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May 31 2016

25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

Cash-Conscious Couples Score Big On Romance In Philly

Love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay, because Philadelphia has loads of ways to woo a lover on a spring or summer day—or any day or night, really—without dipping deeply into the joint bank account. Sweethearts can settle in for a free afternoon hang at Spruce Street Harbor Park, ignite a spark while enjoying a glowing sunset (and happy hour-priced drinks) at R2L, spend a night under the stars with movie stars at Penn’s Landing’s Screenings Under the Stars free film series or enjoy a day of no-pay play while exploring America’s past in Historic Philadelphia.

Here are more than 25 fun finds for daters that ring up at $25 or less:

Great Outdoors:

  1. A hand-in-hand stroll surrounded by trees can be the perfect couples’ afternoon retreat. There’s no charge to meander along the Schuylkill River Trail, the Manayunk Towpath or Wissahickon Valley Park, where relaxing conversation comes naturally. Schuylkill River Trail, (484) 945-0200,; Manayunk Towpath & Wissahickon Valley Park, (215) 217-0417,
  2. For couples whose mantra is “just roll with it,” the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at Penn’s Landing beckons. At $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 on the city’s only outdoor roller rink. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2FUN,
  3. Summer days are play days at Ridley Creek State Park. Couples don their hiking shoes for a trek along 13 miles of trails or opt for an easier stroll or bike ride on the paved surfaces.
    1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media, (610) 892-3900,
  4. Love blooms among the spectacular and exotic plantings throughout Chanticleer pleasure garden’s 35 acres. The $10 admission offers a day of wandering through artfully designed, elaborately themed gardens and secluded paths that meander through shaded woodlands.
    786 Church Road, Wayne, (610) 687-4163,

History-Making Daytime Dates:

  1. Couples can make a daylong date with the past throughout Historic Philadelphia, where tours of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Congress Hall, The President’s House and other iconic landmarks are both fascinating—and free. Twosomes can cuddle up on the 13 Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches located throughout the neighborhood and get swept back in time as professional storytellers regale them with tales from America’s past. Various locations.
  2. Whether it’s marking a first date, first kiss or anniversary, couples can make like George and Martha Washington and celebrate at the exquisitely preserved and detailed 18th-century Powel House, where the country’s first first couple feted their 20th wedding anniversary.
    $8 per person. 244 S. 3rd Street, (215) 627-0364,

The Art Of The Date:

  1. Sculpture peepers can download the free Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO mobile app to learn about more than 65 outdoor sculptures, including Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, Remington’s Cowboy, Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin (often compared to Brâncusi’s The Kiss at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and others located around Center City, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Fairmount Park. (215) 399-9000,
  2. On the first Sunday of each month, lovers (and art lovers) see extraordinary collections for an extraordinary deal. Patrons pay what they wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (which also offers pay-what-you-wish Wednesdays, 5-8:45 p.m.) Just down the Parkway, PECO Free First Sundays are also gratis at the Barnes Foundation. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,; Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200,;
  3. With its twisting tunnels, curving arches and hidden winding staircases all adorned with mirror and tile mosaics and found objects, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, created by Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar and inspired by Zagar’s collector wife Julia, showcase outsider and visionary art at its finest. Plus, visiting’s a bargain at only $10 per person.
    1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390,
  4. Sculptures such as The Kiss and Eternal Springtime make the Rodin Museum an easy choice for those in search of a romantic afternoon. Housing the largest collection of the artist’s works outside of Paris, this gorgeous gem of a museum requests a mere $10 donation for admission. 2551 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,

Lovely Food & Drink:

  1. No need to wait for Throwback Thursday for a trip to the past. The nationally lauded Franklin Fountain combines the charm of a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor with to-die-for homemade ice cream, turning out ice cream cones, sundaes, splits and ice cream floats that start at $5. 116 Market Street, (215) 627-1899,
  2. Order the happy hour wine and bar bites at R2L—and get the spectacular views for free. Each day, the sky-high restaurant and cocktail lounge posts the sunset schedule so patrons can be sure to catch nature’s brilliant colors and the city’s twinkling lights. 50 S. 16th Street, 37th Floor, (215) 564-5337,
  3. Beer lovers can sip suds at two local breweries, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC). Guests 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. Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600,; PBC, 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-BREW,
  4. Part of the 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. Buckingham, 1521 Route 413 (Durham Road), Buckingham, (215) 794-7188,; Rushland, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison, (215) 598-0251,

Free Flicks:

  1. The skies aren’t the only place to see stars. Cozy twosomes can catch them on the big screen at Penn’s Landing’s Thursday night Screenings Under the Stars free summer film series. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2386,
  2. A five-dollar donation gets a tour of the historic Betsy Ross House and an evening of the best of the worst campy sci-fi and horror flicks during First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes. The courtyard film series runs June through October. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, wine and lawn chairs. 239 Arch Street, (215) 686-1252,
  3. It’s a beer garden. It’s a movie theater. On Wednesday nights between late June and early October, La Peg’s courtyard brasserie is both. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-1318,

The Game(s) Of Love:

  1. Strike a romance at North Bowl, where the retro 1950s design and stylish bar make for a fun night out. Or, head to the other side of town to sibling South Bowl, located in an old warehouse refurbished with with 26 lanes, an arcade, billiards room and roof deck. Rates vary by day, with a max of $5.95 per person, per game and a shoe rental fee of $4.40 per pair. North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-2695,; South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Avenue, (215) 389-BOWL,
  2. Tee up for a lovely time at Franklin Square’s putt-putt course. The 18-hole mini golf course sports scale models of Independence Hall, Boathouse Row and other iconic Philadelphia landmarks. And at $9 per person, it’s an easy, relaxed atmosphere perfect for a fun night out. 200 S. 6th Street, (215) 629-4026,

Swing & Sway The Night Away:

  1. Almost every night is dance night at Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant. Every Wednesday, those with dance fever learn sexy salsa moves taught by pros. On Fridays, beginners work on basic moves under the watchful eyes of some of the city’s hottest instructors. Dancers of all levels hit the floor on Saturday evenings for a dance party that begins with instruction and parties on until the wee hours. 112 Chestnut Street, (215) 432-0031,
  2. Offering cha-cha, tango, salsa and other group and private lessons, the Society Hill Dance Academy can take wallflowers from timid to ta-da. Even couples with four left feet can get their groove on with a free lesson. 409 S. 2nd Street, (215) 574- 3574,

Tunes for Twosomes:

  1. No cover charge required to catch some of the nation’s top names in jazz. On Friday nights in August, couples tote blankets and lawn chairs to Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza for Smooth Jazz Summer Nights free concerts. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2386,
  2. Something to sit on is all a pair needs to enjoy the 10-week long Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park concert series. Wednesday through Sunday nights, music-loving duos can catch free concerts featuring everything from reggae to rock to R&B, from acoustic to zydeco and everything in between. 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, (610) 566-2730,

Stars In Their Eyes:

  1. The next best thing to giving the sun, moon and stars? 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. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  2. 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.

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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets. 

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