Head to the City of Brotherly Love for a romance-filled weekend.
Philadelphia has become a major cultural hub. If you have been desperately wanting to get away with the one you love, consider Philadephia as your go-to destination. The Orlando Melbourne International Airport is now offering daily, nonstop flights to Philadelphia, making it easier for you to escape the routine to enjoy a weekend of romance, art and cheesesteaks.
See the City’s Murals via Train
With over 3,000 murals, Philadelphia is something of a mural hotspot in America. Grab your someone sweet and settle in on the Market/Frankford El for this one-of-a-kind, two-hour tour that’ll take you past 50 rooftop murals in West Philadelphia. Created by graffiti writer and artist Steve Powers, the collection is known as A Love Letter For You, and with inscriptions such as, “If you were here, I’d be home now,” the works collectively illustrate the lines of a love letter. Tickets are $23; muralarts.org.
Tour and Taste at a Confectionery
You know what’s better than a box of chocolates? A tour of an over 150-year-old confectionery, during which you’ll get to explore Shane’s adorable Old City storefront and kitchen, see the antique machinery at work, learn the history of candy and chocolate in America, and (of course!) taste some of the decadent sweets, fresh from the mixing bowl. Tickets are $10; shanecandies.com.
Visit the Liberty Bell, Then The Bourse
What’s a trip to Philly without a look at Independence Hall’s famous cracked bell? The Liberty Bell has been on display in the glass-enclosed Liberty Bell Center since 2003. Admission to see the bell is free — though it is first-come, first-served — and throughout the center, you can learn more about the bell’s history through the abolition and women’s suffrage movements. After studying up on your American history, head to the nearby Bourse marketplace, Philly’s newest food hall with everything from warming Filipino comfort food to classic Philadelphia cheesesteaks to artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches. theboursephilly.com.
Take a Selfie, Then Ice Skate
You can’t celebrate a day about love without snapping a selfie at Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, the star of Philadelphia’s LOVE Park. You and your partner can grab a photo, then cross the street to visit Dilworth Park’s Rothman Ice Rink at the foot of Philly’s magnificent city hall. Hold hands for a turn around the ice rink (which, bonus, is free throughout the month of February), then warm up with some spiked hot chocolate or craft beers inside the neighboring Rothman Cabin. centercityphila.com.
Unwind at the Four Seasons Spa
For a true luxury experience, head to the 57th floor of the Comcast Technology Center skyscraper, where the elegant, brand-new Four Seasons spa sits overlooking the city. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city stretched below the floor-to-ceiling windows as you indulge in individualized spa treatments. Alternatively, opt for the “Just the Two of Us” experience, featuring a 60-minute couples’ massage and 60-minute facials, followed by a relaxing trip to the couples’ suite for Champagne and pastries. fourseasons.com.
Eat Your Way Through Reading Terminal Market
For a whole lot of Philadelphia cuisines under one roof, plan an afternoon at the bustling Reading Terminal Market, where a mass of bakeries, meat suppliers, deli counters, sandwich shops, produce stalls, and other local purveyors await. You’ll want to stop at DiNic’s for a classic roast pork sandwich, Carmen’s for an iconic cheesesteak, Termini Brothers for a hand-piped cannoli, Beiler’s for the best doughnuts of your life, and Bassetts for some made-in-Philly ice cream. Good luck! readingterminalmarket.org.
Pour Candles at Wax + Wine
For a cozy, hands-on activity, book a spot at Wax + Wine on Pine Street, where you and your special someone can learn the art of pouring candles. Since the shop’s a BYOB, you’ll want to bring along a bottle of your favorite wine (they’ll supply the glasses), then make your selections from the 75 different fragrances. Next, a Wax + Wine member will guide you through the candle-pouring experience, and at the end of the 75-minute visit, you’ll be set to take your completed candles with you. waxandwine.com.