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7 romantic day trips from NYC

Instead of buying the usual flowers and chocolates, take your sweetheart on one of these romantic day trips

Annalise Mantz
Written by
Annalise Mantz
&
Keith Flanagan
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What’s the most romantic thing you can say to your partner this year? It sounds something like this: Let’s get out of town. For a truly memorable celebration, skip the chocolates or flowers and surprise your significant other with one of these romantic day trips. Down to splurge? Head out of the city for a weekend-long romantic getaway in NY state or book a suite in one of the most romantic hotels in NYC. If you really have to stay local, try out one of these unique date ideas or cuddle up in one of the coziest restaurants and bars in NYC.

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Romantic day trips near NYC

Hunter Mountain
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Hunter Mountain

Just two and a half hours outside of the city, Hunter Mountain is a convenient place to get your skiing or snowboarding fix. Its 67 trails offer something for everyone: bunny hills, steep downhill runs, moguls, jumps, boxes, and rails (there’s even a nearly 1,000-foot-long snow tubing hill). To make planning your ski trip a breeze, take advantage of this deal to get transportation to and from the mountain plus your lift ticket all in one go. The Basic Package is $110 per person

What’s more romantic than civic engagement? We don’t usually recommend talking politics on a date, but you can at least admire some of the most iconic D.C. landmarks together on this tour of our nation’s capitol. Get up early to catch the 7am bus, then snooze until you arrive at Arlington National Cemetery, the first stop of the day. You’ll also hit the Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before heading back to New York City. If you book a trip for this spring, you might just be lucky enough to witness the blooming cherry blossoms! $169 per person

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Delaware River Kayaking

Some couples need a little adventure, and to that, we say: whatever floats your boat. If you’re looking for an active getaway, head upstate on this guided tour of the Delaware River via kayak. Opt for the tandem kayak if you want to stay close, and paddle together as you explore the scenic river. And, as if the scenery isn't enough, you’ll also stop by the historic Warwick Valley Winery for a proper wine tasting before heading back to the city. $159 per person

Explore New York's favorite summer getaway on this daylong tour of the Hamptons. The first stop is in Southampton, where you’ll stroll down the picturesque main street lined with gift shops and boutiques. Then, you’ll wander through Sag Harbor, where you’ll stop for lunch after admiring the yachts bobbing in the marina. There’s even enough time to make a pit stop at the outlets on the way home, in case you need to get some shopping in. $169 per person

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Gail Frederick

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Fall deeper in love while walking the streets of the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a mere 100 miles from NYC, and it’s full of history. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center and Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited street in the country. The next stop is Lancaster County, home to America’s oldest Amish settlement. Take a ride in a buggy as you learn about the Amish lifestyle: no electricity, cell phones, internet or modern conveniences of any kind. $169 per person

Storm King Art Center

A stroll through Storm King Art Center is one of the most quintessential day trips for every New Yorker, and the 500-acre outdoor museum is a perfect setting for budding romance. The rolling landscape is studded with more than 100 outdoor sculptures by the likes of Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, and Sol LeWitt. Couples can make a day of it by packing a picnic, posing for photos alongside massive artworks, and renting bikes ($30 per person for two hours) from the museum to round out the adventure. And, to make getting there a breeze, book this package for a roundtrip bus from NYC that includes admission to the museum. $52 per person

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Pollepel Island

Nothing spells romance like an abandoned castle, right? It may not be straight out of a fairytale, but the ruins of Bannerman Castle, located on the 6.5-acre Pollepel Island in the Hudson River (if you’ve ever taken Metro-North’s Hudson Line, you’ve likely seen it from your window), will still leave you both spellbound. Once a military surplus warehouse that was built to look like a Scottish castle, you can see the ruins up close by booking a 2.5-hour cruise and guided walking tour that departs from Beacon, NY. $40 per person

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