No matter how romantic, creative or fun you are, everyone sometimes needs help with coming up with great date ideas.
Grabbing a drink might be fine for a first date, but your next date calls for more unique ideas.
Fortunately, New York City is filled with fun and romantic things to do.
We’ve put together a list of your best options.
1. Picnic in the Central Park
Central Park may be the most romantic place in New York City and stretches on over 800 acres in Uptown Manhattan.
There are many quiet spots inside the park where you can enjoy a picnic with your loved one.
Enjoy a brunch or lunch in a romantic setting with beautiful scenery.
You’ll be supplied with a basket of the finest delicacies and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco.
The whole picnic will be setup for you, and when you finish, just walk away as the cleanup is taken care of by staff.
2. Catch a Jazz Show
Harlem used to be a scary neighbourhood, but it faced cultural revolution.
Today it has countless clubs where you can catch a live jazz show.
Every year tourists come to Harlem seeking to experience this soulful music.
Check out famous nightclubs and choose one where you can make a romantic evening with dinner, wine and a show.
Enjoy the sounds and rhythms of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.
You can end your night with a stroll along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.
3. Visit the Hayden Planetarium
Escape the everyday stress and head out under the stars in the Hyden Planetarium for a perfect romantic night.
This planetarium shows impressive visuals of space, using high-resolution video projection in its Star Theater.
The star show displays are based on the latest cosmic discovery and made in collaboration with top scientists from around the world.
If you want to spend a quiet evening under the stars with your significant one, this is the perfect place.
While astrophysicist’s Neil deGrasse voice guides you during the show, you can gaze at the unfolding cosmos and at each other.
4. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
If you think there is nothing romantic in crossing a bridge, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic New York landmark, and one of the oldest bridges in the USA.
Take a 30-minute walk across this Gothic-style bridge, with spectacular Lower Manhattan views from the wooden pedestrian walkway.
Enjoy as the city lights switch on at dusk.
If this isn’t romantic enough, stroll along the water at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
This park with stunning Manhattan and Brooklyn views and unique attractions such as Jane’s Carousel, nearly 100-year old hand-painted attraction will definitely cheer you up.
5. Romantic Walk at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If you want to feel like you’re in paradise, you don’t have to travel far.
Just head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located in the Prospect Park neighbourhood.
Here you’ll find over 50 acres of cherry blossoms, rose gardens and various plant collections.
If you are coming in spring, walk along the Cherry Esplanade and enjoy these trees blooming.
Equally impressive are Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese-inspired garden in the U.S., as well as the Shakespeare Garden with more than 80 plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s poems and plays.
You can see beautiful plant life, no matter the season, so make sure to visit this place.
6. Visit Niagara Falls
If you have plenty of time, escape on a romantic Niagara Falls day trip.
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls located on the border between the state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario.
This natural wonderland is known for a mighty roar of thousands of cubic metres of water descending per second over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, the Bridal Veli Falls and the American falls.
Snuggle in close while you take in breathtaking views.
There are numerous activities you can do there.
You can go behind the falls, soar in the views from the Observation Deck, visit Niagara Falls State Park or just walk along the falls wiping the falls spray from one another’s faces.
7. Enjoy a Show on Broadway
If you are into arts, you can impress your love with tickets to a Broadway show.
The Broadway theatre attracts millions of visitors annually.
No matter what type of theatre you like, you’ll have the opportunity to see the performance of some of the best actors in the world.
Choose some of the shows that appeal to a wide range of romantic tastes like the Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, or the West Side Story.
Book in advance, since the most popular shows sell out quickly.
8. One World Observatory
Opened in 2015, this modern day skyscraper is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 546 meters.
If you’re looking for an inspiring and romantic location, shoot to the observatory and see New York City from above.
The best time to visit is either 12 pm when the sun is shining brightest, or around 5 pm, when the sun is about to set.
There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities on your romantic date.
To make sure everything runs smoothly, upgrade to the “skip the line” ticket so you can catch the express elevator to the top.
Sip cocktails or snack on pastries at the cafe as you enjoy the scenery of New York City with your loved one.
9. Horse Carriage Ride in New York
Various horse carriage rides are available around New York, with the most romantic options in Central Park.
Snuggle up with your partner in the back seat as your guide takes you through popular locations in the city.
If you’re ready, you could even setup a marriage proposal at places like the Bow Bridge or Bethesda Fontaine & Terrace at Central Park!
Horse carriage rides are available throughout the day and night, lasting between 20 to 60 minutes.
10. Enjoy the View from the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building offers spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views from the heart of the Manhattan.
If you want to impress your date with an amazing view of the city, then this is the right place.
The best time for visiting is in the late afternoon.
That way you’ll get the best of both worlds: see the layout of the city in greater detail and gaze at the glowing city below at nighttime.
Consider the weather, because the views are best on clear days.
Don’t miss the 102nd-floor Observatory.
Although, it isn’t open air the way the 86th floor is, being higher makes everything more exciting.
11. Scenic Helicopter Tour
Treat a loved one on a special occasion with this spectacular 30 minute helicopter tour.
Admire this dazzling city and take in New York’s skyline.
You’ll experience the entire city in a way that’s impossible from the ground.
Get a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, soar over Central Park, New York Harbour and Yankees Stadium.
You’ll see Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and Governors Island, Hudson River, and NYC skyscrapers like the Chrysler and the Woolworth Buildings.
The aerial views of the famous attractions are something you will not forget.
12. Go Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
Spend some time twirling on the ice, holding your date’s hand at Wollman Rink.
It’s one of the best romantic dates you can have during winter.
You’ll be surrounded by New York’s skyscrapers at lush tress at Central Park as you go hand in hand with your partner gliding along the ice.
After a romantic stroll in the rink, grab some dessert at Planet Hollywood located in Times Square.
13. Madame Tussauds New York
If you want to make your partner feel special amongst the celebrities, Madame Tussauds will be a sure win.
Over 200 life-like wax models of the most famous people in the world, both fiction and non-fiction, your camera will be on overdrive as you take photos of all the stars.
Rub shoulders with Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Aniston, and talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
Also see figures from the past like Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and genius Albert Einstein.
Or stand toe to toe with Marvel superheroes like Captain America and the Hulk.
This will be a great opportunity to take plenty of photos with your partner and see their personalities shine in the bright light.
14. Museum of Sex
This is a bit risky but potentially worth the effort if you’re willing to push the boundaries with your partner.
The Museum of Sex is an educational display of everything related to sex including it’s evolution, gays and lesbians, sex work and pornography.
You’ll be able to appreciate all the exhibits and galleries in 60 – 90 minutes.
There’ll definitely be some explicit material so make sure you’re both comfortable with each other.
If everything goes well, who know where the night will lead to!
15. St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral Catacombs by Candelight
Test your partners bravery and go on a scary tour of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
Your guide will take you to the off limit areas to share stories of those who passed away and secrets buried in the intriguing history of the cathedral.
On this 90 minute tour, you’ll also be guided through the cemetery where important figures rest including the Delmonico Family, General Thomas Eckert and John Connolly, the first Bishop of New York.
Explore restricted areas in the corridors of the Catacombs where your guide will share more spooky stories of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
16. Dine and Dance on a Cruise
Grab your special someone and take in the iconic Manhattan skyline on a dinner cruise.
Savour gourmet cuisine and enjoy the music while soaking up the breathtaking views of the New York City’s major sights including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Treat yourself and your loved one to a private window table that guarantees unobstructed views of the dazzling city.
Enjoy dancing with the music or head to the outdoor viewing decks as the magnificent skyline spreads before you.
17. Dinner at the View with Limo Pickup
For the ultimate date night, take your partner to a fine dining experience at the View, located 48 stories above the streets at Marriot Marquis.
To start the evening, you’ll be picked up by a luxurious limousine which will take you on a tour around Manhatten while you enjoy each other’s company in style.
After the 1 hour limousine ride, relax and dine at the View.
It’s platform rotates a complete 360 degrees every hour to ensure magnificent views of the entire city at night.
Feast on the finest local cuisines including seafood, meats, and of course dessert, before taking the limousine back to your hotel.
Bonus Romantic Idea: Statue of Liberty
Perhaps the most obvious place to visit, and the most iconic landmark in New York, is the Statue of Liberty.
Board a ferry for views of the Manhatten skyline as you enjoy a romantic trip to Liberty Island.
On arrival, your guide will share stories about the history of the statue and immigration, before you head up 46 meter for views of New York.
You’ll then jump back on the ferry towards Ellis island where you can continue your date at the Immigration Museum.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a way to help you conquer first-date jitters or just want to try something unique and fun with your loved one.
We’re sure one of these romantic dating ideas in New York will bring a smile to your partner.