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The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia

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

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One Liberty Observation Deck Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to couples looking for a romantic experience at cultural sites, charming eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots throughout the city.

Treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic photo at the AMOR Statue, sightseeing at One Liberty Observation Deck, a lovely walk through Longwood Gardens and so much more.

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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AMOR Statue

— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Like its Love Park counterpart, AMOR serves as the perfect picture-snapping icon to add to a selfie of you and your sweetheart. Located in Sister Cities Park, the six-foot-tall sculpture translates to “love” in both Spanish and Latin.

Where: Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street

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Race Street Pier

Scenic waterfront park on the Delaware River

Race Street Pier Race Street Pier
— Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Race Street Pier offers a scenic sight of the Delaware River and is a perfect spot for a romantic picnic or snowfall view. As weather permits, the waterfront park hosts special events throughout the year, including live music, yoga classes and fireworks.

Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street

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Boathouse Row

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Partners can bike, blade or walk along the city’s Schuylkill River on Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Fairmount Park. Take in the views of Boathouse Row (which is illuminated at night) or wave at the early-morning scullers as you travel along the eight-and-a-half mile loop stretching from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Falls Bridge.

Where: Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row

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One Liberty Observation Deck

A top-notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia

One Liberty Observation Deck One Liberty Observation Deck
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors can steal a smooch at One Liberty Observation Deck, encircled with 360-degree landscapes that stretch for miles. Currently the tallest standing attraction within Philadelphia, the observation deck also offers tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.

Where: One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street, 57th Floor

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City Hall Observation Deck

Bird's eye view of the city

View from The City Hall Tower Observation Deck View from The City Hall Tower Observation Deck
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Adventurous couples can head to the top of City Hall for breathtaking 360-degree views of the city in the tower observation deck. The journey features a cozy elevator ride through the tower before stopping underneath the enormous statue of William Penn.

Where: City Hall, Broad Street and Market Street

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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Artist Isaiah Zagar’s masterpiece on South Street

Philadelphia Magic Gardens Philadelphia Magic Gardens
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Get lost in a labyrinth of art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, created by acclaimed artist Isaiah Zagar. Nearly every available space is covered in an array of colorful tiles, cement, bicycle tires, bottles and inspiration.

Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1022-1024 South Street

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Dream Garden

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

Dream Garden painting Dream Garden painting
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Another famed Philadelphia mosaic, 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 the one-of-a-kind piece and the space in which it resides has made it a favorite location for weddings.

Where: The Curtis Center & Dream Garden, 699 Walnut Street

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Whispering Benches at 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.

Where: Smith Memorial Arch, Avenue of the Republic

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Penn Treaty Park

Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River

Penn Treaty Park Penn Treaty Park
— Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Fishtown’s waterfront park is a favorite spot to watch the sunset and catch skyline views. It also plays host to special events and festivals throughout the year.

Where: Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street

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Washington Avenue Pier

Stairway to beautiful skyline views

People at Washington Avenue Pier People at Washington Avenue Pier
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The recently renovated Washington Avenue Pier offers a waterfront escape for couples. Wander along the elevated boardwalk and climb the park’s Land Buoy, a 55-foot-tall spiral staircase by artist Jody Pinto featuring fantastic skyline views.

Where: Washington Avenue Pier, 1301 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

Exterior of Philadelphia Museum of Art Exterior of Philadelphia Museum of Art
— Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must-visit for art aficionados. Couples stroll hand-in-hand through the museum’s extensive collections and galleries or enjoy a relaxing Friday evening together at Art After 5 featuring live music, food and drinks and extended evening hours.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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The Barnes Foundation

One of the world’s foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings

Couple looking at paintings at the Barnes Foundation Couple looking at paintings at the Barnes Foundation
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The beautiful grounds of The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are worthy of a romantic stroll, but once inside, lovebirds are awestruck by one of the world’s most important collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Penn Museum

Transforming understanding of the human experience

Penn Museum Penn Museum
— Photo courtesy Penn Museum

If visitors called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” they’d be right: It’s just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) — one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums. Share in its magnificence with the one you love.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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

Interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Since 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has counted Impressionist Mary Cassatt, luminous painter and 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.”

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

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James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

The James A. Michener Art Museum exterior The James A. Michener Art Museum exterior
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown

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Fonthill Castle

Henry Mercer’s concrete castle is an American treasure

Exterior of Fonthill Castle Exterior of Fonthill Castle
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Harvard-educated Henry Chapman Mercer built his storybook stone mansion with its turrets and balconies from the inside out without using any 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, leaving plenty to tour with the one you love.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown

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Morris Arboretum

A romantic Victorian landscape garden

The Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum The Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum
— Photo courtesy Morris Arboretum

A lavish Victorian garden, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania occupies 92 acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Visitors can stroll the garden and enjoy quiet moments in romantic settings such as the Springhouse and the Mercury Loggia Grotto.

Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue

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Tyler Arboretum

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

Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

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Longwood Gardens

One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

Longwood Gardens parkland Longwood Gardens parkland
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

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.

Where: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road

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Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Gorge in the Fall Wissahickon Gorge in the Fall
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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

Where: Wissahickon Valley Park, 300 W. Northwestern Avenue

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Wineries and Vineyards of the Countryside

Sample fantastic wines found throughout the region

People tasting wine outside at Va La Vineyards People tasting wine outside at Va La Vineyards
Va La Vineyards — Photo courtesy Steve Belkowitz

Twosomes take in the beauty and the beverages of the wineries in the Greater Philadelphia region. With tastings, concerts, fairs, wine dinners and many other activities, there are plenty of excuses to spend an afternoon or evening sipping in the sunlight or under the stars.

Where: Various locations including Va La Vineyards, 8820 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale

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Mural Arts Philadelphia

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

Where: Mural Arts Philadelphia, 128 N. Broad Street

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City Food Tours

Spark romance during one of many City Food Tours, which introduce tour-goers to some of Philly’s best specialty food shops and restaurants and give you an opportunity to taste delicious handmade treats.

Where: City Food Tours, 2219 Locust Street

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The Italian Market

A South Philadelphia mainstay since the 19th century

The Italian Market The Italian Market
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

A South Philadelphia mainstay, the Italian Market is one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America and a haven for lovers of food. Dozens of vendors line the street, selling the freshest vegetables, fish, meats, spices and produce from their stalls, while gourmet shops and restaurants occupy storefronts in between.

Where: The Italian Market, 9th Street and Washington Avenue (Along 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater)

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'76 Carriage Tours

Carriage tours of Historic Philadelphia from the venerable Philadelphia Trolley Works

People on a horse drawn carriage tour People on a horse drawn carriage tour
— Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

Your carriage awaits! Journey back in time on an enchanting carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s Historic District. Your personal guide will expertly navigate your carriage through Historic Philadelphia, spinning tales of our Founding Fathers and the city that hosted them in 1776.

Where: Tours depart from 5th and Chestnut streets

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James Turrell Skyspace

Skyspace installation in Chestnut Hill Skyspace installation in Chestnut Hill
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrated artist James Turrell’s dramatic light installation, Skyspace is essentially a room with an aperture in the ceiling through which visitors can contemplate the sky, bringing the study of light and space to the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. The Skyspace is most extraordinary at dawn and dusk, and is open to the public at designated times throughout the year for viewings.

Where: James Turrell Skyspace, 20 E. Mermaid Lane

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LOVE Statue

Sculpture returned home after renovation; also, check out sister sculpture AMOR nearby

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Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture has returned from renovation to the sculpture’s home — Philadelphia’s iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. Also, just a short walk away from LOVE Park stands the equally grand AMOR sculpture, the bilingual version of the LOVE sculpture, on display at Sister Cities Park.

 

Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Romance on ice at Penn's Landing

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
— Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

A winter tradition, the expanded Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing attracts starry-eyed skaters searching for a romantic evening on the waterfront. Bigger and better than ever, the winter pop-up features plenty of places to cozy up including outdoor fire pits, rocking chairs with blankets and The Lodge (with spiked, hot beverages available!).

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Skate in the center of the city

People skating at Rothman Ice Rink People skating at Rothman Ice Rink
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

During the winter, couples can lace up their skates for a few laps in the heart of the city at the Rothman Ice Rink in Dilworth Park. After you’ve had your fun on the ice, warm up with a beverage and a bite inside the Rothman Cabin — a heated tent located at the tip of the ice rink that serves up fare from Garces Events.

Where: Rothman Ice Rink, 1 S. 15th Street

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

Spruce Street Harbor Park at night Spruce Street Harbor Park at night
— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

One of the best urban parks in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a truly incredible place to spend time in spring, summer or fall. Snag a colorful hammock and relax with the one you love, or grab some delicious eats and a beer on the floating barge that extends out on the Delaware River.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Spruce Street and S. Columbus Boulevard

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

In the summer, the area that houses Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (see above) transforms into — what else? — Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. A warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, food and drink options, the spot is a great place to spend a summer afternoon or evening on the banks of the Delaware River.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

Independence Beer Garden Independence Beer Garden
Independence Beer Garden — Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Come spring, the Philadelphia region welcomes dozens of beer gardens. Set up shop for a fun afternoon or evening sipping delicious drinks at some of the coolest spots in the city, from rooftops to river banks and more.

Where: Various locations including Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall W.

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Chanticleer

An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature

Chanticleer Chanticleer
— Photo courtsey of Chanticleer

Duos leave the stress of daily life behind when they visit Delaware County’s Chanticleer, which is open from the spring through the fall. Filled with innovation and whimsical touches, it’s one of the most exquisite horticultural showplaces on the East Coast.

Where: Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne

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Peace Valley Lavender Farm

Pick your own lavender — or pick up lavender home goods

Peace Valley Lavendar Farm Peace Valley Lavendar Farm
— Photo courtesy Peace Valley Lavendar Farm

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.

Where: Peace Valley Lavender Farm, 802 New Galena Road, Doylestown

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AMOR Statue
Race Street Pier
Boathouse Row
One Liberty Observation Deck
City Hall Observation Deck
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Dream Garden
Whispering Benches at Smith Memorial Arch
Penn Treaty Park
Washington Avenue Pier
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Barnes Foundation
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
James A. Michener Art Museum
Fonthill Castle
Morris Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum
Longwood Gardens
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Wissahickon Valley Park
Wineries and Vineyards of the Countryside
Mural Arts Philadelphia
City Food Tours
The Italian Market
'76 Carriage Tours
James Turrell Skyspace
LOVE Statue
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway
Beer Gardens in Philadelphia
Chanticleer
Peace Valley Lavender Farm
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