Arizona Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking to rekindle an old flame or keep the fire alive? This Valentine’s Day, you can opt for a Valentine’s Day date idea that will keep the romance going. You can stretch your imagination beyond just a romantic dinner and escape into something more. Here are the best Arizona Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day.

***Disclaimer, some of these activities might be temporarily closed due to Covid-19 or they may have additional restrictions. Plan accordingly prior to your visit. This is also a great time to create a list for future plans during less pandemic infested times.

  1. The Desert Botanical Garden
    A romantic walk through a beautiful desert garden tops the list of best Arizona date ideas for Valentine’s Day. At Desert Botanical Garden in Globe, you can stroll among towering saguaro cacti, 4,400 species in the living collection with 400 rare and endangered species. Check out the website for events and festivals for added fun. This is definitely a romantic alternative for the holiday of love.
  2. Tour the Tovrea Castle
    Keep Valentine’s Day dreamy with a tour of Tovrea Castle. The castle is nearly a century old and a jewel of the Sonoran Desert. You can take a tour through this enchanting fortress sitting just off the 202 highway in the heart of Phoenix. It is a 5,000 square foot gem filled with granite, history and mystery. You can whisk the one your love around this castle envisioning yourselves as kings and queens.
  3. Kayak the Saguaro Lake
    For the outdoorsy adventure seeker, turn no further than Saguaro Lake for a kayaking trip. You will enjoy the most beautiful desert landscape, stunning canyons and perhaps even a striking desert sunset.
  4. Visit The Musical Instrument Museum
    A one-of-a-kind gem in Arizona, the Musical Instrument Museum is a unique experience to entertain your date with. This museum has a collection of over 8000 instruments from over 200 countries. Each gallery is rich and diverse in history and culture. In addition, there are ongoing events, lessons and experiences to wrap yourself in.
  5. Hike Camelback Mountain
    Perhaps your idea of romance is a challenging hike with a scenic view and picnic at the finish. Hiking Camelback Mountain for Valentine’s is unique and exhilarating. You will end up with the most brilliant city views perfect for a day or nighttime hike.
  6. Take a Day Trip to the Grand Canyon
    To really spice up Valentine’s Day, you could take your date to one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Now that will get their attention. A day trip to the Grand Canyon would be more than romantic for any couple. There are also many ways to experience the Grand Canyon. You can take a jeep tour, hike, camp, or go horseback riding. The natural beauty of the Grand Canyon will make any person swoon for sure.
  7. Take a Desert Jeep Tour
    You do not have to head to the Grand Canyon to opt for a jeep tour. Several cities in the state offer jeep tours that are an exciting way to see the desert! A little offroading a lot of nature makes for a really exciting date.
  8. Rent a Paddle Boat at Encanto Park
    Paddling around Encanto Park can end up being a really fun date. This park is located in Uptown Phoenix and offers some really amazing views. You can get the sights of the park, desert landscape and city lights all wrapped into one.
  9. Visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill
    For those looking to do an experience that is rather unique, you can check out the only working olive mill and farm in all of Arizona. The Queen Creek Olive Mill offers tours of the process, food to eat and places to shop.
  10. Go Horseback Riding
    A romantic date can include horseback riding. People in Arizona love horses and there are plenty of places to go horseback riding. This traditional western activity brings the past back to life with options for different riding scenarios. Nearly every place offers anyone with little to no experience the chance to saddle up and grab the reins. 

Bottom Line

What does your idea of a romantic date look like? If you are looking to set beyond a traditional dinner, then you are in luck. Arizona is home to great romantic spots that are not just a restaurant. Your date will enjoy the thought you put into picking a unique activity and change up the holiday of love.