Where to Go on a Perfect Date in Philadelphia Right Now

From having a sexy dinner date to exploring flea markets, these are the best date ideas in Philadelphia.

Just like your budding romance, signs of spring are starting to poke out from the trees and flowerbeds. After being cooped up all winter, lovers can finally stretch their legs and show their love in the sun. Sure, sharing a Citywide in a dark dive bar technically constitutes a date, but if you’re looking to up the ante a little bit, take them on a picnic with skyline views or snap cute photos at an all-new museum. PDA totally optional.

Whether a perfect date means exploring some of the city’s best restaurants, listening to live music, or hunting for vintage treasures at a flea market, we’ve got all the inspiration you’ll need this spring. So here’s a rundown of all the best date ideas in Philadelphia right now.

Museum of Illusions
Sure, you could make heart eyes over legendary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Barnes Foundation, but you could also pretend the rules of gravity and perception don’t apply at the newly-opened Museum of Illusions. The city’s newest museum features more than 80 exhibits full of holograms, stereograms, and optical illusions meant to trick your eye and offer excellent photo ops.

The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio
Nothing brings hearts closer together than learning a skill and building stuff. The Clay Studio’s brand new South Kensington facilities has nearly 200% more classroom space than their old digs, which means there’s plenty of room for you and bae to get all Ghost-like. The Clay Studio has classes for all skill levels most nights of the week, ranging from Intro to Wheel Throwing to Handbuilding Functional Ceramics.

Pack a picnic and gaze at the skyline

Belmont Plateau
Out in Fairmount Park, there’s a vast open area that overlooks the city. Yup, you guessed it: Belmont Plateau. Between the views and the abundance of space, it’s the perfect location for an idyllic picnic. Pick up some hoagies from Liberty Kitchen or Martha, some hummus and pita from Dizengoff, or some charcuterie and cheeses from Di Bruno Bros. and go to town.

Phila Flea Markets
Phila Flea Markets

Berwyn Vintage Flea Market
Hosted in Chester County on weekends through April, this indoor-outdoor flea market is awesome for scoring eclectic trinkets and Philly-specific finds. Grab a morning coffee and head there early when the pickings are best. Bring cash, weave your way through tons of vendors, and impress your date with your haggling skills. Stay tuned for more outdoor Phila Flea markets set for this spring, summer, and fall.

Peep some truly amazing architecture

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Clear your schedules and spend the day on foot marveling at some of the city’s most unique facades. Of course, there are the givens, like City Hall, the Lit Brothers Building, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and the Wanamaker Building, but the city is home to enough architectural gems to cover date nights all year long. Add the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society (with its beautiful exterior), Eastern State Penitentiary (home of gothic elegance), and the Kensington National Bank (yes, a Wells Fargo designed by Frank Furness) to your list.

The Head & The Hand
The Head & The Hand

The Head and The Hand
Kensington bookstore The Head and The Hand is giving couples the opportunity to book the entire store for 90 minutes or two hours for a book browsing date night. Shop owners will curate a special playlist, decorate the shop in mood lighting, and treat you with wine or beer to get the mood flowing. Plus, you can bring your own snacks to enjoy in the store and you’ll get a discount on any books you decide to purchase at the end of the evening.

​​Root for the home team

Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park
We all know dedication to Philly sports is a top quality in a potential partner, so why not treat your date to a game at the Wells Fargo Center? The Flyers’ regular schedule runs until the end of April and the Sixers’ last home game is April 10, which bleeds right into the start of the Phillies’ season giving you plenty of opportunities to snag cheap-ish tickets—and wear coordinating sports paraphernalia—if you do some planning.

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DIY your own wood-fired pizza tour

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Carboload your way through your relationship with a DIY wood-fired pizza tour. Share slices of Neapolitan margherita pizza from Spuntino in Northern Liberties, naturally fermented pizzas at the new Eeva in Kensington, flatbreads—including a Tennessee chicken variety—from Mt. Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery, whatever unique pizza is on special at Midtown Village Mediterranean hotspot Barbuzzo, and top it all off with pizza and beer at either Dock Street Brewery location.

Putt-putt your way to their heart

Libertee Grounds
Ever since Keystone Mini Golf closed up shop last year, we’ve been in need of a cool indoor mini-golf spot to take our dates. Enter Libertee Grounds, a nine-hole course and pan-Asian bar and restaurant for your date needs. No need to pay for an Uber to multiple locations when you can enjoy putt-putt and drinks under one roof.

Victory Taproom Philly
Victory Taproom Philly

Try new locally made beers

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For the craft beer-loving couple, the Greater Philly area is rife with new breweries and beers. New Jersey brewery Source Brewing recently opened a Fishtown outpost in the space that once housed Fishtown Brewpub on Frankford Avenue. Speaking of out-of-towners coming to Fishtown, New York City brewery Other Half Brewing is newly open in the former Goose Island location. Out in Jenkintown, Human Robot’s sprawling new taproom awaits. And don’t forget the newly-opened 14,000 square foot Victory Beer taproom in Logan Square, complete with a rooftop patio, too. Drink up, lovebirds!

Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens

Take in the scenic landscapes at Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square
Longwood Gardens is a solid date spot any time of year, but especially now when the colors of spring are in bloom. The newly restored Orchid House brings the space back to its original glory, with repaired historic bronze cases displaying orchids and wrought iron gates full of orchids interwoven through the design. Then, in the summer, the outdoor fields will be full of illuminated bulbs as a part of a new installation, “Light: Installations by Bruce Munro.” Try not to feel like a classy early 20th-century couple.

Eat your way around the city by foot

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For a date you’ll both savor, get a real taste of Philadelphia on a City Foods Tour. From Flavors of Philly (oh, there will be cheesesteaks) to tours highlighting the stellar eateries on East Passyunk, you’ll walk the city and indulge your taste buds at some of Philly’s best family-owned hidden gems. Each delectable outing runs two to three hours. Come hungry for knowledge as well—you’ll get a rich history lesson, and some architectural sightseeing along the way. Masks are required for all guests, except when you’re eating or drinking or outside. Want to make the experience even more romantic? Try a self-guided tour, just the two of you.

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Allie Volpe is a contributor for Thrillist.