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
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
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.
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
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.
Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10452 (718) 293-6000
Citi 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.