Des Moines is known for its old-school Italian restaurants. Try
Noah’s Ark, Latin King, or Tumea & Sons for a classic romantic meal.
Try something new! Hit up an international restaurant like
Kathmandu, Mi Patria, Irina’s, or Lucky Lotus.
Get eclectic at an only-in-Des Moines spot like
Fongs, High-Life Lounge, or Zombie Burger.
Like more of a snacky-dinner? Get a great board plate at
Cheese Bar, Purveyor, Urban Cellar, or Republic on Grand.
No one said dates can only be at night! Find a sitter or make it a family date at
And don’t forget dessert, find the best spots for
ice cream or donuts in town.
farm-to-table event at the Wallace Center, or enjoy one of their pizza on the prairie nights.
Looking to just grab a drink (or a few!)? Pick a route and do a
coffee, beer, or wine crawl.
Or enjoy a variety of drinks at a local wine bar like
The Cave or beer bar like Iowa Taproom or El Bait Shop
Pretend you are on a tropical island and enjoy tiki drinks at
Bellhop or enjoy the island spirit with mocktails and other tasty delights at Kava DSM.
When the weather is nice, enjoy a local
patio. Or go for a backyard party feel and exciting cocktails at The Bartender’s Handshake.
During the summer Blank Park’s
Zoo Brew is a unique way to enjoy a beer.
Try a new activity at
Gray’s Lake or Jester Park, rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board.
Pick up some sandwiches at
Gateway Market and have a picnic at Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
Book a tee time at
Blank Golf Course, they feature both a full 18-hole course AND mini golf.
For the plant enthusiast, take a stroll through
Reiman Gardens, Des Moines Botanical Garden, or Brenton Arboretum.
During the winter, pretend you are in a Hallmark movie and lace up at
Brenton Skating Plaza.
During the summer, enjoy an outdoor
movie, concert, or festival.
Take a hike! Enjoy serene trails through
Brown’s Woods or Ledges Park.
There’s no limit of amazing bike trails in Des Moines, the
High Trestle may win for most romantic, especially on a warm summer night. Don’t forget the couple’s selfie on the bridge!
Relive your childhood and take your partner
Get historical with a visit to the
State Capitol or State Historical Museum
Make a lunch date at
The Art Center and enjoy fine art plus lunch at their cafe, Tangerine.
Try your hand at an Olympic sport,
Challenge yourself (and your partner!) at
Indoor play isn’t just for kids, or if you want an adult beverage with your game try bowling, ping pong, pickle ball, and more at Spare Time, Ricochet, or Smash Park.
Feeling competitive? Grab some quarters and hit up a classic arcade! The
Operating Room (with locations in West Des Moines, Waukee, and Ankeny), Up-Down in the East Village, and The Old School Pinball & Arcade in Grimes are two favorites.
Channel your inner lumberjack and try
ax throwing! (It’s harder than it looks).
Grab another couple for a double date night! Start with drinks then get dinner and end with dessert.
Don’t want to actually go anywhere? You can still have a
date night in and have fun!
A movie is a classic date night idea, but enjoy extra amenities like drinks and dinner at
Flix Brewhouse or The Palms Dine and Recline option.
Check out a live show with
Des Moines Performing Arts or for a more intimate experience, see what’s playing at Des Moines Playhouse.
How about a concert? See the lineup at
Wooly’s or Gaslamp.
During the summer, enjoy
Shakespeare on the Lawn at the Salisbury House.
Love ballet? Catch one of
Ballet Des Moines or Iowa Dance Theatre’s performances.
Get scary with your partner, hit up a
haunted house around Halloween.
Cheer on a local team, go see the
Iowa Cubs, Iowa Wild, Iowa Wolves or Iowa Barnstormers.
And don’t forget about the
Kids going to grandparents for the weekend? Head to
Omaha for an adult weekend away including happy hour, a garden tour, and sleeping in!
Make it a theme over a period of time and visit the
staycation or just a night to go swimming!
Or check out our
day trips and cheap and easy getaways.
For the ultimate romantics, take a tour through
The Bridges of Madison County.
Get crafty and do a class at
AR Workshop, The Knotty Nail, or Glazed Expressions, and bonus, have some new decor to show for it.
Want to sip wine while getting artsy? Check out
Painting with a Twist.
Plan a day or night perusing
Valley Junction or the East Village, each boasting over 100 businesses to shop, dine, and be entertained.
From late spring through fall, shop any number of
farmers markets and find locally grown and produced goodies.
Love finding a good deal with your partner? Head over to
The Outlets of Des Moines, stop by Bass Pro Shops too to see some fish and pick up outdoor needs.
Spend hours browsing
West End Architectural Salvage‘s unique variety of found goods. Bonus, grab a cocktail or coffee at their cafe to enjoy while you wander.
What’s your favorite date spot? Let us know in the comments!