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Sweethearts Stroll: Valentine’s Day Walking Tour of East Park

Calling all Fairmount-philes to really LOVE YOUR PARK! Grab your scarf, sweater, and your sweetheart and join us for a special Valentine’s Day guided walk of romantic East Fairmount Park.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023


10:30am - 1:00pm


Fountain of the Seahorses
Waterworks Dr.
Philadelphia, 19130

Be it moonlit kisses of a teenage tryst or an elderly couple walking hand-in-hand, Fairmount Park has always been a special place for public displays of affection in the city of brotherly & sisterly love. Wow that special someone in your life with a specially curated stroll through Fairmount Park’s most romantic spots and hidden treasures, led by Public Programs Manager John Sigmund. Along the way, John will share some park history and his favorite scenic spots, some well known, and others more obscure. Pose for a photo and take note — you may want to revisit some of the places in warmer weather for a picnic or sweetheart stroll.

Attendees will enjoy friendly competition for fun Valentines themed prizes. Best of all, the walk ends with hot chocolate while enjoying the scenic sunset over the Schuylkill.

This isn’t exclusively for couples …all park lovers are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: this 3.5 mile walk includes about 1.5 miles of hiking on hilly trails. Please be prepared and have appropriate footwear

TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]


  • We’ll meet at in front of the Fountain of the Sea Horses.
  • Please dress according to weather conditions.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking.
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • There are nearby bathrooms to use before and after walk at Lloyd Hall.
  • Appropriate for adults

There is plenty of free parking in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! However, we strongly recommend arriving with Uber, Lyft, Indego Bike Share, or public transportation. Take SEPTA’s Route 32 – get off at Pennsylvania Ave. & Fairmount Ave. and carefully cross Kelly Dr. at designated crosswalk.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event will be capped. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

GUIDE BIO: John Sigmund is the Public Programs Manager with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, drawing upon his experience as a teaching artist, history lover, and urban park enthusiast. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he spent a decade living in Austin, San Antonio, and New York City, but made a happy homecoming to go back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. John has the proud distinction of actually living in Fairmount Park– he and his partner are resident caretakers and tour guides at Woodford Mansion, a National Historic Landmark (built 1756).

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.