New York City is a treasure trove of breathtaking scenery and wonderment. It is no surprise that people fall in love so easily here. The city has everything one’s heart could desire - candlelit restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, museums, blooming gardens, and parks perfect for strolling hand-in-hand. The possibilities are as intoxicating as they are endless. To help you decide on how to plan for your next date, here’s a list of the ten most romantic things to do in New York City.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Every spring, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden transforms into a magical wonderland. This is when the garden’s more than 70 cherry trees reach full bloom. The enchantment can be experienced all year long though. Just wander through areas like Bluebell Wood and Shakespeare’s Garden. Take advantage of free admission on Tuesdays and on Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
- River Café
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Tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge, the River Café offers stunning views of the New York City skyline. The ambiance is charming complete with romantic piano music nightly. The cuisine is New American made using only the freshest ingredients. Couples travel here for an unforgettable dining experience in one of the city’s most exquisite restaurants.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts the cities riches cultural collections. It’s a place of discovery where you can view statues from antiquity, Impressionist paintings, and exquisite jewels all under roof. The perfect setting for a day date. Spending a day here is like traveling through time and place. Cost of tickets is pay what you wish. Suggested admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Sunset
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Running along the East River, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is an ideal place for when you desire a romantic walk, but don’t want to deal with the crowds. It might look familiar from appearances in movies like Annie Hall and Moonstruck. The best time to visit is at nightfall when sweeping views of Lower Manhattan’s skyline and the New York Harbor are at their twinkling peak.
- Bow Bridge at Central Park
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The Bow Bridge at Central Park is considered one of the most enchanted locations in film history. Designed with Classical Greek refinement, the Bow Bridge stretches across the Lake in Central Park, casting a magical reflection in the water below. It is no surprise that this spot allures lovers who want to experience the bridge’s charm firsthand.
- The High Line
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Elevated above New York City’s bustling streets on the west side, the High Line has a little bit of everything. Meander its pathway lined with wildflowers and art installations while taking in spectacular views of the Hudson River and city skyline. For a most romantic experience, grab a pastry or gelato to share en route.
- Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers the most romantic entertainment in the city. Emotions are sure to run high when taking in a night at the ballet, opera, or philharmonic. For a more casual and budget-friendly affair, come to watch the Revson Fountain, which lights with dazzling water shows throughout the evening.
- The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park
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The scene at the Loeb Boathouse at Central Park is a bit like Renoir’s famous painting Luncheon of the Boathouse Party. Pass a romantic, leisurely afternoon at the outside bar, which overlooks the Lake at Central Park. Sit back with a cocktail and take in all the luscious greenery while watching boaters paddle by.
- Empire State Building
One of New York City’s most magnetic sites, the Empire State Building is a must do for those in love (or in search of it). Head to the building’s Observatory Deck for a sweeping 360-degree view of Manhattan. This is where the most romantic scene in Sleepless in Seattle took place. The best time to visit is at sunset when the sky’s light starts a dramatic metamorphosis of color.
- Carriage Ride in Central Park
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A carriage ride through Central Park is one of the most romantic ways to experience New York City. Offered all year round, horse-drawn carriages can be found lined up along Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues. This means you can cuddle up on a holiday ride in December or relax on a late summer outing. It’s the best way to sit back and view Central Park’s magical beauty and splendor.
Ask anyone who has ever visited and they will say that New York City touched their heart in some way. There’s an impossible amount of ways to experience the city’s alluring charm. It can seem overwhelming at times. But by keeping this list of romantic things to do in New York City on hand, planning your next date will be a breeze.