Valentine’s Day has been a holiday centered around love for over 1500 years. Today, it’s a day where we express our love to the person we care about most. While it is customary to exchange gifts or get flowers for that special person, spending time together can be a much more meaningful way to express your love.
Many great destinations around our region are hosting special Valentine’s events to give you a unique experience with your special someone. You can get an archery lesson from an expert or a behind the scenes tour of the Adventure Aquarium.
Creating a memory will last much longer than chocolate or flowers, so we put together a list of fun, transit-friendly events happening on or near Valentine’s Day. Show your love for the environment, and plan your trip on GoPhillyGo. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Stop by the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge on Valentine’s Day from 4-6 pm for a free archery lesson from a USA certified instructor. You will learn the basics, then have a chance to be like cupid and hit a bullseye with an arrow. There’s no registration required, and this event is for ages 10 and up. All gear will be provided.
The Center for Aquatic Sciences is holding their 4th annual “Love Below Sea Level” Valentine’s Day event at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront. This 21 and over event explores the interesting mating habits of aquatic creatures. Your admission gets a pair of drink tickets, buffet dinner, a behind the scenes tour of the “Ocean Realm” exhibit, and more.
Take a peaceful walk through beautiful Cobb’s Creek Park before you start your special evening. Meet at the Cobb’s Creek Environmental Center and head out along the trail to get a healthy dose of nature. The park is very accessible to SEPTA bus routes and the Market-Frankford El, so getting there, and getting on to your evening destination is easy.
Auguste Rodin’s sculptures influenced many works of modern art, and Rodin was fascinated by couples embracing. Many of his sculptures reflect human passion. Philadelphia has one of the best collections of Rodin’s work outside of Paris right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum will be open until 8:45 pm on Valentine’s Day, so take a stroll around the tranquil grounds before heading inside.
The diverse collections of art from all over the world are perfect to wander through with that special person. Wednesdays are pay what you wish at the museum, and PMA has 11 different programs happening throughout the day from morning to night on Valentine’s Day. Take the “Picasso and Beyond” tour of the museum’s modern art collection at 10:15 am. Then explore love and marriage throughout the museum’s collection with the “Love in Art” tour at 1 pm. You can take a free yoga class in the evening, or pay $50 admission and get a ticket to a chef-led demo of chocolate desserts as well as access to many other free programs throughout the day.