9 (no food) Date Ideas In the Rochester MN Area


This post is sponsored by Experience Rochester MN

My husband and I don’t go on many dates. However, when we do, we try to find unique activities that aren’t the typical “dinner and a movie.” I’ve compiled a list of our favorite evening and day dates and a few we really want to try soon! These are in no particular or ranked order. 

Machine Shed 

I am NOT a video gamer. Never have been, and probably never will be, but my hubby and I checked out Machine Shed LLC, and had an absolute blast. We paid $10 for each of us to play as long as we wanted to! I played Ms. PacMan until my thumbs were going to fall off. My hubby loved playing video games from his middle school/high school years. There’s nothing like a little old school TMNT video game to get the romance flying! 


My husband and I visited Bowlocity for our 5 year anniversary and had so much fun in the laser tag arena! Not into laser tag? You can enjoy some bowling or play in the arcade for a bit too! 


My husband and his brothers are avid geocachers. This spring, we went on a date weekend and found some really neat geocaches! It brought us to some gorgeous sights we would’ve missed had we stayed on the trails. It’s a real live treasure hunt! A great place to start would be Quarry Hill!  They have so many great caches for all experience levels!

Getting artsy

There’s nothing better than relaxing with a paint brush and some paint. Pick out a new plate for your kitchen or a gift for a friend, pull up a chair and paint together at Color Me Mine. Want to create something gorgeous to hang on your wall?  Canvas and Chardonnay is also a wonderful place to create some meaningful art! 

A walk along the Rochester Trail System

Aren’t we blessed with such a wonderful trail system here in Rochester? Just the other day, my husband took me on a new route I’ve never been on before. Before I knew it, we were next to the Zumbro River enjoying the peaceful view while still inside the city limits. A great place to start would be at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and following the 2 mile loop around the park!  This handy map outlines several great options.  The Soldiers Field Trail Walk is L11.

Paddle Boating at Silver Lake

If you’re a true Rochester native,  you know all about Silver Lake park right in the heart of the city where flocks of Canadian geese love to congregate. Everyone has been there, haven’t they? Hit up Silver Lake to check out the geese, and while you’re there, hop on the paddle boat and float around with the geese for awhile! 

Take-out and go back home and relax in your comfy clothes (only if your kids are gone)

One day, I was desperate for a fun date night idea, so I posted my need out to social media world. One friend responded that she and her husband love getting take out (consider using Waiter Express for delivery from SO many area restaurants), curling up on the couch in their comfy clothes, and enjoying their own silent house together. Of course, this is only possible if your kiddos are out…but it sure does sound relaxing and almost luxurious! 

Piano Playing at the Gonda Building 

Time to get teary for you all. Myy first date with my husband was spent listening to him play gorgeous music at one of the pianos in the Gonda building. Then, minutes before he proposed, a year later, he serenaded me again. If you have any sort of musical ability, head down there and play for each other! It’s actually quite romantic, and it makes so many Mayo visitors smile! 

Mural Hunting

Rochester, MN has so many wonderful ways to view and experience art in our city including outdoor murals!  It’s so fun to explore and find these different works of art. Rochester MN Moms Blog has a helpful mural hunt guide to help point the way to our favorites.   Who knew that Rochester had so many beautiful murals?  Bonus** These make GREAT selfie photo-ops!