If you're planning a romantic vacation, New York City is a great place for your special escape whether it's for a proposal, a honeymoon, or a Valentine's Day getaway. If you're looking for a particularly romantic spot for a kiss or proposal, check out this list of some of New York City's most romantic spots.
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1. Central Park
From Carriage Rides in Central Park and boat rides below Bow Bridge, to Belevedere Castle and the Conservatory Garden, Central Park may just be New York City's most romantic place. Central Park is a magical place in New York City in every season, whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall.
2. Top of the Empire State Building
If you're looking for an amazing view that's sure to impress, there's nothing that beats the sights from atop the Empire State Building. On a clear day, you can see as far as 80 miles, but nighttime offers the opportunity to gaze at the glowing city below. Consider visiting in the late afternoon to get the best of both worlds.
Pretend you're Miss Holly Golightly, grab yourself a pastry and window shop outside of Tiffany's
. Or, if you're feeling bold, head inside to peruse the merchandise up close.
4. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
While it may be a bit chilly outside on Valentine's Day, when the cherry blossoms
are in bloom in April, there is no where more romantic than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Regardless of the weather, BBG
's indoor environments offer visitors a pleasant respite on even the coldest of days.
5. Brooklyn Promenade
New York City always looks more beautiful from a distance, but you don't have to go very far to get that perspective. The Brooklyn Promenade
offers visitors a spectacular view of lower Manhattan, as well as delicious nearby options, including the famed River Cafe, Grimaldi's
and Jacques Torres Chocolate Shop.
6. Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center
The Rock Center Ice Rink
will be less crowded once the holiday season has passed, but that won't diminish the romance of spending an hour or two twirling on the ice. And even if you can't skate gracefully, it gives you an excuse to hold hands so you don't fall down.
7. Metropolitan Museum of Art
From artifacts of Ancient Rome to the museum's collection of modern art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
offers you an opportunity to show off your more cultured side. If you need an escape from all the art try the Balcony Bar, overlooking the Great Hall, or from May until late Fall, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar to enjoy a drink together.
8. Hudson River Park
Spanning 5 miles from Battery Park to West 59th Street, the Hudson River Park
offers an escape from the buzzing metropolis of New York City, as well as fantastic views of the Hudson River and New Jersey.
From scenic cruises to kayaking, New York City offers a vast array of ways to take advantage of the waterfront of Manhattan. A particularly popular "cheap date" is to take the Staten Island Ferry
(it's free) from Battery Park City, which offers a great view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty
10. Lincoln Center
Even if you can't serenade your sweetie from Avery Fisher Hall, you can show off your savvy by taking a stroll by the Lincoln Center
Fountain. When it's illuminated at night, it's a sight to behold.