The candlelit dinner, the traditional long-stemmed roses, the lacy lingerie: it’s all so expected. This Valentine’s Day, surprise and delight your date with one of these sexy—and a little bit scandalous—activities. There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in NYC, from titillating museum exhibitions to Valentine’s Day concerts to couples’ cooking classes. Whether you have a soft spot for grand romantic gestures or want to have a little fun with this greeting card holiday, there’s something on this list for every type of date. Move over, Carrie Bradshaw—her version of Sex and the City just can't compare to yours.
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Sexy Valentine’s Day ideas
It’s time for some adult education. Head to the Museum of Sex to boost your knowledge of all things X-rated, including antique sex toys, the sex lives of animals and erotic art. After you’ve fulfilled your sex ed requirement, head to the museum’s “Night Fever” exhibit for retro ‘70s cocktails and boob-shaped jello shots. $20
Paint in the Dark: Body-Painting Workshop for Couples
Body painting tickles the senses: The wet paintbrush tracing designs all over the body brings awareness to the skin, while the glow-in-the-dark patterns you create dazzle the eyes. Add your lover into the equation and this body painting workshop becomes even more titillating. $199 per couple
If you’d rather watch than participate, take someone special to this burlesque show and admire all the lovely ladies together. Shelly the Singing Siren Watson plays host to a whole flock of foxy performers including Peekaboo Pointe, Portia Control and Gigi Bonbon at this Valentine’s Day show. $30–$60
Valentine’s Day Dinner: Love Potion Number 9
The aphrodisiac-centric cooking class at Spice Social Kitchen and Table takes your Valentine’s Day date from the kitchen to the bedroom. Spend three-hours cooking a romantic meal of herb-marinated filet mignon, pan-seared shrimp with white wine sauce, garlic-roasted asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries and more, then wait and see how the aphrodisiacs affect the rest of your evening. $350 per couple
Pre-Valentine's Day Date
Pull your sweetheart close in a sensual Argentine tango class. The dance is all about finding your internal rhythm, then syncing it up with your partner’s body: an ideal principle for couples. Pick up the basic steps of this sensual ballroom dance in a two-hour lesson at Strictly Tango NYC. $90 per couple
Indulge all your most carnal instincts at this sensual feast. All the food is served on naked bodies and must be eaten with your hands. Once you’ve gorged yourself on each course, the real party begins. Watch an erotic performance with fire, hot wax and ropes, join the cuddle puddle or sneak off into the private dungeon for some one-on-one time. $45–$175
It’s the gift that keeps on giving: The sensual massage techniques you’ll learn in this instructional class have the potential to spice up your love life for years to come. This body-positive class encourages nudity, but you can opt to keep your skivvies on if you don’t feel comfortable baring it all. Shell out a little extra for the elite package, which includes a bonus session on sensation play and a bottle of massage oil to take home. $45–$70
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