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 in Eau Claire
Take the scenic route on the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest ($5-6), have a friendly battle of laser tag on a mist and obstacle-filled course, ($5) or show off on the climbing wall ($4).

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks in 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. You can get an all day water & theme park pass for only $45/ticket (plus tax)!

Gamecraze in Warrens
A themed black light mini-golf course and a bevy of state-of-the-art arcade games make this entertainment center an excellent, thrifty choice. Main attractions are $8-10 and arcade games are $1-5.

For Fitness & Fun:

Ice Skating

Appleton Memorial Park Ice Rink in Appleton
This beautiful ice skating rink offers skate rentals for $2 and a warming area with a wood burning fireplace. Snacks and other treats are also available. The rink is open weekdays in the evening, and weekends day and night.

RecPlex in 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. Day passes for the whole center are $10 for village residents, $14 for non-residents. Check out the open skate schedule here.

For Conversation & Creativity:

Fired Up Pottery in Cottage Grove
Paint your own pottery, sculpt clay or learn glass fusion jewelry-making. There are no studio fees to paint your own pottery and the clay and wheel pottery only has an $9/day fee.

Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly
Take a professional workshop or one-time class! Perfect for any skill level, you can learn anything from watercolor painting to portraiture for only $8 per person, no sign up necessary. 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.