Ten Unique, Bargain Date Ideas for Glendale, AZ

Published: March 31, 2014

Living in the desert in Arizona may seem boring, but that doesn't mean you have to be! Bring your new sweetie to one or all of these easy on the wallet dating destinations. Your date will be wowed by these insider locations, or at least your adventurous side! Save the Olive Garden and movie theater for when you're truly out of ideas. Laughter, fun, and good food are guaranteed to be had at the places on this list. 

  1. Sahuaro Ranch Park

    This isn't your typical walk in the park. Affectionately known as "Peacock Park" by locals, you'll find peacocks as well as cats, rabbits, chickens, and other creatures roaming the 17-acre grounds. Walk around the historical buildings, the humble rose garden, or the orchard as the sun is setting. The other side of the park has fields as well as playground/picnic areas, perfect for a quick lunch.

    Website: http://www.glendaleaz.com/SRPHA/

  2. Downtown Glendale

    Fancy a stroll? Go to Downtown Glendale where you'll find antique shops, cafes, and a library. Notable shops include A Mad Hatter's Antiques, which features antiques on two floors, and Auntie Em's Minatures & Smilin' Jacks Pedal Cars, which has tons of dollhouse miniatures. Maybe you could buy a tiny replica of your date's favorite animal or book. Also, Downtown Glendale has many seasonal events such as Glendale Glitters and the Chocolate Affaire.

    Website: http://www.visitglendale.com/

  3. Castles n' Coasters

    Perfect for mini golf, arcade games, and rides! If your date is up for a little bit of play this is a great place to go, not to mention it's reasonably priced. On New Year's Eve, the park stays open until 5:00AM and usually offers an unlimited ride pass and other deals at heavy discount.

    Website: http://www.castlesncoasters.com/

  4. Brass Armadillo

    This is a great place to go and escape the summer heat. Bring your date along, especially if they're a shopper! The Brass Armadillo rents booths to sellers, which means there is a great variety of...well, stuff. Maybe you'll find a wood pipe, a pretty necklace, or repurposed/vintage collectibles. Rest assured you'll both enjoy your time here, even if you just go for a look!

    Website: http://www.brassarmadillo.com/

  5. Pratt's Pet Store

    This is perhaps the least date-like place on the list. Located near Downtown Glendale, this feedstore offers tortoises, rabbits, parrots, goats, pigs, chicks, and ducklings! Nothing will get you closer to her heart than baby animals. Think of it as a free zoo.

    Website: http://www.prattspets.com/

  6. Anzio's

    Anzio's has delicious and reasonably priced Italian food. You can feel good about taking your date to a mom-and-pop restaurant that's been in business since 1986. Famished from shopping? Anzio's is located across from the Brass Armadillo.

    Website: http://www.anzios.com/

  7. Lito's Fine Mexican Food

    Don't be fooled by this hole-in-the-wall. Lito's has to die for, authentic mexican food and is family owned and operated. The interior is clean with patio furniture and sombreros on the wall. Insider tip: they serve any burrito enchilada style!

    Website: http://www.yelp.com/biz/litos-fine-mexican-food-glendale

  8. Vantastic Donuts & Bagels

    Got a date for breakfast or lunch? This donut shop makes their donuts and bagels on location. Always fresh and soft! They offer tea, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and some seriously stacked deli sandwiches for lunch!

    Website: http://www.yelp.com/biz/vantastic-donuts-and-bagels-glendale

  9. Chino Bandido

    Looking to take your date somewhere a little bizarre? Try Chino Bandido, where they serve a selection of Mexican and Chinese food. That's right, you can get a quesadilla and chicken fried rice from the same place. 

    Website: http://www.yelp.com/biz/chino-bandido-phoenix-3

  10. Mr. Wong's

    Located next to a Circle K in a beat-up part of town, you'll find Mr. Wong's chinese restaurant. Don't let the appearance fool you! Family owned and employed, this restaurant offers great prices and good food. One of their specialities is General Tso's Chicken, and I have it on good authority that they hand-make their dumplings. 

    Website: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mister-wong-phoenix#query:mr%20wongs

Whew! You made it through the list of the most unique places for dating on a budget in and around Glendale, AZ. The best, or most tame, option for a first date would have to be going to Anzio's restaurant. After your meal, you can head over to the Brass Armadillo for shopping, or jump on the I-17 to Castles n' Coasters.

Now you've got to choose your own adventure, and take your date to a new and exciting place! Happy dating!