My Top 6 Philadelphia Date Night Ideas

The city of brotherly love is an incredible place to immerse yourself in history, food, culture, and fun! I got to experience this amazing city firsthand during five years of high school and college, which included going on some awesome dates there.

So whether you’re exploring the city with your significant other or for a girls’ night out, here are my top six incredible date night activities that Philadelphia has to offer!

Read to the end for a BONUS date night idea (and probably my favorite one)!

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell

It’s a classic, but if you’ve never been to Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell, you’ve gotta go!

It’s an incredible feeling to stand where legends like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin stood (oh, and Nicolas Cage – watch National Treasure beforehand for another date night and some context).

Tours of the Hall every 20 minutes and may be ticketed or not, depending on the time of year. After your tour, hop across the street to the Liberty Bell Center to see the iconic 2,080 pound bell!

Visit the National Park Service pages for Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center for tickets and hours of operation details prior to your visit.

Reading Terminal Market

If you know me, you know that I’m a market girly to the core, and Reading Terminal is one of my all time favorites!

This indoor market is open seven days a week and is fully indoors, so no need to worry about inclement weather!

A whopping 75 vendors offer everything from baked goods and gifts to produce and candy. Spend a date perusing the various market stalls, getting to know the vendors, and sampling delicious flavors from around the world.

Local tip: for my soft pretzel loving friends, do yourself a favor and stop by Miller’s Twist. Their pretzels will change your life – I dream about them on a regular basis.

Pat’s vs Gino’s Taste Test

Another classic Philly tradition is the mouthwatering Philly cheesesteak sandwich. My family has a super fun tradition of buying sandwiches from both Pat’s and Gino’s – two of the oldest cheesesteak shops in the city.

They’re direct competitors, so why not put them head to head in your own taste test? Grab a sandwich from each shop and see which one is your favorite of the two!

Keep in mind that these shops almost always have lines that wrap around the block, so use the time waiting in line to talk and bond with your partner or friends!

Phillies Game

A date night to a Phillies game is the perfect immersive Philadelphia experience!

So go all in – buy a hot dog and some popcorn and settle in to watch America’s pastime. Keep an eye out for the Phanatic running around and the light up Liberty Bell that rings every time there’s a home run!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

One of my favorite Philadelphia experiences is the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Historic and modern art displays come together for the perfect peaceful date night experience.

Take some time to meander the area just behind the museum too, complete with sculpture garden, fountains, romantic gazebo, and a stunning view of Boathouse Row – a colonnade of houses along the Schuylkill River outlined with Christmas lights year-round (that river is pronounced skoo-kull, by the way, if you don’t want to sound like a tourist. You’re welcome!)

Local tip: Have your Rocky moment! See if you can run to the top of the museum steps without stopping! I’ve tried it – it’s not easy! And of course snap a picture of your victory pose at the top. (Watch the first Rocky movie beforehand for another date night and context for how to pull this off.)

Religious Education Tour

If you’re into learning about different religions, Philadelphia is the place for you. The city is known historically for its acceptance of various religions all in the same place.

That variety is reflected in the several major religious hubs located within a few blocks of each other – a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Catholic Archdiocese, and the Masonic Temple just down the street.

The Archdiocese and Masonic Temple are open for visitors, and while the LDS temple is not, its adjacent visitors center provides ample information for those wanting to learn more about the Church and its temples. Each of these buildings is beautiful in its own way and can give you and your partner a meaningful, educational date night experience.

Bonus Date Night Idea: Valley Forge National Historical Park and Zwahlen’s ice cream

If you’re down for a bit of a drive, head to one of my favorite places in the Philadelphia area – Valley Forge National Historical Park. The park itself is beautiful, peaceful, and enormous. It’s the perfect place for a drive with an audio guide or a walk to explore specific areas.

After your visit to this historic place, swing by Zwahlen’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Co. in Audubon. This family-owned shop makes all their ice cream, pastries, chocolates, and gourmet caramel apples in house and everything is delicious!

And fun fact: I worked here for a summer during college! So I have the inside scoop…literally 😉

Question: If you’ve been to Philadelphia, what date night ideas would you add to this list?

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