Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to show that special someone you care. Throughout Pennsylvania there are countless ways to celebrate the love of your life this summer. Whether you’re looking for a traditional romantic date night or a memorable foray into something off the beaten path of the tried-and-true, Pennsylvania has you covered.
1. GOGGLEWORKS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Invite that someone special to a Makers Date at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Spend the evening together wheel throwing, flameworking, or glassblowing, creating a special keepsake of your artful date. Each date is accompanied with beer, wine, and light fare which can be enjoyed while touring some of their most popular studios.
2. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT BALLOONING COMPANY
Take your love for that special someone to new heights with a sunrise or sunset hot-air balloon ride with The Sky’s The Limit Ballooning Company. As you float through the skies, you’ll feel like you're on Cloud 9 together! Afterwards, you’ll receive your own special flight certificate, learn about the history of ballooning, and enjoy a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast to celebrate your memorable journey.
3. POCONO RACEWAY
Surprise your date with the ride of their life in a 600-horsepower NASCAR style race car at the Pocono Raceway. Your choice: zoom around the racetrack riding shotgun with a professional driver behind the wheel or, for the ultimate experience, suit up in an official race suit and safety gear and climb behind the wheel of a stock car for the best 10 to 80 miles of driving you’ll ever have!
4. CHADDSFORD WINERY
Take your sweetheart to the Sweet Wine Showcase at Chaddsford Winery this June. This month’s reserve tasting is designed to celebrate the unique characteristics of our wide-ranging sweet wines. Equal parts wine tasting, food pairing, and mixology class, this program will leave you reaching for another glass of the sweet stuff!
Pro Tip: Book a Reserve Tasting, then head over to Walk-In Seating to enjoy your favorite glass or bottle while listening to the live music performances!
Impress that special person with your amazing cooking skills with a cooking class at Zest! in the heart of historic downtown Lititz. As the saying goes, “The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach,” and you’re sure to be a hit after mastering the art of the delicate French macaroon or other savory summer desserts such as the Peach tart with goat cheese and thyme.
6. THE MAKERY
Downtown State College
Enjoy a fun summer night out this summer at The Makery. Together, cultivate your inner artist with an easy workshop making clay slab constructed creations, enjoy a beginner watercolor session exploring and experimenting with traditional and non-traditional techniques of water color, or learn the basics of modern hand lettering to create a hand lettered sign to add to your décor at home.
7. BALDWIN'S BOOK BARN
Treat the extra-special book lover in your life to a bibliophile’s dream with a trip to Baldwin’s Book Barn . Built in 1822, the barn offers five stories of bookish charm complete with stone walls, a wood-burning stove, shelf upon shelf of books, maps, and prints, and lots of cozy nooks for you and your special book-loving someone to explore. In business since 1934, the Book Barn is stuffed to the rafters with 300,000 used and rare books, manuscripts, maps, as well as fine paintings, prints, estate antiques, and other valued collectibles.
8. ESCAPE ROOM
Ready for the ultimate compatibility test? Pittsburgh’s Escape Room(s) in Greenfield and Homestead are just waiting to see just how well you work together to find your way out of a subway station, ancient tomb, or Carnegie mansion – your choice! Your personal crew will receive a private room for the evening.
9. PENN'S CAVE & WILDLIFE PARK
Dazzle your loved one’s eyes with the beauty of a trip down under – underground that is! The glittering stalactites and stalagmites of Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park will leave you both with stars in your eyes for each other, of course, and the cave’s magnificent flowstone, curtains, cascades and columns as you tour the cave by flat-bottom boat.
10. GETTYSBURG GHOST TOURS
Guaranteed to bring you closer, plan a date night spent listening to spooky stories at some of Gettysburg’s hauntingly historic locations, experiencing an all-around good time – all by candlelight – with Gettysburg Ghost Tours. Although a ghost sighting can’t be promised, there’s a good chance of a ghostly encounter or ghost popping up in your photos along the way!
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