Robert Indiana LOVE statue Philadelphia

One place to find the love? Robert Indiana's LOVE statue in Philadelphia (©Marco Rubino/Shutterstock)

9 Ways to Fall in Love with Philly

By Jessica Lopez on 02/03/14

From dramatic shows and majestic murals, to romantic dinners and seasonal brews, there’s something for everyone to love about Philadelphia.

1. Hop Aboard

Step up to the elevated train for the guided Mural Arts Program Love Letter Train Tour and explore the 50 love-themed murals in West Philadelphia by artist Stephen Powers. Tickets: $20.

Mural Arts Program Love Letter Train Tour

2. Raise a Pint

Philly’s own Yards Brewing Company recently released Rye, a seasonal IPA with intense notes of citrus and pine. Free tours are offered at the brewery weekends noon to 4 pm. 901 N. Delaware Ave., 215.634.2600

3. See a Show

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium theatre company performs playwright Jean Giraudox’s “Ondine,” a play about a sea sprite who falls in love with a handsome knight-errant. Feb. 6-March 2. 825 Walnut St., 215.574.3550

4. Dinner on the Waterfront

Docked on the Delaware River, the grand Moshulu is a must-visit dining destination for sweeping views of the city. Make reservations early for the four-course Valentine’s Day dinner offered Feb. 14-15 ($95 per person, not including beverages, tax or gratuity). 401 S. Columbus Blvd., 215.923.2500

Moshulu ship restaurant in Philadelphia

5. Discover Public Art

Learn the history and stories behind Philadelphia’s public art, including Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue, on the Museum Without Walls audio tour right from your smartphone. Android and iPhone users can download the app for free.

6. Meet Some Lovebirds

Make it a date or bring the whole family to the Philadelphia Zoo for the “Wild At Heart” weekend Feb. 15-16 from 10 am-4 pm. Take the self-guided “Love Tour” and meet some of the famous couples of the zoo including hyacinth macaws, titi monkeys and red pandas. Indulge at candy stations throughout the zoo and watch zookeepers offer Valentine treats to the animals. 3400 W. Girard Ave., 215.243.1100

Wild At Heart Philadelphia Zoo

7. Take A Sweet Tour

Take in local city sites and satisfy your sweet tooth with Philadelphia Chocolate Tours. Visit Philadelphia’s top chocolatiers including Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates and John & Kira's Chocolates and Chocolate By Mueller. Sample a treat at each location and learn about the history and health benefits of cocoa. 215.833.0044

8. Relax and Renew

Let the mind and body soothing begin at these spas. Be sure to book a treatment for two. For a total-sensory, mood-altering experience, book a treatment at LUSH Spa (1525 Walnut St., 215.546.5874). The hot stone treatment is a standout service at Rescue Rittenhouse (1601 Walnut St., third floor, 215.772.2766). Any massage can be performed simultaneously as a couple massage at either location.

9. Take A Day Trip

Longwood Gardens, located about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, has more than 1,000 acres of horticultural displays. Take a leisurely stroll through the Mediterranean Garden or immerse yourself in the beautiful blooms in the Camellia House. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA, 610.388.1000