10 Most Romantic Things To Do in New York City for Couples

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Anda Galffy is an award-winning travel writer and the voice behind Travel Notes & Beyond.
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When it comes to romantic getaways, New York is always a good idea. With its gorgeous skyline and amazing views, beautiful parks and incredibly romantic restaurants, you can’t go wrong with the Big Apple. But where should you start in a city that has thousands of restaurants and cafés, hundreds of museums, countless historical landmarks, and tons of attractions on every corner? 

Planning a romantic getaway in New York may feel overwhelming. So, if you are having trouble deciding what to choose, let me give you a few ideas about the most romantic things to do in New York. 

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1. Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Through Central Park

Carriage driver waiting - Central Park, NYC
Carriage driver waiting - Central Park, NYC

Horse-drawn carriages are really romantic. They are reminiscent of a bygone era, when New Yorkers got around on horseback or by means of horse-drawn carriages. Today it’s hard to imagine a world without cars, buses, and trucks, which makes horse-drawn carriages even more nostalgic. 

Hiring a carriage is a charming and romantic way to experience the beauty of New York’s Central Park. You can find them lined up year-round at the following pickup zones:

  • Grand Army Plaza: center lane at the entrance on Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street
  • Sixth Avenue: within the park entrance north of Central Park South
  • Seventh Avenue Entrance: the east curb, about 20 feet from Central Park South

Prices can be high depending on the company you hire and the length of your trip, but booking your tour online is a good way to find the best price for the experience you want.

2. Climb into the Crown of the Statue of Liberty

Cruise view on the Statue of Liberty, NYC
Statue of Liberty

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a rewarding experience that you should try at least once in your lifetime — not least because the ferry ride there or back can be pretty romantic if you time it with the sunset light — as well as a history lesson about the city. A symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. 

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, just a short ferry ride from America’s most famous immigration center on Ellis Island. To visit both islands, book tickets in advance for the ferry which departs daily from The Battery at Manhattan’s southern tip and includes access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. You’ll be up close and personal with Lady Liberty, but if you want to hop up on her pedestal, you need to book a ticket directly that includes entry to the statue.

3. Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

One of the most romantic things to do in NYC is walk across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. This is one of New York’s most beloved landmarks, and each step of its 1.1-mile length offers spectacular views and romantic photo ops. Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has an old and interesting history that dates back to the late 1800s. Initially built to ease the commute of Brooklynites to Manhattan, it’s now one of the city’s most popular attractions, combining history with spectacular views and a chance to visit one of New York’s most hip boroughs. If you want to make the most of your time exploring it, check out a bike tour that will take you across the bridge to explore the neighborhood.

4. Catch a Broadway show

Broadway, NYC
Broadway, NYC

Nowhere in the world is more famous for theater than Broadway, and theater entertainment remains one of the most popular attractions in NYC. So, if you are looking for a fun, romantic night out in New York with your partner, look no further.There are over 40 Broadway theaters in Manhattan and a wide variety of shows to choose from. 

5. Relax at the AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths, NYC
AIRE Ancient Baths, NYC

I can’t think of a more romantic thing to do in New York as a couple than have a mineral bath treatment and a massage together. AIRE Ancient Baths on 88 Franklin Street is one of the city’s best kept secrets. It’s difficult to discover this place on your own, unless a local tells you about it. 

Hidden in an industrial building from the turn of the 20th century, AIRE is an upscale place without an attitude, so you can pamper yourself and completely relax. Prices start at $125 per person, but there are plenty of more luxurious couples options to choose from if your budget allows.

6. Row a boat in Central Park

Boat Riding in Central Park

A retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle for many New Yorkers, Central Park is a green oasis right in the middle of Manhattan. Depending on the time of year you visit New York, you could spend a romantic afternoon boating on the lake in Central Park. 

From May to September, between 10:00 AM and dusk, you can rent row boats and gondolas at the Loeb Boathouse. You can have a picnic on the boat, get a closer view of the water fowl that are harder to see from the shore, or simply rest under a willow tree.

7. Admire Manhattan from atop the Empire State Building

Empire State Building, NYC
Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a great place to see the sunset over Manhattan, or simply admire the city from above. 

There are two observation decks at the Empire State Building: one on the 86th floor and one on the 102nd floor. Tickets to the 102nd floor Top Deck are more expensive than tickets to the 86th floor observation deck.

The Empire State Building is located on Fifth Ave between 33rd and 34th Streets. You can purchase your tickets either online or on the spot at the ticket booth. Tickets purchased online are valid for one year, but those purchased at the booth are valid only for 14 days.

8. Walk around The Battery

The Battery, formerly and commonly known as Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan is famous for its amazing waterfront views across the Hudson River to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Jersey City. Named for the old cannons (batteries) that once defended the city, The Battery is a relaxing place where people come to enjoy some fresh, salty air.

If you’re visiting the Statue of Liberty, the ferry leaves from here, so spend some time before or after. If you’re staying on dry land, it’s the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and is an especially romantic spot to watch the sunset.

9. Get your music fix at Carnegie Hall

Live show - Carnegie Hall, NYC
Live show - Carnegie Hall, NYC

Attending a concert at Carnegie Hall is not only very romantic, but it’s one of the most uplifting experiences you can have in New York. People come from all over the world to see this famous concert hall.

Since its inauguration in 1891, anyone who’s anyone in the world of music has performed at this prestigious venue, from the world’s most famous composers like Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, or Mahler, to celebrities like Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, and The Beatles. 

Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue, two blocks from Central Park, in Midtown Manhattan. You can buy concert tickets online at carnegiehall.org, or in person at the box office.

10. Discover the abandoned City Hall station

Hidden under City Hall lies one of the most beautiful but forgotten subway stations in the world. It’s hard to believe that such elaborate tile designs, ornately arched ceilings, and elegant chandeliers were created for a mere subway station, but in 1904, City Hall station was the jewel of the NY subway system. But its glory days were short — in 1945, the station was closed because its platform was too short for the modern trains. 

The station lay abandoned for decades and trying to access it was illegal, and it became a magnet for filmmakers, copied for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and appearing in the first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” among others. Today the New York Transit Museum offers guided tour of the old subway station for $50 a ticket. The catch? You must become a member of the museum to be able to purchase tickets, which costs from $40 per year.  

TIP: You can partially see the abandoned station for free by taking the subway and staying on board the downtown-bound 6 train past the last stop, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, as it makes a U-turn through the old City Hall station to travel back uptown. Pretend you didn’t hear the conductor announce the last stop and stay on, getting close to the window on the right to see the empty station as you pass through it.

Anda from TravelNotesandBeyond
Anda Galffy is an award-winning travel writer and the voice behind Travel Notes & Beyond. She also does freelance writing for online travel magazines and other publications. You can read more of her articles, such as How to spend 4 Days in New York, on her blog

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