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Top Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia

Plan a romantic excursion to the city’s most swoon-worthy spots

Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to re-energize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots.

Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday of Presidents’ Day Weekend this year, so it’s the perfect excuse for a quick Philly getaway during the long holiday weekend. Whether you’re coming in from outside of the city or are already here in town, treat yourself and a loved one with a stay in the city.

Save on your getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which includes two nights accommodations AND free hotel parking, is the perfect for a romantic rendezvous.

Set out and explore the city’s sweet side with our interactive guide to romantic attractions and activities in the region.

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Dream Garden

The Dream Garden

Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

Another famed Philadelphia mosaic, the Dream Garden in the Curtis Center is a spectacular piece from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany made of more than 100,000 pieces of colorful glass. The beauty of one-of-a-kind piece and space it resides has made it a favorite location for weddings.
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Whispering Benches

Smith Memorial Arch

Secret spot for sweet nothings

Couples can proclaim their love at Fairmount Park’s Whispering Benches. One sweetheart takes a seat on the stone bench in the curve of the Smith Memorial Arch, while the other sits on the bench across the street. When they whisper into the monument, love carries their tender words.
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

Since 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has counted Impressionist Mary Cassatt, luminous painter/illustrator Maxfield Parrish and romantic realist Daniel Garber, among others, as students. PAFA’s historic Victorian Gothic building, designed by Frank Furness, is ornamental and elegant, yet perfectly sized for a casual, hand-held stroll. Outside, art lovers can grab a seat at Lenfest Plaza, complete with Claes Oldenburg’s 51-foot Paint Torch.
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James A. Michener Art Museum

Doylestown, Bucks County
The James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

The James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County houses one of the finest public collections of Pennsylvania Impressionist works, showcases regional artists and hosts nationally touring exhibitions. The outdoor Pfundt Sculpture Garden is a must-see for amorous couples in warm weather, with its welcoming reflecting pools, fountains and paths.
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Fonthill Castle & Museum

Doylestown, Bucks County
Fonthill Museum

Henry Mercer’s concrete castle, an American treasure

Harvard-educated Henry Chapman Mercer built his storybook stone mansion with its turrets and balconies from the inside out, without using blueprints. Modeled after a 13th-century Rhenish castle, it has Gothic doorways, 32 sudden stairways, dead ends, and 44 rooms, each in a different shape.
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Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Chester County
The Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens

One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

Couples can walk hand-in-hand through 1,077 acres of beauty at Longwood Gardens. If the weather’s uncooperative, more than four acres of glass-enclosed conservatories, with tropical gardens and 16 waterfalls, make the perfect indoor paradise.
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Tyler Arboretum

Media, Delaware County
Tyler Arboretum

One of the region’s oldest and largest arboreta

The region's oldest and largest arboretum, Tyler Arboretum offers 650-acres of nature and history for couples to explore. Wander more than 20 miles of trails, explore historic locations and take in the natural beauty of the grounds.
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Chanticleer

Wayne, Delaware County
Chanticleer

An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature

Duos leave the stress of daily life behind when they visit Delaware County’s Chanticleer. Filled with innovation and whimsical touches, it’s one of the most exquisite horticultural showplaces on the East Coast.
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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

New Hope, Bucks County
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A natural habitat for Pennsylvania’s native plants

Perfect for a hike and a picnic lunch, Bucks County’s 134-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve comprises nearly 1,000 species of native plants, a meadow, pond and creek.
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Peace Valley Lavender Farm

Doylestown, Bucks County
Peace Valley Lavender Farm

Pick your own lavender — or pick up lavender home goods

Capturing the spirit of the French countryside, Peace Valley Lavender Farm in Bucks County offers couples the chance to pick their own fragrant lavender (when in season) or shop for lavender goods from the on-site gift shop.
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Wissahickon Valley Park

An environmental education center at the northern tip of Fairmount Park

For some peace and quiet, the outdoorsy types can take a hike—literally—on one of the many trails of the Wissahickon Valley Park, where rugged paths offer some seriously secluded space with picturesque views.
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Mural Arts Program

Love Letter (one of 50 in a series)

Creating art for more than three decades

Over the past 30 years, the Mural Arts Program has brought amazing outdoor art with the creation of more than 3,600 throughout Philadelphia. The popular Love Letter tour takes couples on a train ride past a series of 50 love letters created by artist Stephen Powers.
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City Food Tours

City Food Tour

Don’t just see the city, taste it!

City Food Tours will introduce you to some of Philly’s best specialty food shops and restaurants and give tour goers a opportunity to taste delicious handmade treats.
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