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The best spring date ideas in NYC

Warm weather has finally arrived! Make the most of it with our list of the best spring date ideas in NYC.

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When the sun peeks through the clouds and the temperatures finally climb above freezing, it’s time to call up your sweetie and bust out our list of spring date ideas in NYC. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to help you make the most of a sunny day, and even a few cheap things to do—although your date won’t realize how little you really spent. Some of these ideas might even take you off the beaten path to a neighborhood you’ve never visited before. Here’s hoping all goes well and you end up at one of the most romantic bars in NYC for a nightcap!

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Spring date ideas in NYC

Sail around the harbor

Sail around the harbor

Everybody look at me ‘cuz I’m sailing on a boat! You’ll want to channel The Lonely Island on this boozy cruise around New York Harbor. Board the historic Shearwater at North Cove Marina, then sit back and relax as the crew eases you out to sea for picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island. Add in the complimentary wine tasting and a charcuterie board, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect afternoon. $97.31 per person

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Challenge yourselves to a blind wine tasting

Challenge yourselves to a blind wine tasting

The couple that drinks together, stays together, right? Get your buzz on in a blind wine-tasting workshop. The educator leading the class conceals the labels, so you have to rely only on your senses to identify each merlot or chardonnay. Whether you know a ton about terroir or typically stick to Two-Buck Chuck, it’s a fun and interactive way to develop your palate. $75 per person

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Peep the blooms at the New York Botanical Garden

Pay homage to season of rebirth with a trip to the New York Botanical Garden for its annual orchid show. The vibrant vanda blossoms from Thailand take center stage this year, and you might even catch a traditional Thai dance or live music performance if you time your visit right. $20 per person

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Hit up ArtExpo NYC

Hit up ArtExpo NYC

Show off your cultured side by springing for two tickets to this annual art show at Pier 94. Gallery owners, collectors, interior designers and culture vultures flock to ArtExpo in search of the most exciting and groundbreaking pieces and up-and-coming artists. It’s a far more dynamic outing than hitting up one of the typical New York City museums. $10 per person

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Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge

Whether you’re a recent transplant or a lifelong New Yorker, taking in the sweeping views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge never gets old. Rent two bikes and take your date on the most picturesque ride ever: through historic South Street Seaport, over the bridge and around verdant Brooklyn Bridge Park. End the afternoon with a spin on Jane’s Carousel. Does it get any more romantic than that? $8.17 per person 

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Tour a hydroponic farm in the Financial District

Tour a hydroponic farm in the Financial District

It’s hard to believe that Farm.One at the Institute of Culinary Education is still a part of Manhattan. ICE grows up to 30 different crops at a time in this climate-controlled indoor hydroponic farm, and you’ll get the chance to taste everything from rare herbs to heirloom tomatoes as you stroll through the facilities. The tour also includes drinks and a gift box bursting with farm-fresh produce. Why not make a night of it and cook a lovely dinner for your date using those newfound ingredients? $50 per person

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Row, row, row your boat in Central Park

It’s no wonder why the lake has been one of the most popular landmarks in Central Park since the 1860s: Paddling around it is hands down the most scenic way to experience this urban oasis. Row until your arms get tired, then pop into the nearby Loeb Boathouse for some refreshments. Your ticket also includes a bike rental to help you explore even more of the park. $53.34 per person

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Try your hand at street art

Try your hand at street art

Talk about memorable: Your date won’t be able to stop talking about the time you two spray painted a New York City wall together. Book a graffiti lesson with a local muralist to create your very own aerosol art. Need some inspiration? You’ll also tour some of Brooklyn’s best-known examples of street art before you start your masterpiece. $30 per person

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Create your own miniature terrarium

Let’s be real: Creating an urban garden on your fire escape probably isn’t realistic, let alone legal. Instead, put your green thumb to use in a DIY terrarium class at Luludi Living Art. You’ll have to work together to create a miniature landscape you both love, and there’s something a little sexy about working with your hands. $110 per couple

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Indulge in a luxurious couples massage

Indulge in a luxurious couples massage

If you’ve been dating your special someone for a while, kick the romance factor up a notch with a luxurious couples massage. You’ll be pampered with either a deep tissue or aromatherapy massage, plus a glass of wine to help you relax. It’s the ultimate treat for a special occasion. $105 for a 60-minute couples massage

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