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The most romantic things to do in NYC

Impress your special someone with the most romantic things to do in NYC

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

New York City might be one of the most romantic places in the world. With a gorgeous skyline and amazing views, beautiful parks for strolling, luxurious spa hotels and of course incredibly romantic restaurants, there are a million ways to woo your sweetheart in the city. If you’re having trouble deciding what to do for your next rendezvous, here are the most romantic things to do in NYC.

From straightforward date ideas to one-of-a-kind NYC experiences, these romantic things to do are sure to stoke the flames of love. Before you know it, you and your significant other will be off on a whirlwind love tour filled with couples massages, couples cooking classes and romantic getaways. Get that warm and fuzzy feeling as sparks fly, and you’ll be singing love songs out loud. For more specific advice on where to take your boo, check out our lists of unique date ideas and cheap date ideas.

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Romantic things to do in NYC

  • Things to do
  • Queens

Get gussied up in your fab 1960s duds and head over to the new TWA Hotel at JFK to step into a Mad Men-esque atmosphere. The interior of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 building exudes 60s chic with 512 guest rooms that offer views of JFK’s runways, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a rooftop jacuzzi and an observation deck. Over the next few months, bar adjacent to the jacuzzi will be a "Runway Chalet," a 1960s après ski-themed winter hideaway that’s both heated and tented. This unique stay puts a fun spin on a weekend away with your S.O.

  • Things to do
  • Greenpoint

Wind down at William Vale’s relaunched Winter Spa that’s as cozy—and pampering— as it sounds. With TerraGlamping’s Hudson Valley inspired tents and holistic FAR infrared technology Shape House, the hotel's 11th floor (which has prime views of the NYC skyline) is where you should kick back. Ever heard of a sauna blanket? FAR infrared technology provides a deep, penetrating heat that warms the body from the inside out, to sweat it all out, reduced stress and strengthened immune health and glowing skin. Chill out while watching any show or your choosing or throwing on tunes instead.

  • Museums
  • Special interest
  • Flatiron

Pull a Marvin Gaye and prepare to get it on (or, at least, think about it) at the MoSex, which showcases tastefully erotic and downright outlandish art and artifacts. Peep the latest exhibitions and jump inside a tantalizing bounce house to shake off those date-night jitters. Don't miss Super Funland, the erotic carnival within in the museum. There you'll find a 4-D immersive "Tunnel of Love" ride, an erotic fortune-telling machine (modeled as RuPaul), a kissing booth, and a lit-up climbing structure. Make a pit stop at the gift shop, which is stocked with books, sex toys and aphrodisiac elixirs, and continue the romancing at home.

  • Sports and fitness
  • Yoga & Pilates
  • Gowanus
  • price 3 of 4

Before you lovebirds get your rocks off, spend a few hours climbing over some boulders first. At this 25,000-square-feet rock-climbing gym, you and bae can take turns playing the role of belayer (or use the auto-belay) to ascend the 22-foot-tall rock wall. Who will fall for whom first?

Take the tram to Roosevelt Island
  • Attractions
  • Public spaces
  • Roosevelt Island

Get your heart racing a bit with a lofty, three-minute ride to Roosevelt Island (and across the East River) with 360-degree views of the city before heading to the island's tree-lined esplanade. Walk along here for incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and, if you time it right, the sunset.

Ride the SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
  • Things to do
  • City Life

Take a psychedelic, three-and-a-half-minute trip while sitting inside color-changing, LED fiberglass fish and cruising to Mozart. The SeaGlass Carousel is a kitschy but romantic way to have fun before or after dinner (just make sure you've brought the kind of date who'd be down for a few go-arounds).

Stroll The Cloisters
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Washington Heights
  • price 2 of 4

Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages. Here, surrounded by the stoney architecture and perfectly landscaped gardens, it's easy to pretend you're a wistful royal on a tryst with their lover.

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