of a plane on a leap of faith from an aircraft 13,000 feet above Wisconsin's beautiful landscape. While you'll be separated during the jump because you'll each have a professional skydiver along for the ride, you'll reunite on planet earth with memories that'll last a lifetime. Each jump includes 10 minutes of pre-jump instruction and a 60-second free-fall skydive from 13,000 feet.
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