Best Date Ideas in Scottsdale
Known for both its vibrant nightlife and sweeping desert vistas, Scottsdale offers up lots of great opportunities for a romantic evening with your significant other. From shopping to dining, hiking and art watching, there possibilities are endless in this active town. If you’re looking for something exciting this Valentine’s Day in Scottsdale, check out this list of some of the most popular activities in town.
Partake in a wine tasting at Su Vino Winery
Su Vino, an outpost of a Texas winery, offers tastings of their house-produced wines. The tastings include appetizers. Su Vino Winery is located on East Main Street near the Historical Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale.
Tour a distillery and taste the spirits at Adventurous Stills
Is your date more into spirits than wine? Take him or her to Adventurous Stills on East 5th Street in Tempe for a tour and spirit sampling. Adventurous Stills is known for its relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff.
Couples Dance Lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Has your partner always wanted to learn to dance? Or do they know how and wish you did? Sign up for couples dance lessons at The Fred Astaire Dance Studios on East Via Linda. After the lesson, stop next door at Piccolo Family Italian Ice for cocktails and a snack.
Take a hot air balloon ride and watch the sunrise over the desert
Begin your date early in the morning by taking a hot air balloon ride over the desert. There are a few companies offering excursions. Check out Hot Air Expeditions and Arizona Hot Air Balloon Rides (both in Phoenix) for some great deals.
Visit the Desert Botanical Garden
For a truly romantic outing near Scottsdale, head south to the Desert Botanical Garden on North Galvin Parkway. After meandering along the trails, enjoy an early dinner at Gertrude’s, a farm and pasture to plate restaurant within the gardens. Once the sun sets, head into the Electric Desert Show, an immersive light and sound experience where the cacti and the desert itself are living canvases.
Watch a movie at the IPic Theatres
Sometimes nothing beats a good old-fashioned movie date night. Take your partner to IPic Theatres on North Scottsdale Road for movie viewing on couches complete with a full-service menu.
Visit Butterfly Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale is the largest in the United States. Walk among thousands of free roaming butterflies, as well as reptiles, fish, and bees. After soaking up all the beauty you can handle, check out one of Scottsdale’s amazing restaurants for dinner. Try the three-course meal at Nellie Cashman’s on East Greenway Parkway. This hotel eatery serves traditional Arizona “mining camp” meals made from local ingredients. Not sure what a “mining camp” meal is? Think prime cuts of beef from Arizona cattle and handcrafted cocktails.
Relax and Let Go At New Serenity Spa
Nothing says “I love you” like a relaxing massage in Scottsdale with your significant other. Let loose and allow the cleansing powers of special facials, skin treatments, and massages at New Serenity Spa on Hayden Road help bring you two closer than ever before.
Dine at Hearth ’61, the restaurant at Mountain Shadows Resort
Enjoy a lovely dinner at Hearth ’61 on East Lincoln Drive. The menu features such things as oysters of the day, duck confit, Moroccan spiced rack of lamb, and line caught swordfish. They also offer a roast of the day and full bar service. Make a little vacation of it and book one of the rooms or suites for the night (or two).
No matter what style of date you have in mind, Scottsdale has just the thing.