One of NYCs hidden gems is the Cloisters. This beautiful museum is an extension of the MET dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe, and, like the MET, admission is donation based for NY residents. One dollar could get you admission for you and your date. Exploring the grounds is also a romantic idea. The Cloisters sits in Fort Tryon Park. Explore the old fortress or walk around in the curated gardens. This is a beautiful place to explore trails or sit and cuddle while looking out over the Hudson.
Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.
Bring a blanket and spend the afternoon at the beach, or take a romantic walk down the beach hand in hand. Once I saw dolphins jumping out of the water not far away. Usually great music and a cute little hamburger hut.
Romantic beach date. It’s pretty lively with good tunes and excellent variety of people to gander at. Feel the sand between your toes and listen to the waves crash as you stare into the oceans of your lovers eyes.
Ideal for summer. Ok for late fall or early spring
TIP: Gay friendly. The beach on the far left side is the gay section. Tops optional as well
PRICE: Free with unlimited subway card.
LOCATION: Jacob Riis Park
157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
If you don’t have a car, you can take the A train to the end of the line, and then a bus that drops you in front of the beach. You can also take a ferry from Pier 11 in Manhattan or Brooklyn Army Terminal, which offers a more scenic ride and is priced the same as a subway ride ($2.75 one-way as of this writing). The ferry docks at the Rockaway ferry station and from there, there is a free bus transfer to the beach.
Bryant Park is a city park behind the New York Public Library. The lawn is lush and green and the flowers change seasonally. Bring your date to stretch out, dine al fresco, chat on the lawn or listen to the music in this beautiful garden.
But it is more than a garden. There are perfect urban amenities like reading rooms and hundreds of free and engaging activities including outdoor film screenings, various performances, games etc. Check out Bryant Park to know more info.
TIPS: You can also enjoy the free wireless network, and walking dog is permitted.
HOURS: Everyday 7a.m. – 10p.m.
LOCATION: Bryant Park is situated between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Panaramic views from DUMBO House(Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Stop by this exclusive club, march up to the roof, and soak up the sunset. Perfect place to enjoy the NYC skyline but from the comfort of the indoors. Great winter date!
TIP: Although it’s a members’ club but you can go up and check the view from the rooftop, see the Brooklyn Bridge, Jane’s Carousel and Manhattan Bridge surrounded by the East River.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge and walk to the park for breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, riverfront promenades, and lush gardens.
Being by the water is so peaceful which will provide the perfect backdrop to your romantic walk. in the park.
TIP: You can take Citywide Ferry or the Governors Island Ferry to get to this Park.
Looking to take your pooch on the date? Nothing better than Washington Square Park. The well manicured dog park is in the actual park so there is a lot to explore for both canines and humans. Washington Square Park
If your dog is part of your family then it is very important that your love interest and your bitch get along. This dog friendly doggy date will help see if its a good fit. Also there is plenty to see and do around the neighborhood! Your dog and your date will thank you
LOCATION: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.
This park has everything. Beautiful Monument? Check. Large Fountain? Check. Performance artists? double check. You and your date can soak in the sights and there is almost always some sort of political movement or performance going on. There are puppeteers and bubble blowers. Dancers and musicians. Maybe try your hand against some of the chess experts in the park.
Sit by the fountain or go and sit in the grass and relax. You are sure to have interesting things to see and talk about as you enjoy Washington Square Park. Park Website This park is lively at any time of day and is open til 1 AM. The people watching here is amazing!
Central park is huge! There is so much to see and explore. Bring your date on a beautiful walk and get lost in this curated haven. Every view was designed and curated and there are so many wonderful options. In the summer rent a row boat by Bethesda fountain or enter to win FREE tickets for Shakespeare in the park. Play ticket info.
There is always the picnic option which is a great idea. Bring some simple snacks and a bottle of wine and enjoy each others company in this beautiful park.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a must. Its a national historical landmark! The architecture is stunning and the views jaw dropping. It is such a cute outing to share with someone special. There is a special walkway just for pedestrians and this wooden marvel is meant to be trodden upon. So cross history and then have an ice cream in Brooklyn. If you don’t wanna walk back you can take the subway or hop on the ferry for an addition $2.75. Ferry Info
The bridge is 1.39 miles so expect about an hour to cross. That’ll give you time to meander and to take some photos.
TIP: The bridge is less crowed at night and very safe. It doesn’t close until midnight.
The MET has thousands of beautiful artifacts and art to explore. You and your date can meander through the museum and talk about art and life as you get to know each other better.
If a museum sounds a bit too stuffy for your tastes try a themed trip to the MET. Make a small scavenger hunt of things to find or dress up in matching costumes. I’ll bet your date will appreciate the creativity and Halloween is right around the corner.
PRICE: Donation based (for NY residents) so pay what you wish. I like to put out a dollar bill and say, “two please”.
TIP: Make sure not to stay more than an hour or so. Explore and enjoy a few sections or pieces and then come back another day to explore some more. This will help keep the experience fresh and captivating. More MET info