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Date Ideas: Cheap & Fun Romantic Alternatives

Well, it’s February…the month of love. Kiss goodbye those same old cliché dates! You know, those one size fits all dinner-and-a-movie dates, and opt for something a bit more unique. Here are great ideas for you and your significant other that will certainly break the mold, but not the bank.

For Action & Adventure:

Action City – Eau Claire
Take the scenic route on the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, have a friendly battle of laser tag on a mist and obstacle-filled course, or show off on the climbing wall.

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks – Wisconsin Dells
It’s an all-in-one indoor water park, amusement park, and arcade center! Play water basketball and relax in the floating river, or take on one of the nine elevated go-kart tracks. 

For Fitness & Fun:

Ice Skating

Appleton Memorial Park Ice Rink – Appleton
This beautiful ice skating rink offers skate rentals for and a warming area with a wood burning fireplace. Snacks and other treats are also available. 

RecPlex – Pleasant Prairie
Show off your athleticism! The RecPlex is an indoor water park, state-of-the-art recreation / fitness facility AND has two NHL-size rinks. Check out the open skate schedule here.

For Conversation & Creativity:

Fired Up Pottery – Madison
Paint your own pottery, sculpt clay or learn glass fusion jewelry-making. Fired Up is the perfect place to discover your artistic side, and requires no studio fee to paint your pottery. 

Richeson School of Art & Gallery – Kimberly
Take a professional workshop or one-time class! Perfect for any skill level, you can learn anything from watercolor painting to portraiture. If you’re interested in attending a workshop taught by a professional artist, you can find a schedule and prices here.

Hopefully you have a few date ideas to mix things up. Of course, if you’re more of the traditional romantic, there are plenty of quaint Bed & Breakfasts and cozy romantic restaurants to make your sweetheart swoon.