As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow, and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring. We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in case you start getting a little stir-crazy, here are some ideas for a winter date night in Columbia:
Sledding is not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to Stephens Lake Park opens in a new window. The hill on the east side of the lake is a popular sledding spot, and there’s typically a bonfire going at Collins Shelter when there is snow on the ground. You can also ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from Parks and Recreation opens in a new window when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by Lakota opens in a new window for your favorite seasonal drink and some hot soup.
Mix up your regular ‘dinner and a movie’ date night! Head over to Gunter Hans for Bretzels and Liege Waffles before a movie at Ragtag opens in a new window. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy. Check the website for information on current movies.
No Columbia winter is complete without a visit to the Magic Tree opens in a new window at the Village of Cherry Hill. Get some photos and then warm up at Flat Branch Pub opens in a new window for dinner. Grab a beer (see what’s on tap at Flat Branch), and order your favorite. If you’ve never been, we suggest the Green Chili Chicken Fingers, the Flat Branch Burger, and the Stout Brownie Sundae. Yum. [Once the Magic Tree is gone, here are some other stops opens in a new window you can make instead.]
Two words: Lazer Lanes opens in a new window. They have bowling, laser tag, an arcade, BUMPER CARS, food, a bar… what more could you want? Make a contest out of it – whoever loses Lazer tag buys the winner fried Oreos (speaking of food, we want everything on the menu opens in a new window). If the onsite cafe is closed, go next door to Jose Jalapenos for cheese dip and tacos. Check out their drink specials online.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Rocheport is the place. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of antique and gift shops and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro opens in a new window or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you at the Tasting Room opens in a new window.