Every year, when February 14 comes around, most people ask themselves the same question: How can I make this day special? If you are spending Valentine’s Day in NYC, you’ll have plenty of options! See our favorite romantic activities below.
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Valentine’s Day is all about love! Until 2021 there was an entire statue dedicated to Love in New York. You could find it at W 55th St & 6th Ave, next to Prêt A Manger and across from Bank of America.
My tip: You can find another sculpture like it along the High Line!
29 Romantic Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in NYC
Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in New York in February. Our list below includes romantic events, restaurants, photo spots, and fun activities for couples. Whether you are looking for a unique date night, a location to propose, or a place to renew your vows, these ideas are guaranteed to help you! You will notice that some of them, especially events, are specific to Valentine’s Day whereas many others can help you with any romantic date night in New York.
Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise with Buffet DinnerCruise in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
Spend Valentine’s Day on a romantic cruise as the sun sets. Admire the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the NYC skyline with a Champagne toast or a glass of wine. Savor a buffet dinner and Valentine-inspired desserts under the moonlight.
Enjoy a Romantic DinnerAmerican Restaurant in DumboAdd to myNY added
If you are not a big fan of cruises, go for a romantic dinner in the city! As it may be difficult for you to choose the right restaurant for this special occasion, our recommendation for any special day is the restaurant, Tribeca Grill. Another upscale restaurant that offers an unobstructed 360-degree view of Manhattan is The View. For those who don’t want anything too fancy, romantic yet affordable date night at one of New York’s best rooftop bars would be another wonderful option.
My restaurant tip: When thinking about the best romantic restaurants in NYC, The River Café is the first one that comes to our minds. Why? Its breathtaking view in their newly renovated location is unparalleled! Especially at night, the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline across East River are beyond spectacular. If you want to experience a top-notch, fine dining experience in a picture-perfect setting that is decorated with fresh flowers and serves dishes well presented, then head to the River Café! The staff is extremely attentive, too!
Recommended: The Most Romantic Restaurants in NYC
Enjoy the sunset with amazing views from Summit One VanderbiltBuilding in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The New York City skyline is one of the most famous and recognizable skylines in the world. It’s a city filled with skyscrapers and tall buildings. In most recent years, it has been expanding which made way for new observation decks. The newest observation deck is located at the top of the One Vanderbilt Building and is called The Summit. This deck is the second-highest outdoor deck in NYC which follows the Edge and has been open since October 2021.
Take a romantic twilight cruiseCruise in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
New York is surrounded by two rivers, making it the perfect place for an enchanting boat ride around the city. Boarding at the approach of dusk, the two of you will set sail just in time to toast the start of your romantic evening. Depending on the cruise you decide to go for, you can enjoy finely catered food while admiring the shimmering lights of the city. Taking a cruise is, without a doubt, one of the more fun romantic things to do in NYC.
Valentine's Day Champagne Tasting CruiseCruise in ChelseaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
This romantic Valentine’s Day boat cruise in New York is definitely one of the best things you can do on this day. I love this cruise because not only the ambience aboard this 1920s style yacht is very special. You will also love the atmosphere because the crew is super friendly and it is low-capacity cruise.
What else makes this Valentine’s Day Cruise so unique? You’ll do a champagne tasting accompanied by paired cheeses and chocolates.
Go Ice-skating on Valentine's DayChristmas Market in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
See a Romantic Another romantic activity on Valentine’s Day in NYC is to go ice skating! New York’s ice skating rinks are only open for a few months a year. As there are numerous ice skating rinks out there, we recommend checking out New York’s Best Ice Rinks.
Spoiler alert: Rockefeller Center and Central Park are obviously included!
See a Romantic Broadway ShowBroadway Show in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
A musical or play on Broadway is always a good idea, but it can make your Valentine’s Day in New York extra special. Sure, there are many nice places you can spend your Valentine’s day in, but Broadway is unique to New York. To see which Broadway shows are popular right now, have a look at the Best Broadway Shows in NYC.
If you’re not sure what to pick, you can never go wrong with a Disney show.
Take Photos of the Art Installation of Love in Times SquareOther Events in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
Every year, a Valentine Heart Design Competition is held. The winner’s proposal will be displayed at Father Duffy Square in February, including Valentine’s Day.
Name a roach for your Special One at Bronx ZooOther Attraction in BronxAdd to myNY added
The Bronx Zoo has had this tradition since 2011. At the Name-a Roach program, you can still name one of the giant Madagascar cockroaches after your Valentine for a $15 donation. If you’re looking for a very special and unique Valentine’s Day event, Name-a Roach is it!For more information check their website here.
230 Fifth Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Even in winter the season is not over yet, because with radiant heaters, free blankets and warm rooftop lounges you can make yourself comfortable there even in icy temperatures. The great view will warm your heart. It gets really romantic and cozy if you reserve one of the igloos at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar for yourself. Then you can sit in a heated igloo while enjoying a breathtaking view of the skyline – how cool is that!
For more tips, check out our article on the best fall & winter rooftop bars in New York.
Spend some time at ARTECHOUSE (Immersive Art Experience)Other Art & Culture in Chelsea
Sweetheart Stroll through Central ParkPark in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Strolling through Central Park can be romantic all year round. The best thing about it? It’s completely free! Whether you’re planning on popping the question or not, definitely make sure to walk by Bow Bridge. Hopefully, you’ll be lucky enough to walk through the park when it’s covered in beautiful, picture-perfect snow.
To find the best places in Central Park, read our Ultimate Central Park Guide.
If you are looking for a guided tour check out the Sweetheart Stroll Walking Tour. Tickets are available here.
- When: Saturday, February 12 and Monday, February 14 (2 pm)
Celebrate the re-opening of Gayle’s Broadway RoseAmerican Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Gayle’s Broadway Rose features singing waiters and waitresses that will sing classic and modern Broadway hits to you while you indulge yourself in a delicious and fancy-looking milkshake.
Due to Covid 19, it had to close and is opening just in time for Valentine’s Day 2022!
Explore the skies with a private helicopter rideHelicopter Tour in Financial DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Taking a helicopter ride in New York is an amazing and unforgettable experience. It’s perfect to celebrate a special occasion, like Valentine’s Day! It’s definitely not something you do on a regular basis. The memory of a private helicopter ride over one of the world’s greatest cities will stay with you forever.
Here you will find the best helicopter tours in NYC.
Have an exciting Valentine's Day at a sporting event!Sports Tickets in Midtown ManhattanOur Highlight
Visit the at MoMa PS1Museum in Long Island CityAdd to myNY added
Check out the local art scene in the MoMa Ps1 art exhibit, featuring work from 47 local, contemporary artists. This exhibit explores art-making in New York history, the resilience of artists, and the feelings connected with art. You’ll see a huge emphasis on foreign-born artists, their work full of Egyptian, Iranian, Tunisian, Nigerian, Mexican, Argentinian, and Indian influences. There is also an abundance of Native American artists to enjoy.
My tip: Here you find the Best Art Exhibitions in New York City.
Spend the night in a romantic hotel!Hotels & Accommodations in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
The Moxy NYC Chelsea is one of my insider tips in New York, because it meets my taste exactly: it is built in factory loft style, so you can expect floor-to-ceiling windows with great room height. The view is magnificent, the staff is super nice and everything is freshly renovated. This is how a New York hotel should be!
My tip: these are my recommendations for the perfect staycation hotels in NYC!
Book a Private Walking Tour for you and your S.O.!Walking Tour in Theatre DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
If you are traveling as a family or small group and already know exactly what you want to see in New York City, then this private walking tour with Oli is a great option. Here you can let a New York guide show you the best parts of the city and sights from a local’s point of view. You can decide individually which attractions you want to see, because together with Oli you can build your perfect itinerary!
As a bonus, you can even be picked up directly from your hotel, so that the sightseeing program starts directly from your accommodation. And the best part? I personally know Oliver and can only recommend him to you: he loves New York and you will notice that 200% during your tour with him!
Take a Romantic Stroll Across the Brooklyn BridgeBuilding in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The Brooklyn Bridge is an official landmark of the city, which you should not miss even in winter. Make sure to walk across the impressive bridge and enjoy the unique view across the East River to Brooklyn in the clear winter air. And while you’re on the bridge, take a stroll to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Due to the cold wind, it can get really icy on the Brooklyn Bridge in winter. The best time to try your luck on some warming sunshine is around noon on the bridge.
Visit the Empire State BuildingBuilding in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
A very popular location not only to spend Valentine’s Day in NYC but also to propose is the iconic Empire State Building! Just imagine standing on top of the skyscraper, overlooking the rest of the city, while holding and keeping each other warm. If you want to go a step further, it may be good to know that you can also marry or renew your vows on the Empire State Building!
Every year, 14 lucky couples will be chosen as part of the annual Valentine’s Day Weddings Contest. In order to win you will need to submit your love story via ESB’s official Facebook Page.
The Empire State Building will also be featuring a red dynamic Heartbeat Lighting in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Join a cooking classOther Restaurants in Financial DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Instead of just wining and dining at a restaurant, isn’t it much more fun to prepare the meal yourself? At our beloved Eataly, you two will learn to cook an authentic Italian specialty from scratch. You’ll have the chance to work as a team while learning from a master chef. As a reward, you will indulge in your well-deserved dinner together! It’s a fun couples thing to do in NYC, regardless of your cooking skills. Hopefully, you can copy the recipe at home and impress your future guests! Check out their offers below.
Check out their website for the next available dates here.
It's Restaurant Week in New York!Other Events in Midtown Manhattan
Order Your Valentine's Day Pizza Love KitItalian Restaurant in DumboAdd to myNY added
Fornino has won several awards as the best pizza in New York. They have 3 different locations in Brooklyn: in Greenpoint (849 Manhattan Ave.), at Time Out Market, and in the summer at Pier 6 in DUMBO. For Valentine’s Day, they have a very special pizza to offer: it comes in a heart shape! The Valentine’s Day Pizza Love Kit consists of several courses and a wine. You can order it online here.
Raise your heartbeat on a ride on the Roosevelt Island TramwayOther Tours in Midtown Manhattan
Spice up your life with a visit of the Museum of Sex!Museum in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
The Museum of Sex is filled with pieces describing the history, culture and acceptance of sex. With a large shop downstairs this museum is a fun and different way to spend an afternoon in NYC.
My budget tip: the ticket for the Museum of Sex is included in many sightseeing passes of NYC!
Let loose at a comedy clubOther Art & Culture in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
If you ask me, one of the most fun couple activities in New York is attending a comedy show. My recommendation is to ditch stand up comedy and instead see an improv show. At an improv show, you have the chance to participate and influence what you see making it all the more fun!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Museum of the City of New YorkMuseum in Upper East SideAdd to myNY added
A great museum to find out more about the city of New York. Get an exciting look into the histoty of the Big apple and find out more through a variety of pictures, paintings, clothing, toys and books.
Take a Romantic CruiseCruise in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
When thinking about the best things to do on Valentine’s Day in NYC, the first thing that comes to our minds is going on a romantic dinner cruise. One of our favorite cruises in New York and our recommendation for Valentine’s Day is the Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise. Onboard, you’ll have a buffet dinner and mesmerizing views of the city. You will also pass the Statue of Liberty closeby. For you, that means enjoying a great meal in a romantic atmosphere while overlooking New York’s illuminated skyline from the water.
If you’re not in New York on Valentine’s Day but are looking for a romantic cruise, take a look at the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. It’s one of our favorites!
My tip: here you can find the best dinner cruises in New York.
Romance Under the StarsOther Events in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
The American Museum of Natural History celebrates Valentine’s Day by hosting an annual event called “Romance Under the Stars” in its Hayden Planetarium. If you are looking for a unique date night – that’s it! At the Rose Center for Earth and Space you’ll have access to open bar, hors d’oeuvres, champagne, chocolate as well as live music. At the Hayden Planetarium, the most romantic love stories will be read to you, while enjoying a spectacular view of the starry night sky.
Tickets are not yet available. Once they are, they sell out extremely quickly because the number of tickets is very limited. We highly recommend reserving your spots as early as you can. We will post the link here!
PS: Romance Under The Stars was paused last year and we hope to have this romantic event again in 2022!
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