4 Winter Date-Night Ideas in Columbia

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 – It’s not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to Stephens Lake Park. 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 ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from Parks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by Lakota Coffee, or one of the many coffee roasters around town, for your favorite seasonal drink.


Donuts and a Movie – Mix up your regular dinner and a movie by having donuts instead. You are allowed to have donuts at any time of day, and don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Grab one from Strange Donuts (or tacos from Seoul Taco if that’s more your style) before a movie at Ragtag. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy.

Two Words: Lazer Lanes – 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. Afterward (if you’re still hungry), head to Flat Branch Pub to grab a beer. If you’ve never been, for dinner we suggest their famous sweet potato chips, House Smoked Brisket, and the Stout Brownie Sundae.

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Small Town Getaway – If you’re looking for a little getaway, Rocheport is the place and its right up the road from Columbia. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of Bed & Breakfasts to choose from, antique and gift shops, and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards’ Blufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you from the tasting room.

Written by Rachel Grant from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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