Bemidji is a city with a great environment located in Beltrami County, which is found in northern Minnesota. The views are fantastic, and it lives up to the origin of its name, which literally translates to “a lake with crossing waters.” This because the city is quite literally partially situated on the narrows of both Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving.
With the introduction out of the way, it is a great time to point out that this is an ideal city to have a romantic getaway with your significant other. So, whether you’re looking to plan a little trip or you’re a local looking for some inspiration, check out the places below that are perfect for romance.
Lake Bemidji State Park
While there are many things people of the world do not agree on, one almost universally spoken language is an appreciation for nature and the various physical features that form a part of it. There is a serene feeling associated with simply traversing beautiful locations and taking in the natural feeling. Therefore, couples have done so for years together as this is a great way to help bring them together in a different way than ever before.
The Lake Bemidji State Park is a perfect example of nature at its finest and this makes it one of the top attractions of the city as not only does it boast over 1,600 acres of pine forest, but it also allows access to some great activities, which makes it an ideal location for year-round enjoyment.
During the warmer months of the year, you can take part in activities that include but are not limited to fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, volleyball and swimming. Playing friendly sports or taking part in relaxing water-based activities is a great way to incorporate the elements of fun and relaxation in your routine, which is great for you and your significant other. Also, if you are both fans of roughing it against nature, the area makes a great place for camping as it boast over 90 drive in sites, some of which are electric, pull through, and even handicap accessible. In fact, it is a common occurrence for visitors to see loons, deer, herons, and eagles while they are out.
When winter rolls around and things are a bit colder, there’s no need to worry as the park then becomes a great place for activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.
Paul Bunyan Playhouse
If you and your significant other are fans of and have fun watching performing arts in action, then you may want to consider checking out the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. There is a large talent pool of actors and actresses that hail from Bemidji, as well as various other locations in the United States.
The playhouse has been in operation for almost 70 years and it has been delivering stellar performances for just as long. Visitors have gone here and have reported enjoying themselves to no end as they have viewed well put together and well executed performances of Hairspray, Clue the Musical, Magnolias, etc.
There’s just something about the wave of emotions that theatre performances can evoke in an audience and even more so in a couple.
Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land
The Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land is the largest petting zoo and wildlife park in the entire state of Minnesota. You can find this gem along the United States Highway 2 in Bemidji. Strolling through a zoo, petting animals, and taking numerous memorable pictures is a great way to spend a day with someone you love, and it allows you to get a look into their more caring side. This is particularly true for those who are animal lovers.
This park and petting zoo is the perfect place for an easygoing animal affair as it hosts over 100 species from various locations around the world. The collection includes common and rare species of reptiles, birds, foxes, coatimundis, wolves, jackals, deer, kangaroos, etc.
If you’d like to buy your significant other a little token to remind him/her of the experience, feel free to do so at the zoo’s gift shop.
You can also come prepared with your food items for a romantic picnic day as the zoo also features a dedicated picnic area. This is perfect as sometimes the best way to spend time with someone you love is over some great food while engaging in great conversation.
Slim’s Bar and Grill
This staple of Bemidji has been around for 30 years as of 2019. It is conveniently located in proximity to Lake Bemidji and the cozy diner feel is great for enjoying a relaxing meal and an easygoing dinner evening with someone you love. The food has been said to be very tasty here and it probably has a lot to do with the locally sourced and natural products that Slim’s Bar and Grill is known for using.
It is not all about the food here though as you can enjoy some TV or challenge each other to a friendly game of darts or pool. The interior design is exactly the kind of rustic, hunter style that you expect from such a location.
Once you’ve had your fill and had your fun, feel free to head down to Lake Bemidji for a beautiful aquatic and sunset view. Everyone knows the way staring at a sunset makes you feel especially if it is done during a warm embrace.
Watermark Art Center
Closing off today’s list is the Watermark Art Center. Viewing beautiful art pieces and discussing them has romantic merits based on the conversation created, however, being able to participate in the creation of said art takes things to another level entirely. This is the kind of fun you can have at the center.
Not only can you browse the existing catalog and buy anything that interests you, but you can also get your hands in the paint together and create a memory that has your personal touch. Also, you can take the learning journey together as the center offers classes for all ages.Places nearby:
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