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End of summer date ideas for southeastern PA!!

Listen, y’all — it’s already August (like HOWWW the heck?!) and summertime is winding down. I don’t know about you, but I have a very long summer date list that needs to be checked off before sweater weather rolls around. If you’re local here in eastern PA, don’t worry — I gotchu. Here’s a list of summer date ideas to fit in before the cool breeze comes thru!!

  1. Phillies game
    DUHHHHH!! If you haven’t been to Citizen’s Bank park this season, what the HECK are you waiting for?! Phillies games are soooo much fun, the ballpark is the TOP-rated stadium for vegetarians (heck yeah!!) and you get a freaking GORGEOUS view of the Philly skyline as the sun goes down during the game. What’s there not to love?! Oh, and there’s always a chance that the kiss cam lands on you & your boo … ‘nuff said 😉

  2. Jim Thorpe
    Alright y’all, confession time — I’ve never been to Jim Thorpe. I know, crazy right?! This cute little town is situated right in the middle of the beautiful Pocono Mountains in northeastern PA. You can go on a super fun hike and then grab a bite to eat (& maybe a brew to drink?) in this cozy mountain town to replenish after the workout. And mayyyyybe y’all can stroll hand in hand past the cute little mom & pop shops before heading home in the evening … just sayin’ 🙂

  3. Longwood Gardens
    I mean, let’s face it — Longwood Gardens is beautiful in the spring and fall, too. But there’s just something about the way that summer sun sets and casts a golden glow on the impeccable landscaping in the gardens that just doesn’t quite match up to any other time of year. There’s also a beer garden and live performances in the evening, not to mention super cool fountain shows after night falls near the conservatory!!! I go here all the time for couples & engagement sessions, but I am DYING to go on a date here before the summer ends.

  4. Hershey Park/Dorney Park/Knoebels
    I feel like an amusement park trip is an ESSENTIAL summertime activity, especially at the end of the summer when the temperature is much more bearable than the middle of July!! Roller coasters, arcade games, log flooms, lazy rivers … if you want a day jam-packed with fun, amusement parks are your best bet. (Pro tip — if you’re a ride/roller coaster person, Hershey & Dorney are your best bets. If you would rather not scream all day and enjoy food stands & games, Knoebels is your place!)

  5. Jersey shore
    Okay, but did you really experience a full summer in eastern PA without making a trip to the Jersey shore??? I think not. If you time it juuuuuuust right, you can easily make it to the shore and back in a single day OR in a quick little weekend trip. Depending on the beach, there are plenty of places to park for free (helloooo, Belmar!) and there are so many cute towns to experience if the sun gets to be a little too much (hey Stone Harbor & Cape May!!). You just need to watch out for those pesky beach tags. But other than that, you’re golden!!

I hope this helps cure your end of summer blues & gives you some solid date ideas to squeeze in before Labor Day rolls around! I know I’ll be trying to do as many of these as possible before the breeze makes me shiver. Let me know if you end up doing any of these dates, I’d love to hear from you!!!!

Cheers to summer 2021 🙂


- Melissa d.

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”

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- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

"Worth every penny and more"