November in Minnesota is about as gloomy as it gets. Sure, there's Thanksgiving. And there's the occasional 50-degree day when everyone busts out their shorts and spends the entire day outside. But for the most part, it's a solid month of cloudy, drizzly (or even snowy) weather.
With darkness falling earlier and earlier, and winter on its way, you'll need any excuse you can to get out of the house and brighten up your day. Fortunately, you'll find plenty to do with these amazing deals.
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Laser Tag At AirMaxx Fun Center
Original Price: $60
Discounted Price: $42.50 (44% off)
Round up some friends for a pulse-pounding game of laser tag. Hone your Special Forces skills while sneaking through a gigantic maze. Shrouded in fog, and pulsing with techno music and colorful strobe lights, it's the ultimate escape from a wintry November day.
10k Brewing Beer Tasting
Original Price: $30
Discounted Price: $18 (40% off)
November is brewery weather. Cold, gray days are the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a beer and a board game. You'll find both at this brick-and-wood taproom.
With a creative selection of craft beers, from fruity (Cranberry Cream Ale) to funky (Sour Scottish Ale) to hoppy, malty, balanced and blonde, there's something for every palate. It's well worth the drive to Anoka.
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
Original Price: $24.49
Discounted Price: $19.99 (18% off)
It's the perfect time of year for an ocean escape. Fortunately, you don't have to go far to immerse yourself in a watery wonderland. Located in the Mall of America, Sea Life Aquarium features sharks, sea turtles, stingrays (you can even pet them!) and more. Walk through the glass tunnels in the saltwater habitat to really feel like you're at the bottom of the sea.
Amazing Mirror Maze
Original Price: $17.90
Discounted Price: $11 (39% off)
You don't have to wait for the State Fair to get lost in one of these labyrinths. At the Mall of America, you'll find one of the biggest mirror mazes in the world. Bring some friends (or your s/o) to help navigate through the seemingly endless corridors.
Mercury Mosaics Beginner Class
Original Price: $80
Discounted Price: $42 (48% off)
Unleash your inner artiste while creating a unique keepsake. Part art, part skill, mosaic work is a craft for anyone - no talent or experience required! It's a great way to spend a Saturday, especially when it's a chilly gray day.
Mojo Monkey Donuts
Savings: 30% cash back
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a maple-bacon long john, cookie-dough cake donut or chai-mousse bismark (among numerous other mouth-watering options). It's no wonder this place is consistently ranked among the best donut shops in the Twin Cities.
Bookmark this article and come back to claim it! (Or, better yet, head out the door now for an impromptu indulgence.)
Crooked Pint Alehouse
Original Price: $40
Discounted Price: $22 (45% off)
What better way to warm up on a chilly November night than with classic pub food and friends? Choose from burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and shareables. (Poutine, anyone?)
Finish up with the "Chocolate Chip Lucy." A spin on the world-famous Juicy Lucy, it's a cream-cheese-stuffed chocolate chip cookie, still hot from the oven, topped with ice cream, caramel, hot fudge, and whipped cream. It's perfect for sharing - but, then again, you might want to just devour it all on your own.
Museum of Russian Art
Original Price: $20 for two
Discounted Price: $18 (55% off)
Class it up with some culture. At the Museum of Russian Art, you'll find unique exhibits ranging from traditional to modern. Take a stroll through the gallery with your s/o for a romantic date night, or grab your best friend for a night out.
Pole Dancing Class With Frestyl Fitness
Original Price: $30 per class
Discounted Price: $19.50 (35% off)
Get your sexy on while learning a few moves - and getting in a good workout while you're at it. Aimed at all skill levels, these classes build flexibility, strength and endurance. And they're a whole lotta fun.
Average Joe's Archery Experience
Original Price: $35.50
Discounted Price: $20 (40% off)
Have a secret yearning to string a bow with the sexy confidence of Katniss Everdeen? Who knows, maybe you'll have a hidden talent for hitting the bullseye. Even if bow hunting isn't your thing, archery is a worthwhile sport in its own right, and this beginner class is a great way to get your feet (er, lace-up leather boots) wet.
Gray Duck Massage
Original Price: $75
Discounted Price: $51 (32% off)
You can never go wrong with a massage. Let your stress melt away during a soothing hour of deep-tissue bodywork. One hour, not enough? There's also a 90-minute option.
Roseville Ice Arena
Original Price: $20
Discounted Price: $12 (40% off)
It might be too early in the season for the outdoor skating rinks downtown, but you can still hit this ice rink for a romantic skate-date! Skate rental is included, so you don't have to dig up that old pair from your teenage years in your parents' basement.
Sky-Karting at Smaaash Mall of America
Original price: $80
Discounted Price: $45 (44% off)
Take go-karts to the next level, literally! Race your friends on this elevated multilevel track. After seeing who has the fasted lap (and gloating sufficiently about it), check out the arcade and virtual reality experiences. The Groupon also includes laser tag for a full day of indoor fun.
Original Price: $25
Discounted Price: $15 (40% off)
Get in the mood for winter with some authentic Nordic cuisine. Located in the quaint St. Anthony Park neighborhood, this European bakery and bistro serves up everything from cappuccinos and mimosas to Finnish oatcakes, stuffed cabbage rolls, and lefse-wrapped salmon. Don't forget to save room for a slice of the Finlandia - a rich rum-fudge torte.
The bistro offers free wi-fi for working lunches and a patio for those rare November days when it tops 50 degrees.
MN Pro Paintball
Original Price: $68.50
Discounted Price: $38 (45% off)
Gear up for the hunt - and prepare to have a blast. Play "capture the flag" and complete combat missions amidst towers, trenches, and other obstacles. Located in Lakeville, this place has 10 outdoor fields totaling 150 acres. The Groupon includes all-day admission.
Social Style Lush Gel Manicure
Original Price: $38
Discounted Price: $23 (39% off)
Need some color to brighten up the ho-hum of November? Get a gel manicure at this lovely salon in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul. Two- and three-manicure packages are also available.
Special Ops Escape Room
Discounted Price: $38.45 per person
Bust out your spy skills at this immersive escape-room experience. You'll have 60 minutes to complete your mission. No pressure - it's just the fate of the entire world resting on your shoulders.
Pottery Class At Caufield Clay Works
Original Price: $150
Discounted Price: $69 (54% off)
Outside, the air already hurts your face, so why not spend a few hours in the studio? Get your creative side flowing with some wheel-throwing. Even if you've never tried it before, you'll learn all the skills you need to come away with a hand-crafted piece of pottery!
Jump Pass At The Sky Zone
Original Price: $39.98
Discounted Price: $24 (40% off)
Get some exercise while flying high at this indoor trampoline park. In addition to freestylin' it, you can also join a dodgeball game, try the warrior course or jump into the foam zone (among other attractions).