Dating in Philly for less

October 21, 2009

But couples still want to go out. And luckily, Philadelphia offers all sorts of opportunities for cheap dates.

"Our museums our theater companies, they understand that people are trying to pinch and they're trying to save," says James Claiborne of Philly Fun Guide. "But they really want to go out. Phillly has so much to offer, we have such a rich cultural community, and the cultural community understands."

We spoke to Claiborne at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Penn. The museum offers free admission.

And he says the University City neighborhood has all sorts of places to grab a snack or drink -- as opposed to a full meal afterwards.

"I think it's totally ok to just, if you're going to something like this, why not just stop at a cafe and grab a coffee and have great conversation? Why not find a happy hour ? Everyone's trying to save money, so everyone understands that, " he says.

Another free date spot that Claiborne recommends is Laurel Hill cemetery off Ridge Avenue, along the Schuylkill.

"It sounds outrageous, but a cemetery can be a great place for a date. It's a beautiful place with sculpture, a lot of rich history, and so it's a good place to go and take a walk and enjoy the scenery," Claiborne says.

Just $4.00 per person will give you and a date access to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street.

Or spend jus t$8 to go mini-golfing through replicas of the city's most popular spots at Franklin Square.

Also on Claiborne's list of the Top Ten cheap dates in Philadelphia: Free Tours of the City Hall Tower
Free tours of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site
Pay-As-You-Wish Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
WXPN's free Fridays at Noon concert series
Free Saturday tours at the Philadelphia Brewing Company
Half-price and free events listed on Philly Fun Guide.

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