6 Healthy and Fun Winter Date Ideas in Philly

Because you can't spend the entire winter watching Netflix and cuddling in your cozy blanket nest.

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The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo courtesy The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

This morning as I was scrolling through Instagram, I saw a meme asking why a person would live in a place where the air makes your face hurt. If that doesn’t remind you of winter in Philadelphia, I don’t know what to say.

Regardless, venturing out in the city to do basically anything during winter takes serious mental preparation, which means fun and active dates with your S.O. might be few and far between. The days where you spent all day hiking in the Wiss or biking on the SRT are long forgotten and are, instead, replaced with habitual (yet comfortable) sessions of Netflix and delivery on your couch. But believe us, people, there are ways to have fun and active dates during the winter too! Here are six fun winter date ideas that will get you and your partner out of the house — without freezing your buns off. Plus, they won’t break the bank! You can thank us later.

Date #1

First: Go rock climbing at the newly opened Cliffs at Callowhill
Then: Grab a brew at Love City Brewing.

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Rock climbing is an ideal winter activity because, well, you do it 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’re still feeling an endorphin rush after your climb, feel free to run to Love City Brewing — if not, walking (or driving) it is easy, too. Sip on one of their delicious winter-y brews and snack on whatever offerings the food truck du jour is slinging. (Depending on your location, you can also check out other combos, like Philadelphia Rock Gym‘s East Falls gym and head over to Wissahickon Brewing Company after.)

Date #2

First: Ice skate at Dilworth Park’s Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink Ice Rink
Then: Warm up with coffee and avocado toast at Bluestone Lane on Penn Square

 

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Go for a glide in the literal heart of Philadelphia — you know, City Hall. Whether you’re a skating pro or a total wall-grabber, you’re bound to have fun with each other on the ice. Plus, when your fingers and toes reach utter numbness, you can get away from the crowds and head over to Bluestone Lane for some warming wellness lattes (lookin’ at you, beet latte) and, of course, an avocado smash or gluten-free breakfast bowl that’s served all day (YUM).

Date #3

First: Explore all the food options at The Bourse
Then: Practice your aim at Kick Axe Throwing

 

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For the couple that always goes back and forth about dinner options (“What do you want?” “IDK, what do you want?”), we suggest starting date night a place that has a bunch of options: The Bourse. Turn it into a quasi food crawl and get a little bit of everything: poke, pizza, dumplings, grilled cheese, tacos. Go crazy! Once you’ve had your fill, take a five minute walk to Kick Axe, where you can spend the night throwing axes in friendly competition. Plus, Kick Axe has a super cozy lounge area that looks like the inside of a winter lodge — perfect for some post-throw bevs.

Date #4

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

 

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If you and your boo (or new person-of-interest) are into biking, 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 you’ll conclude in perfect proximity to a comforting, warming, and delicious brunch spot — Honey’s. Load up on their Jewish and southern-fusion (AKA 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.

Date #5

First: Do candlelight yoga at Amrita Yoga and Wellness
Then: Play games and sit by the fire (with a cider!) at Frankford Hall

 

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Um, what’s more romantic than candlelight yoga, really? We suggest you get zen with your date at this Sunday evening class at Amrita North. After, head over to Frankford Hall for some ping pong or Jenga, while sipping on hot apple cider or mulled wine by the fire pits. Talk about ultimate relaxation!

Date #6

First: Run up the Art Museum steps
Then: Refuel at Whole Foods on Pennsylvania Avenue

 

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Sure, we know this is touristy, but channeling your inner Rocky is a silly (and free!) way to move your muscles and have a good laugh. You can even ramp up the intensity of this fun workout by doing multiple “heats” up and down the stairs, or you could get the back steps included in the workout as well. What we’re trying to say here is this: You have options (as long as you’re super bundled). Plus, with the healthy mecca right across the street, you’re in a prime location. 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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