Tubing the Salt River, it’s a must when it gets hot and it’s not far to travel from the metro area.
I’ve been living in Phoenix since I was little and never appreciated the Heard Museum until recently – its an amazing place of history and American Indian culture. If you’ve never taken your date there before – I recommend it!
Visit Pheonix Art Museum - art that span the centuries and the globe
Arizona Science Center, be kids again. Learn things about the world that you didn’t know, fascinating things that occur around you every day.
Here’s an idea for the 105 degree days – go ice skating! Phoenix has a few ice-skating arena’s that offer public skating, and its cheap – less than $10 including skates!
I’ll usually take a date out to AMF - Desert Hill lanes, bowling is a great way to get to know you’re partner, maybe even get closer when showing some technique.
Wine tastings at WineStyles Paradise Valley - its $5 and you usually get 5-6 pours - there are a couple tables in there and the selection pretty decent. Also take a look in the plaza, you’ll find a coffee shop with frozen custard.
Thai food is where it’s at when it comes to taking a date out for a bite to eat. If you’re eating Thai you need to be eating it at the Thai Elephant! I’m a simple person – the Pad Thai turns me on!
Picnic at Tempe Town Lake – plan ahead and grab some goodies for the picnic – think cheese, cold meats, olives the Italian way. Make sure you got picnic blanket and something fun to thumb around with.
Take a tour of the Desert Botanical Garden. You’ll find guided tours, or even self guided audio tours (which does end up breaking the budget by a few dollars)
There is nothing quite like an Arizona night sky! Take a picnic, bottle of wine, blankets, digital camera, binoculars and flashlight. Lots of decent spots for viewing around the valley - Lake Pleasant, McDowell Mountain Park, San Tan Mountain Park. You can even tag along with professional star gazers and see the stars through their telescopes.
How much do you trust your partner? Take a leap of faith and have them spot you while rock climbing. $16 will get you a day pass and gear – so it breaks the budget by 2 clams – I can deal with that.
My date took me to Mini Golf Paradise when we first hooked up. I felt a little silly at first, like I was 13 years – but when in Rome – lots of fun!
A day always stars better with a Morning Glory special! Disregard the euphemism, on a nice day this date idea rocks! It’s a cafe on a farm with the most spectacular atmosphere. You have to try it!!! You can get away on the $30 budget, but really take some more cash with you and spoil yourselves.
I’m not sure if tours are still running... but you could look into a tour of Mystery Castle – well, it’s not really a castle or a mystery but it’s still worthwhile having a look.
The most fun I’ve had in a while! Watching my girl milk a cow at Dugan's Dairy Farm located at 2471 South Dobson Road in Chandler, just south of Germann Rd. Take a handycam – you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t.
Petting Zoo at Harmony Farm – ok, guys you’re not going to work tomorrow telling the boys that you were petting a cute little lamb but if you like animals even just a little bit – you’ll love this date idea. And almost any girl will be going ga ga over this date idea! Its a winner!
Phoenix is littered with farmers markets – choose one, pick $30 worth of antipasto, make sure you grab some fresh fruit and drinks and then head out to a park for brunch. Or trail through the markets tasting flavours from around the world!
Have you been to Slide Rock State Park? A refreshing break at when the heat it on! But get there early on the hot days as the park fills, and fills really quick!
Butterfly+Social+ClubHot springs - it's a decent drive to get there but therapeutically worth it. Make it a day trip!
Go Mountain Biking through South Mountain Park, it’s my fav! There are some great tracks with easy and very hard climbs. The views are pretty awesome.
Check out one of MANY festivals Phoenix puts on for show. This lists the events on for show each month throughout the year.
Take a swing at a relaxed driving range. I thought this was going to be a shocking date night, but it turned out to be a whole lot of fun! There are so many golf courses around – I liked this one, click here but you can get your googling on and find a driving range that what works for you.
Hike the Summit Trail on Piestewa Peak.
Drive the Apache Trail – stop off at Lost Dutchman State Park, Goldfield Ghost Town, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Theodore Roosevelt Dam, and the Tonto National Monument. Make a day of it, grab some driving music and idea’s to chat about.
Bingo – it’s so underrated! I recommend heading over to Reflections Bingo (3415 West Northern Avenue). It’s an experience that everyone needs to try just once in a lifetime.