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.
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.
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 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!
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.