While Central Park is the most well known of NYC’s parks, there are actually about 1700 parks in the city. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s second largest public park, and also home to the Prospect Park Zoo.
Along with lots of great nature walks, running trails, and green lawns, the park also offers events throughout the year, from sports events to performances. So if you’re looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Prospect Park is the perfect place to lounge about on a beautiful day.
Prospect Park also borders the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, another great place to bring a date.
Estimated Cost: Free!
Hours of Operation: 5AM – 1AM daily
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225
The building alone is a work of art. Created in 1943 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright the Guggenheim is seen as his masterpiece. Inside is a world of art to explore. Don’t become overwhelmed. Take an hour or two and then leave for some ice cream or a walk through central park which is only 5 blocks away.
Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m is pay what you wish. This is the day for the bargain hunters who still want to take their honey out on an art date.
Audio guide is free which can be a great conversation starter and also very informative,
The Museum of Modern Art is not to be missed. MOMA’s exhibits include drawing, painting, photography and statues. Important collections from 1880s to 1950s are displayed the 5th floor, which includes Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh.
With its stunning architecture and exhibits by such famous artists, you and your date are sure to have a beautiful evening.
PRICE: Free on Friday evenings (sponsored by UNIQLO) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
An audio guide is also free if you want some interesting tidbits for conversation starters.
Create your very own Titanic moment riding the Staten Island Ferry. Wave to Lady Liberty as you stand close to your date drinking in the ocean air.
Free romantic boat ride.
The Ferry runs 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. More frequent service, (every 15 or 20 minutes,) is provided on the weekdays during the rush hours of 6:00AM- 9:30AM and 3:30PM-8:00PM, with 30-minute service to follow. On weekends, service is provided every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.
Directions by subway
1 train to South Ferry Station (you must be in one of the first 5 cars) CLOSEST OPTION
R train to Whitehall Street — a short two-block walk to the terminal
Upon arriving to Staten Island feel free to explore or walk through the terminal and take the next ferry back to Manhattan
The Whitney’s permanent collection features only American Artists and the different seasonal exhibitions focus on unique and intriguing artists. This is an edgy home grown must see. Explore with your date and find pieces that speak to you. Then speak about them with your date!
PRICE: Free for CUNY students!
Free on Fridays from 7 PM – 10 PM
TIP: The High Line’s entrance is just outside the museum, High Line Date so this is a great opportunity to combine dates!
Explore NYC from above the city streets — The High Line. This public park was re-purposed from old unused railroad lines. View art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, or just sit, relax and people watch.
A free romantic park – perfect for holding hands or stealing a kiss.
Access points are located at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 17th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., 30th St. and 10th Ave., 30th St. and 11th Ave., and 34th St. The entrances at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., and 30th St. are accessible by elevator. The entrance at 34th St. is a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Spring hours: April 1 through May 31
7am – 10pm
Summer hours: June 1 through September 30
7am – 11pm
Fall hours: October 1 through November 30
7am – 10pm
Winter hours: December 1 through March 31
7am – 7pm
Looking to impress a literary-inclined date? The Franklin Park Reading Series invites a group of emerging and established authors each month to read at their venue in Crown Heights. Featuring everyone from best-selling authors like Roxanne Gay and Jennifer Egan, to contemporary experimental writers like Christine Schutt and Diane Williams, there’s something for every kind of reader.
Hidden between an apartment building and the bustling Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park is a beer garden open all throughout the year. In addition to the reading, the bar will offer $5 drafts as well as a free raffle for the featured authors’ books.