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.
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.
Milk and Cookies is almost too cute! But don’t worry. Its still delicious. This off the beaten path bakery is right in the West Village and sure to make your date go AHHHH. Did I mention this place is cute? They are making cookies throughout the day so they are sure to be fresh. Bakery Website
Dip some cookies in your milk as you and your date enjoy the adorable ambiance. You’ll be glad you came to this cute cookie shop and your date will be impressed with your knowledge of obscure delicious bakeries.
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.
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