Fun Things for Couples to Do in NYC
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A Full Day of Fun Things for Couples to Do in NYC

New York City is one of the most romantic places in the world. With scenic city views and never-ending things to do, it’s a lovely destination for two.

Although the city has a reputation for being expensive, couples on a tight budget can find many cheap, romantic things to do around the city. And, getting around the city is pretty easy and affordable. Here are some fun things for couples to do in NYC that will allow you and your significant other to experience New York City at its best.

Pancakes topped with fruit and syrup
Eat up! You’ve got a full day of exploring ahead of you.

Breakfast

Catch a great breakfast at Sarabeth’s near Central Park. Depending on where your NYC hotel is located, you may need to catch a cab or ride the subway to this side of Manhattan. Sarabeth’s offers a variety of delicious dishes highlighting warm pastries and muffins, massive omelets, and fluffy french toast and pancakes. The meals are huge, but if you’re not too full when you leave, sample something from the bakery. Located at 40 Central Park South, Sarabeth’s is just steps from Central Park and an easy walk from the Historic Plaza Hotel, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Central Park view through the buildings
With hundreds of acres to explore, you and your significant other can spend a whole day at Central Park.

Morning

Since you started your day next to Central Park, it’s time to enjoy all the 843-acre paradise has to offer. Central Park provides those looking for fun things for couples to do in NYC with an escape from the concrete jungle.

Stroll the lush winding paths, past sprawling manicured lawns, acres of grasslands and magnificent woodlands. While there, take a relaxing time-out and rent a rowboat for $15 an hour at the Loeb Boathouse. What’s more romantic than a boat for two in the middle of the park?

Depending on when you visit, you may be able to catch a free festival or event at the park, too!

Another romantic option is to embark on a guided tour of Central Park. Along the way, you’ll marvel at historical landmarks such as the Conservatory Garden, Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, and Belvedere Castle. You’ll also see places throughout the park made famous by Hollywood movies.

Loab Boathouse in Central Park view from the pond
Photo Credit: The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park / Facebook

Lunch

With its scenic view, the Boathouse Café is a popular romantic restaurant set on a huge lake in the middle of Central Park. You’ll enjoy a fabulous lunch with your significant other in a relaxed atmosphere while watching visitor’s row boats around the lake. The crab cakes are excellent, as are the pasta dishes and salads. On a beautiful summer day, you’ll want to sit on the terrace overlooking the lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of the park.

Patrons viewing Starry Night at the MoMA
Walk hand-in-hand through iconic museums such as the MoMA.

Afternoon

After a morning at the park, get ready to do some learning! Spend your afternoon museum-hopping throughout Manhattan. Since you’re right next to the Museum of Modern Art, why not go inside? Other nearby museums include:

Although, if you’d rather escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, grab your pass for a New York Harbor Sightseeing Cruise. Onboard these cruises, you’ll sail around the NYC harbor for excellent views of historic and monumental landmarks. However, since you’ll be over on the Upper East or West Side of Central Park, you’ll need to hail a taxi to Chelsea Piers to hop aboard a sightseeing cruise. Remember to budget enough money for transportation for the day!

A couple inside a restaurant holding hands across the table
Grab a bite to eat at any of NYC’s restaurants before seeing a Broadway show with your loved one.

Dinner

If you chose to stroll through museums in the afternoon and are looking for a romantic evening out, take a New York City dinner cruise. After a delicious gourmet meal, you and your significant other can dance the night away while taking in some amazing skyline views.

Or you may prefer a more relaxed romantic option such as dinner and a show. After all, what article about all the fun things for couples to do in NYC would be complete without suggesting a Broadway show? From classics such as Phantom of the Opera to newcomers like Head Over Heels, you’ll be blown away by the shows in NYC. Take a look at our recommendations on where to eat before a Broadway show for excellent suggestions. Of course, be sure to reserve a table in advance!

Empire State Building lit up at night surrounded by NYC skyscrapers
The views from Empire State Building are not only stunning, they’re romantic, too!

After Dark

There’s no better place to see the city that never sleeps than from atop its tallest landmark—the Empire State Building. It’s the most famous building in the city, and the view from its 86th-floor observatory (1,050 feet above street level) is spectacular. In fact, this soaring masterpiece is so romantic with its astonishing views from the top, that many couples take their marriage vows here every year.

If you and your significant other have an appetite for adventure, take a breathtaking New York Helicopter tour at night. When it comes to gorgeous scenery, nothing beats the sensational views of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge at night.

Or, if you’re exhausted after a night on the town, just strolling around the city is one of the most fun things for couples to do in NYC. What’s more romantic than walking around the city, hand-in-hand, under the night sky?

NYC skyline during the day
Plan your NYC couples getaway today.

Book Your Couples Getaway to NYC

Of course, there are far too many fun things for couples to do in NYC in one day. Instead of a short 24 hours, why not make it a 3-day vacation? You’ll have plenty of time to explore the different boroughs, see the historic landmarks, and more. Once you’ve planned our your NYC getaway, don’t forget to pack the essentials such as comfy walking shoes (you’ll need them!)

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