Dinner at Nicollet Island Inn
According to the Gayot website, Nicollet Island Inn is one of the most romantic spots in the city.This 100-year-old inn is located on a small island on the Mississippi River close to downtown Minneapolis. The building consists of an inn with 24 guest rooms, a piano bar and a restaurant with views of the city. The restaurant has tables in private corners of the dining room for those seeking an intimate setting. Classic American fare is served. You can also take advantage of the elegant outdoor patio on warm nights. Make a reservation on the Fourth of July for the most romantic spot to watch the fireworks.
Visit Lake Harriet
One of the more popular lakes in Minneapolis, Lake Harriet features miles of walking trails perfect for a romantic stroll with your significant other. Pack a lunch and find a quiet spot along the lake for a romantic picnic. Catch a live performance at night at the Lake Harriet band shell. Concerts are held nightly from June to Labor Day, according to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
Take a Dinner River Cruise
Take a romantic river cruise aboard the Minneapolis Queen, which is replicated after the grand riverboats that once filled up the Mississippi River. The Minneapolis Queen offers a dinner cruise on Friday nights between Mother's Day and the third weekend in October. The boat ride takes you down the Mississippi River and through the St. Anthony lock. The scenery you will pass by includes the Minneapolis skyline and the upper Falls. Dinner options may include carved beef tenderloin and stuffed chicken breast. The Minneapolis Queen's Friday Night Dinner Cruise departs from Boom Island Park on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.