From a girl's point of view, I imagine it can sometimes be stressful when attempting to plan original, fun activities for your girlfriend. But it's worth it. Because a girl will always appreciate that kind of effort — it speaks louder than any words could.
That said, sometimes it can be tough to constantly come up with creative ideas of places to take her. And that's where we come in to help.
On this list, we have activities for every type of girl, whether outdoorsy, artsy, bohemian, athletic, food-obsessed, or animal-loving; you name it — there's an activity on this list that will be sure to put a smile on her face. Enjoy!
1. Take her to the Desert Botanical Garden
Where: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy
There's something so relaxing about wandering aimlessly through a beautiful garden. This massive 140-acre one is located in Papago Park and has over 21,000 plants to admire. And plenty of cute photo opportunities as well!
2. Take her to see the cute animals at the Phoenix Zoo
Where: 455 N Galvin Pkwy
The zoo is a quintessential date spot. It really doesn't matter how old you are, it's the perfect place to bring your girlfriend on a summer daytime date. Because who doesn't love animals?
3. Take her on a fun hike up Camelback Moutain
Where: 4925 E McDonald Dr
Camelback Mountain provides you with exactly what you want out of a hike. It's in close proximity to the city, and it's a fairly quick hike with a picturesque view waiting for you at the top.
4. Check out the Hole-in-the-Rock at Papago Park
Where: 625 N Galvin Pkwy
Is your girlfriend the adventurous type? Would she rather be out and about than stuck to the couch? Well, if so, exploring this awesome 1,200-acre park just might be the perfect weekend date for both of you.
5. Take her for a cute photo-op at the LOVE statue
Where: 3806 N Drinkwater Blvd
It's an undeniable modern fact: girls love a good photo op. This super cute statue located in Old Town Scottsdale is the perfect spot to bring your girlfriend after a long romantic walk through the town.
6. Take her urban bat-watching at the Phoenix Bat Cave
Where: 3698-3694 E Colter St
This unique place is known for its mesmerizing bat-watching experienc. It's a great activity for the quirky, animal-loving girl who doesn't want to always go on the same old type of date.
7. Take her to check out animals and aquatic life at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
Where: 16501 W Northern Ave
Again, for the girl that loves animals, here's another option! This zoo specializes in African and South American animals and has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals.
8. Take her for an awesome nature walk at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Where: 37615 US Highway 60
So you found yourself dating an outdoorsy girl? Then make sure to satisfy her unquenchable sense of adventure and take her to this little gem, the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona.
9. Take her for a ride on the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake
Where: 16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat
Boat rides are so romantic! As a girl, I can tell you that this is always true. So if you're looking to take her on an extra special date, why not ride on beautiful Canyon Lake?
10. Take her to see the view at Dobbins Lookout
Where: 10919 S Central Ave
This lookout boasts some of the most scenic views of the city. Also, the huge park is home to some awesome hiking trails for all experience levels.
11. Splurge on an overnight stay at the Arizona Biltmore
Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave
This world-class hotel resort is built to give you the impression that you're in a tropical location. It's really stunning and the perfect spot to bring your girlfriend for a special, romantic anniversary or birthday date.
12. Take her on an adorable no-frills date at Two Hippies Beach House Restaurant
Where: 501 E Camelback Rd
Yes, us ladies love being wined and dined in fancy places, but we also love a casual date in a cute, unique spot. So if you're looking for something easy, you should check out this beach-style taco joint!
13. Take her on the ultimate romantic date night at Quiessence At The Farm
Where: 6106 S 32nd St
Located on a farm, this outdoor restaurant is known for being one of the most romantic in all of Phoenix. Get yourself a reservation here for a truly special evening.
14. Take her to Roosevelt Row Arts District to admire the murals
Where: 333 E Roosevelt St
This walkable area is where all the hipsters congregate. The first Friday of every month, this art district hosts a massive street-style festival celebrating art and community. Every other day, it's an awesome neighborhood to check out for a casual stroll and inspiring creativity.
15. Take her floating down Salt River in Tonto National Forest
Where: US 188, Payson
This massive park is for experienced outdoor lovers. As the fifth largest national forest in all of the United States, it has a lot to offer. From beautiful trees and flowers to incredible wildlife and lakes, there's an endless list of outdoor activities that can be done here.
16. Take her for a day at the pool club at Hotel Valley Ho
Where: 6850 E Main St
If the outdoors aren't really your thing, and you'd rather be sipping on a Mai Tai than paddling a kayak, then head over to one of Phoenix's beach clubs. This one is known for its relaxed, tropical laid-back vibe and ambiance.
17. Take her to check out the butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland
Where: 9500 East Vía de Ventura
Butterfly Wonderland is a super cute place to pop in for an afternoon date. They're not only known for their butterflies, but their interactive rainforest habitat, too.
18. Take her on an unforgettable day trip to Sedona
Sedona is only one hour outside of Phoenix, so it takes a little bit of effort to get there, but it's totally worth it. If you're looking to do something truly adventurous and out-of-the-box, the landscape here is otherworldly. Plus, a trip to Sedona isn't just a casual afternoon activity, but something you'll both remember for a long time.
19. Go for a cool down swim at Canyon Lake
Where: Maricopa County
Canyon Lake isn't only a place where you can go boating, but swimming as well! It's surrounded by majestic mountains, and if you're lucky, you may even see some mule, deer, and mountain goats roaming around.
20. Take her to enjoy the view at Lookout Mountain preserve
Where: Lookout Mountain Preserve
This is another secret lookout spot that's great for couples. It's located at Lookout Mountain Preserve, a municipal park in the northern part of Phoenix. The hike is relatively easy and about five miles to the top. Remember to bring good shoes!
21. Take her for a dip at Lake Pleasant
Where: Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a huge outdoor recreation area straddling the Maricopa and Yavapai county border northwest of Phoenix. It's a great spot for an outdoorsy couple that wants to be in nature, but not TOO deep. Enjoy a day of relaxing on the water and nothing more.
22. Take her for a romantic walk around Old Town Scottsdale
Where: Old Town Scottsdale
If you're looking for a place to go on an easy date that doesn't involve too much driving or planning, check out romantic Old Town Scottsdale. Packed with awesome bars, restaurants, and cafes, there's always something to look at, eat, or drink within a few steps.
23. Take her on a day trip to Watson Lake for jaw-dropping views
Where: Prescott, Arizona
With strange space-like rock formations as far as the eye can see, this place is a photographer's dream. You can also easily hike up to the top for some stunning views.
24. Take her to the Japanese Friendship Gardens in the heart of downtown
Where: 1125 N 3rd Ave
If you're not too keen on loading up thecar and driving out of town, check out this cute Japanese garden and koi pond in the middle of downtown. Bring some coins to throw in the fountain for good luck!
25. Take her to the Phoenix Art Museum to see some unusual exhibits
Where: 1625 N Central Ave
This one is for the artsy girlfriend, the creative girl who can appreciate an unusual exhibit or work of art. Be sure to check out a permanent installation Yayoi Kusama's Firefly Infinity Mirror Room.
26. Take her to Songbird Coffee & Tea House for a super cute coffee date
Where:2006, 812 N 3rd St
This place has been dubbed as one of Phoenix's most "Instagramable" cafes, so if your girlfriend loves that kind of place, take her for a coffee and sweet treat. I'm sure she'll love it.
27. Take her to a drive-in movie for the perfect summer date
Where: West Wind Glendale 9, 5650 N 55th Ave
"Throwback" dates are the best, and nothing says "I love you" quite like taking your gal to a good old-fashioned drive-in movie. Get cozy in your car and don't forget to BYOS — bring your own snacks!
28. Spend the afternoon hanging out on a lazy river together
Where: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa
This one is for the couple who wants to enjoy a lazy weekend off the couch, cooling down outside with minimal effort. Grab a tube at Golfland Sunsplash and just laze around in the water all afternoon.
29. Take her to Diego Pops for tropical-style drinks and amazing tacos
Where: 4338 N Scottsdale Rd
This spot was named one of the most "Instagrammable" places in Phoenix. Plus, drinking out of a coconut does sound like a lot of fun!
30. Take her for a cone at a cute and eclectic ice cream shop, Churn
Where: 5223 N Central Ave
There's no date spot more classic than an ice cream shop. And who doesn't love ice cream? It's seriously a no-fail. So, for an easy but fun date, bring her to this quirky spot for a cone and to feel like you're kids again.
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