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Philadelphia Parks: Romantic spots for Valentine’s weekend

Donut wrapper captures Valentine's message
Donut wrapper captures Valentine's messageKathy Martin (www.kathyamartin.com)

Valentine’s Day 2014, and the weekend connected, can be enjoyed with little cost and some creative planning. If you and your special one welcome being outdoors, plan a special time together taking time to consider what the two of you will cherish for years to come.

Gardens and Vistas

For garden delights, Morris Arboretum, in the Chestnut Hill section, offers a period glass greenhouse that may provide just the needed warmth from your garden stroll along part of its vast Victorian landscape and formal gardens. [100 E. Northwestern Avenue] Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens offer a tranquil pause from the Main Line bustle, as well as, truly stunning vistas that overlook Valley Forge National Park. [631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon] It is similarly, for the views, that Belmont Plateau be considered for its view of the Center City skyline and ideal place to watch a sunset together. [Montgomery Drive and Belmont Avenue]

Whispers and Art

Wissahickon Valley Park is beautifully preserved in its natural state of woodlands and creek. Running parallel to the creek is Forbidden Drive that has disallowed cars since first named in 1920. It remains a favorite walking path for couples. [200 Northwestern Ave.] Just in front of Memorial Park in West Fairmount Park is the Smith Memorial Arch which includes stone benches for which it is better known as The Whispering Benches. These benches, at the base of the arch, allow you to sit at one end of the bench and your sweetheart at the opposite end. You can softly whisper sweet nothings and they can clearly hear you although they sit 50 feet away. [Avenue of the Republic, near Memorial Hall] The 45-foot steel work of art across from City Hall, better known as The Clothespin, has been described as a comparison to Constantin Brancusi’s “The Kiss”. Hold your love close as you together see two bodies in an embrace. [15th & Market Streets] Love Park at JFK Plaza must be listed, of course. Stand together in front of Robert Indian’s 1976 Love Sculpture and capture the romance with one of Philly’s best known icons as your background. [15th Street & JFK Blvd.]

Sweet Endings
Reading Terminal Market, at 12th & Arch, offers every culinary delight one may imagine, and there are also Chocolate Tours which leave from the market six days a week. It’s a walking tour that includes indulgences in history and treats from famous city artisans. A sweet ending to your Valentine’s weekend surely fondly remembered and cherished.