Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your special someone, family, or friends, the Norfolk area is filled with fun date night ideas for everyone! Get away for a fun-filled day or romantic weekend vacation.

Enjoy unique dishes and drinks at these local restaurants:

Wine and cheese tasting at Lot 279

Beer tasting at Divots Brewery

Grab some ice cream from J’s Place in Pierce

Bottomless Mimosas and brunch at District Table & Tap on Sundays

Order a homemade pizza and drink from Fight’n River in Battle Creek

Create your own pizza at home with kits from North Fork Bread Company

Reserve seats at Sakura Steakhouse and enjoy the hibachi grill

Endulge in some cupcakes from Limited Edition Cupcakes in Madison

Try something new at 411 Restaurant and Lounge


Stick with your New Year’s Resolution and stay active with these ideas:

Fitness class at the YMCA

Round of golf together at Cyndi’s Fun Fit Golf or Hit ‘Em Up

Ice fishing at Ta-Ha-Zouka, Skyview Lake, or Willow Creek Lake

Bowl at King’s Lanes or D&K Lane

Round of disc golf at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park or Skyview Park

Hit the trails for a walk or bike ride


Spend the day with friends:

Spa day at one of many local spas

Photoshoot in front of the murals in downtown

Dance the night away at Karma Lounge

Live music at local bars and restaurants

Art class at Revitalized Studio

Karaoke at King’s Sports Bar


Try something new:

Admire an exhibit at the Norfolk Arts Center

Check out the Madison County Museum in Madison

Explore the new exhibit at the Elkhorn Valley Museum

Visit the Plainview Klown Doll Museum for a good laugh

Game night at King’s Treasure Zone

Movie at Norfolk 7 Theatre

Norfolk’s Community Theatre live performance

Attend an event


Book your hotel now and plan your weekend. Make this a Valentine’s Day you won’t forget!

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The new year is the perfect time to start something new. Hobbies are a great way to cope with stress, build new connections with people, and gives yourself a sense of purpose. The Norfolk area has many opportunities for visitors and community members to find something new in 2021.

Join the art scene

2021 is the perfect year to start a hobby is the art world! Revitalized Studio offers a variety of ways to learn how to create masterpieces. From painting to pencil drawing, the studio’s classes focus on teaching beginners the process of making a masterpiece. The Norfolk Art Center is the best place to discover art exhibits and attend events. Express yourself with Open Mic Night at First Friday or spend time at the studio on Second Saturday. These events are great ways to express yourself in a comfortable environment.


The Cowboy Trail Experience

Get in shape while also enjoying the beautiful views on the Cowboy Trail anytime of the year. During the warm months, start at the trail head in Ta-Ha-Zouka Park and experience the trail by walking, running, or biking. When enough snow falls, take the trail by snowshoes. The Cowboy Trail is great for beginners!


Explore by Kayak

Pick up a new hobby on the water. Kayaking is a popular warm weather activity in the Norfolk area. To start, head to the North Fork River or Skyview Lake in Norfolk for a more relaxing experience. Then, try the Elkhorn River once you’re are more advanced. Buy your own or rent from North Fork Outfitting.


Step outside of your culinary comfort zone

The Norfolk area is the perfect place to try new foods. From seafood to American cuisine, we have it all. Downtown Norfolk is a hot spot for locally owned restaurants with menus filled with delicious food. Grab the pizza of the month from District Table & Tap or try buffalo meatloaf from 411 Restaurant. Don’t miss dessert! MJ’s Gelato has a great selection of the Italian version of ice cream. Head to Omaha Avenue for another great selection of restaurants with a variety of cuisine. Aroma Circuit, located inside of Norfolk County Inn & Suites, is the newest Indian restaurant with mild to spicy dishes. The well-known Michael’s Cantina has a ton of classic Mexican dishes that pair great with their margaritas!


Head off the beaten path to diners in the Norfolk area. J’s Place in Pierce is highly recommended by visitors and community members because of their amazing burgers and ice cream. Goody’s Grill located in Battle Creek is a great place to stop and enjoy a sit-down meal. Make sure to order the onion rings as an appetizer. You can’t forget to stop in Madison for authentic Mexican food at Burrito King and a sweet treat from Limited Edition Cakes.

Join us for the ultimate scavenger hunt this December!

He’s back for another scavenger hunt! This elf is hiding around the Norfolk area to keep an eye on us before Christmas is here. From December 1st-18th, we will post clues of where the elf is hidden on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Fill in your answers on the calendar and turn it in before the 28th. The participant with the most points wins the grand prize of a 1-night stay at Norfolk Lodge & Suites plus a $50 gift card from a local business of their choice.

Download your here: Virtual Elf Shelf Brochure 2020