10 Cool Ideas for a Fun and Casual Date in Philadelphia

Posted by Leticia, 08 Feb

The city of Philadelphia is a great place to grow up, to find yourself, and to fall in love. It has so much character and history that everywhere you turn you are confronting the story of somebody who was just like you, or your parents, or your friends, but who did extraordinary things and is remembered for them today.

This is all to say that, if you live in Philadelphia, treat it kind and keep it close; it is a wonderful place to live. It is also filled with amazing date ideas, so you should never be hard pressed for choice when picking a place in which to curl up close. From old favorites and famous attractions, to hidden gems and romantic hideaways – make Philadelphia your city of love.

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This guide to the top 10 ideas for a fun and casual date in Philadelphia will help you to plan for a flawless first impression and maybe even secure another date tomorrow!

1. Get Rocky at Go Vertical

If climbing the Rocky stairs in front of the Philadelphia museum for the seven hundredth time does not appeal, you could always show off your adventurous side at Go Vertical. It is the only indoor rock climbing center in the city, so take your chance to impress on a (use your imagination) soaring and craggy peak. This is a great date idea for anybody looking to get up to some quirky fun.

2. Feast on Street Food at Garage

It seems like Philadelphia, like many other cities, is in the middle of a street food revival at the moment. Whilst there are plenty of posh restaurants in town, it is the informal and DIY-esque eateries which are the most interesting right now. For example, take Garage – a former auto body repair shop turned diner. It is home to a rotating selection of treats, all cooked by different chefs, so it is surprisingly experimental and has a marvelous laid back attitude. Plus, there are pinball tables to play on too – what more could you want?

3. Kick Back at Yards Brewery

If you have a penchant for designer brews and smart casual booze tasting sessions, swing on by Yards Brewery on a weekday afternoon. From midday to 4-pm, there are free tours, so you could bag yourself some complimentary samples and learn something new. There are usually a series of food trucks on site too, so if you get peckish, you and your date can chow down on some serious street food.

4. Play It Safe with a Zoo Date

You can never go wrong with a date at the zoo – everybody likes animals. It is lucky then that Philadelphia zoo is pretty vast. If the weather is fine, you can spend an afternoon laughing at the gibbons, imitating your favourite beasts, and finding out what makes your special somebody tick. During the summer, the zoo holds an adults only ale festival, so you can combine live music, beer tasting sessions, tasty snacks, and exotic wildlife.

5. Enjoy Live Music at Union Transfer

There is a live music performance on almost every evening at Union Transfer, but the calendar is on the official website if you want to cherry pick the perfect date. This could come in rather handy, because if visit on any of the 76ers, Flyers, Eagles, or Phillies championship rosters, you automatically get free entry. The jam sessions at Union Transfer are pretty cool; the atmosphere is relaxed and the beer is cheap.

6. Rise to the Challenge at Barcade

For fun loving couples who like to take life with a pinch of salt and a generous helping of humor, there is the Barcade. This is a Philly institution now, so fill your pockets with quarters and see if your date has what it takes to rise to the challenge on your favorite vintage arcade game. There is a bar and a fully stocked kitchen on site, so you could end up whiling away the whole afternoon and then some at this cool joint.

7. Unleash the Geek at Franklin

As far as quirky date ideas goes, there is nothing quite like the adult only evenings hosted by the Franklin Institute each month. For instance, past themed evenings have been centered on Bill and Ted, Superheroes, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and much more. As for what exactly happens at these events, it is difficult to say unless you turn up on the night – each one is a little bit different, but expect the unexpected.

8. Visit the First Ever Pizza Museum

Yes, that’s right – Philadelphia is home to the first dedicated pizza museum anywhere on the planet. It needs to be seen to be believed, so pick up your date and your sense of humor and prepare to enjoy a wonderfully silly afternoon. There are, of course, plenty of opportunities for tasting and the ice cream parlour next door is one of the best in Philadelphia.

9. Stroll Around the Magic Gardens

If you have ever found yourself wondering about the lovely mosaic structure on South St, find a free evenings and whisk your date down to the Magic Gardens. You are guaranteed to run into more than a few surprises, especially when you find out the story behind it. Plus, you can let the gardens do the talking for you on one of the special Date Night events. These feature candlelit walking tours for couples and even a little complimentary wine tasting.

10. Cheer from the Stands at the Linc

If your date is a big sports fan, you cannot get better than a stadium tour at the Linc or Citizens Bank Park. You can spend all day gushing about your favorite team if you want and even pick up tickets for the next big game. In Philadelphia, sport is a huge passion, so you would hard pressed to find a companion who does not know at least a little about the beautiful game – remember to take plenty of photos and maybe even steal a kiss in the locker room.

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