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Phive Phun Philly-Exclusive Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Everyone’s favorite least-favorite holiday is right around the corner, and every year it’s the same problem: if we can’t find anything fun and different to do, then let’s not do anything at all.  Of course, there’s the standard giving of jewelry, delivering of flowers, and eating of chocolates; followed or preceded by something like dinner and a movie.   But wouldn’t you like to try something that would bring you closer to your honey, something unique, something that would make your friends envious, something that would make you feel like it was money well spent?  Here in the City of Brotherly Love, we are better equipped than most, with plenty of choices that are guaranteed to impress your sweetheart, be enjoyable for you, and be remembered for years to come.  And if played right, you can do all these activities in one unforgettable (and affordable!) week of romance and fun!  We scoured the internet, and these are the top five happenings, all specific to our city.  On this list are things for morning people, night owls, the young, the young-at-heart, the physically active, the leisurely, the classy, the sassy, the new couple, the family who can’t find a babysitter, and the dedicated lifelong partners.  

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Let the countdown begin.

#5 – Whispering Benches

At the Smith Memorial Arch in Fairmount Park

During daylight hours, at one’s convenience, visitors can go to this monument in Fairmount Park for free!  Have one person sit on the bench on the left arch of the memorial, facing the curved wall, and the other person sit on the opposite bench, facing their respective curved wall.  Whisper into the wall, and see how the ellipsis causes the sound to travel across the way to your date, delivering a message that only they can hear.  For the romantic physics enthusiasts, folks who enjoy a nice walk in the park, and people on a budget.

#4 – Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Daily, 1 PM - 11 PM (weekends longer)

This outdoor attraction boasts ice skating, beautiful views of the Delaware River, a delicious selection of food and drink, and a Kids Lodge equipped with arcade games.  Bring your sweetheart, and even the kids if you want, and enjoy this winter paradise under the lights.  Check the website for hours, but this attraction is open every day until March 4th.  For lovers who enjoy winter sports, and/or have a family.

#3 – Sex and the (First) City Tours

Daily, 7 PM at the Philadelphia Visitor’s Center

Who doesn’t want to get a little down n’ dirty to celebrate the holiday of romance?  Take this evening tour (starting at 7 pm) around Old City Philadelphia and learn about the scandals between the sheets of our Founding Fathers.  See the sites, learn the stories, and relive the tête-à-têtes (ok, maybe the tour doesn’t quite go that far).  Call ahead of time to make a reservation.  These tours are given every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  For the history buffs, trivia junkies, and folks who enjoy a good ol’ juicy story.

#2 – Justin Willman Valentine’s Event

Feb. 14th at 8 PM at the Helium Comedy Club

Excellent for a first date, a new relationship, or an established one -- what better way to enjoy the holiday than by laughing the night away?  Magician/Comedian Justin Willman’s act “Sleight of Mouth” has gotten rave reviews and been featured on late night television with Conan O’Brien, and on his own special on Comedy Central.  This is a 21-and-over event, so leave the kiddos at home, but book your tickets in advance!

#1 – Valentine’s Jazz Brunch

Feb. 17th, 11 AM - 2 PM at The Rotunda

This is our own event and it is for the music lovers, the brunch lovers, the philanthropic at heart, and the morning people.  For the price of a ticket, you get several hours of performance by our students, some of Philadelphia’s youngest up-and-coming jazz musicians, and your choice of delectable brunch selections.  And the best part about it?  All proceeds go towards the Primavera Fund.  We are a non-profit organization in Philly who assists underprivileged music students in covering the costs of instruments, lessons, and college applications, so they can make their mark on the future of classical music and jazz.  Book your tickets quickly, though – the Rotunda only has room for 35 couples and tickets are selling fast!

Whatever your needs are this Valentine’s Day, Philadelphia has got you covered.  Whether the relationship is still new and giddy, or you’ve been together for decades; whether you have a family or not, the perfect date is out there for you and your darlin’.  And with a little planning, you could even fit in all five dates in one week!  Pace yourselves, people – no one’s used to Valentine’s Day being so awesome.

Jessica Brust