Take Your Love to New Heights with These Phoenix Date Ideas

Phoenix is ripe with romantic jaunts year round.

Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon ride
Photo courtesy of Rainbow Ryders
Photo courtesy of Rainbow Ryders

A good date—like a really good date—can completely run the gamut. From first meetings with awkward get-to-know-you questions to designated outings in your decades-long relationship, trying to figure out where to go and what to do can become routine and uninspired. But Phoenix is for lovers, and there’s always something unique to do with your boo. From seeing if there’s a spark to keeping the fire alive, here are some fun and romantic activities in Phoenix bound to transcend your average date.

The Wigwam pool
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Indoor Date Ideas in Phoenix

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Ready to kick the romance up a notch? Take advantage of the city’s endless supply of high-end resorts and book an indulgent evening for two. Many run special Valentine’s Day offers through the month of February that can include everything from chocolates, strawberries, and champagne to dining credits or spa discounts. Try The Wigwam and their signature restaurant Litchfield’s, tucked away in the West Valley and running a romantic stay special all of February. Look at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows for their Let’s Stay in (the Shower) Tonight package. Or head to the historic Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort for some unique couples packages centered around the spring equinox and amethysts.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Lean into the most romantic night of the year with an evening out at one of the city's best restaurants. Highlights include the Valentine’s Week tasting menu at Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion for eight courses with some of the best views in the Valley, a prix-fixe three course menu complete with seasonal speciality cocktails at CALA Scottsdale, and a cooking class with wine at Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Pizza Date Night for Lovers. Not ready to go out on the day itself? Try the five course Valentine’s menu at The Sicilian Butcher that’s being served the whole week.

Get a little old-school with your date and head to one of the country’s remaining operational drive-ins. Glenday’s West Wind Drive-In shows the latest films on the big screen for less than you’d pay at a typical theater, with double-features regularly available to purchase. Plus, the on-site snack bar will ensure you don’t miss out on that movie theater-style popcorn.

Desert Botanical Garden
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Outdoor Date Ideas in Phoenix


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Before the summer heat kicks in and hiking times are restricted, now is the perfect time of year for getting active outside. There are plenty of easy, beginner hikes around the Valley of the Sun to make chatting easy while on the trails—Papago Park’s Big Butte Loop Trail is a perfect place to start. Bonus points for timing a stop at the Hole in the Rock formation at sunset for added romance. We might suggest saving the trek up Camelback Mountain after several dates.

Baseball Games

Springtime in Phoenix means Spring Training games, and with ballparks all over the city, it’s easy to pick a good meet up spot. Even hen the visiting teams leave at the end of March, you can still head to the ballpark with your boo The new National League champion Diamondbacks are one of the most wallet-friendly teams in baseball, meaning your date won’t break the bank and the atmosphere makes it easy for first date chitchat. To include dinner, book a table at the Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers inside the stadium for the game.

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What could be more romantic than cuddling up in a hot air balloon over the desert? Take a sunset trip on the highly-rated Rainbow Ryders to soak in the impeccable views. Afterwards, the ballooning outfit provides locally made snacks and prickly pear mimosas to enjoy as a toast to a successful journey.

Papago Park
It’s hard not to catch feelings in a setting as picturesque as Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden. Spanning 140-acres and one of only 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Desert Botanical Garden not only features thousands of unique living cacti but hundreds of rare and endangered species throughout its expansive walkable grounds, ideal for a romantic stroll. The Garden offers events throughout the year, including Flashlight Nights and special exhibits featuring art installations.

It’s odd to think that a date on a lake could be one of the best things to do in the desert, but Tempe Town Lake makes it possible. Embody the lovebirds and pedal your way around the water in a swan boat. Feeling extra passionate? Opt-in for the date night package which includes a box of chocolates and floral decorations.

Museum of Illusions - Scottsdale
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Arts and Culture Date Ideas in Phoenix

This year-round, interactive art exhibit at Scottsdale Fashion Square features works from around the world. With 14 colorful and transformative art installations, you're bound to embark on a journey with your love and see them in a whole new light. Plus, don’t forget to grab a signature cocktail while perusing the installations.

Hang from balconies, dance on the ceiling, and take turns shrinking and growing in the delightful land of illusion. The Museum of Illusions in Scottsdale is the ideal venue for a silly and casual date night that could end with some unique photos of the evening. Designed to amuse, amaze, and stimulate the senses, the Museum of Illusions features more than 60 visual and educational installations. Keep an eye out for deals on tickets, like the 2-for-1 offer on Valentine’s Day.

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Spend the day together exploring the Musical Instrument Museum, a jewel in Phoenix’s cultural locations. The museum’s vast collection covers 200 countries and 7,500 instruments with lots of hand-on and interactive displays. Check the calendar for the array of concerts and events going on at any time. Don’t have all day to spend? Buy tickets to the current special exhibit for a well-curated selection of musical gems.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West ticks several boxes for a great date with its idyllic setting, stunning mountain views, and, naturally, awe-inspiring architecture. Taliesin West offers a self-guided home and studio tour, using your own headphones and smartphone, where you can peruse the grounds for 60-minutes at your own pace, leaving plenty of opportunity to discuss together.

Snuggle up The Ravenscroft, where jazz melodies intertwine with a charming ambiance, setting the perfect backdrop for date night. Regularly featuring a mix of popular and upcoming artists, the unparalleled musical experience takes place in an intimate space, mimicking the vibrant New York jazz scene. 

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Asonta Benetti is a Phoenix-based freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and beverage. Her credits include Food & Wine, VinePair, AFAR, Eater, and Bon Appétit, among others.