For a city that’s known for love, albeit brotherly, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia is actually a great city for lovers. If you’re headed to Philadelphia with a significant other, check out these romantic destinations.
In the middle of Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza is Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture which has earned the park the nickname Love Park. The sculpture was installed in 1976 as part of the United States bicentennial celebration and removed in 1978, but by that time the people of Philadelphia had grown to like it so much that it was reinstalled in 1978 and remains there today. This part is the perfect place to go with your sweetheart for a romantic walk or a picnic.
To get a unique perspective on the historical aspects of Philadelphia, view the city from a horse drawn carriage. As you clop along it’s easier to remember a time when carriage and horse were the main forms of transportation in this historic city. The tree lined streets of National Historic Park, Society Hill and Old City take on new perspective as you slowly pass these centuries’ old buildings. Each private coach has a driver who doubles as a guide and can take you on one of three tours.
The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is wonderfully romantic as you and your partner stroll around hand in hand appreciating the artwork of Auguste Rodin. The museum was a gift to the city from Jules Mastbaum. Within three short years Mastbaum had amassed the largest collection of Rodin’s masterpieces outside of Paris. The collection includes bronze castings, plaster studies, drawings, prints, letters and books. The building was commissioned in 1926 but wasn’t completed until 1929, after Mastbaum’s death.
The Brandywine River Museum houses the works of three generations of the Wyeth family. N.C. Wyeth moved to the Brandywine Valley area in 1902 and became known as one of America’s foremost illustrators of the time. All of his children were quite talented and are represented in the museum but it’s his son Andrew who became one of America’s most famous artists. Andrew’s son, James, has also followed the family tradition and become a well respected artist in his own right.
Established in 1963, the Pennsylvania Ballet has been considered one of the premier ballet companies in the country. The company slowly set its own stage and grew in popularity throughout the decades. Currently the Pennsylvania ballet is comprised of 40 dancers and presents a season with six productions a year. The company tours throughout the region and is led by former lead dancer, Roy Kaiser. Spend a romantic evening enjoying the ballet with your sweetheart at the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia.
For a change of pace the Philly Tours Dinner Cruise takes guests on a three hour dinner and dance cruise along the Philadelphia waterfront. This dinner is like no other dining experience in the Philadelphia area as you’ll get to view the shoreline as your meal is served and you’re entertained by the ship’s performers. Prices are very reasonable and tours run throughout most of the year.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Philadelphia during the first Friday of every month then you should make a trip out to the Old City art district. On the first Fridays of the month, year round, most art galleries between Front and Third and Market and Vine Streets are open to the public so you can see the latest art movement of the local creative sorts. This art walk began in 1991 and has become one of the city’s most popular activities. It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening with a loved one.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States. The collection includes artwork that extends across two millennia and six continents. In the Perelman Building, with its art deco façade, is a newly expanded collection that is meant to illuminate and modernize the museum. In contrast, the Main Building the 200 galleries display the incredible collection which has been carefully collected throughout the years. The period rooms with architectural highlights should not be missed.
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so if you want to keep your girl happy how about a trip down Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row. One block from Independence Hall is the country’s oldest and one of the largest diamond districts. The charming colonial brick paved streets set the scene for hundreds of jewelry stores with showrooms stocked with everything that sparkles and draws the oohs and aahs of those who love jewels and gems.
Philadelphia has a unique approach to dining as they’ve developed a policy for restaurants where they don’t have to apply for hefty liquor licenses but patrons can still drink while dining, they just have to bring their own bottle. The BYOB concept has won rave reviews from locals as they save a little bit on their drink bill and get to drink exactly what they want. Some of the restaurants even feature specialty drinks which they will be happy to concoct for you as long as you provide the alcohol. There are more than 200 restaurants in the BYOB category so pick your favorite type of food and find a BYOB restaurant that suits your needs.
There’s something about a quaint bed and breakfast that just seems to speak of romance. Take your loved one to one of the many bed and breakfast retreats in the Philadelphia area for a romantic vacation that doesn’t stop at the hotel room door. Find just the right accommodation to suit your needs and desires and relax and enjoy your romantic visit to Philadelphia together.
There’s so much to love about Philadelphia its no wonder that couples flock to the city for a romantic get away. Plan your next couple’s event in Philadelphia and fill every minute with romantic destinations.
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