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Date Ideas in Tempe

Let’s make a new resolution for this year. Whether it’s your first date or you’re celebrating your 20th anniversary, let’s plan dates again. Like really plan them. We can all get stuck in the rut of doing the same things over and over again. And, honestly, many nights during the past year have looked the same – dinner at home and Netflix.

We just happen to think that Tempe, Arizona is THE place to have an awesome date night, or heck even an entire date day that’s jam packed with fun activities.

To give you ideas for your next date, we asked three local couples to share their itineraries for a perfect romantic day in Tempe. They also included their feedback on their favorite places so you’ll know exactly why you should add these spots to your list.

Meet the couples:

@azsipsters, @coupleyfitt and @malleyinlove

@azsipsters Tempe itinerary

Meet @azsipsters, Ashley & Connor. They are fun-loving foodies with an aesthetically pleasing eye. They love to create and share the best of Arizona and beyond. You’ll find them eating and drinking their way around town, sharing their favorite places with their followers on Instagram and TikTok. This busy couple lives in Scottsdale and spent a recent Sunday in Tempe. Here’s what they did.

E-bike ride around Tempe Town Lake
“The NorthShore WaterSport Rentals team was amazing and we had no idea they offer sooo much AND are open 24 hours a day. Connor is wondering ‘how do we buy one of these e-bikes?!’ “

Brunch + Games at Snakes & Lattes
“We really enjoyed Snakes & Lattes! The nostalgic games were our favorite part! We will definitely be going back for more coffee.”

Lunch + Cocktails at The Golden Pineapple
“Golden Pineapple had some fun craft cocktails, one of our drinks had a Jäger skeleton Jell-O shot on top!”

Visit the ASU Art Museum
“We explored the ASU Art Museum on Sunday and admission was free! The staff was so friendly too.”

Dinner at Top of the Rock Restaurant
“Top of the Rock was amazing! From the views, to the service and every single dish we tried! The ravioli appetizer was our favorite, but Connor said his salmon was a close second. Ashley says you should order the Crème Brulee. You’re welcome.”

Northshore Bike Rentals @azsipsters
Northshore Bike Rentals @azsipsters

@coupleyfitt Tempe itinerary

Husband and wife fitness duo Deanna and Kurt are passionate about connecting with their community and bringing wellness to the forefront. Not just wellness of body, but also mind and relationships. They are big advocates for all there is to see and do in Arizona. They live in Chandler and love to dine at local spots throughout the Phoenix metro area. Followers can catch them on Instagram and TikTok sharing great tips about health and date ideas. They recently took time out from their busy schedules for a staycation in Tempe. Here’s how you can follow in their footsteps.

Axe Throwing at Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing
“The axe throwing games you play make for a competitive yet fun atmosphere. This place has officially been added to our date night list!”

Swan Pedal Boats at Tempe Town Lake
“We loved peddling our swan boat on Tempe Town Lake as we watched the beautiful sunset.”

Lumberjaxes @coupleyfitt
Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing @coupleyfitt

Cocktails at Alibi, the rooftop bar at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
“We enjoyed vibrant cocktails while taking in the breathtaking views of Tempe. We will be back!”

Dinner at Alter Ego
“We can only say great things about this restaurant! The delicious food, refreshing cocktails, and attentive staff exceeded all of our expectations.”

Staycation at the new Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
“We really enjoyed our stay. We felt safe, cared for, and welcomed during our entire visit.”

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown @coupleyfitt
Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown @coupleyfitt

Morning hike up “A” Mountain + breakfast at Daily Jam
“We enjoyed hiking up “A” mountain, watching the golden rays of the sunrise light up Tempe.”

Lunch from Perfect Pear Bistro
“Our favorite dishes were the Chicken Club Sandwich and Strawberry Fields Salad! We both enjoyed the freshness you could taste in every bite.”

A Mountain @coupleyfitt
“A” Mountain @coupleyfitt

@malleyinlove Tempe itinerary

Hailing from the West side of Phoenix, Ashley & Malori are a dynamic duo inspiring body positivity, activities to do together and have the cutest fur babies, Abra and Lumos. They are fun-loving and oh-so-romantic and we were excited for them to share their Tempe date tips with you!

Brunch at Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar
“If you’re looking for a brunch spot, Daily Dose is the perfect place to cheers with a peach Bellini. The food, drinks, and ambiance are a must!”

Swan Pedal Boats at Tempe Town Lake
“Tempe Town Lake is perfect for a socially-distanced date activity! Pack a picnic and rent a pedal boat for an hour to spend time alone on the water.”

Swan Pedal Boats at Tempe Town Lake @malleyinlove

Mural photo opp + Lunch at Social Hall
Whether you go with friends or with your S.O., you can spend any meal at Social Hall. And don’t forget to take a cute shot in front of their mural!

Visit ASU Art Museum
“The ASU Art Museum is the perfect place to walk hand-in-hand together in Tempe.”

Dinner at House of Tricks
“There isn’t a spot in Tempe that’s more romantic than House of Tricks. We felt like we were falling in love all over again having dinner in their beautiful garden.”

Get Together Tempe @malleyinlove
Social Hall – Get Together Tempe Mural by Morgan Delaney
@malleyinlove

In addition to what these local couples did in Tempe, here are just a few more ideas.

Mystery Picnic with Friends in Downtown Tempe
Spend the day in Downtown Tempe in a whole new way with a Mystery Picnic. Make a reservation in advance and choose the time that you’d like to start. It’s exactly what it sounds like — you’ll have to solve personally curated clues and riddles on your smartphone to find items for your own personal picnic, ending with a lovely spot to enjoy the goodies that you’ve picked up along the way. To up the cuteness factor, bring a picnic basket so you can carry everything easily.

You can go on this adventure starting at $90 for 2 people! Kids can come along too. Prices for kids are just $15 extra and kids under 3 are free. You can expect a beautiful picnic spread (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available), games and conversations starters, pre-paid picnic items to pick up as you go and all of the clues and riddles that you’ll need to find everything. Just bring your sense of adventure and plan for at least 3-4 hours.

Teatime at Drink Me! Tea Room
1730 E. Warner Rd. #5, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (602) 206-5469
We’re a little obsessed with British culture at the moment (Thanks, Bridgerton!) and having afternoon tea fits right into that obsession. Drink Me! Tea Room is the cutest place, with an Alice in Wonderland theme and delicious teas and treats that are all gluten free and plant based. Trust us, their food is so good! You can choose from a variety of tea services, ranging from $17 to $49.50 per person. Also, check their calendar for seasonal themed tea events. They now serve happy hour cocktails as well. Reservations are required in advance.

Date night dance classes at Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Suite 1100, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 281-8456
Lace-up your dancing shoes because Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace welcomes you to their weekly dance classes every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night! Each night, Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace will offer free lessons from 7-8:30 p .m. and then freestyle dancing until midnight.
Weekly Classes:
Sunday | Salsa Dancing
Tuesday | Country Dancing
Thursday | Bachata

Patio Dining
Arizona is known for many things. The Grand Canyon. Beautiful sunsets. Dining al fresco. Yep, dining outside is one of our strong suits and Tempe is no exception. We have what seems like an endless supply of restaurants with beautiful sunny patios that can be enjoyed almost all year round. Visit the Tempe Tourism blog featuring Tempe restaurants with patios so you can plan your next outing.

Or, for a twist on eating out and social distancing, you can also get takeout from a Tempe restaurant and have a picnic at one of our scenic parks. Our picnics in the park blog will inspire you to make a to-go meal seem like an event.

Tour + Tasting at Arizona Distilling Co.
601 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-2487
The award-winning Arizona Distilling Co. handcrafts spirits that tell the story of Arizona. Their products, including Copper City Bourbon and Commerce Gin, are made from the best ingredients including locally sourced grains. Tours are available at their tasting room. On Saturdays, they offer tour and tastings to get a deeper dive into distillery life. The tours are one-hour long and include three ½ oz pours.  You can book direct on their website.

Here’s to just a little competition
No one needs an ice breaker when you add a competitive activity to a date night. It takes a game night to a whole new level. And, who knows, you may discover that you could be a professional air hockey player, if that’s a thing.

Here are a few places in Tempe where you can enjoy everything from pinball machines to bowling.

Have any creative date ideas in Tempe? Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to tag us in your Tempe date adventures @tempetourism #OurTempe

Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.