Philadelphia's Best Alternative Date Night Ideas

When dinner and a movie won't fit the bill, Philly's got creative date ideas that are on point.

Are you in the mood for romance?

Philadelphia offers a wide range of ways to bond with your sweetheart. Acclaimed restaurants, spellbinding theatrical performances and world-class museums are all sure bets for a fantastic evening, but why not consider something a little different? Impress your date with out-of-the-box fun, and get ready to make some unexpected amorous memories in the City of Brotherly Love.

Get Creative

Channel your inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at The Clay Studio, a ceramics center and pottery studio in Old City that hosts Date Nights throughout the month. You'll throw some clay on the potter's wheel, get a little dirty and let your creativity run wild. Instructors are on hand to guide participants through simple pottery projects, or attendees are free to follow their own inspiration. The studio even glazes, fires and ships your work to your home, so there's no need to leave room in your luggage. Over Valentine's weekend, The Clay Studio offers romance-enhanced Date Nights, with light snacks, chocolate, champagne, wine and mood music. Be sure to sign up in advance; these special events fill up quickly.

139 N. 2nd St., 215.925.3453

Creative date ideas, Philadelphia

Appreciate Art

Within their confines, Philadelphia's many art museums showcase important masterpieces from legends like Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt. But for a bit of outdoor art appreciation, couples can take an al fresco tour via Museum Without Walls: AUDIO, a program of the Association for Public Art. This self-guided tour of 65 outdoor statues, sculptures and monuments takes participants through Fairmount Park and Center City. Art fans can print a map ahead of time or just follow the directions on the program's free app. Via phones, participants listen to three-minute audio segments about each piece, told by people with personal connections to the work. Highlights of the tour include the Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Square, “Lion Crushing a Serpent” in Rittenhouse Square and, of course, the famous Rocky statue at the foot of the steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Drop Some Weight

For a truly unusual date, head to Flotation Philly in Fishtown for a tandem sensory deprivation experience offering wellness benefits from stress relief to addiction treatment. Flotation Philly features two float pods, each filled with 10 inches of water and a whopping 1,000 pounds of Epson salts. The high concentration of salt creates a buoyancy effect that enables clients to float weightless. The water is heated to near body temperature, and clients climb inside the pitch-black pod for 90-minute floating sessions devoid of any sensory stimulation. Clients usually leave hungry, creating the perfect opportunity to grab a bite on Girard Avenue and discuss the experience. Try Kraftwork, a popular gastropub right across the street, or grab a burger at Sketch Burger just down the block.

534 E. Girard Avenue, 609.923.1913

Creative date ideas, Philadelphia

Stay In and Relax 

Thanks to three services recently launched in Philadelphia, there's no need to leave your hotel room to have a magical evening. First, try Soothe an on-demand, in-home massage service that sends therapists right to your hotel with as little as one hour's notice. Then order a gourmet meal from Caviar, which delivers food from the city's top independent restaurants. You can tantalize your taste buds with hot fried chicken from Top Chef-winner Kevin Sbraga's Fat Ham, dumplings from Bing Bing Dim Sum, Spanish bites from Iron Chef Jose Garces' tapas restaurant Amada or anything in between. Top off the date with brews brought to your doorstep by goBeer an offshoot of goPuff, the convenience delivery service started by Drexel University students. Through goBeer customers can order Dos Equis, Guinness, Blue Moon and other favorites.

Jump for My Love

For couples staying outside the city a fun date night can be had at Get Air King of Prussia, a 35,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park in Montgomery County. The massive play center contains side-by-side trampolines, and starry-eyed duos can sign up for a scheduled fitness class or participate in pay-by-the-hour freestyle jumping. While there, guests can dive into the foam pits, dunk on the basketball courts, challenge each other in dodge ball, and show off skills on a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course.

555 S. Henderson Road, King of Prussia, 267.419.9219

Amy Gordon
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