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The 5 Best NYC Spring Date Ideas

March 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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When you’re in a city as vibrant and eclectic as New York, going on a typical ‘dinner-and-movie’ date seems like a shame. There are so many ways take advantage of your Big Apple surroundings now that warm weather is upon us. Impress your significant other with one of these five fun NYC date ideas.By Brooke Sager.

A Non-Central Park Picnic

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Think beyond the Great Lawn and head to one of NYC’s best little known parks for a picnic lunch. Grab some goods at a deli beforehand, or pack a lunch for two consisting of homemade sandwiches, chips, drinks, and of course, dessert. Making lunch yourself will not only land you extra brownie points, but it makes the outing even more budget-friendly.Set up your picnic blanket at on of these great locations—you’ll enjoy views of the waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan skyline.

Inwood Hill Park
Seaman Ave
New York, NY 10034

Breezy Point Tip
Rockaway Point Boulevard
Queens, NY 11697

Brooklyn Bridge Park
34 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-9939
brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/

The Butterfly Exhibit At The Bronx Zoo

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Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460
(718) 220-5103
bronxzoo.com/animals-and-exhibits/exhibits/butterfly-garden.aspx
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The Bronx Zoo butterfly exhibit just opened its doors for the season earlier this month. The large, lush conservatory is a must-see—it’s filled with fragrant flowers, insects and beautiful butterflies of all kinds. For only $3 a person, you and your date will be awestruck. Follow a map and try to identify the different species together. Or, you can take pictures and just amble around, basking in the lively, colorful splendor. Butterflies not your style? Check out our picks for the 5 best museums for dates in New York City.

Boating

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Take in the scenery of some of New York’s most beautiful parks from a paddleboat on a lake. While the public isn’t permitted to bring their own boats to the launch sites listed below, for between $10 and $15 an hour, you and your date can rent a paddleboat (weather permitting, of course) and take turns paddling on your leisurely row.

Prospect Park
By Ocean Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 282-7789
Note: Opens in May.

Central Park – Loeb Boathouse
Off East Drive at 74th Street
(212) 517-2233

Clove Lakes Park
1150 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 442-3600

Beer Garden

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The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington St.
New York, NY 10014
212-645-4646

The Courtyard
40-18 Queens Blvd.
Queens, NY 11104
718-729-4601

Instead of sipping on a Bud Light at your go-to bar, take your date out for a Sierra Pale Ale at an outdoor brewery. There are plenty of beer gardens in the Metro Area with impressive beer lists and delicious house brews. Plus, you can enjoy each other’s company and the warm spring air on an outdoor patio. It’s far less stuffy and much more charming than your typical watering hole. Check out our guide to the city’s best beer gardens to pick your ideal hotspot.

Baseball Game

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Take a tip from NYC's power couple and hit up a ball game on your date. (credit: Getty Images)

Yankee Stadium
1 E 161st St
Bronx, NY 10452
(718) 293-6000Citi Field
12301 Roosevelt Avenue
Queens, NY 11368-1629
(718) 478-2921

Spring season also means baseball season. Whether you’re a Yankees or Mets fan, root for your favorite New York home team at a Major League baseball game. The fun, exciting atmosphere of a baseball stadium makes for a perfect day or nighttime date. (A lot less intimidating that a one-on-one candlelight dinner, wouldn’t you say?) Even if you and your date don’t root for the same team, a little friendly rivalry is great for flirting. Check StubHub for cheap tickets. Also, check out our guide to the best bars for Yankees and Mets fans, to plan your pre and post-date activities.

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Brooke Sager is a New York City-based freelance writer. She blogs at HIHEELZ.

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