Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park – George Washington Monument

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!

If you get hungry walk over to Kati Roll Company for a delicious snack!

Price:  Free

Tip:  Go around sunset for some epic pictures.  Your Instagram followers will be glad you did

LOCATION:

5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.

Manhattan

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Central Park

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Central Park

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.

Central Park Website

PRICE:  Free

Location:  Central Park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West

TIP:  Combine Central park with another activity like visiting the Met Museum just a few blocks away.  Met Museum Date Idea.

Getting to Central Park
Central Park is easily accessible by subway:

1, 2, 3, B, and C trains along the west side
4, 5, 6 trains along the east side
A, B, C, D, 1, N, R, and Q trains on the south side

 

 

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge – photo to remember!!

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.

Walking Brooklyn Bridge Info

DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY:                                                                                                                          Take the 4, 5, or 6  trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Stop or the J or Z trains to Chambers St. Stop.

TIP:  Maybe you can make a goal to be in every borough together.  In that case the best way to Staten Island is Staten Island Ferry

 

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Prospect Park

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Prospect Park Lake

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

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The High Line

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The High Line – Historic High Line Park

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.

http://www.thehighline.org

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

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