If planning the perfect date night gives you agita—because, let’s face it, being the mastermind behind a flawless evening is not an easy gig—we’re here to help. We’ve come up with five healthy, ready-made date ideas for you. And don’t worry: They’re not all baking kale chips and watching Food Inc. Promise. Just scroll through the list and find a date that suits your fancy, or feel free to mix and match. And be thankful that you’ll never have to eat a dinner of over-buttered popcorn and Buncha Crunch again. Amen to that!
Ice Skating and Drinks
First: Go ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink
Not only will you burn a few calories getting your glide on at this beautiful riverside rink — you can also jump that weird hand-holding dating hurdle. I mean, it’s only practical to grab anyone/anything near to you when you are teetering on a large sheet of ice. Duh. And if that thing happens to be your date’s hand, so be it.
Then: Stop in at Race Street Cafe for a drink
After your figure skating routine, both of your feet will probably be pretty sore. So give ’em a rest at this cozy, close-by cafe. Order up a round of Honey Crisps (That’s rum and honey whiskey. Um, YUM.), sit back, and relax
Tour of Philly and Brunch
First: Take the Stray Boots South Philly Walking Tour
Stroll around the city with this interactive walking tour. I know, I know, you think walking tours are totally lame, right? Well, this isn’t the old-school walking tour (Ya know, complete with monotone khaki-clad guide and a hoard fanny-pack wearing tourists) that you’re thinking of. With Stray Boots, your tour guide is your phone. And instead of checking out historical haunts like the Liberty Bell, you’ll get a taste of South Philly, learning about local favorites like the Italian Market and Geno’s Steaks. Bonus: You’ll get a killer leg workout.
Then: Refuel at Sabrina’s Cafe
After a few hours of walking, brunch will definitely be calling your names. Head over to Sabrina’s Cafe on Christian Street for their famous all-day breakfast menu. For a healthy option, create your own omelet. Or, if you feel like splurging, split the Stuffed Challah French Toast. I promise, It will make you both cry tears of food-heaven joy.
Rock Climbing and Brewery Tour
First: Go rock climbing at Go Vertical
This indoor rock climbing gym is seriously a sight to be seen. For just $18 each, you and your partner can spend the entire day rock-climbing. Talk about a cheap date, huh? Plus, you’ll get a serious shoulder workout.
Then: Take a tour of Yards Brewing Company
After you’ve worn yourselves out at Go Vertical, head down the street to Philly’s very own Yard’s Brewery for a tour. Tours are free (yep, free!) on the weekends from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meaning: No awkward “Should we split this? Or…” conversation. Hallelujah!
Yoga and The Art Museum
First: Pay-What-You-Can Yoga at the Art Museum
Did you know that every Wednesday night is pay-what-you-can night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? And did you also know that teachers from Dhyana Yoga lead a yoga class inside the Art Museum that night? The class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring your own mat, of course.
Then: Check out the collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The second part of your date is literally just a few steps away: Head into the Art Museum and walk around. The museum stays open until 8:45, so you have plenty of time to wander.
Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
First: Take a cooking class at La Cucina at The Market
I don’t know about you, but to take the shortcut to my heart you just cut right through my stomach. Honestly, an S.O who can cook is basically a personal chef, and who doesn’t want that? So flaunt your cooking skills at this Reading Terminal favorite, where you’ll learn how to make a delicious meal from appetizer to dessert. I’m drooling, and your date will be, too.
Then: Head over to Vintage Wine Bar
Start working off that dinner with a short stroll over to this dimly-lit spot on 13th Street. Grab a seat at the bar and continue your education, with a focus on wine this time. They’ve got over 60 wines by the glass!
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