Here Are the 15 Best Places to Propose in Minnesota

No surprise here: The Land of 10,000 Lakes has an abundance of scenic proposal spots.
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Updated Apr 19, 2024

If your love story began in Minnesota, your search for the best places to propose in Minnesota is likely underway. Also known as "The Land of 10,000 Lakes", it offers so much more than just bodies of water for the perfect proposal location (and future wedding).

"Minnesota offers a plethora of picturesque landscapes, charming cities and romantic settings that make it an ideal place for a proposal," says Deanna Wheeler, founder and lead planner at Olive Branch Events Co. "Couples are drawn to its natural beauty, from its majestic North Woods and tranquil lakes to its vibrant urban areas. The state's distinct seasons also add to its appeal, providing opportunities for unique and memorable proposal experiences year-round."

If you are planning to propose (or plan your wedding) in Minnesota, here are 15 of the best places to consider popping the question. (Find a complete list of proposal photographers, proposal planners, proposal packages and more on The Knot Vendor Marketplace.)

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The Best Time of The Year to Propose in Minnesota

Minnesota has four seasons, so weather conditions may play a role in your proposal plans. For ideal weather, Wheeler recommends that the best time of year to propose outdoors in Minnesota is from May-October.

"Be sure to check forecasts and plan accordingly, especially if you're considering an outdoor proposal. It is very much the Midwest, and winters are harsh," says Wheeler.

However, weather conditions aren't the only thing to consider when proposing in Minnesota."For couples planning a proposal in Minnesota, consider adding personal touches that reflect your relationship and shared memories," says Wheeler. "Whether it's incorporating favorite activities, choosing a meaningful location or enlisting the help of friends and family, thoughtful gestures can make the proposal even more special. There are so many amazing restaurants to celebrate your engagement in Minneapolis as well."

The Best Places to Propose in Minnesota

Minnesota has a plethora of unique places to propose to your future spouse. Starting to research where to get down on one knee? These are some of the best places to propose in Minnesota.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden combines art and botany for a gorgeous outdoor proposal spot.

"Nestled in the heart of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden offers a unique and artistic setting for a proposal. With its iconic sculptures, colorful gardens and serene pathways, the garden provides a romantic oasis in the midst of the city," says Wheeler. "Propose amidst the iconic 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' sculpture, stroll hand in hand through the picturesque surroundings and celebrate your love amidst the beauty of art and nature."

Science Museum of Minnesota

From dinosaurs and fossils to parts of the human body, there are so many interesting exhibits to check out before popping the question at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. Revel in all things natural history, mathematics and more together—as well as celebrating your future

7 Vines Vineyard

Does your partner fancy wine? Sip some of the best in Minnesota together and spend a day exploring 7 Vines Vineyard in St. Paul, ending with a romantic proposal.

The Bakken Museum

This science-centered Bakken Museum in Minneapolis has multiple exhibits on plants, Frankenstein and electricity. Set the spark for your future by exploring it and popping the question here.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee celebrates all things renaissance. Step back into the old world as you step into your future together.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul is home to foxes, bison, giraffes and more. Celebrate the animal kingdom with your love and propose in front of your favorite animals for a memorable engagement story.

Pinstripes

Throw on some bowling shoes and hit the lanes with a fun bowling date at Pinstripes in Edina. Even if you don't hit a strike, popping the question here will definitely make you a winner.

The American Swedish Institute

Minnesota's Swedish population is the largest in the United States, and The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis celebrates Swedish art and culture. Get your Scandinavian fix and pop the question at the unique museum.

Minnesota Transportation Museum

Railroads and trains are a major draw to the Minnesota Transportation Museum in St. Paul. Hop in a box car and get down on one knee in this special place.

Beautiful Places to Propose in Minnesota

Searching for a scenic spot Minnesota proposal location? Here are some of the most beautiful places to propose in Minnesota.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Superior Hiking Trail

The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the most gorgeous places in all of Minnesota. "The rugged beauty of the North Shore, with its dramatic cliffs, rocky beaches and pristine forests, provides a breathtaking backdrop for a proposal," says Wheeler. "Whether you choose to propose against the backdrop of a majestic waterfall, during a scenic hike along the Superior Hiking Trail or beneath the starry skies of Gooseberry Falls State Park, the North Shore offers endless romantic possibilities for an unforgettable engagement moment."

Minnehaha Regional Park Falls

The waterfalls in this park within Minneapolis is a peaceful proposal spot. "Tucked away within the heart of Minneapolis, Minnehaha Falls is a hidden gem that offers a picturesque setting for a proposal," says Wheeler. "Cascading over limestone cliffs into a serene pool below, the waterfall provides a romantic backdrop surrounded by lush greenery and scenic pathways."

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The stunning Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska has 1,200-acres of public garden space–plenty to roam with your partner. Pop the question beneath the leafy trees, one of many gardens or on the sprawling hiking trails.

Westwood Hills Nature Center

The Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park has 160 acres of prairie, marsh and woods–truly a natural wonder. Take in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife (like mink and owls) with your partner.

Bluefin Bay Family Resorts

Head up north to the shorelines of Lake Superior with your sweetie for an unforgettable stay at the Bluefin Bay Family Resorts in Tofte. The expanse of Lake Superior is right outside your door–a majestic place to propose.

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