Look no further than Philadelphia to get a variety of romantic experiences, including walks and selfies at the iconic LOVE Park and excursions on themed love to see dreamy murals in West Philadelphia. Travel to the clouds to drink well-made cocktails and then do a steam massage late at night, or treat your significant other to intimate dinners around town.
Take a romantic sunrise
Begin your love journey through the city of brotherly love by watching the sunrise from one of the Philadelphia upper viewpoints. For scenic views of the Delaware River, Race Street Pier it’s an intimate place for picnics and watching the sunrise, right under Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Along Philadelphia’s other river, Schuylkill, watch the sun rise over Center City skyscrapers from a colorful perch on South Street Bridge. Or start your day with a picnic for breakfast high on top of the Belmont Plateau in West Fairmount Park, which offers stunning views of the surrounding park space as the sun rises over the horizon of the city center in the distance.
Selfie and walk around LOVE Park
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a stop at the famous LOVE Park, located in the heart of the city and a few steps from the town hall. Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, the half-acre park is now lovingly called LOVE Park thanks to the LOVE statue of Robert Indiana. The quintessence of public art, which was located in the park as part of the country’s bicentennial celebrations in 1976, is one of the most photographed places in the city. After taking a selfie with a loved one at the statue of LOVE, take a walk on the colorful Benjamin Franklin Parkway – still passing another of Indiana’s romantic sculptures on the way – to finally get to the green beginnings of Fairmount Park.
Admire the love letters painted on buildings across West Philadelphia
Originally launched as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Murals in Philadelphia changed some of Philadelphia’s most undemanding places and can now boast more than 4,000 community-based works of public art. The country’s largest public art program, Mural Arts Philadelphia, provides an opportunity to see some of these murals during guided tours and self-guided tours, including a two-hour Travel with love lettersconducting visitors A love letter for you authored by renowned street artist Steve ESPO Powers. In 2010, Powers collaborated with the West Philadelphia community to create a series of 50 murals that together form an open love letter that is perceived either as a message from a loved one to their partner or as an ode to the city itself.
TIP: Look for special Valentine’s Day tours of the Love Letter murals that Mural Arts Philadelphia offers in early February each year.
Treat your loved one to chocolate with historic candy
Located on Market Street in the Old Town, Shane Confectionery is the country’s oldest permanent candy, specializing in sweet treats made using traditional recipes and equipment. The owners are brothers behind the neighbors Franklin’s Fountain and Franklin Ice Cream Bar, Shane Confectionery is following in the footsteps of its related stores, presenting its showcase and products in the authentic style of the turn of the century, with antique cash registers, display cases, signs and other antique items throughout the space. The treats themselves also refer to the early days of Philadelphia and include options such as transparent toy candies (Dutch Pennsylvania candies made by pouring melted sugar into playful shapes), chocolates and seasonal confectionery available on Valentine’s Day. , Easter and Christmas.
Stroll through the dreamy garden of rural Philadelphia
Relax and explore the lush courtyards of tropical plants, perennials and containers, a colorful cut and vegetable garden, exotic forests destroyed by gardens and ponds, and a 35-acre water garden Garden of Chanticler, a recipient of the North American Garden Tourism Award for Best Garden and located just 30 minutes west of Philadelphia. Chanticleer is just one of 37 public gardens, arboretums and historic landscapes 30 miles from downtown Philadelphia that make up the region as The garden capital of America. Other romantic garden destinations include 1000+ acres Longwood Gardens at Kenneth Square, home to the largest collection of fountains in North America, and Andalusian historic house, gardens and arboretum along the Delaware River in Bucks County, home to more than 800 trees, and a historic mansion that is considered one of the best and earliest examples of Greek Renaissance architecture in the country.
Whisper sweet nothing in West Philadelphia
Sit on one end Smith Memorial Arch in West Fairmount Park while your special person sits on the opposite end. Whisper to the monument, and the bench will transfer your voice from one partner to another. Bicycle rental from nearby Indego Station and explore more public art that can be seen throughout Fairmount Park through Audio tour of the museum without walls offered Association of Public Artsthe country’s first private organization engaged in public art.
Enjoy an evening of live music outdoors at the Mann Center
Enjoy a romantic concert under the stars Center of Man, an open area of 22 hectares in Fairmount Park. The spacious location at the top of the hill offers many lawns, perfect for picnics to live music, and offers one of the most spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline in the distance. Go to the VIP Club with private and early entry, a special waiting service on the seat and private chairs with more legroom.
Enjoy cocktails and steam massage in the clouds
Located on the 60th floor of the street Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in Comcast Center – Five-star Philadelphia hotel, first and only in the Forbes travel guide and recent recipient of its first AAA Five Diamond Hotel designation – JG SkyHigh specializes in cocktail watches with unique city views. Created by Franco-American chef Jean-Georges, the premier cocktail bar offers an assortment of wine, beer and cocktails by the glass, including Rittenhouse Rye Manhattans, Ginger Margaritas and Spiced Pear Daiquiris. The sleek and minimalist hotel occupies the upper floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia’s tallest tower, which offers unobstructed 360-degree views of the city. For more branded hotel bars in Philadelphia, Click here.
After a cocktail, head to the 57th-floor Four Seasons Spa, also a 5-star Forbes Travel Guide, and enjoy a sumptuous steam massage on the hotel’s infinity pool deck as part of the new Premier Night Spa. experience. Starting at 10:30 p.m., the infinity pool space will be your access for an hour-long massage followed by champagne and access to the private pool until 1 p.m. Click here.
Focus your love on making to order from clay at The Clay Studio
Book a fun date Clay Studio as instructors will guide you through the evening making pottery by candlelight, complete with light food and champagne. Once you’re done, explore the ceramic art exhibitions in the Studio galleries and browse the gift shop to find an assortment of handicrafts including mugs, artwork, gifts and more.
Have dinner at one of Philadelphia’s intimate restaurants
A few steps from the charming Rittenhouse Square, Love – appreciated one of the most romantic restaurants in America according to Forbes – is an intimate restaurant that offers tempting cuisine in the main dining and bar area, as well as outdoor seating along 18th Street and a cozy loft on the top level. Created by Amy Alexi and Stephen Starr, the restaurant offers modern American cuisine with indulgent dishes, including seasonal fried chicken in butter “Lovebird”, American cheese board “Work of Love” and “Rapture Blondie Sundae”. For couples looking to recreate their romance over a drink, The Love’s unique beverage program is inspired by personal trips to vineyards and breweries in the region.
Other romantic dinners include Starr restaurant concepts such as Barclay Prime, Butcher and singer, Parkand Tallulah Garden. Do not miss the cozy conditions that can be found in the Schulson Collective Harp and crown and Double knot restaurants, the latter serving a full range of Japanese cuisine, including sushi, robot meat, mochi and more in the underground Izakai by candlelight (or outdoors along 13th Street with boutiques).