Winter Date Ideas: Top 10 Romantic Things To Do In NYC

The most joyful season is again hitting New York City with all the holiday lights, warming cocktails, even the strategically placed mistletoe. And they just lighted up the Rockefeller Christmas tree!

Can’t deny, New York City in the winter is definitely one of the most romantic places on earth. Here’s a short list of couple’s getaway activities to give you and your partner a variety of romantic ideas for this winter trip into the City.

Wollman Rink In Central Park

Wollman Rink in Central Park, with Manhattan buildings around


Wollman Rink is located in the southeast corner of Central Park. The rink, without a doubt, has one of the best views of the city. The rink is a little smaller, but prices are cheaper than other rinks for entry and skate rentals. If you’re looking for romance, this is the pick!

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center with Christmas decoration


You can’t miss out the iconic Rockefeller Center in New York City–whether it’s in winter or not. The annual Christmas decoration has never let anyone down. Besides the Christmas tree, Rockefeller Center ice skating should also be added to your to-do list with your partners.

Walk Around Central Park

Central Park, New York City early morning at sunrise in winter snow storm


If the cold doesn’t turn you away, Central Park is perennially one of the most romantic places in New York. And when it’s covered with fresh snow, it becomes a winter wonderland! With bridges, fountains, and scenic paths popping up around every bend, you and your loved ones can dedicate as much time as you want to see the sights.

Christmas Lights At Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights in South Brooklyn during Christmas


Dyker Heights is now most famous about their Christmas lights and decorations erected by its residents every year. It has been called “Con Ed’s warmest heartthrob,” the “undisputed capital of Christmas pageantry,” and the “king of the Christmas lights.” Definitely worth going with your loved ones and take a bunch of super festive pictures!

Bryant Park Winter Market

Bryant Park in Christmas time


Wanna get some unique shopping experiences in NYC? Bryant Park is one of the most recommended options for you. The holiday markets trade in treats, trinkets and cheer now through the end of the year. Besides, the park gets its own Christmas tree 🙂

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square holiday market during Christmas time


Another marketplace recommended to you and your partners. The Union Square holiday market is filled with more than 100 red-and-white booths during this time of the year. You’ll find plenty of affordable, quality items, as well as coupons for local businesses at the information booth. And your wallet will thank you.

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklun Bridge at night time with all the lights on


There are many iconic New York landmarks that everyone should experience and Brooklyn Bridge is undeniably one of them–and my personal favorite one! It’s the one landmark you can find both tourists and locals alike enjoying a beautiful day. This walk is one of the best things for couples in NYC.

Dinner Or Cocktail Time

Romantic dinner with wine


Sometimes romance is as simple as sticking to the classic, and there’s no more classic NYC date than dinner at one of many romantic restaurants in New York since the city never runs out of good food and drinks. Plus, a lot of restaurants have dinner and theater deals, so talk to your hotel concierge about what kinds of reservations you can book to make sure you get to your show on time.

Explore The Hudon Valley

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NYC is great, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay your whole time! One of the most romantic things to do in NYC is to explore the surrounding area. The Hudson Valley is a beautiful region of the U.S. It’s filled with wonderful B&Bs, apple picking, museums and farm to table restaurants.

The Empire State Building Rooftop

View of Manhattan from the Empire State Building


The 1993 movie “Sleepless in Seattle” solidified the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building as one of the most romantic places in NYC. It’s also been labeled numerous times in the press as one of the best locations in the city to propose!

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