Valentine’s Date Ideas in Sioux City

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Are you looking for a special way to spend Valentine’s Day in Sioux City? Whether you’re looking for a date that's sporty, foodie, musical, classic, or somewhere in between, Sioux City has great options for romance and fun with your Valentine this February. And in great news for Sioux City parents, the Sioux City Parks and Rec Department is hosting a "Parent's Night Out" on Friday, February 14th from 6-9pm for kids and teens 6-18 at the Long Lines Family Rec Center ($10 for advance registration and $15 at the door,) so your kids can have as much fun as you do while you're out on a romantic date!

So with that in mind, here are my top six recommendations for Valentine’s Day dates in Sioux City:

Chill & Sporty Valentine

Sporty couples will enjoy celebrating their love by hitting the ice—and snow—at Sioux City’s Cone Park where you can enjoy ice skating and snow tubing down the Cone Park hill, including special sessions of Snow Glow Tubing on Friday 1/7, Saturday 1/8, Friday 1/14 and Saturday 1/15. Too chilly? Sioux City's IBP Ice Center has indoor skating open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-9pm!

Popcorn & Candy 

Cuddle on the couch with a great movie, your sweetie, and some Jolly Time Popcorn and Palmer’s Candy for a cozy Valentine’s Day at home with serious Sioux City flavor I’ve never had anything from either place that wasn’t amazing, but my top picks for people new to the two would be any of the truffles from Palmer’s, paired with some caramel popcorn hearts from Jolly Time Koated Kernels.

Dinner & a Movie

Sioux City has some great restaurants, and for romantic ambience, I recommend Kahill's, Crave, or Table 32. Or for uniquely local flavor, get the chislic at Minerva's--it's a dish starring melt-in-your-mouth fried steak bites that originated just a bit north of us, near Sioux Falls. Then, after dinner, head to the Promenade downtown or the AMC Theatre at the Southern Hills Mall to catch a movie!

A Feast for Your Ears

If your valentine adores music, this is the event for you! Queen presented by the Sioux City Symphony will get your hearts racing with classic glam rock performed by our local musical masters at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater on Saturday, February 15th at 7pm.

Diner & Milkshakes

For retro flavor, head to Billy Boy's or Tastee's for a vintage drive-through experience. I recommend upgrading to the onion chips, and finishing your meal with a milkshake. Billy Boy's is known for their shakes, or you can cruise up to LeMars for an unforgettable gourmet ice cream treat at the newly renovated Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor.

Get Artsy

Stroll together through the Sioux City Art Center to enjoy paintings, photography, sculpture, and more, or come to the Sioux City Art Center's Saturday classes on February 8th to make heart art at the 10:30am mixed media class ($7) or the 1pm studio painting session ($10.) Check out my post about visiting the Sioux City Art Center for more details on what to expect!

No matter what your valentine style is, you're sure to find a date night option in Sioux City that's a great way to celebrate you love! You might also enjoy my post about things to do with kids this Valentine's Day in Sioux City and Sioux Falls or this post about Romantic Dates in Omaha from Oh My Omaha!
 Happy Valentine's Day!

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*Note: a previous year's version of this post ran on the Travel Iowa Blog, which has since closed. 

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