The first thing people probably think about when they hear of Arizona is none other than the famous Grand Canyon, but surprisingly, there is so much more to Phoenix, Arizona, than meets the eye. We believe that a couple’s getaway destination must have that distinct quality of making couples feel all warm and cozy inside. Yes, that is possible. A destination that is rich in Native American culture, hiking spots, art districts, museums, the capital of Arizona has got everything any kind of couple is looking for in their next big adventure together. So, if you’re planning the next romantic getaway with your beau, we’re giving you a list of romantic things to do in Phoenix, Arizona, so read this article to find out more.
1. Dine at the Canal Club in Old Town Scottsdale
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Old Town Scottsdale, also known as the Downtown Scottsdale, offers lounges, restaurants, and bars of all shapes and sizes. The Canal Club, however, holds a special place in our heart for its distinct dining experience that puts the best of American classics and Caribbean-inspired flavors together in the best possible way, all while complementing Phoenix’s desert sanctuary. Every corner of this restaurant is really just waiting for a couple’s next big picture together. With its stunning layout and vibrant ambiance, The Canal Club is sure to get couples falling in love all over again with every visit.
The Canal Club
Address: 4925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdalem AZ 85251
Website: The Canal Club
Opening hours: 7am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (daily)
2. Stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden
Let your relationship bloom the way the plants in the Desert Botanical Garden do. This 140-acre (56-hectare) garden filled with more than 50,000 plants is situated right in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona and we must say, it is so beautifully placed there through an outdoor exhibit. The Desert Botanical Garden is alive because you can find bees, birds, and other wildlife species in the garden. This, of course, is a refreshing sight especially if you’re a couple who lives in the busy streets of the city. Known for its spacious walkways alongside plants of all shapes and sizes, the Desert Botanical Garden will definitely get couples in their natural element.
Desert Botanical Garden
Address: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, Arizona 85008
Website: Desert Botanical Garden
Opening hours: 8am - 3pm (daily)
Price: 27 USD for general admission; 13 USD for youth and children; members get free admission
3. Discover the beauty of Native American art at Heard Museum
Nothing says promising future more than the beauty of the past. Here at Heard Museum, the native-American culture is preserved and advanced, and we think that this is something exciting for couples to witness. Artistic heritage, modern hoop dance competitions, storytelling at its finest are just some of the best offerings of the Heard Museum. The beauty of Phoenix, Arizona, after all, is deeply rooted in its native American culture, so touring couples cannot afford to miss this on their visit to the capital. For the geeky couples (you know who you are), a digital and physical library containing native American artists, among others, is available.
Address: 2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Website: Heard Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm
Price: 22 USD for adults; 20 USD for seniors; 9 USD for students with valid IDs and children (ages 6-17); children ages 5 & below, members, and American Indians with tribal IDs get free admission
4. Rendezvous at the Roosevelt Row
Roosevelt Row is an entire street home to downtown Phoenix’s most creative and cultural assets. Once a residential area, it is now an urban community filled with art galleries and murals, studio spaces, restaurants and bars, and local shops that promote sustainable business for the famous art street. If you and your partner want to really immerse yourselves in the city’s art, the best time to visit is on the first Friday of the month when the First Friday Artwalk — the nation’s largest self-guided art walk — is held from 6 pm to 10 pm. Whether you’re dropping by to join the art walk or just taking a leisurely walk, Roosevelt Row will definitely get you taking selfies with your beau.
Address: 417 E Roosevelt Row St. Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Website: Roosevelt Row
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
5. Get adventurous at South Mountain Park & Preserve
Phoenix is home to a number of municipal parks, and one of the largest of them is South Mountain Park & Preserve. Couples will have no problem getting their picture-perfect shots taken in this large trail-park because, after all, it’s over 16,000 acres (6500 ha) big with more than 51 miles (82 km) of the trail for visitors. Visit the park any Sunday for their year-round Silent Sundays where the park is closed to motor vehicles at the one-mile mark. Other attractions from inside the park include horseback riding; Dobbin’s Lookout which is the highest accessible point of the park where visitors can see the best view from a small observation platform; and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center where visitors can learn about plants, animals, natural history, and the conservation needs of the desert.
South Mountain Park & Reserve
Address: 10409 S Central Ave (Park Main Entrance), Phoenix, AZ 85042
Website: South Mountain Park & Reserve
Opening hours: 5am - 7pm (daily)
6. Listen to live music at Last Exit Live
The best thing about Last Exit Live is that they feature national touring acts of no single genre: soul, rock, pop, indie, folk, reggae, country, electronica, and more. You name it, they’ve got it! So if you’re the kind of couple who appreciates music in its entirety, this is the perfect night spot for you. Last Exit Live is proud to say that, apart from the national touring acts, they also have the best local talents, high-quality sound, lighting, and production all in an intimate live music venue. Another thing that show-goers are going to love about this place is that they have their own parking space located at the north and south side of their building.
Last Exit Live
Address: 717 S. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Website: Last Exit Live
Opening hours: 6pm (daily) | Check their website for a list of upcoming shows.
Price: 10 - 20 USD
7. Watch a film or two at the FilmBar
Feeling a little retro or indie? Sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie experience as though you were back in time. Filmbar’s independent theater gives its customers not just quality films to watch, it also elevates the watching experience with its unique ambiance. Did we mention that, aside from the screen-facing seats, FilmBar also has those high-top tables where you can enjoy a bottle of wine or beer at a round table with your special someone? If you’re not so keen on watching a film, then you can simply enjoy the lounge ambiance where, once again, Phoenix’s cultural art spirit is most present.
Address: 815 N 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sat: 2pm - 12am; Sun: 2pm - 11pm
Price: 11 - 15 USD
8. Experience a taste of history at Rosson House
See Phoenix lifestyle the way it was in 1895 when you visit a fully-restored victorian-house-turned-museum in the form of the Rosson House at the Historic Heritage Square. The tour lasts about 60 minutes and includes all living areas. For couples who want to get a look and feel of this large piece of history, we suggest bringing your cameras with you because photography is allowed in the park and inside the house itself. Just be sure to check out the guidelines. We should also tell you that as food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum, you \must grab a bite to eat before or after the tour.
Address: 113 N. Sixth St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Website: Rosson House
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 5 - 10 USD (Free for Heritage Square Members and for children under 5 years)
9. Drop by One of a Kind Monroe for some fresh plants
Nothing is sweeter than receiving a plant from the person you love the most, even more so when it’s from a local shop. This shop proudly says that they travel all around the globe just to search for inspiration and unique items to bring back to their shop. Specializing in gifts, indoor plants, and fresh flower arrangements, One of Kind will definitely have something for a couple visiting Phoenix. Not the plant-giving kind? That’s okay, One of Kind has so much more to offer than their creatively designed plants. They also have a wide range of greeting cards, trinkets, home decorative items, and bags.
One of a Kind
Address: 1807 W. Van Buren Phoenix, AZ 85007
Website: One of a Kind
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5:30pm; Sat: 7am - 8am
Price: From 20 USD
10. Shop for souvenirs at Bunky Boutique
Now it’s time to end your date tour in Phoenix on a strong note by visiting Bunky Boutique in downtown Phoenix. With local designers having put up their collection in this store for 12 years, nothing else quite gives this store a better impression. Bunky Boutique has everything that every couple who’s touring Phoenix needs: from his and hers tote bags, to apparel, to handbags and jewelry, to even home goods and kids’ section. The store is complete with all the shopping needs, and the best part? Their designs are all about the Phoenix style.
Address: 1437 North 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Website: Bunky Boutique
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 10am - 5pm
Price: From 5 USD
Fall in love with Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona, may not automatically give off that romantic vibe, but believe me when I say that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Just like any romantic relationship, all it takes is a closer look and a first-hand experience, and before you know it, you and your significant other are falling in love with Phoenix the way you did with each other.
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