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Plan An Exciting Date Night (or Day) In Phoenix

These date night ideas test athleticism, create competition, spark conversation and encourage fun.

The typical dinner-and-a-movie date has worn out its welcome. Surprise your significant other by planning an exciting date night—or date day—with fresh ideas for fun in Phoenix and Scottsdale. 

Laugh the night away at the Tempe Improv or Stand Up Live comedy clubs; put the pedal to the metal at Octane Raceway; challenge your date to a game of ping pong and foosball before or after a bite at Culinary Dropout at The Yard; learn to make pasta together at Sur La Table; or rent a couple mountain bikes from Arizona Outback Adventures and explore the trails. 

Whether it’s a first date or a milestone one, these exciting date ideas test athleticism, create competition, spark conversation and encourage fun.

Catch a Show

Add a twist to the dinner-and-a-movie date by catching a flick at a dine-in theater. Recline in plush micro-suede chairs, cozy up with a blanket and order a bite to eat while watching a new release at iPic Theaters at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, or head over to FilmBar in Phoenix to view an indie film while sharing tamales and sipping on craft beer and wine. Comedians take to Valley stages most Thursdays through Sundays at comedy clubs like Tempe Improv and downtown Phoenix’s Stand Up Live. And, if comedy is your calling, rehearse to impress at The Comedy Spot’s open mic night, the last Sunday of each month.

Places to Play 

Race your date around a 1/3-mile, indoor-outdoor track in an electric Sodi RTX racing kart at Octane Raceway, or test your trust as one climbs and the other belays at AZ on the Rocks. Beginner and experienced golfers can challenge each other at Topgolf, where players aim micro-chipped golf balls towards lighted targets. Relax in between swings and order up cocktails and flatbreads to share. Engage in a ping pong, foosball or cornhole match before or after dinner at Phoenix’s Culinary Dropout at The Yard and The Duce, or let childhood-favorite games—Operation, Guess Who, Pictionary—spark conversation at The Whining Pig.

Plenty of room for lounging and playing at Topgolf (©Topgolf).

Tour & Taste

Register in advance online for these tasty experiences.   

Taste It Tours

Dig into Phoenix’s rich culinary history—in addition to samples—at five principal eateries, including Short Leash Hot Dogs and Thai Basil Signature, or take a trolley tour through downtown Scottsdale with stops for tastings of Mexican fare at Barrio Queen and an English favorite at Cornish Pasty, among other cuisines. A total of six three-hour-long food tours are available, ranging $28-68 per person.

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

This afternoon walking tour through downtown Scottsdale stops at multiple destinations with one motivation: chocolate. Sample truffles, cupcakes, hot chocolate and other treats from local chocolatiers and merchants. Evening chocolate tastings at Chocolade van Brugge give in-depth insights to the goodies during the 60- to 90-minute sessions; BYOB. (Tour $45; tasting $30.)  

Cooking Classes at Sur La Table

Cook as a couple during Sur La Table’s Date Night series, featuring Italian, French and Greek cuisines, or sign up for one of many other cooking classes. Try your hand using a pasta maker, learn how to prep and prepare a variety of seafood, and experiment with Thai and Spanish flavors. Best of all—enjoy tastes of each dish together. Classes range $49-85 per person.

Sur La Table
Cook for each other, with each other at Sur La Table. (©Sur La Table)

Get Active 

Hike It ...

In North Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak Park’s out-and-back trail winds up-and-down along a boulder-piled mountain at a conversational pace, perfect for getting to know one another. Across town, choose from several trails beginning at South Mountain Park’s main entrance, including the difficult Holbert Trail—2.5 miles one way—with a trail extension leading to the popular viewing point called Dobbins Lookout (also accessible by car). 

Bike It ...

Rent mountain bikes from Arizona Outback Adventures, pack a lunch for two and ride to a perfect picnic place. Try the out-and-back Trail 100 in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve or the 15-mile Pemberton Trail in McDowell Mountain Park. 

Plan ahead and reserve bikes by the hour from Grid Bike Share. Pick up your rides at a designated location (more than 50 to choose from) and ride to your next destinations—visit a downtown Phoenix museum and dine at a local eatery—then check your bike in at the nearest check-in. 

Pedal less, accelerate more on a rental from Pedego Electric Bikes in downtown Scottsdale. Rent cruisers to scope out the town and area bike paths, or share the ride on a tandem. 

Arizona Outback Adventures
Explore the desert together on rented mountain bikes from A.O.A. (©Eric Lindberg)