Show Some Love in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, appropriately nicknamed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to couples looking to re-invigorate their relationships. Why? Well, because this city offers a wide variety of historical landmarks, romantic restaurants, outdoor events, and other hot spots. How lucky are you? And, do you want to know what is best about your city? Well, it not only has massive history, it also has trendsetters, and everything and everyone in between; so if you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind way to reconnect with your sweetheart, well, you are in the right place.
Dare to be different and learn and grow with your loved one. You can re-energize your relationship by venturing outside of your comfort zone. So, grab a couple of sketch books and colored pencils and go to the LOVE Park – sketch what you see – each other and/or your surroundings and then show it to one another. Or, stroll through the Magic Gardens and talk about what you see in the mosaics – what does the patterns and designs mean to you? Just be creative. Truth-be-told, sometimes the best dates are the ones that channel what your city is known for – LOVE.
Re-affirm your love and commitment at LOVE Park aka John F. Kennedy Plaza. This park, which is located near the City Hall, is a popular hangout spot, and a favorite spot for taking pictures and making memories. It is home to Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue and it is the go-to spot for special events and activities. Plus, it offers a sea of fabulously delicious food trucks. Can you smell the tantalizing aromas? I can! And, who can be angry after consuming mouth-watering food? No one! Moreover, what could be better than the superb pic opportunities at LOVE Park? Well, how about the famous Fairmount Park Welcome Center located right by the rotating foods trucks. Score! So, pull out your cameras and snuggle up by the LOVE statue and let LOVE encompass your heart and soul. Remember LOVE is the most powerful emotion in the world.
Race Street Pier
Another multi-fun outdoor waterfront park that is bound to ease the tension in your relationship and aid in reconnection efforts is the Race Street Pier, located on the Delaware River Waterfront, a gumshoe away from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. This pier is definitely the most relaxing spot in downtown Philly. Why? Well, because it offers you and your partner a panoramic view of the Delaware River, while providing you with the perfect picnic spot (weather permitting, of course). In other words, the pier is perfectly romantic, if you know what I mean. And, do you want to know something really cool about this particular pier? Well, it hosts yoga classes, live music, and firework displays throughout the entire year. Yay! Truth-be-told, the Race Street Pier is a picnic-friendly outdoor venue complete with beautiful perennials and perfectly green grass. It truly is the perfect place to talk, bond, and get to know one another – all over again!
Have you ever been to Boathouse Row? No? Well, that is alright, I’m sure thousands of Philadelphians haven’t been either, and if they have, trust me, it was a long time ago. Why is this 19th-century boathouse so good for relationships? Well, because it is really close to the Schuylkill River, which is just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. So, you and your loved one can bike, roller blade, or stroll along the river and gaze at the sparkling Boathouse Row lights at night or say “Hello” to early morning revelers. The Boathouse Row provides you and your sweetheart with time to talk, socialize, and enjoy the morning or evening air. What better way to clear your mind and reconnect with your significant other?
Do you believe in magic? I do. Well, if your relationship has lost its “zest,” it may be time for you to believe in magic too. It is so easy to become jaded with all of the “bad” in the world, but it is important to remember there is also a lot of good in it as well. So, channel your optimism and head on out to the Magic Gardens. Get lost in the maze of mosaics created by Isaiah Zagar, a renowned artist. Peruse the art pieces and try to figure out the hidden meanings in them – together.
Is there rhyme to Zagar’s reason and if so what is it? Almost every single space is covered with vibrant objects (i.e. tiles, bicycle tires, cement blocks, bottles, etc.) of almost every color. The pieces are inspiring, uplifting, and hopeful, which is just what you need in your relationship right now, especially if you and your loved one are weathering a storm. The gardens are massive – covering almost a ½ of a city block (FYI – it is both indoor and outdoor). What is so great about Magic Gardens? Well, it gleams with originality and an urban reawakening, combined with a touch of pure madness and voila a true masterpiece is created.
Have you heard the stories about the Whispering Benches? Have you visited this infamous place? Well, if you haven’t, grab your partner’s hand and give the place a try. As I mentioned previously, sometimes it is important to try something new- different-odd to re-energize your relationship, and I wasn’t lying. And, the Whispering Benches is the perfect place to start. Why is this place so odd, but also so romantic? Well, because couples can proclaim their love for one another here. In case you are unfamiliar with these benches, they are located at Fairmount Park.
The theory is that one lover takes a seat on the stone bench, located in the curve of the Smith Memorial Arch, while the other lover sits on the bench across the street. Then the two people whisper into the monument and their love for one another carries their heartfelt words to each other. In other words, the power of their love is so transcendent that they can hear the other’s words even if they are not next to one another. So, if you and your loved one are having difficulties or are just coming out of a “rough patch” and want to reaffirm your love and commitment to one another, the Whispering Benches is an excellent place to take that first step. Furthermore, this place is a popular spot for first kisses, proposals, and even marriages.
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