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10 Date Ideas in Council Bluffs

Located on the right side of Omaha, Council Bluffs is home to numerous trails, natural escapes, exciting attractions, and delicious dining options. It's date night, and it's your turn to choose the activity. Check out our list of ten date ideas to help spruce up your next date night!

1. Catch a Live Music Performance

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Live music is back, and there is a wide variety of performances to catch in CB! From top touring acts to large rock festivals and spectacular symphonies, you're sure to find a performance that will rock your socks off.

Visit our blog to see the list of upcoming live music and concerts in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County.

2. Axe Throwing!

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The Hub Trampoline Park is now offering axe throwing! Five lanes with interactive gaming technology allow players to participate in different game types with various targets. Enjoy a head-to-head match with your significant other, or bring another couple for a fun double-date!

3. Take a Hike

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With the Loess Hills in our backyard, we are steps away from some of the best hiking in Western Iowa! Hike the hills at Hitchcock Nature Center, wander through the forest at Fairmount Park, or walk under the canopy on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. If paved trails are more your style, we have a 41-mile continuous system of trails waiting to be explored!

4. Race Around the Track at Joe's Indoor Karting

Joe's Karting offers fast and furious kart racing, with European karts racing up to 45 mph! Experience the thrill by speeding around the track against your significant other. The loser buys dinner, right?!

5. Enjoy a Beach Day

We may be located in the middle of the country, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a sunny, sandy beach day! The beach at Lake Manawa State Park is perfect for laying out, swimming, and paddling in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. Admission to the beach area is only $3 per person!

6. Crack the Code and Escape!

Are you up for the challenge? You'll need to work together with your partner to find clues, solve puzzles, and "break out" of one of the five escape rooms at The Cryptic Room! You must hurry, though – once the clock hits zero, you're out of luck.  

7. Rent Bikes & Explore the City

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Are you looking to explore all the beautiful trails in Council Bluffs? Rent an electric Heartland Bike Share bike from one of the seven stations throughout town. For more information on renting a bike, visit Heartland Bike Share's website.

8. Shop, Eat, and Play at Farmers Market Council Bluffs

Farmers Market Council Bluffs is the place to be for locally-sourced farm-fresh foods and homegrown fun, including live music, group fitness, kids' activities, special events, and more! The market is held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the north side of Bayliss Park from early May to late September.

9. Dinner & Drinks

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Council Bluffs is experiencing a dining renaissance with unique new restaurants and pubs along with our first brewery! Council Bluffs is proud to be home to food entrepreneurs that have opened restaurants like 712 Eat + Drink, a contemporary American restaurant named after the CB area code, Barley's, a longtime community favorite, Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails, a modern and creative restaurant that makes scratch-made American cuisine, Christy Creme, the local's favorite ice cream shop, Pizza King, an award-winning steakhouse, and Primo's Mexican Restaurant, an authentic Mexican restaurant dedicated to using only the freshest ingredients. 

Visit our website to view all the dining options in CB!

10. Hit the Slots!

Between Ameristar Casino, Harrah's Casino, and Horseshoe Casino, there are so many table games, sports betting, and slot machines to experience and enjoy here in CB! Test your luck and play the night away.

But Wait, There's More!   

There are so many fun places to visit, things to see, food to eat, and events to attend in Council Bluffs. UNleash all that CB has to offer by browsing our website!

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