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February 04, 2015

20 romantic things to do for Valentine's Day

Fun events for every type of couple

Every couple has their own style, so there should be a Valentine's Day event for every couple, right? Valentine's Day in Philadelphia includes everything from spooky tours to aphrodisiac dinners, from sleepovers at the zoo to cocktails at the aquarium. No matter what kind of couple you are - bookish, adventurous, laid-back, worldly, fun-loving - read on for fun ideas.

Moonshine and Valentine's

Explore the sexy and sordid history of the holiday with a spooky trip through Philly's historic spots. This bar-hopping tour includes a few complimentary drinks and chocolates.

Thursdays through Sundays, through March 1
5:30-10:30 p.m. | $49.99
132 Chestnut St.
(856) 829-3100

Oysters and ErotiCLAY

Peek behind the velvet curtain at an exhibit of explicit pottery designs from every era and around the globe while tasting aphrodisiac oysters from East Girard Gastropub.

Wednesday, February 11
6:30-8 p.m. | $30
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
(215) 925-3453

The Skivvies

Broadway stars Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley comprise this "undie-rock" comedy duo, performing pop songs in their underwear for a mix of burlesque and parody. 

Thursday, February 12 through Saturday, February 14
8 p.m. | $30
The Kimmel Center SEI Innovation Center
300 S. Broad St.
(215) 893-1999 

Friday Night Dinner Series: Valentine's Day

Join Executive Chef Gerald Drummond as he creates a special holiday-themed dinner before you head out to the galleries for Art After 5.

Friday, February 13
5:30-7:30 p.m. | $60
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
(215) 684-7990

That's A-Moray: Love Below Sea Level

This adults-only experience lets couples get up close and personal with aquatic animals, try two free drinks per couple with access to a cash bar, eat light food and take a free commemorative photo.

Friday, February 13
7-10 p.m. | $150 per couple
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr., Camden NJ
(856) 361-1025

PHS Pop-Up Garden

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is bringing their popular garden indoors, opening on Valentine's Day. Visitors can sip beer and cider among the beautiful blooms.

Saturday, February 14
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Pay as you go
The Rotunda at Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St.

Cupid's Undie Run

Grab a drink and then run around in the freezing cold in your underthings - for charity! This crazy race benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation and the fundraising goal is $200,000.

Saturday, February 14
Noon-4 p.m. | $55
1100 Pattinson Ave.

Presidential Romance

Get to know the romantic life of the White House from the relationships of John and Abigail Adams to that of James and Dolley Madison.

Saturday, February 14
2 p.m. | $10
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
(215) 409-6600

My Smutty Valentine

Craft beer-lovin' couples should head to this event, hosted by Smuttynose Brewing's Joanna Manzo, for a day of 20 $5 Smutty drafts and beer-infused chocolate desserts.

Saturday, February 14
2 p.m. | Pay as you go
1318 Chestnut St.
(215) 800-1079

Ballroom Romance Workshop

Turn up the heat and get on the dance floor with a special workshop in basic ballroom rumba and swing steps, complete with sweet treats and champagne. 

Saturday, February 14
3:30-5:30 p.m. | $30 per person, $50 per couple
Philly Dance Fitness
1624 South St.
(215) 645-2717

Love Letters

Take a hands-on tour of the Rosenbach and you'll spend an hour going through historical love letters, like John Keats's romantic writings and Marlene Dietrich's correspondence.

Saturday, February 14
4-5 p.m. | $5 plus general admission
The Rosenbach Museum
2008-2010 Delancey St.
(215) 732-1600

Sweetheart Skate

Snuggle up to your partner and skate around the RiverRink to a DJ spinning romantic songs with free photos and flowers included. Tickets include admission and skate rental.

Saturday, February 14
5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. | $20
Blue Cross RiverRink
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
(215) 925-7465

8th Annual Aphrodisiac Dinner

A two-hour, three-course meal, this popular City Food Tour event lets you to taste 18 aphrodisiac ingredients, view a cooking demo and win prizes. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday, February 14
5 and 8 p.m. | $69
Green Eggs Cafe
212 S. 13th St.
(800) 979-3370

Lovin' On the Wild Side

Stay overnight to get special time with the animals and exhibits, learn from tour guides, enjoy happy hour and a light dinner, and meet the Zoo's most eligible bachelor.

Saturday, February 14
6 p.m.-9 a.m. | $185 per person or $350 per couple
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
(215) 243-5353

Shine a Little Love Happy Hour

Dee Luxe will provide a little Go-Go while you dance to 70s' songs and kissing videos with $6 whiskey sours.

Saturday, February 14
6-9 p.m. | Pay as you go
The Trestle Inn
11th & Callowhill
(267) 239-0290

Love at the Barnes

Koresh Dance Company will perform six romantic duets while you sip free champagne and eat tasty chocolate before heading to the galleries filled with live music. 

Saturday, February 14
6-9 p.m. | $28-35
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
(215) 278-7200

5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Valentine's Day Party

Raise awareness and money for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting, a chocolate fountain, food, desserts, a raffle, live music and more, all for a great cause.

Saturday, February 14
7:30-midnight | $75

The Merion

1301 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ
(856) 966-4663 

Philadelphia Orchestra Valentine's Concert

The orchestra will play excerpts from works inspired by William Shakespeare's plays as the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre company puts on a dramatic performance.

Saturday, February 14
8 p.m. | $41-165
The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.
(215) 893-1999 

Go Go Gadjet at the Field House

This EDM act is sure to bring the beats to Field House. If you're just starting out in a new relationship, this could be a great way to loosen up and get down on such a high-stakes holiday.

Saturday, February 14
10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. | Pay as you go
The Field House
1150 Filbert St.
(215) 269-1520

Valentine's Brunch

The newly opened Palladino's is previewing their upcoming brunch service with a romantic premiere, including breakfast and lunch options, prosecco bottle service, and take-home chocolates for each couple. 

Sunday, February 15
11 a.m.-3p.m. | Pay as you go
1934 E. Passyunk
(267) 928-4339