Love is in the air in North Dakota. Get your first date started off smoothly by picking the perfect location. From vintage arcades to cozy bookstores to charming cafes, you’ll surely have a memorable first date at these 10 great spots.
Get active for your first date by hitting the ice rink at Maysa Arena! Admission to public skate sessions is $4 and skate rentals are $4. Check out the Maysa Arena website for a complete schedule of open skating sessions.
Music lovers can bond over discovering new tunes at Bismarck’s Rhythm Records & Cafe. Occasionally late night concerts are held here, which is another great idea for date night. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Video game aficionados will love going on a date to a vintage pinball arcade. Fargo Pinball is open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, so you can find fun here no matter the time of day. The arcade is open to members only, so make sure your membership is in order before the first date. Membership dues are $45 for the first year and $20 for each subsequent year.
Stepping through the door of this bookstore, you’re greeted by shelf upon shelf of old and interesting books. Take your date to a bookstore for a unique date that bookworms will surely treasure.
This glow in the dark indoor mini golf is fun for all ages. The mini golf features 18 holes in a glow in the dark course that is exciting and challenging. Potential couples will have a great opportunity to bond while battling it out in mini golf!
Have a busy schedule? Instead of going to the bars to meet up after work, try an early morning first date breakfast at Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop. This quaint shop has muffins, long johns, apple clusters, doughnuts of all varieties, cake doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, caramel rolls, cinnamon pretzels, doughnut balls, and so much more. In addition to the usual doughnuts, they also have fun, creative concoctions like s’mores doughnuts or Butterfinger crumble.
Use your first date to experience the exceptional art of the Dakotas together. From Native American beads and hides to Asian sculptures, this museum has something that everyone can enjoy. The collections include contemporary regional, national, and international art from the early 1970s to present day, visual history of the region, including contemporary Native American art, and historical art. The North Dakota Museum of Art does not charge an admission fee, however the suggested donation amount is $5 for adults.
From bison grazing on the plains to the unique rock formations that have captured the imaginations of North Dakotans for centuries, a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a beautiful way to get to know someone new. Some of the park’s highlights are the Painted Canyons, Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin, Prairie Dog Town, Scenic Loop Drive, Elkhorn Ranch Site, Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Scenic Byway, and the Oxbow Overlook.
Spice up this first date with a little adrenaline pumping adventure by heading to Missouri River Kayak Rentals. After picking a kayak, kayakers can raft along the Missouri River or explore the many local lakes and rivers. Missouri River Kayak Rentals are available at locations in Bismarck, Stanton, and Pick City. Kayak rentals are affordable at only $40 for a single day and discounts for multiple days. See you on the water!
This cute downtown bakery is likely the only spot around where one can make their own cupcakes at the cupcake bar. Customers can choose cupcake flavors (vanilla, chocolate, marble, red velvet, and seasonal flavors), toppings (sprinkles, heath, Butterfinger, nerds, coconut, peanut butter cups, mint chips, chocolate chips, Oreo, white chocolate chips, M&Ms, and strawberries), and frosting (vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, cream cheese, cookies and cream, and seasonal flavors). A cupcake date will start this potential relationship off to a sweet start!