Eight Romantic (and Affordable) Adventures in New York City
The warm weather that goes hand in hand with summer makes for ample opportunity to plan some smokin’ dates. Here are a few great outdoor ideas sure to ignite a hot new summer flame, or prevent a previous one from cooling down. Summer is short so don’t spend it holed up inside movie theatres and restaurants! Best of all most of these suggestions are totally appropriate for those budding lovers on a budget.
Take a stroll in the wild without leaving the urban jungle. The Highline is an elevated park built on a former railroad. Running through The Meatpacking District and Chelsea, this recycled railway is home to 210 species of plants and flowers. It also incorporates benches and a water-based art installation. This is a great way to take in the beauty of nature while absorbing the beauty that is the surrounding Manhattan architecture. Photo credit: Eleanor Foa Dienstag
Movie On The Waterfront
Why not merge three romantic activities into one: Sunsets + Park + Movie = Perfect date. There are several park locations around the city that will be hosting movies at sunset. Most are free which makes for an extra added bonus. Choose the most convenient location, bring a blanket and snuggle up with your sweetheart. Here are four locations to visit: Bryant Park Schedule; Brooklyn Bridge Schedule; Hudson River Schedule; Pier 1 Schedule. Photo: CTSY Rooftop Films
When the tidal wave of amour is high, go on down to Rockaway Beach. It’s cleaner, or at least less seedy, than Coney Island and its whopping 170 acres give opportunity for a more private experience. Swimming, sunbathing, surfer-watching and maybe kissing your beach baby in the sand. Photo: NYC Department of Parks & Recreaction
Concerts make for a cool date, and nothing is cooler than a free concert in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The Bandshell is hosting an array of different genres and has stockpiled a killer lineup for the summer. Check out the schedule here.
There are two ways to handle this event, either shell out a donation (which goes towards the performance art) if you don’t want to wait on line for tickets. Or, you could make a day of it! You and your date should arrive at the ticket office before 10am if you want to score tickets for that evening’s performance. Then you can spend the rest of the day up until the performance bonding in NYC’s most famous park. Photo credit of last season’s All’s Well That Ends Well: Joan Marcus
The Frying Pan is an old Coast Guard lightship that spent years under the sea in Maryland. Its now salvaged and exists as nautical bar and grill by the Chelsea Piers. And it’s much more than a floating restaurant. It’s also a playhouse and a museum of sorts. Drunkenly explore the barge and the barnacled interior of the boat for a fun and unique outing! Photo: 1970′s postcard of the ship at the Southport Maritime Museum in Southport, NC – Courtesy of Mary Strickland – Director.
Cloistered gardens and stunning architecture make this Washington Heights outdoor museum a glorious hotspot for a date. A part of the Metropolian Museum of Art, The Cloisters is home to 3,000 works of medieval art as far back as the 9th century. Educational and outdoorsy, you can also climb through Fort Tryon Park. Admission is a suggested 20 dollars.
There is free kayaking on Saturdays and Sundays at Manhattan’s Downtown Boathouse. This is a wholesome way to start a date and get in some exercise in at the same time! It’s also a great way to take in the sights of the city. After kayaking take a stroll on the nearby trail to feel romantically outdoorsy. Photo: Downtown Boathouse