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.


Our list of winter dates that are fun and healthy-ish, including candle-making at Wax + Wine. / Photograph by John Michael.

Venturing outside your humble abode to do basically anything during the winter takes serious mental preparation, which means date night with your S.O. might start looking a lot like Netflix-watching and dinner delivery from your couch (both of which are fine, but an upgrade is nice every once in a while!)

Luckily, Philly offers so many winter-friendly ways to have fun and be active with your special someone. Here are six winter date ideas that will get you and your partner out of the house and into the city — without freezing your buns off. Plus, they’re good-ish for you and won’t *totally* break the bank. You can thank us later.

Date #1

First: Go indoor mini-golfing at Libertee Grounds ($10 per person, plus food and drink)
Then: Test your board game skills at Thirsty Dice ($5 per person, plus food and drink)

 

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Get to know your date’s competitive side with a day or night spent playing games (but, like, the good kind). First, line up your perfect putt at Libertee Grounds, an indoor mini-golf course that opened earlier this year. As you golf the nine holes that spell out “Philly,” enjoy a selection of pan-Asian comfort food, plus craft beer, wine, or cocktails if that’s your thing. After, walk 10 minutes to Thirsty Dice, where you can continue your bragging rights or redeem yourself via a selection of over 800 board games. The cafe also has a pretty solid food and drink menu if you’re still hungry, plus a coffee bar and milkshakes that can be made boozy for a sweet nightcap.

Date #2

First: Go rock climbing at Tufas Boulder Lounge ($18 for a day pass, plus $5 for rental shoes)
Then: Refuel with plant-forward grub at Reap Mini Mart (pay for what you order)

 

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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 Tufas in Kensington, 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 Reap Mini Mart (15 minutes) — if not, driving works, too. Sip on one of their delicious smoothies or replenish with a plant-filled salad or grain bowl. Bonus: The newly opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is right across the street — just sayin’.

Date #3

First: Explore local art at Cherry Street Pier (free)
Then: Ice skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest ($5 per person, plus $10 each if you need skates)

 

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If you and your boo don’t mind the cold, have yourselves a date down at the Delaware River Waterfront. First, spend an hour or two checking out locally produced art and enjoying scenic views at Cherry Street Pier, where artists-in-residence set up shop out of repurposed shipping containers. On the weekends, the pier often hosts artisan markets or live performances that feature local crafts, goods and creators — regularly check the schedule to see what’s happening during your visit. After, stroll 10 minutes down the road to Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink. 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 warm up in the lodge (and grab a bite to eat while there!) or around one of their fire pits ($25 for 90 minutes; reservation required). Want to take your relationship to new heights, go for a ride on the Ferris wheel ($5 per person).

Date #4

First: Bike the southern portion of the Schuylkill River Trail (free)
Then: Grab a pretzel breakfast sandwich at Rowhome Coffee (pay for what you order)

 

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If you’re both 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 snack spot — Rowhome Coffee in Grad Hospital. Their classic breakfast sandwiches (served all day!) are a growing city favorite, especially the ones served on a soft pretzel. This, along with a warm cup of coffee or tea, is the perfect way to refuel after a bike ride and enjoy good company and conversation.

Date #5

First: Get zen at Sol Garden Studio ($10 per person)
Then: Immerse yourself in interactive art at Wonderspaces ($20-$24 per person)

 

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Clear your minds at Sol Garden Studio in Spring Garden, which hosts 60-minute meditation on Mondays and yoga on Wednesdays. Once you’re feeling super zen, drive or catch a ride over to Wonderspaces inside the Fashion District. There, you’ll walk through an ever-changing lineup of 16 immersive art installations — which are best enjoyed IRL, so you can stay off Instagram and be fully present. Wonderspaces also has an on-site bar for you to sip and stroll if you please.

Date #6

First: Warm up with dinner from Neighborhood Ramen (pay for what you order; ramen ranges $15-$16)
Then: Make your own candles at Wax + Wine ($55 per person)

 

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There’s probably no more nourishing winter meal than a hearty, warm bowl of ramen. (The real kind, not whatever silly knock-off you ate in college.) To start the night, the two of you can slurp bowls of it at Neighborhood Ramen, a quaint spot in Queen Village that has been a ramen powerhouse since 2019. (If the line’s out the door and you’re short on time, check out Foobooz’s other recs for where to get ramen in the city.) Once your bellies are full, take a 10-minute walk to Wax + Wine in Washington Square West, where you’ll partake in a 90-minute candle-making class. Sure, this date is a bit more expensive than the others, but you’ll come away with your creations and a new talent. Bonus: Wax + Wine is BYO.

This guide has been updated since it first posted, and includes reporting by Adjua Fisher and Bailey King.