25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

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In Philly love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay because Philadelphia has lots of ways to woo a loved one on Valentine’s Day—or any day, really—without dipping deeply into the bank account. Philadelphia, PA - In Philly love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay because Philadelphia has lots of ways to woo a loved one on Valentine’s Day—or any day, really—without dipping deeply into the bank account.

Couples can settle in for a free afternoon hang at Winterfest, ignite a spark while enjoying a glowing sunset and happy hour-priced drinks at R2L, catch up-and-coming stars during a concert at the Curtis Institute of Music or pay a few bucks for a game of ten-pins at North Bowl. Here are 25 fun finds for daters that ring up at $25 or less:

Great Outdoors:

  1. A hand-in-hand stroll surrounded by nature can be the perfect couples afternoon retreat. There’s no charge to meander along the Schuylkill River Trail, the Manayunk Towpath or the Wissahickon Valley Park, where relaxing conversation comes naturally. Schuylkill, (484) 945-0200, schuylkillrivertrail.com; Manayunk and Wissahickon, (215) 217-0417, fow.org Olympic wannabes can dazzle their date with their skating skills at the Blue Cross RiverRink
  2. Winterfest at Penn’s Landing. 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. Afterwards, they can cozy up in the lodge or around a fire pit and enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate, a glass of wine or local craft beer. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  3. Snow days are play days at Ridley Creek State Park. Couples can bring their own skis or sleds for a trek along the powdery cross-country ski trails or down the wide slopes. 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media, (610) 892-3900, dcnr.state.pa.us

Tunes For Twosomes:

  1. Music lovers can scope out future stars at the Curtis Institute of Music, where students perform solo and chamber works most Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the school year, as well as many weekends, as part of the free Student Recital Series. 1726 Locust Street, (215) 893-7902, curtis.edu
  2. Twosomes can enjoy concerts of all genres during the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Free at the Kimmel series, offered intermittently throughout the year. In addition, $10 rush tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance. Tickets are available at the box office at 5:30 p.m. for evening performances and 11:30 a.m. for matinees. Limit one ticket per person. Free building and theater tours, offered daily at 1:00 p.m., give visitors a behind-the-scenes look. 300 S. Broad Street, (215) 670-2327, kimmelcenter.org
  3. Macy’s Grand Court is a grand place to take in a live performance of one of the world’s largest pipe organ, The Wanamaker Organ. Twice daily, except Sundays, the 28,500-pipe organ fills the shopping emporium with the rich, full sounds of the 1904 instrument. Tours of the organ are also offered with advance registration. 1300 Market Street, (215) 241-9000, visitmacysusa.com

The Art Of The Date:

  1. Art lovers can download the free Museum Without Walls: AUDIO mobile app to learn about more than 65 outdoor sculptures, including Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue, Remington’s Cowboy Claes Oldenberg’s Clothespin and others located around Center City, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Fairmount Park. (215) 399-9000, museumwithoutwallsaudio.org
  2. On the first Sunday of each month, patrons can pay what they wish at the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art, both home to extraordinary collections of art and conveniently located just blocks away from one another. Barnes, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org; PMA, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  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 showcase outsider and visionary art at its finest. Plus, it’s a bargain at only $10 per person. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390, phillymagicgardens.org
  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, rodinmuseum.org
  5. Budding artists can hone their talents with free workshops and classes at Fleisher Art Memorial. There is also no charge for many of their exhibitions, lectures and community programs. 719 Catharine Street, (215) 922-3456, fleisher.org

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, franklinfountain.com
  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 that 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, r2lrestaurant.com
  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, 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600, yardsbrewing.com; PBC, 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-BREW, philadelphiabrewing.com
  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, pawine.com; Rushland, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison, (215) 598-0251, rushlandridge.com

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History-Making Romance:

  1. If the walls of the elegant Fairmount Park Historic Houses—Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Mount Pleasant and Woodford—could talk, they’d tell couples the stories of the lives and loves of the people who lived there centuries ago. $8 per house. Various locations. (215) 685-0274, parkcharms.com
  2. Whether it’s marking a first date, a first kiss or an anniversary of any number, couples can make like George and Martha Washington and celebrate at the exquisitely preserved and detailed 18th-century Powel House, where the first couple partied it up for their 20th wedding anniversary. $8 per person. 244 S. 3rd Street, (215) 627-0364, philalandmarks.org

Set The Stage For A Perfect Date:

  1. Before each main stage performance officially debuts, the Arden Theatre Company gives audiences a sneak peek of the show with pay-what-you-wish admission to the final dress rehearsal complete with full cast, costumes and scenery. For regular performances, budget-conscious students with I.D. can pay $10 cash for available seats 30 minutes before showtime. 40 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-1122, ardentheatre.org
  2. Make the first Monday of every month date night at FringeArts. The free Scratch Night event offers an inside look at future performances with works-in-progress samples of contemporary theater, dance and performance art. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-1318, fringearts.com

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. Lane rates vary by day, with a max of $5.95 per person, per game and a shoe rental fee of $4.40 per pair. 909 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-2695, northbowlphilly.com
  2. Tee up for a lovely time at Keystone Mini-Golf & Arcade. What once was a warehouse is now an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course sporting 1950s Americana décor, arcade games and snacks. And at $12 per person, it’s an easy, relaxed atmosphere perfect for a fun night out. Bonus: It’s BYOB. 161 Cecil B. Moore Boulevard, (267) 627-GOLF, keystoneminigolf.com

Swing & Sway The Night Away:

  1. Almost every night is dance night at Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant. Every Wednesday, those with dance fever can learn sexy salsa moves taught by pros, and on Fridays, beginners can work on basic moves under the watchful eyes of some of the city’s hottest instructors. Dancers of all levels can 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, brasilsnightclub-philly.estilodancestudio.com
  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 two left feet can get their groove on with a free lesson. 409 S. 2nd Street, (215) 574- 3574, societyhilldance.com

Stars In Their Eyes:

  1. The next best thing to giving the sun, moon and stars is 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, fi.edu
  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. dvaa.org

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