13 activities for every kind of Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

No matter the reason, no matter the destination — the team at Greenvans can help you find great things to do anywhere! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, our team of expert travelers has put together a list of the best events in one of the country’s most romantic cities, giving you the chance to celebrate love in all its forms. 

Couples, families, and groups of best friends will be pleased with the wide range of activities scheduled to take place on or around Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia this year. A rental van from Greenvans gives you the freedom to hit up as many events as your hearts desire, arriving at each in comfort and style. 

Read through our suggestions, rent a van in Philly, and get ready for a Valentine’s Day adventure you won’t forget!

Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples

Philadelphia is a showcase of love — there’s LOVE Park, popular Rittenhouse Square restaurant The Love, and it’s even got the word in its nickname, the City of Brotherly Love. Philly’s love for love makes it the ultimate destination to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. With dozens of things to do in Rittenhouse Square and beyond, show your special someone how much you care by attending these local events made for couples in love.

1. Sweetheart skate at RiverRink

Sure, you can take your honey on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Philadelphia to one of the city’s top restaurants. Or, you could get creative and book tickets to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Sweetheart Skate!

Glide together on an Olympic-sized ice skating rink accompanied by a mix of your favorite slow jams crafted by a resident DJ. Because the rink is located on Penn’s Landing, you’ll enjoy views of the sparkling bridge and Delaware River. Along with entry, couples receive a single rose and a keepsake photo. 

Also included in our roundup of best winter festivals, this event is great for families and groups of couples planning a cold-weather road trip along the East Coast! 

Where: 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Cost: TBD

Source: Phillyvoice

2. New Hope Railroad Valentine’s Day ride

Just 45 minutes from the city of Brotherly Love is the artsy and quaint town of New Hope. Nestled alongside the mighty Delaware River, New Hope’s boutique shopping, scenic landscape, and 200-year history make it an ideal getaway for Valentine’s Day. But that’s not all! 

Embark on a romantic Valentine’s Day experience you won’t soon forget with a train ride through the beautiful hills and valleys of Bucks County. This special 2-hour holiday ride presented by New Hope & Ivyland Railroad includes a 4-course meal, champagne toast, a red rose, and a box of local chocolate truffles.

Where: 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Cost: $99 — $139 per person

Source: Bucks Happening

3. Valentine’s dinner cruise

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia a fanciful one with a cruise down the Delaware River. Great for couples and double dates alike, the Spirit of Philadelphia’s Signature Valentine’s Day Dinner cruise is more than just dinner on the water. There’s a full cash bar, a freshly prepared buffet, great service, and a live DJ for dancing. Enjoy a fun night sailing with your sweetie while soaking in Philadelphia’s glittering cityscape. 

Where: 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

When: Saturday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Cost: $110 — $205 per person

4. Mini golf and dinner at Libertee Grounds

For a lighthearted approach to Valentine’s Day, what’s better than a round of mini-golf with your partner? The indoor course at Libertee Grounds boasts nine Philadelphia-themed holes conveniently located next to a bar for easy access to craft beer and flirty cocktails. 

Aside from mini golf, the two of you can compete in a game of giant Jenga, darts, and shuffleboard. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the dining room or the cozy beer garden for Asian-inspired fare and local bites. 

Libertee Grounds hosts a fun Valentine’s Day event each year, so be sure to check their website for details and make your celebration even more special.

Where: 1600 West Girard Avenue Suite C5, Philadelphia

When: February 2024

Cost: $10 per person for mini-golf

Source: Libertee Grounds

5. Love at the Rodin: Philadelphia Museum of Art

What could be more romantic than strolling through an enchanting garden, hand in hand, surrounded by sculptures created by one the most famous artists in history? A Valentine’s visit to the largest collection of Rodin’s works outside of Paris is a dreamy way to spend the day together. 

On display are many of his masterpieces influenced by romantic love, like Eternal Springtime and a copy of The Kiss. After a walk through the century-old museum, wander Philadelphia’s leafy art district for more galleries, shops, and intimate cafes.

Where: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Year-round

Cost: $15 per person

Source: Philamuseum.org

Valentine’s Day events for families

Valentine’s Day celebrates all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. In fact, a great way to show your family how much they mean to you is by planning a bonding road trip together, and Philadelphia is a love-ly destination. If you’re coming from the D.C. area, here’s why we think Philadelphia makes a great day trip from D.C. 

1. Chilly Philly Mini Golf with LOVE at Franklin Square

For the month of February, families are invited to Franklin Square to compete in a friendly match of love-inspired mini golf at the only 18-hole course in the city. Putt your way around giant heart decor and twinkling red lights, all while listening to your favorite love songs playing in the background! 

After a round, try your hand at one of the two iceless curling stations located next to Ben on the Rocks, a heated tent offering winter-themed beverages that the adults are sure to enjoy. 

Where: 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia

When: February 2024

Cost: $12 — $15 per person 

2. Take a tour of Philly’s Magic Gardens

Art, imagination, and color collide at Philly’s Magic Gardens, a captivating maze of vibrant mosaics, intricate sculptures, and whimsical installations. From Mexican folk art exhibits to mosaic-making workshops, this magical oasis will impress anyone of any age. 

Check out the Valentine’s Day tour, where visitors can discover the romance within the glittering labyrinth, including the ever-growing love story of the couple that started it! 

Where: 1020 South Street, Philadelphia

When: February 14, 2024

Cost: $25 per person for the Valentine’s Day tour

Source: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Renting a van gives you the chance to explore family-friendly Valentine’s Day events outside of Philadelphia, which is exactly what you’ll be doing when you sign up for this adorable cookie-making class! Unleash your inner pastry designer with the help of an expert while decorating six heart-shaped cookies in Valentine-inspired colors and designs. Bring your creations back with you or enjoy them together in the van on the ride back to Philly!

Where: 2025 Swedesford Road, Malvern

When: February 10, 2024

Cost: $45 per person 

4. My Fuzzy Valentine Dine at Sesame Place

Take an afternoon to hang out with Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster at Sesame Place’s fun-filled Valentine Dine. Enjoy a buffet feast and love-themed desserts accompanied by dancing and singing with Sesame’s beloved characters. 

Tap into your artistic side by creating a Valentine’s Day masterpiece for your loved ones during the arts-and-crafts period. And be sure not to miss your chance to meet and greet with a surprise guest, something the little ones will remember.

Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

When: February 10 — 11, 2024

Cost: $24.99 per person under the age of 9 — $44.99 per person over the age of 10 

Source: Sesameplace.com

Valentine’s Day activities for groups

Celebrate the unbreakable bond between friends with a group road trip around Philly. Between visiting classic sites like the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Liberty Bell, stop at the following events made for groups of friends. 

1. Galentine’s Day at Moshulu

Celebrate Moshulu’s first annual Galentine’s Day event with a complimentary Valentine-inspired cocktail, raffle prizes, and informal modeling. Check out 40 onsite vendors showcasing everything from handmade paper jewelry to cocktail dresses, and sustainable sweaters to handmade purses. There’s no opportunity quite like this to celebrate female friendships and support women-owned businesses in Moshulu’s stylish setting.

Where: 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

When: February 7, 2024

Cost: $30 per person

2. Valentine’s Day Midnight Yacht Party on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Round up your friends for a night on the water aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Indulge in a buffet dinner, cash bar, and dance floor made lively by a local DJ playing everything from hip hop to Top 40 hits. Bundle up and head to the outer deck where you can catch views of the glittering skyline. The dress code is formal, so wear your Sunday best!

Where: 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

When: February 10, 2024

Cost: $39.99 — $459 per person

Source: Viator Philadelphia

Learn the basics of food and beverage pairings while celebrating love at Blind Bear Beverage’s cookie and beer tasting on South Street. Claire Trindle, certified beer server and owner of Blind Bear, and Sam Shaw, owner of Sam Shaw’s Treatery, a culinary and lifestyle shop that sells everything from artisan olive oil to her very own fresh-baked cookies, will co-host this fun and unique event in Sam’s store — the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your BFFs!

Where: 306 South Street, Philadelphia

When: February 13, 2024

Cost: $50 per person

4. Boyz II Men show at The Met Philadelphia

For a little nostalgia and a lot of romance, head to The Met in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section to watch Grammy-award-winning Philly-native Boyz ll Men. R&B’s most well-loved boy band is known for enduring hits like “On Bended Knee” and “I’ll Make Love to You”. Sing along to their most famous ballads in the historic, newly-renovated Met known for its superb acoustics and beautiful architecture.

Where: 858 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

When: February 17, 2024

Cost: $64 — $548.55 per person

You focus on love. Let us take care of the rest.

When it comes to planning for Valentine’s Day, renting a van might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are plenty of reasons why having a van at your disposal can make your Valentine’s Day experience even more special. 

With a van, you can include surprises, like:

  • Going for a scenic drive to a secluded spot for a picnic
  • Taking the family to Valentine’s Day events outside of the city, like Sesame Place
  • Amazing your significant other with a whimsical stop at Longwood Gardens
  • Heading to Delaware Water Gap for a day of hiking and exploring

With a rented van from Greenvans, you have the freedom to create your own adventure. Bring along picnic essentials, hiking gear, and photo equipment, all with plenty of space for your loved ones to relax comfortably on the road. Learn what size van is best for your needs so your trip is smooth and seamless.

Whether it’s for a romantic escape, a Valentine’s getaway with the family, or a friends-only road trip, we provide the convenience and reliability you need. Let us take care of the transportation so you can focus on what truly matters – celebrating love in all its splendor.


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