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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

New York City has long been the backdrop of many Hollywood movie hits including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle and many more. With plenty of options of parks, restaurants, rooftops, and theaters, one can always find something romantic to do in the city. The city’s fun, adventurous, and electric energy makes it the perfect setting for romance, from a low key first date to a grand romantic gesture, you can do it all! And here’s a list of our top romantic things to experience in NYC:

Sunset Dinner Cruise to the Statue of Liberty

There’s nothing quite magical like watching the sun set over the bright blue waters of the New York Harbor. A sunset cruise to the Statue of Liberty offers spectacular views of the NYC skyline, the sunset and Lady Liberty herself. Our favorite pick is the all-glass, European-inspired Bateaux New York dinner cruise that offers an upscale, a la carte, three-course dinner menu accompanied by a live three-piece band and vocalist. With cocktails in hand, enjoy this memorable night as the city twinkles in anticipation of the night ahead. This is also the perfect time to take a few romantic selfies!

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is an unmistakable New York City landmark! And standing 1,050 feet above the bustling urban jungle is the Empire State Building Observatory. Ascend to the top with your loved one in hand to get some of the most stunning views of the city. Make it even more exciting by visiting Thursday – Saturday after 9PM to enjoy some live music. Head down to the Rainbow Room for some cocktails and ultra-special views of the city twinkling in the twilight.

Walk The High Line Park

The High Line Park is considered one of NYC’s hidden gems. This 1.45-mile-long outdoor park is built on an old elevated rail line located on the west side of Manhattan and it stretches from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. As you and your partner walk hand-in-hand through the park, you will get hit with breathtaking views of the city and the Hudson River. Plan your walk around sunset to score some major brownie points! Afterwards, stop for a quick bite at the Chelsea Market.

Central Park Boat Ride

Boating in Central Park is a classic romantic activity for couples living in or visiting New York City! Pack a picnic, and then head over to the Loeb Boathouse to rent a boat. The Central Park Lake spans over 22-acres and you’ll enjoy scenic views of the park, its famous birds that include egrets and herons, and nearby buildings peeking through the lush green foliage. Stop underneath the shade of a tree and enjoy your picnic. Don’t forget to row underneath Bow Bridge, one of Central Park’s beloved landmark!

Sunset stroll of Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a colossal 150-year old structure iconic to New York City. It takes about 60 minutes on average to cross the bridge, so plan to be there half an hour before sunset to enjoy the sky change colors. The views of downtown Manhattan are spectacular from the bridge and many of New York’s most famous landmarks such as One World Trade, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building in Midtown are visible from the iconic bridge. A sunset stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge is truly romantic and awe inspiring in every possible way!

Helicopter over NYC

Nothing screams romance like taking your loved one on a thrilling helicopter ride over New York City! Soar high above and experience a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the magical isle of Manhattan. Take in views of the 150-year old Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, Governors Island and Ellis Island, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, One World Trade Center and many more. All this and more of the dramatic New York City skyline are what makes this tour perfect for a romantic date!

Trip to the Niagara Falls

A quick escape to the Niagara Falls is just what the love doctor prescribed! Listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, the Niagara Falls is a beloved destination for couples. There’s plenty to do there like nature hikes through the Niagara Falls State Park, enjoy the Maid of the Mist boat ride, admire the view from the Niagara Falls Observation Deck, and even plan romantic dinner at one of the many restaurants there. And don’t forget, these beautiful, monumental, cascading falls make for jaw-dropping photo backdrops!
Whether it’s a new fling or a longtime love, New York is the perfect romantic escape!