When you’re looking for date night ideas, Phoenix has you covered, from top-notch restaurants to romantic settings to active endeavors. Don’t go with the usual dinner and a movie. Instead, capitalize on all of the exciting activities Phoenix has to offer. With such a wide selection, it’s easy to find something both you and your date can enjoy. Here are some of our suggestions for a successful Phoenix date night.
A date night is special, whether it’s your first date or you’re making time to reconnect with your spouse, and the restaurant you choose should be just as special. Skip the chain restaurants. Go for something local, unique, or award-winning to make it a memorable meal for you and your date. Not sure where to go? Here are a few restaurant ideas that won’t leave you bored or wishing you had gone somewhere else:
Even if you and your date don’t share the same taste in art, Phoenix offers plenty of diverse art experiences you can share together. From galleries to special art events, this date night idea gives you something of substance to discuss. It might even give you some insight into your date’s personality. But don’t count them out if their art tastes vary from yours.
Try one of these art-based fun date night ideas in Phoenix:
Going to a movie is almost a cliché when it comes to date night, but the West Wind Drive-In Movie Theater is the exception. Take your date back in time with the classic romance of a drive-in movie. Snuggle in the back of your car as you watch a first-run movie in a fun outdoor setting. Since you’re sitting in your own car and not in a movie theater, you can carry on a conversation with your date without getting shushed by the crowd.
The climate here in Phoenix means you’ll have plenty of active, outdoor date options year round. Make sure your date knows ahead of time if you plan to get sweaty during your outing. Some people prefer to stay perspiration-free, especially in the early stages of a relationship.
Hiking is a logical date option in Phoenix. We have no shortage of hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. Take your date to Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Valley below. Pack a picnic, or hike back down to the bottom and head to your favorite restaurant. Papago Park is home to Hole-in-the-Rock, another creative option for a picnic date. Climb to the opening, and enjoy the mountain views while you enjoy a picnic lunch.
Another option is to explore nature in the Phoenix area from the back of a horse. The Ponderosa Livery Stable is one business in the area that offers guided trail rides in South Mountain Park. Take in the rock formations and ancient petroglyphs in the park. Don’t forget to have someone snap your photo together on your horses.
If you prefer to have fun in the water, plan your date for Fort McDowell Adventures, where you can rent kayaks and explore the Salt River. The views are amazing, and you’ll see a variety flora and fauna on your float down the river. Or plan a two-hour float down the Salt River on tubes with Salt River Tubing. This option has a leisurely pace, so you can chat with your date as you flow with the river.
If you want the romance of sweeping views of Phoenix without the potential turn-off of sweating through your shirt on a hike, go up without the effort in a hot air balloon. Apex Balloons, Rainbow Ryders, and Hot Air Expeditions are three companies offering hot air balloon rides in the Phoenix area. Schedule the flight at sunrise or sunset for an added touch of romance.
What could be more romantic than strolling through a well-landscaped garden? We recommend two public gardens in particular that work well as fun date ideas in Phoenix.
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix offers a calm, Zen-like feeling, perfect for a romantic stroll with your date. The garden features over 50 plant varieties and 1,500 tons of hand-selected rock, all with a Japanese-inspired design. Enjoy the more than 300 fish in the koi pond. Other features of the garden include a waterfall, tea garden, and Shachi monument. Participate in a tea ceremony at the teahouse. The ceremonies are held on the third Saturday of the month, so check the schedule to see if it lines up with your date schedule.
Another garden option is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, located in Papago Park. With over 140 acres, the grounds feature five different trails, each with a different experience, all highlighting desert plants. Explore trailside exhibits along the way, or go during a temporary art exhibit or seasonal display. Las Noches de Las Luminarias is one such seasonal display, which runs from the end of November through December. Enjoy the beauty of over 8,000 luminaria bags along the pathways, along with music, carolers, and holiday cocktails.
We’re lucky to have a wide range of sports teams here in Phoenix, including numerous professional league teams. Catching a game is a great option for a date — unless you cheer for opposing teams. That could turn the date sour quickly.
The sports options vary, with at least some type of sport available year round. Here are a few of the main sporting event options that could work for your next Phoenix date night:
Phoenix offers plenty of theatrical performances throughout the year, but September offers something special. Ballet Arizona performs throughout September at various parks throughout the Valley. Watching ballet under the stars has to be one of the most romantic date ideas ever.
The historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix is another option for all sorts of performing arts. Take in a theatrical production, classical music, concert, or other shows at the theater. Originally built as a vaudeville house, the theater was restored in 1997 and features all sorts of ornate details, including a hand-painted ceiling. Take in all the details while waiting for a show with your date.
Not ready for your date to end? Extend it just a little longer with a sweet dessert. It’s tough to go wrong with dessert, but if you need some suggestions, here are some of our favorite dessert spots in Phoenix:
Dessert is a sweet end to your date, but don’t forget to enjoy sweets in moderation. When you say good night to your date, head home and brush those teeth to prevent cavities. AZ Family Dental offers cleanings that include thorough checks for cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral issues.
When you want to impress your date with a creative date night, Phoenix offers just what you need. Spice up your marriage with creative date night ideas, or ensure yourself a second date with a new interest by showing them a good time at one of Phoenix’s many highlights. Explore more of what the city has to offer with our Phoenix guides, including recommendations on food trucks and our guide to living in Phoenix.