Those born outside of The Birthplace of America associate Philly with cream cheese and cheesesteaks, but anyone from Philadelphia knows that this remarkably historic and beautiful city is home to more than a dozen museums and almost 300,000 pieces of incredible and famous artwork. So, after picking out your perfect engagement ring, it’s time to think of the best way to propose! Any of our proposal spots will be a work of art in itself; check out our categorized list of favorite proposal spots in Philadelphia.
Classic City Proposals
LOVE Park (officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza) is a public park located in Center City, Philadelphia. It’s nicknamed LOVE Park for Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, which has become one of the most iconic photo opportunities in Philadelphia for both tourists and locals alike. Take a stroll through Center City and check out Philly’s beautiful city hall, then take advantage of the romantic moment as you pass the LOVE statue. The embodiment of your feelings for each other will set the perfect mood. You can even get married here!
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a great proposal spot, not just because it’s where the Rocky steps are, but because it’s a remarkably beautiful building. The Rocky Footprints at the top of the Museum of Art steps is extremely popular, drawing couples from Philadelphia and beyond. This iconically recognizable location is filled with so much energy as visitors surround and celebrate the newly engaged couple. But, many say the real romantic spot is behind the museum, featuring courtyards along the water with views of Boathouse Row. This takes us to our next category…
Proposals with a Beautiful View
Behind the Philadelphia Art Museum, there is a walking path with two gazebos, where you can stand and gaze at Boathouse Row. What a romantic spot to propose — especially at night, with the lights twinkling and reflecting off of the water!
Cira Green is an urban park hidden atop a parking garage in University City. This intimate retreat will take you above the city noise, offering the skyline and river as a backdrop, so you can pop the question with a view. There’s an acre of greenery here, so extra points if you pack a picnic and wait for the sunset! It’s perfect for your low-key or surprise proposal.
Out and About Proposals
Race Street Pier
Another of Philadelphia’s amazing outdoor spaces, Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront, is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city. It’s a perfect picnic spot, with a spacious lawn featuring multiple types of grasses and flowers and gorgeous river views. They also have activities running all week, so take advantage of a free yoga class or other community events to set the mood for your proposal.
Wissahickon Valley Park
There are 57 miles of trails in Wissahickon Valley Park, a lush, 1,800-acre gorge, crossing forest and meadow before plunging down to the sun-dappled waters of the Wissahickon Creek. Whether you love to walk, bike, or picnic outside, Wissahickon Park is perfect for your intimate and simple proposal with an activity. This undisputed gem of Philadelphia’s park system has a gorgeous overlook, and many other amazing spots to propose!
Best Restaurant Proposals
Cherry Street Pier
Cherry Street Pier is a multi-use modern space on the water; there’s always something going on at the Pier! They have performances, exhibitions, markets, and other activities all the time. Have a fun outing here, checking out the day’s activities and amazing diverse food markets and concessions. With many rotating food choices from Indonesian to burgers, the possibilities are endless. Stop by the Cherry Street Pier Bar to sample products from local breweries, cideries, and distilleries before you pop the question to your S/O. While it’s not your typical “restaurant,” your proposal after a trip to Cherry Street Pier will absolutely be fun and memorable.
One of the most sought-after tables on the East Coast, a farm-to-table ethos inspires Talula’s unforgettable approach to food for any time of day. You’ll find interpretations of traditional Mid-Atlantic cuisine with a light and modern touch in the Garden. The indoor-outdoor space exudes a cozy, upbeat vibe, with attention to detail that extends from the gorgeous patio to the cheese bar, with Lush plants and vegetation throughout. Book a table here in advance for a date night; you can even book the space for a private surprise party to celebrate!