Winter Fun

Healthy Date Ideas to Try Around Philly This Winter

Because you and your S.O. deserve better than Netflix.


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Looking for some healthy winter date ideas that won’t leave you freezing? Try boxing at the new Title Boxing Club. Photograph courtesy Title Boxing Club.

If it wasn’t painfully obvious already, it is NOT always sunny in Philadelphia. When the winter tundra strikes the city, it hits hard and fast, making us way less likely to want to venture outside.

When you do finally get outside (after the 10 minutes of mental preparation), you immediately want to go back to the comforts of your couch. Sure, it’s easy to get outside and be active during your dates in the warmer months, but this time of year, Netflix and GoPuff start sounding pretty romantic.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of fun and active dates to do during the winter. Don’t believe us? Here are some fun winter date ideas that will get you and your partner moving — without freezing your butts off. You can thank us later.

For the Climbers

 

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First: Go rock climbing at Philadelphia Rock Gym‘s East Falls location
Then: Grab a brew at Wissahickon Brewing Company

Rock climbing is an ideal winter activity because it simulates being outside on a warm day, while being indoors. Slip on your own climbing shoes, or rent some from the gym, and chalk up for a challenging workout that’s perfect for pairs — especially if you’re belaying. If you have the courage to face the cold again after your climb (or just want to get out of the cold quickly), feel free to run to Wissahickon Brewing Company — it’s a fairly flat mile — if not, walking (or driving) is easy too. Sip on one of their delicious winter-y brews and snack on whatever offerings the food truck du jour is slinging.

For the Skaters

 

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First: Go ice skating at Dilworth Park’s Rothman Ice Rink
Then: Warm up with a candlelit dinner at Harp and Crown

Ice-skating is not only a quintessential winter activity but can also be quite romantic. Picture it: you and your boo holding hands, gliding on ice under the festive lights of City Hall. *Swoons.* Rothman Cabin is right next to the rink for you to warm up, but since it’s date night, head to Harp and Crown for a romantic dinner. The restaurant has a cozy vibe with food that definitely beats takeout (and then some).

For the Yogis

 

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First: Drop in for a class at The Yoga Garden in Old City
Then: Grab superfood lattes at Menagerie Cafe

There’s nothing better than a session at The Yoga Garden to help you warm up on a cold winter morning. Hold each other accountable for peeling yourselves out of bed and starting the day with an awesome, hour-long power flow. Continue to feed your bodies and souls by refueling at Menagerie with a matcha or golden latte, resulting in the coziest winter morning.

For the Runners

 

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First: Go for a run on the southern portion of the Schuylkill River Trail 
Then: Grab brunch at South Street’s Honey’s Sit and Eat

If you and your S.O. are both into running, you might as well hit the trail together! Depending on your preferred distance, we suggest hopping on the trail and heading toward the Schuylkill Banks and South Street bridge so your run will conclude in perfect proximity to a comforting, warming, and delicious brunch spot: Honey’s. Load up on their Jewish and southern-fusion (a.k.a. comfort food) fare — and since it’s BYO alcohol, you won’t have to worry about the temptations of bottomless mimosas and endless liquid calories.

For the Boxers

 

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First: Go boxing at Title Boxing in Center City
Then: Grab brunch at Day by Day on Sansom Street

This new boxing club will have you sweating in no time during the full-body heavy bag workout. Both of you will leave feeling empowered and strong (even though you arms may feel like noodles). After class, walk over two blocks to Day by Day for a post-workout brunch. Chose between options like the spinach and feta omelet or the sweet potato hash to further start your morning off the right way.

For the Indoor Cyclists

 

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First: Take a Circuit Breaker class at BPM Fitness
Then: Refuel at Whole Foods on Pennsylvania Avenue

If you and your partner have a flair for competition, this class allows you to compete in a group setting (so there’s no hurt feelings post-class, right?). Start off with 30 minutes of cycling followed by 30 minutes in the strength studio. Each group moves as a unit from station to station until the full circuit is completed. After class, take a short walk over to Whole Foods for a bite to eat. Grab a healthy meal from the hot bar or chow down on a falafel sandwich from Goldie and maybe split a tehina milkshake Lady and the Tramp-style. This is a date, after all.

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