Maybe that means hoarding toilet paper. Or perhaps it means taking a new approach to dating with a smidge of assistance from dating apps and or opting for virtual dates—after all, a third of modern marriages begin online now. Maybe skip the mechanical bull on the first date.
Keep new times free.
The dance floor looks like a much safer option anyways. See where the next dining series is happening and reserve your seats.
Introduce your date to your favorite cult classic or show some chivalry and let your date navigate movie night. This '70s-inspired Melrose hangout is equipped with retro arcade games, wood-paneled walls, a community-style outdoor patio, and no shortage of vintage flare that even reaches to the cocktail menu with drinks like the Farrah, Grace Jones, and Hulkster, which makes for some pretty adequate liquid courage, brother. Experience Wonderspaces Arizona Scottsdale This year-round, evolving art show features works from around the world. Discover the artists and secure your tickets here.
Have a picnic at The Farm at South Mountain Phoenix Spanning acres, The Farm at South Mountaina notable agritourist destination, has organic-style gardens, a trio of farm-to-table restaurants, and a shady pecan grove lined with socially-distant picnic tables that make a perfect spot for an open-air weekend lunch date. Catch an Arizona sunrise from a hot air balloon Phoenix, Scottsdale Sweep your date literally off their feet with a trip through the sky on Rainbow Ryders.
The views are impeccable. And the ballooning outfit even provides locally made snacks and prickly pear mimosas to enjoy after the airborne journey. Discover a peaceful paradise at the Japanese Friendship Garden Downtown Phoenix Like dating sometimes, this year has been, well, pretty overwhelming.
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Go horseback riding along the Lower Salt River Mesa Embrace your inner ranchero, and your romantic side, and traverse cactus-dotted desert trails on horseback with your date. Learn more about the rides here. Reserve two spots for Olive Oil and learn how extra virgin olive oil is made. Once the lesson wraps, order some sharble noshes like warmed olives and antipasto, find a seat at an outdoor picnic table or cozy-up to a fire pit and put your newly-acquired tasting skills to the test.
Secure some sweet, sweet soft serve at Topo Downtown Gilbert This roide attraction-inspired burrito shop is hard to miss.
Located along the popular Downtown Gilbert enclave, Topo deals in craveable elotes, heavyweight burritos and classic soft serve ice cream in flavors like lime and prickly pear. Skip ahead straight to dessert. And opt to have your sweet treat dipped.
Grab a handful of napkins, too. Go ahead and take this opportunity to show off your charcuterie board assembly skills with a romantic, and delicious, meat and cheese-filled date in an urban park.
Herberger Park! Swap stories over spiked coffees Phoenix When coffee and booze come together, good things are bound to happen. Spanning acres and one of only 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Desert Botanical Garden not only features thousands of unique living cacti but hundreds of rare and endangered species throughout its expansive walkable grounds. And you can even explore this place after dark though the summer season.
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Follow your hearts to the food trucks Multiple locations Follow your hearts, and your rumbling stomachs, to Everest Momo where you can indulge in hand-rolled momos. Hit up Birrieria Tijuana for tortas and quesabirrias. Cruise around in a swan boat Tempe Make like lovebirds and pedal your way around Tempe Town Lake in a swan boat. Feeling romantic? Opt-in for the date night package which includes a box of chocolates and floral decorations.
Get back out there.
Unlock a couple lime green Grid Bikes and set out on an urban adventure through the historic hood. And if you really want to impress your date, bring helmets.
Want more Thrillist? Photo courtesy of Airi Katsuta for Wonderspaces Arizona. Lauren Topor Reichert is a Phoenix-based multimedia storyteller, photographer, and content creator who met her husband IRL. Follow her around Arizona, and beyond, on Instagram hungryinphoenix. Make Fun. Thrillist Serves. Social Media Links.