February is generally viewed as the month of love and cheesy dates, leaving many people searching for alternative things to do and see in the city. I wanted to share some fun things to do, and cool places to go in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day (or really any other day, just because). Here are a few fun dates to help you and your lover embrace the city’s Arts and Culture:
1. “The Art of the Brick” and Franklin Institutes Special Exhibit
You may have already been to the Franklin Institute (at least when you were younger) but it’s time to go as an adult! The museum never gets old because of their frequent and exciting (at least in my opinion) special exhibits. If you are planning something for your significant other, “The Art of the Brick” exhibit runs now through September and features 70 one-of-a-kind LEGO sculptures. The other special exhibits available to see right now are, “Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out” and “Genghis Khan”. You can also catch “Community Nights” once a month, and Science After hours 21+. Click here for more details.
2. Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
The PAFA is a perfect place to spend wandering around with a special someone for a few hours. (especially if it is 18 degrees outside!) There are two beautiful buildings you get to explore with a plethora of special exhibits going on at the same time.
3. Philadelphia LOVE Letters
“Love Letters” is a romantic adventure to go on with your special someone or with friends. From 45th to 63rd street are 50 rooftop murals expressing a love letter from a guy to a girl. If you live in Philly chances are you have passed one of these huge love letter murals but have not taken the time to go visit the majority of them and connect all of the messages. Tours are offered, however you can also walk or drive around and find them yourself.
What’s not to love about an adventure driven by the pursuit of love?
4. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
If it is not too cold, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is an enchanting place to walk around and witness the vision of artist, Isaiha Zagar, come to life. They offer Valentines day tours, and are open on the weekends; perfect for a date any time of year!
5. First Friday
The first Friday of every month more than 40 art galleries in Old City hold free “open houses” that feature a variety of artwork, including those from local artists. While you may not be able to get to all of them on Valentine’s Day, First Friday is a perfect way to embrace the city’s art on a date night. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area to help make it a memorable experience.
Take advantage of the incredible culture all around you. Remember, Valentine’s Day should not be the only the day of the year that you plan a fun day for your loved one, or friends!
Let me know if you have a date at any of these places and what your overall experience entailed!
– #SSTeam: Krissy Sheehan
Banner photo credit: Krissy Sheehan