When dinner and a movie is overdone and nothing sounds fun, it’s time to put a little imagination into your dating life. Face it, nothing says “romance” like taking on the trails, rapids and fake rock walls near Philly. Well, except maybe champagne-filled hot air balloon rides.
Above and Beyond Ballooning
Price: from $225
Hours: daily – dawn to dusk
There is nothing more romantic than a hot air balloon ride on a crisp spring morning or evening over Philadelphia. Rides at Above and Beyond Ballooning, are offered year round with launch sites in the beautiful countryside of Chester County. Book special flights that include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, special sights and flight instruction. Book at least two weeks in advance to snag the ideal morning or evening flight for your special someone.
950 North Penn St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you and your date like to test your endurance, then rock climbing must make your to-do list. Go Vertical offers 250 climbing routes with a vertical range of 50 feet. If you are new to the world of rock climbing, the gym offers beginner courses couples can take together. For the competitive couple, climbing routes (also called problems) vary by difficulty and offer challenges for any athlete. Plan ahead, because to belay for top roping, climbers must first pass the associated belay test with a passive belay device. To climb or belay for leading, climbers must pass a test in climbing and belaying on lead.
Test the waters in your relationship with a rafting trip along a scenic river in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Rafting offers a wide variety of adventures including canoeing, kayaking and rafting on nearby rivers, streams, lakes and creeks. Book a two-hour tour or a day-long adventure for you and your honey on class I to class III rapids. Click here for a list of adventures.
The Lost Trails ATV Park
Lost Trails, LLC
615 Golf Park Dr.
Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Price: $75 driver/$25 passenger
Hours: Fri to Sun – 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
If you’re looking to get down and dirty, try an adventurous day of ATV riding. The folks at Lost Trails ATV will guide you and your date on a ride through the wooded trails of Pennsylvania. Riders must be 16 years or older, and Lost Trails provides helmets and vehicles for you. You don’t have to be a pro to join in on the fun, Lost Trails requires you take a guide on your tour and offers orientation for each rider as well. Rent two four-wheelers, or get nice and cozy and share one. Reservations are highly suggested.
FDR Skate Park
Broad Ave & Patterson Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Hours: sunrise to sunset
If you and your date are extreme sports nuts, FDR Skate Park is the perfect place for a first date. Bring your roller blades or your skate boards (or rent wheels for the day) and take to the mini and vertical ramps to show off your skills. The park is open all year long and can be used no matter the weather due to the protection of the I-95 overpass. Whether you’re a pro or want to introduce your date to the skating world, FDR offers a fun, cheap date for any adventurous couple.
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Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.