It can be hard to think of places to go in New York City that aren’t restaurants, bars or a movie theater. Add in the pressure of selecting the perfect place for a date, and it can be quite the struggle for a New Yorker. Try taking your date to one of the five places mentioned below, and hopefully that first date will lead into a second.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
1 FDR Four Freedoms Park
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is located on a tiny 2-mile-long stretch of land known as Roosevelt Island. This oft overlook island is actually part of Manhattan and will make a uniquely fun romantic spot for two. The park is open — free of charge — to the public, and offers free guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays. You may also surprise your date with tickets to go to one of the many events that the park offers. One fun aspect to the Franklin D. Roosevelt park is the Katchkie Farm, which features organic produce and is open on weekends between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The High Line
New York, NY 10011
The High Line, located in the Meatpacking District, is a fantastic venue for a romantic date night. There are many things to do no matter the season, such as a tour of its garden and its arrangement of fall colors or stargazing at night. Be sure to take in some of the history as well. The High Line opened to trains in 1934 and made its last train delivery in 1980s. The winter is sure to also bring some cozy events for two.
The Downtown Boathouse
Pier 26 Boathouse
Southern end of Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10019
You’ll truly have a memorable first, or fifth or 50th date by taking your partner to the Downtown Boathouse. The Downtown Boathouse is run exclusively by volunteers and seeks to provide access to New York City’s harbor to all. Try out one of their free kayaking trips or classes for an adventurous date idea. Do note that Downtown Boathouse is in the process of moving locations, so a few events and trips may not be available.
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Touring the halls of the nation’s largest art museum might just be the best way to spend a date night. It’s open seven days a week and hosts some of the best works of art in the world. Furthermore, there’s something for all tastes. At the end of your date, be sure to grab a bite in one of the Met’s several dining options, which range from upscale to casual.
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306
Head out to Staten Island for a taste of living history right in New York City. If you and your date really are looking for a unique date experience, then a step back into the 17th Century is quite the way to do it. The Historic Richmond Town provides the opportunity for guests to explore American history from the colonial times to the present. For more information, pricing and special events, please visit the website.
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Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She’d say she’s just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.