Philadelphia has many ways to enjoy a wonderful date night with your loved one without breaking the bank. It is the city of Brotherly Love after-all.
Couples can settle in for a free afternoon at Winterfest, enjoy a glowing sunset and happy hour-priced drinks at R2L, catch up-and-coming stars during a concert at the Curtis Institute of Music or pay a few bucks for a game of ten-pins at North Bowl. The opportunities are endless in Philadelphia for an affordable and fun date with your loved one.
Here are fun finds for Couples for $25 or less in Philadelphia:
For the Outdoorsy Couple:
- There’s no charge to meander along the Schuylkill River Trail, the Manayunk Towpath or the Wissahickon Valley Park, where relaxing conversation comes naturally.
- Dazzle your date the at the Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing. For only $3 per person (or free with a Blue Cross card) and $10 skate rental (or bring your own), couples can lace-up for low-cost laughs. Afterwards, they can cozy up in the lodge or around a fire pit and enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate, a glass of wine or local craft beer.
- Snow days are play days at Ridley Creek State Park. Couples can bring their own skis or sleds for a trek along the powdery cross-country ski trails or down the wide slopes.
Tunes For Twosomes:
- Music lovers can scope out future stars at the Curtis Institute of Music, where students perform solo and chamber works most Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the school year, as well as many weekends, as part of the free Student Recital Series.
- Enjoy concerts of all genres during the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts ’Free at the Kimmel series, offered throughout the year. Tickets are available at the box office at 5:30 p.m. for evening performances and 11:30 a.m. for matinees. Limit one ticket per person. Free building and theater tours, offered daily at 1:00 p.m., give visitors a behind-the-scenes look.
- Macy’s Grand Court is a grand place to take in a live performance of one of the world’s largest pipe organ, The Wanamaker Organ. Twice daily, except Sundays, the 28,500-pipe organ fills the shopping emporium with the rich, full sounds of the 1904 instrument. Tours of the organ are also offered with advance registration.
The Art Of The Date:
- Art lovers can download the free Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO mobile app to learn about more than 65 outdoor sculptures, including Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue, Remington’s Cowboy Claes Oldenberg’s Clothespin and others located around Center City, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Fairmount Park.
- On the first Sunday of each month, patrons can pay what they wish at the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both museums are home to extraordinary collections of art and conveniently located just blocks away from each other.
- With its twisting tunnels, curving arches and hidden winding staircases all adorned with mirror and tile mosaics and found objects, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens showcase outsider and visionary art at its finest. For only $10 per person this is a great deal.
- Sculptures such as The Kiss and Eternal Springtime make the Rodin Museum an ideal choice for those in search of a romantic afternoon. Housing the largest collection of the artist’s works outside of Paris. This stunning museum requests a mere $10 donation for admission.
Lovely Food & Drink:
- The nationally lauded Franklin Fountain combines the charm of a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor with wonderful homemade ice cream. Share a treat with your sweetie.
- Order the happy hour wine and bar bites at R2L and enjoy the spectacular views for free. Each day, the sky-high restaurant and cocktail lounge posts the sunset schedule so that patrons can be sure to catch nature’s brilliant colors and the city’s twinkling lights.
- Beer lovers can sip suds at two local breweries, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC). Guests can explore the facilities and learn how draughts go from barley to beer. Free guided tours run on weekends and begin and end in the tasting rooms.
- Bucks County Wine Trail, family owned and folksy Buckingham Valley Vineyards offers self-guided tours and free tastings Tuesday–Friday ($5 on weekends). Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery focuses on chambourcin, cabernet franc and chardonnay grapes and provides free tastings seasonally from Thursday through Sunday.
- If the walls of the elegant Fairmount Park Historic Houses—Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Mount Pleasant and Woodford could talk, they’d tell couples the stories of the lives and loves of the people who lived there centuries ago. $8 per house.
- Whether it’s marking a first date, a first kiss or an anniversary. Couples can make like George and Martha Washington and celebrate at the exquisitely preserved and detailed 18th-century Powel House, where the first couple partied it up for their 20th wedding anniversary. $8 per person.
The Game(s) Of Love:
- Strike a romance at North Bowl, where the retro 1950’s design and stylish bar make for a fun night out. Lane rates vary by day, with a max of $5.95 per person, per game and a shoe rental fee of $4.40 per pair.
- Tee up for a lovely time at Keystone Mini-Golf & Arcade. What once was a warehouse is now an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course sporting 1950s Americana decor, arcade games and snacks. And at $12 per person, it’s an easy, relaxed atmosphere perfect for a fun night out. Bonus: It’s BYOB.
Swing & Sway The Night Away:
- Almost every night is dance night at Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant. Every Wednesday, those with dance fever can learn sexy salsa moves taught by pros, and on Fridays, beginners can work on basic moves under the watchful eyes of some of the city’s hottest instructors. Dancers of all levels can hit the floor on Saturday evenings for a dance party that begins with instruction and parties on until the wee hours.
- Offering cha-cha, tango, salsa and other group and private lessons, the Society Hill Dance Academy can take wall flowers from timid to ta-da. Even couples with two left feet can get their groove on with a free lesson.
Stars In Their Eyes:
- The next best thing to giving the sun, moon and stars is seeing them up close during The Franklin Institute’s Night Skies in the Observatory monthly sky tours. In addition to access to the rooftop telescopes, the $5 ticket includes a Planetarium show and other programming.
- Get starry-eyed during the monthly Saturday evening stargazing parties and sky-viewing sessions hosted by the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers. The group welcomes guests to join them at no charge as they scan the skies for meteors, planets and sky watch parties at various locations throughout the region.
With something for every couple celebrate your loved one in Philadelphia, PA.