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Summer dates in New York: Dates at outdoor venues in NYC

Grab your partner and get outside with these summer dates at NYC’s best outdoor venues.

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By Sarah Rammos |

This is no time to be cooped up indoors: This season, get outside in the fresh air at some of the city’s best outdoor venues. These al fresco summer dates in New York include a trip to the recently reopened Governors Island, as well as film screenings on cool rooftop venues.


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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Sail away to Governors Island

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Catch the free ferry (from Manhattan or Brooklyn) to this retreat, which opens for the season on Saturday 26. Rent a two-wheeler—or if you’re feeling silly, a tandem cycle—from
Bike and Roll’s kiosk (prices vary), and go cruising around the island. Be sure to stop at Picnic Point, at the southern end, where you can get cozy in a hammock and enjoy the view. 212-440-2200, Sat, Sun 10am–7pm; through Sept 30.

Rooftop Films

Catch a flick at Rooftop Films

Ditch the multiplex and head to one of Rooftop Films’ alfresco screenings, which take place atop buildings and in other unusual plein air venues around the city. This year’s crop of eclectic events includes “Is It Love?” (June 22),
a series of short films that all deal with the topic of romance—albeit in quirky ways. Locations vary; visit for details. All screenings 8pm; $12.

Attractions, Parks and gardens

See the city from above on the High Line

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This park is one of the best places to escape New York’s urban jungle without actually leaving the city. A walk along the converted railway is lovely in itself, but there are plenty of other dateworthy things to do here, too: Gaze at the stars during Tuesday-evening sessions with the Amateur Astronomers Association, or enjoy a bite to eat at open-air wine bar Terroir, which focuses on local, seasonal fare. (212-206-9922,


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