10 Winter Date Ideas in Council Bluffs

Winter in Council Bluffs offers a magical backdrop for romantic dates and memorable outings. From sipping cocktails on the Historic 100 Block of West Broadway to hitting the slopes at Mt Crescent Ski Area, there's something for every couple to enjoy. Whether you're a fan of cozy indoor activities or outdoor adventures, here are ten fantastic winter date ideas for you and your loved one in the Council Bluffs Area.

1. Cocktails & Dinner on the 100 Block


Kick off your winter date night with a visit to the Historic 100 Block of West Broadway. This charming area is dotted with cozy restaurants and bars. Enjoy a romantic dinner, try out delicious cocktails, and stroll through the historic street. It's a perfect way to start your evening.

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2. Hit the Slopes at Mt. Crescent

Couple kissing at mt crescent

For the adventurous couples, spend a day on the slopes at Mt Crescent Ski Area. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to skiing or snowboarding, it's a thrilling way to bond while enjoying the crisp winter air and stunning views.

3. Attend Night Light at the Kiewit Luminarium 

The Kiewit Luminarium hosts adult-only nights every Thursday, where you can explore fascinating exhibitions in a unique and tranquil setting. It's a wonderful opportunity to share a thought-provoking experience! 

4. Hit the Casinos!

Council Bluffs is home to several fantastic casinos, including Ameristar, Harrah's, and Horseshoe! Test your luck with your partner at one of these establishments, and if you're feeling lucky, you might just come away with some extra cash to treat yourselves to a special dinner or a spa day.

5. Antique Shopping in Iowa's Antique City

Take a short drive to Walnut, Iowa, known for its charming antique shops. Exploring these quaint stores can be a fun and nostalgic experience, full of unique treasures and stories to share.

6. Cozy Up in the Movie Theatre 

couple at AMC movie theater

When the weather outside is frightful, head to AMC in Council Bluffs, the Dreamland Theatre in Carson, or the Phoenix Theater in Neola for a cozy movie night. Snuggle up in comfy seats, enjoy popcorn, and watch the latest releases on the big screen.

7. Watch a Local Performance 

Experience the magic of the performing arts at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center. Check our calendar for musicals, symphony performances, or ballet shows, and immerse yourselves in the world of music and dance.

8. Grab a Pint at Full Fledged 

If you're a fan of craft beer, Full Fledged Brewing Co. is a great spot for a casual and laid-back date. Enjoy a pint or two while engaging in good conversation in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

9. Experience Fine-Dining at 360 Steakhouse

a table with steak meals

For an exquisite and memorable date night experience, look no further than 360 Steakhouse! Perched high atop Harrah's Casino with panoramic views of the Missouri River, this fine dining establishment offers an elegant and intimate setting that's perfect for a romantic evening. 

10. Axe Throwing at The Hub

Wrap up your winter date adventure with some adrenaline-pumping fun at The Hub. Axe throwing is a unique and exciting way to challenge each other, and it's sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

But Wait! There's More

There are so many unforgettable activities, events, and attractions to visit in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County! Uncover a special day in Council Bluffs by browsing our attractions and restaurants. 

For a complete list of attractions, visit our play page!

For a complete list of places to eat, check out our restaurant directory!

Don't forget to book your hotel stay with one of our properties by clicking here!

This post was originally published on November 1, 2023 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.