Whether you're taking a romantic vacation to the Phoenix Valley, or you live in the area and are looking for a place to make a date for Valentine's Day, there are plenty of mood-setting destinations in the area worth exploring, which coincides with the Arizona Statehood Day on February 14.
Girlfriends and boyfriends, partners, significant others, spouses, friends, and families can all find something to love on Valentine's Day this year, including a playdate at Castles 'n' Coasters to a unique feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and more.
Be sure to try and book your dinner reservations and tickets in advance.
Castles 'n' Coasters has a sweetheart's special package that includes unlimited access to all the rides, including the bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf, the arcade, plus a treat of giant waffle cones packed with ice cream.
The $50.00 tickets can only be purchased at the door on February 14th by mentioning the special, but you won't have to worry about this event selling out as there's plenty of room to play at the theme park.
Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad for the Chocolate Lovers' Festival. Suitable as a date or for a family, you can combine your love of the scenic outdoors with the romance of chocolate. The voyage on this vintage train travels into the heart of Sedona's red rock desert and provides service of coffees, specialty cocktails, and unlimited chocolate confections—including chocolate fountains. Advance reservations are required.
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Take your sweetie on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour through two miles of the streets of downtown Scottsdale for the "Chocolate Tour," which is available any time of year.
During the tour, participants visit local chocolatiers and shops to sample confections while learning the techniques and fun facts about the chocolate-making process.
If you'd prefer to spend Valentine's evening relaxing with your date, try the twilight Dolly Steamboat dinner cruise on Canyon Lake. While the trips run year-round, the twilight cruise on Valentine's Day features a special menu and a more romantic ambiance than the typical family-friendly daytime affair. Alternatively, you can take the two-hour astronomy and dinner cruise instead.
A festival of chocolate in downtown Glendale takes place from February 9 and 10, with gourmet cuisine and beverages, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment, and tours of Cerreta Candy Company.
While there may not be an official event happening on Valentine's Day, you can often pick up discount codes and special offers at the Affaire to use them on February 14th.
Artistic Director Ib Andersen brings to the stage the Firebird, a reimagining of the romantic Russian fairytale about a witch and fairy changing the life of a smitten young lover. The show debuts on February 14 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Tickets start at $25.00, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military personnel, and groups.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend conveniently takes place over President’s Day Weekend, February 16-18th, making it a perfect post-Valentine's celebration.
There are plenty of opportunities for a romantic adventure with parties, tastings, seminars, competitions, and happy hours across the state, especially in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Be sure to check out the full listing of events and participating locations, so you don't miss out on any of the discounts and deals.
Treat your sweetheart to a vaudeville-inspired theater show with Old-World illusion and a winking hint of 1900's Parisian humor at the Mesa Arts Center, only 15 miles from of downtown Phoenix.
Due to the intimacy of the 99-seat boutique theater, shows do sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets to the "Carnival of Illusion" well in advance of the holiday and your vacation to Phoenix.
The 2nd Friday Night Out block party falls on February 8 with a Valentines-appropriate Swinging Sweethearts theme. The kid-friendly, dog-friendly event includes treats, entertainment, shopping, art, and a swing-dance contest. The good times take place in downtown Mesa starting at 6 p.m. If you miss the event in February, there is a themed event every month of the year.
The annual Valentine's Benefit for the HART Fund takes place at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on February 16. Headliners include Annika Chambers, Andy T Band, the Delgado Brothers, Grace Koch, the Bad News Blues Band, and more. Tickets cost $18.00 in advance and $20.00 on the day of the show. Audience members must be 21 or over to enter the venue.
The Pleasure Feast, served by wenches and tavern knaves at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction, includes a five-course meal along with one and a half hours of raucous Renaissance entertainment.
The ticket price includes festival admission. The event, in its 31st year, takes place each consecutive weekend beginning February 9th.
On February 16 and 17, take your friends or date to a day of outdoor food truck sampling, which will also feature eating contests, music, beer, and wine. Head over to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick between 11 a.m and 6 p.m and sample fare from far-off locales like Mexican, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and American from over 50 chefs.
Skip the fancy, expensive Valentine's Day meal and bond over casual bites instead. Plus, the weather in Phoenix is lovely in February, so you can spend the day outside enjoying the sun—especially if you're on vacation from a colder climate.