Take an evening stroll in the Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden's Flashlight Tours are great for seeing all kinds of Phoenician plant life, and during the warmer months the park opens up their five trails at night to explore blooming plants and wildlife in the dark. It’s BYOF (bring your own flashlight), but you’ll see beautiful flowers you never could have imagined that could pop out of cacti in the nighttime, so it’s totally worth the extra stop at CVS on your way.
Watch the sunset from the top of South Mountain -- without the hike
South Mountain Park
You’ll probably want to avoid all forms of outdoor hiking in the summer, unless you like heatstroke or getting up at 4am. Luckily, South Mountain offers some of the best views of the city at sunset that you can drive to. The best bet is driving up to Dobbins Lookout around dusk to catch the sunset, and you’ll probably also spot planes coming and going from Sky Harbor, too. Just make sure you have the perfect playlist for the ride up.
Cheer on the Diamondbacks
There's no reason you shouldn't catch at least one Diamondbacks game this season. The tickets run cheap, the stadium is air conditioned, and you can take the light rail downtown to avoid expensive parking costs. You’ll really want to spend all of your money on the beer and food anyways. Save room for the asada dog for lunch, and then the churro dog for dessert.
Tee off your night at Topgolf
Even if you or your date has never swung a golf club before, Topgolf is a fun game for everyone, especially when fueled by alcohol. Reserve a bay on a Friday night, but get to the venue early to grab a drink at the bar and play some foosball before your time slot. For $45 an hour, you’ll want to spend at least two there because it’s a blast trying to hit the targets, and also hilarious to watch when a newbie doesn’t know how to aim.
Explore Africa (in Arizona)
If you’ve ever wanted to hang out with lions, tigers, and bears, now’s your chance. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a little over an hour outside of Phoenix, but the close-up experience you have with these huge creatures is worth the drive. But if you’re really trying to impress your date, splurge on the Expedition Passport, which is $53 for adults, to see all of the shows and to get the chance to feed a tiger.