5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Philadelphia

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

A super fun park on the Delaware River, just south of Old City Philadelphia. Vendors around the park sell food, cocktails, and craft beers. But what really makes Spruce Street Harbor Park special is their unique picnic table amenities. They have traditional benches and colorful tables with chairs, but they also have hammocks of every color throughout the entire park. Take a rest under the trees and look out at the Delaware River after eating to your heart’s content…then, take a nap in one of the hammocks. 


This is not your typical dinner date, not even your typical dinner boat cruise. The Moshulu, an old-style sailing ship, was built in 1904. It is the “world’s oldest and largest square rigging vessel still afloat”. When you step aboard the Moshulu you’ll feel its rich history and fall in love with the views offered from its top deck or bar/dining room below. The menu and cocktail list is exquisite as well, complimenting the unbelievable experience aboard this landmark ship.

Ringing Rock Park

You’ll need a hammer or two for this date. Just North of Philadelphia is a park that nature and music enthusiasts alike will love. The boulder field in Ringing Rock Park is filled with 10 foot high rock piles that ring like church bells when struck. Pack a hammer or two and swing away at the rocks. You’ll marvel at the clear, gorgeous music created by a pile of rocks. 


An art show crafted to inspire curiosity and wonder. The art installations/exhibits/interactive pieces at Wonderspaces are not the usual pieces of artwork you’d expect in a gallery or museum. Right now, you can wander through an exhibit called Body Paint, where compositions on the wall change with your movements and you become the art. Or visit a hanging garden, home only to living plants that respond directly to human touch – some even creating a sound. 

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Not a garden in the most traditional sense of the word, but a magical place for certain. This art gallery and folk art space covers three city lots, combining indoor galleries with an outdoor labyrinth. You won’t find paintings hanging from the walls or classic sculptures on display, instead you’ll feast your eyes on one of the largest pieces of mosaic art. Every wall is covered in mosaics, the floors are covered, and the ceilings too. The Gardens are a magical world of color, created with precision from mosaic pieces and tiles. Every visit will offer a new discovery because there’s simply so much to see and explore.

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