35 unique valentine's day date ideas that go way beyond dinner and a movie
As the pandemic drags on, you have likely exhausted your list of quarantine date ideas. If every weekend is spent on the couch binge watching television shows and movies for hours, it may be time for a refresh.
The combination of extreme heat and the risk of coronavirus spreading in crowds and enclosed spaces makes it difficult to find new things to do. But with careful planning there are quite a few relatively low-risk activities to take part in around the area.
A walk around the Desert Botanical Garden is great for a quarantine outing because there is lots of room to spread out in the acre space. The garden is open every day until 9 p. You can take a self-guided tour of night-blooming plants and nocturnal animals during Flashlight Nights, which will run p. On Fridays until Sept.
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After dark, you will also get the best view of the large glowing animals in the current garden art exhibit, Wild Rising. Remember: The garden requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 6 and you must purchase a timed-entry ticket in advance of your arrival. There are no on-site ticket sales. Tired of cooking at home all week?
Try something new to you so your apartment or house feels like a fancy restaurant for the night.
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With the temperature dropping ever so slightly as the sun goes down, early evening hikes are both romantic and practical. You need to be inside the gates by 7 p.
One highlight coming up is the Perseid meteor shower, one of the brightest of the year, that will peak Aug. You probably need to drive about an hour outside of the city to get a good view of the night sky, but it will be worth it. Seeing stars: Best places for stargazing in Arizona: Where to see the Milky Way, meteors and planets.
Take to the water and rent a tandem kayak. There are many spots around the state where you can call ahead and book a kayak or stand-up paddle board rental, but if you want to stay close to Phoenix, Lake Pleasant is less than an hour away. Float on: Kayaking is a fun way to social distance.
These Arizona lakes - and a river - have rentals. There's a new spot to grab a beer on Roosevelt Row: Greenwood Brewing. You can drink there in the outdoor beer garden or grab some drinks to go to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Fountain Hills is the home of a very large fountain — in fact, it is one of the biggest in the world.
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The fountain turns 50 this year, so take a drive to see it shoot water feet into the air or the full feet on special occasions. It is a good place to take a photo and maybe eat some ice cream. If you're feeling like you want to have a date and contribute to the greater good at the same time, you and your partner can a park clean-up around the state.
With so many people getting outdoors this summer, there is a lot of trash left behind. Take a daytrip to Sedona to see the red rocks and help clean them up too with Stewards of Sedona.
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Learn more: Arizona state parks and trails are littered with trash. Here's how you can help. Reach the reporter at Shaena.
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