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!
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
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.
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
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.