10 Winter Date Ideas in Council Bluffs

When the temperature starts to drop, you and your other half may be looking for some fun winter date ideas that suit the season. Luckily there are tons of options in the Council Bluffs metro, whether you’re the indoor type or ready to be immersed in the cold weather.

After a long day out on the town, unwind with a relaxing stay in a Council Bluffs hotel. Click on our hotel options to browse and book today! 

Use our interactive trip planner tool to help plan your unforgettable getaway in Council Bluffs! As you browse the website, look for the pin icon to save things to do, places to eat, events to attend, blogs, and more. Once you've curated your list, you can send it to yourself, share it with friends or family, and easily access it at any time! 

1. Cocktails & Dinner


Head down to the Historic 100 Block of West Broadway for cocktails and a delicious dinner! Swing by The BLK Squirrel for classic mixed drinks, Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails for a unique beverage, or Barley’s for a great meal. See the complete list of 100 Block businesses in our blog.

2. Hit the Slopes at Mt. Crescent

Try out some winter sports at Mt. Crescent Ski Area, offering skiing, snowboarding, and sledding! They provide visitors with various slopes to intrigue newcomers and challenge those who are more experienced. 

3. Check out the Zoo

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Unleash all the metro has to offer by visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha! It's consistently ranked one of the world's best zoos and features seven acres of immersive indoor exhibits perfect for the cooler weather. 

4. Hit the Casinos!

Get in on the action at table games, slot machines, and sports betting at one of Council Bluffs’ three casinos; Ameristar, Harrah’s, and Horseshoe!

5. Bowling

Bowling isn’t just for kids’ parties! Invite a group or your couple friends and knock down some pins, or head to Thunderbowl with just the two of you.

6. Go Antiquing in Iowa's Antique City

Go treasure hunting in Walnut- Iowa’s Antique City, located about 40 miles outside Council Bluffs. You never know what you may find!

7. Cozy Up in the Movie Theatre 


Enjoy the comfortable recliners and bar at AMC Council Bluffs! Get the best seats by reserving your spot online.

8. Watch a Live Performance!


Support local and regional talent by catching a live music performance at The Arts Center at Iowa Western, a show by the Chanticleer Community Theater, or a fun and exciting Drag Brunch at Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails!

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9. Have an Indoor Picnic

Picnics don’t need to be summer exclusive! Order carryout from one of Council Bluffs’ restaurants, lay out a blanket in the living room or hotel room, light the candles, and have a romantic picnic in the warmth and comfort of your home or hotel suite.

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10. Go to the Brewery


Full Fledged Brewing Company is a great place to enjoy a pint and spend time with your significant other! Enjoy local brews, including the Council’s Kolsch, Blufftown Brown Ale, or the Worthy Cause Amber.

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, click here!

For a complete list of places to eat, click here!

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

This post was originally published on November 22, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.