While shared rituals—such as splitting the penne at your favorite Italian joint every Friday—can be a fun tradition, research shows relationships need novelty too.
Keeping things fresh can increase relationship satisfaction and bring back those “butterflies” that we’ve all had on the first few dates, at the same time flooding the brain with feel-good dopamine Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N. Journal of Personal and Social Psychology, 2000; 78(2): 273-84.
Check out our ideas below and get ready for an exciting adventure with your sweetheart.
Start your date by gliding hand-in-hand across the ice at the Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing.
Get familiar with the cosmos (check out this handy guide if you’re new to astronomy) and head outdoors to see who can spot the North Star and Big Dipper first.
Many observatories, parks, and local colleges also offer public viewing nights with guided “star tours” and discussions.
Then, head up the street to Erawan Thai Cuisine for a relaxed BYOB experience.
There’s something refreshing about spending time outdoors and picking your own locally-sourced produce.
The Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River is both a can't-miss wintertime experience and a great way to kick off a romantic evening in Philadelphia.
(Photo courtesy of DRWC) Strengthen your connection with your partner through a special Valentine's Day workshop at Maha Yoga featuring lighthearted partner yoga and a stress-releasing Thai massage.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head just up the river for lunch or dinner at the Moshulu, where you can enjoy breathtaking views, delicious fare and crave-worthy cocktails aboard this fully restored, four-masted sailing ship.
From there, venture back to your nearby hotel room at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.Anniversaries, dating or otherwise were invented for this reason.