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Quirky Date Night Ideas in Tempe

The Heir Apparent Skyspace, Public Art Tromping, and Electric Boats


Quirky Date Night Ideas in TempeWhether it’s a night out with your long-term partner or a first date you’d like to impress, there’s nothing better than thinking outside the proverbial box. Creative date nights can be as simple as strolling public-art displays with hot chocolate in hand or renting an electric boat for an urban sunset glide. Regardless of the season, Tempe keeps things open and inviting for your special nights out.


Getting above the fray has an appeal that’s hard to quantify, but the magic is definitely there at the Air Apparent Skyspace. Famed structural artist James Turrell uses light and space to expand perceptions and promote consciousness in this steel structure that’s open 24 hours. After a nice meal out near the ASU campus, take your date to this striking million-dollar art structure that opens up to the sky with changing light patterns, surrounded by a rich desert landscape with Palo Brea trees and a volcanic cinder walkway. You can splurge on dinner because the Skyspace is completely free.

Public Art Walk on Mill Avenue

Tempe graces its outdoor spaces with hundreds of public art pieces and displays. Fortunately, there’s an eclectic concentration of them along Mill Avenue, making it perfect for a casual date night. Bundle up for the night air, grab a mocha or hot chocolate at one of the many downtown coffee bars, and then take a self-guided walking tour to spot some Tempe treasures in plain view.

Keep an eye out for favorites such as artist Mark Rossi’s Three Blacktail Jackrabbits rising up to 14 feet high and reflecting the natural history of the Phoenix Salt River Valley. Use the Tempe Public Art map so you don’t miss anything.

Hint: The Tempe Post Office at Mill and Fifth is an unexpected outdoor art gallery in its own right.


Electric Pontoon or Pedal Boat Rentals

Clear your mind and open up some meaningful conversation with a peaceful glide on Tempe Town Lake. Work up an appetite with some pedal power on a charming (though admittedly over-the-top) swan pedal boat, which is exactly what it sounds like: a giant swan-shaped boat that’s cozy for a cute couple outing. For a bit more space and a lot less energy expenditure, opt for an electric pontoon boat with a dining table and iPod connector for music. You can even invite other couples to join you on a pontoon seating up to eight or 12 people. Boat rentals at the lake are available year-round from Boat Rentals of America, and you can keep the vessels out until 8 p.m. on weekends.

Things are always lively and accessible when living in the city. Check out our Tempe apartment communities today with a private tour and move-in information.