10 Romantic Summer Dates Around the Main Line

These are sure to make for some memorable nights out.


1. Kayak at Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek State Park offers a bevy of activities and kayaking is the perfect option for couples looking to get out on the water, whether during the day or for a romantic sunset. Marsh Creek even offers 90-minute night tours on the serene lake every other Friday at 8:30 p.m. for an extra dose of romance.

674 Park Road, Downingtown, (610) 458-5040.

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2. Have a Sunset Picnic
Whether you set it up in the backyard or in a grassy meadow, a picnic at sunset is a memorable romantic moment. Areas like Valley Forge National Historic Park, Marsh Creek State Park and Stroud Preserve are all great options. 

3. See a Concert at Rose Tree Park
Free concerts in Rose Tree Park’s scenic outdoor amphitheater first began in 1975. Four decades later, the summer festival concert series remains a popular local tradition. The series runs from mid-June through mid-August and provides local residents many opportunities to take in top-notch entertainment. Spectators often bring blanks and beach chairs to lounge along the grassy hills.

1671 N. Providence Road, Media, (610) 891-4663.

4. Stroll through Longwood Gardens
Botanist or not, Longwood Gardens has long been a go-to date night venue for couples. Between the beautiful plants and flowers, luminous water shows, music concerts and the summertime beer garden, couples can’t go wrong with this option.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000.

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5. Visit the Brandywine River Museum of Art
With three art galleries on view and open for tours, the Brandywine River Museum of Art makes for a relaxed but romantic date. Appreciate regional and American art, plus the beautiful views overlooking the woodlands of the Brandywine River. Tours include an exploration of Kuerner Farm, which highlights the inspiration for one of the art exhibits. End the tour with some light fare from Millstone Café, located inside the museum.

1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700.

6. See a Concert at Ardmore Music Hall
Live music in a storied space with a dance area, craft beers and Mediterranean fare incites an up-beat, eventful night. Ardmore Music Hall has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many renowned, local and national touring acts. 

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-8389.

7. Sip Wine at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
Among the weekly summer wine tastings, live music events, pop up art shows and vineyard tours, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery is a boutique winery that strives to produce high quality wines. Nothing says romance like some conversation over glasses of locally made wine. They even offer cheese platters and petite baguettes during their wine tasting events.

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700 Folly Hill Road, Kennett Square, (484) 899-8013.

8. Visit Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum offers many nature exhibits, including 10 different tree houses, a 1,400 square-foot butterfly house, a meadow maze, a number of hiking trails and a plethora of wildflowers, trees and other flora. It makes for beautiful and radiant scenery, especially in the summertime that will make for an unforgettable date.

515 Painter Road, Media, (610) 566-9134.

9. Fruit Picking at Linvilla Orchards
Get the best seasonal fruit straight from the fields at Linvilla Orchards. Perhaps best known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Linvilla can be perfect for adventurous couples, as well. Support some local agriculture by picking raspberries, apples, cherries, blueberries, peaches and strawberries.

598 Linvilla Road, Media, (610) 876-7116.

10. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
For a different kind of date, take to the skies with Air Ventures hot air balloon flights. Launch times are at sunrise and approximately two hours before sunset and make for the most romantic scenery. Upon the summit of flight, you can see the beautiful rolling hills, streams, lakes and farmlands of Chester County while sipping champagne.

2904 Conestoga Road, Glenmoore, (800) 826-6361.

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