When Harry met Sally, New York provided the ultimate backdrop to their love story. Whether your love story is only just beginning, or has enough chapters to write an epic novel, New York sightseeing activities make some of the most romantic ideas for dates.
New York Sightseeing Date Idea #1: Central Park Gourmet
Central Park is a favorite spot for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the sprawling 843 acres of parklands means that there a quiet spot to be found for every romantic couple. A gourmet picnic full of fresh breads, cheeses, and wine is the perfect accompaniment to watching the world go by. If you can’t tell your brie from your camembert, many cafes and specialist companies these days will pack a gourmet picnic hamper and deliver it to you — leaving you more time to concentrate on your loved one.
If you fancy some midsummer night’s dreaming, the Delacorte Theater at Central Park runs productions of Shakespeare during the summer. An evening of theater in the park makes for an entertaining and theatrical romantic date.
New York Sightseeing Date Idea #2: Empire State Building
One of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, the Empire State Building has played host to many a romance both on and off the silver screen. From the observation deck on the 86th floor, the views of Manhattan and the harbor are spectacular. For a small fee, telescopes can be hired for a sharper perspective on New York sightseeing. If you do happen to get carried away by the romance of it all and ask your date to marry you, you can enter the yearly Valentines Day competition to be one of 14 couples to have the ultimate marriage ceremony on the observation deck.
New York Sightseeing Date Idea #3: A View From The Top
One of the best and most romantic ways of New York sightseeing is climb to even loftier heights than the Empire State Building observation deck. Charter a private helicopter ride for two and take in all of the sites of the city — uptown to downtown in just minutes. Take a magical flight over the harbor, past the famous Statue of Liberty, and up to the Brooklyn Bridge. Most New York city tours companies that organize helicopter charters will also include a bottle of champagne to make the trip even more special.
New York Sightseeing Date Idea #4: Museums & Models
For more intellectually stimulating things to do in New York City, take the opportunity to visit one of the city’s many museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is by far the most well known of museums in New York. With more than 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space, the Met (as it’s commonly known) could take fill an entire day. Free volunteer-run tours that showcase the highlights of the permanent and temporary collections are a more time efficient way to see the main attractions.
For a bit of lighthearted fun, a couple of hours spent exploring Madame Tussauds New York makes for an entertaining date. The museum showcases wax models of amazingly life-like resemblance to some of the world’s most famous people. Models are organized into interactive exhibits such as a VIP party with Paris Hilton, or a green-screen experience of Metropolis.