Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s the perfect excuse for a romantic couple’s getaway to the Twin Cities!  From fun activities perfect for two to splurge-worthy cocktails with a view, here’s an itinerary to make the most of your romantic weekend.

Flowers for that Special Someone

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without first picking up a fabulous bouquet of flowers to express your love. Glassing Florist has a nice selection of affordable flowers for your Valentine. Photo: Teleflora’s Sweetest Satin Boquet

iwa sushi

Share a meal.

Inver Grove Heights offers a wide range of restaurants to satisfy every appetite.  Split the “Love Boat” at Iwa Sushi, a generous spread of sushi, sashimi, and rolls.  Enjoy a hearty steak dinner at Bierstube Steakhouse and Grill.  There’s a glass-walled patio with river views at Mississippi Pub.  Those are only a few of the many delicious options—here’s a complete list.

minnehaha park

Admire a waterfall.

Minnehaha Falls is impressive any time of year, but it might actually be at its best when the 53-foot falls are frozen.  The surrounding Minnehaha Regional Park is open year-round, and the icy cascade is a romantic backdrop for a quiet moment.  

Snap the perfect photo.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has the perfect photo opp for lovebirds: steal a kiss in front of the LOVEstatue—Minnesota’s version is made with rusted steel to withstand harsh winter conditions.  Other must-see sculptures include the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and Hahn/Cock, a giant bright blue rooster.

como park conservatory

Escape to the tropics.

Whatever the conditions outside, it’s blissfully warm and humid indoors at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  The Tropical Encounters exhibit immerses visitors in a rainforest complete with lush vegetation, free-flying birds, and zoo celebrity Chloe the Sloth.  The Sunken Garden offers seasonal flower shows, while the Palm Dome and North Garden are home to tropical trees.

american swedish institute

Explore Minnesota’s only castle.

The American Swedish Institute is housed in the historic Turnblad Mansion, an ornate French Chateauesque-style home that was completed in 1908.  The luxe 33-room interior has been carefully preserved, and today hosts exhibits that celebrate Swedish culture.

can can wonderland

Play a friendly game of mini golf.

The whimsical artist-designed course at Can Can Wonderland is perfect for date night, with holes that range from quirky to challenging.  There’s also a full bar with craft cocktails and boozy malts and slushies, or you can pour your own beer, wine, cocktails, kombucha, and cold press coffee from the 36-tap self-pour wall.


Enjoy a cocktail in an intimate setting.

One of the most scenic places in the Twin Cities for a Valentine’s toast is Prohibition, a classy cocktail lounge located on the 27th floor of the landmark Foshay Tower.  Once a private retreat for the building’s namesake, the space retains its Art Deco design and offers 360 degree views of downtown Minneapolis.

Another cozy space to grab a drink is the cocktail lounge at Lawless Distilling Company, which serves a seasonal menu of craft cocktails made with the distillery’s small-batch vodka, gins, rum, and liqueurs.


Stay in Inver Grove Heights.

Inver Grove Heights’ hotels are the ideal base for a Valentine’s Day couple’s getaway.  Only minutes from downtown St. Paul and the Mall of America, easy freeway access also means that Inver Grove Heights is conveniently located to downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

All Inver Grove Height hotels offer complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and parking, as well as whirlpool suites.  Book your stay today and start planning your romantic Valentine’s Day couple’s getaway to the Twin Cities!