17 Most Romantic Things To Do for Honeymoon in New York City
Bejal aka Be, is an award-winning travel and lifestyle digital content creator with a passion for sustainability and experiential travel. She has travelled to over 60 countries over the past 15 years – but NYC is one of her absolute favourite places in the world.
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New York City is the perfect honeymoon destination for those who’d rather immerse themselves in a city that literally never sleeps, with all it has to offer, than lie on a remote beach.
If you’re the kind of couple that love a panorama that’s reminiscent of the movies, a skyscraper backdrop sprinkled with outdoor green spaces, artwork, walking tours, and a plethora of exciting things to do and see, the Big Apple is going to be one hell of a memorable honeymoon destination for you.
Your time in the city should start with choosing to arrive in style, checking into one of the many boutique hotels, an itinerary full of delicious restaurants and picturesque rooftops to sip some bubbles, and knockout experiences that will have you in complete awe of the Empire State.
When it comes to the most important things to do in New York City, you will be utterly spoiled for choice. A honeymoon doesn’t have to be filled with lots of romantic, starry-eyed lover experiences, there is plenty to keep you entertained, from a whole host of private, once-in-a-lifetime moments to outdoor activities, cruises, foodie spots, and a fine measure of awe-inspiring views.
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Best Time to Visit New York City
New York is a year-round destination, and each season brings with it a different landscape with things to do. If you fancy being out and about for the majority of your trip, the best times to visit are spring and fall. The city is at its most alive in summer, but the heat can sometimes be stifling, while the cold in winter can bite — although there are few scenes as romantic as Central Park in the snow.
Be-lavie Honeymoon Planning Top Tips
Before launching into things that NYC has to offer for honeymooners, here are some tips that you may want to consider for a smooth and stress-free honeymoon, maybe even impressing your partner with your planning skills in the process.
- Make a loose itinerary of experiences you’d like to partake in and mix this with rest days and or less strenuous activities
- Book as many experiences as possible ahead. The last thing you want to do is discover that there is no availability on your chosen day because you didn’t plan ahead.
- Skip-the-line tickets are worth their weight in gold.
- Choose experiences that shouldn’t be affected too much by the weather at that time of year, but always leave some room to be flexible if the skies take a turn for the worst.
- If you know what experiences are a must for you, why not incorporate them into your wedding gift list? It will surely feel more special and memorable if you knew a close friend paid for a once-in-a-lifetime activity.
- Book a varied list of activities from private experiences to small group tours to help keep costs manageable. New York is like any other big city; the costs can rack up pretty fast. Splash out on your most favorite things!
- Although private tours can be a little more costly, it’s worth considering that guides can tailor these to your individual needs, therefore offering a more enjoyable and relevant experience.
The Best Things to do in New York City on Your Honeymoon
Luxury Experiences $$$
Start your time in the Big Apple by arriving in style with a one-way or return luxury airport transfer service and allow an experienced driver to bring you to your hotel in the city safely and smoothly. There will be plenty of opportunities during your trip to flag down an iconic yellow cab!
To get your orientation and see the major sites of the city, why not hire a private photographer at your disposal for three hours? Familiarize yourself with the city and its landmarks whilst your personal photographer snaps candid shots of your time in the city, so you can ditch the selfie stick safe in the knowledge you’ll have the perfect honeymoon snaps to share when you return home.
Fancy an aerial view of the city? No problem, opt for the caviar of experiences with a private helicopter flight. See all of Manhattan, the Hudson River, and not forgetting Lady Liberty, all from an angle only few have experienced.
Early birds, be amongst the first group of people to see the wonderful views from the Empire State building at Sunrise. Watch the city wake up from the 86th floor of its most famous skyscraper as you spot other landmarks, like the gleaming Art Deco lines of the Chrysler Building.
Food lovers? There’s a variety of private tours to keep you fueled and educated on what the city’s foodie scene has to offer. How about a Greenwich village food crawl or even a 3 hours pizza and brewery walking tour? A private tour means your foodie needs and wants can be catered for specifically, leaving you to enjoy the best flavors and take in your surroundings with a knowledgeable guide.
Mid-range Experiences $$
Plenty of affordable experiences await when you choose small group tours over private ones. If you’d love some time on the water, a great start to the day is a brunch cruise, or there is also the choice of cruising at lunch or dinner. Or maybe your cruise requires some fizz… in this case what better combination than a one focused on champagne and cheese pairing?
You may have walked in central park but, a romantic horse and carriage ride may elevate the experience, especially when you crack open the bubbly that’s included, as well as a selection of photos included to mark the occasion!
A great eco-friendly activity is to walk the High Line, a 1.45-mile long linear park built on a historic freight line. Admire the interesting artworks and views from this elevated walkway. Once you get to the end, explore The Vessel — one of New York’s newest landmarks — and take in the views via its 154 flights of interconnecting stairs.
After a day of walking and exploring, what better way than to end the evening with a bang on Broadway. Grab tickets in advance to see one of the spectacular shows at its 40 theaters, like the glamorous Moulin Rouge musical.
Value for Money Experiences $
The best way to explore New York City is by foot, and booking a private walking tour of Manhattan is a great way to get your bearings when you first arrive in the city.
For the keen gardeners and horticulturalists, share some time in one of the city’s most impressive green spaces with an All-Garden Pass Ticket for the New York Botanical Gardens.
One of the best street art initiatives in the world, The Bushwick Collective is a must visit in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This guided street art tour gives an insight into some of the most incredible murals in NYC, contemporary urban artists, their lifestyle, and the styles and techniques they use. An experience that will make your trip one to remember.
No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to see Lady Liberty up close and personal. Cruise around 100 feet away from her on a Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island sunset cruise, watching the sun set behind the statue with incredible golden hour views of the Manhattan skyline.
You’re sure to want to see one of the most famous views in New York City from Top of The Rock observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Center. It boasts probably the best view of the Empire State building. Opt for a New York CityPASS which allows you to save up to 40 percent and see six of the top attractions in the city, with Top of the Rock being one of those.
Summary of Experiences at a Glance
Be-lavie Tip: This could also help your wedding guests with choosing what experiences they’d like to gift you in advance, or help you create your wedding experience gift list.
New York Airports Luxury Arrival or Departure Transfer $$$
Private 3-Hour NYC Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer $$$
Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise $$
Private Helicopter Tour for Couples $$$
Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise $$
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise $
Romantic Central Park Carriage Ride $$
Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket $$$
Greenwich Village Food Crawl - Private $$$
High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour $$
Brooklyn Street Art Walking Tour $
Brooklyn 3-Hour Private Pizza and Brewery Walking Tour Private $$$
Moulin Rouge The Musical Broadway Tickets $$
Top of the Rock $$
New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour $$
New York Botanical Garden: All-Garden Pass Ticket $
Private Manhattan walking tour with Pick-up (if required) $
New York City Honeymoon Round Up
New York City is a fab destination for honeymoons, either as a location on its own or combined with a multi stop trip. The city has lots of experiences to suit all tastes as well as budgets and most definitely puts the ‘special’ into a honeymoon trip. Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment, especially on must-do activities, and be flexible — we can’t predict weather at the end of the day. To get the best out of your trip, mix up your days with rest (it is your honeymoon) as well as sightseeing and make an obscene amount of memories.
Bejal aka Be, is an award-winning travel and lifestyle digital content creator with a passion for sustainability and experiential travel. She has travelled to over 60 countries over the past 15 years – but NYC is one of her absolute favourite places in the world. Be’s travel style is very adventurous and with a priority to explore locales through the people, culture, food and social responsibility projects.
Be lives in Leicester, UK where in her spare time you’ll find her scoping out the local street art scene or sipping on a coffee at her favourite independent cafes. She is also always on the hunt for inventive vegetarian fine dining cuisine.
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