Whether you’re on a first date or spending time with a sweetheart of many years or planning to pop the question, there’s no better place for romance than the Big Apple. Imagine strolling hand-in-hand in a beautiful park with a backdrop of the city skyline, or sitting in a fairy tale garden or riding in a horse-drawn carriage. There are so many romantic, private spots you’ll have a hard time deciding on which one to choose. There are sumptuous meals by candlelight, museums, bridges and cruises just waiting to be discovered. The possibilities are endless, so take a Hop on Hop off New York tour to get to your romantic destination of choice, but don’t just visit one-try them all!
Here are some of most romantic spots in NYC:
This idyllic setting with its backdrop of trees, skyscrapers and blue skies is dream-like. Bow Bridge, is just one of many favorite places to propose, or the Conservatory Gardens, which is uniquely serene because all 6 acres have been designated as a quiet zone. Three distinct gardens provide their own seasonal array of color and make the perfect setting for whispering I love you. Any hopeless romantic can get carried away in boat ride, a horse-drawn carriage or a guided cycling tour. The best part is romance can bloom any time of year because each season holds its own magic.
Top of the Empire State Building
The views from atop the Empire State Building are awe-inspiring, that’s just one of the many reasons this spot has been the setting for so many romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally. For more privacy and shorter lines plan a visit between midnight and 1 a.m., or the be the first when the doors open at 8 a.m. A saxophonist plays evening serenades from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday. If that doesn’t make your heart swoon, nothing will.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
What is more romantic than a rose garden? Here at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, you get 52 acres of the same flowering budding delights that have inspired poets for centuries. You don’t have to go to Washington D.C. to view world-renowned Cherry Trees blossom; April and early May mark the onset of flowering for more than 40 species. Bring a sonnet and a sweetheart and park yourselves on a bench, but beware, you might just fall in love!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Spend a day here with the one you love browsing over two million pieces of art. Surprise your date with a trip to the American Wing and sit in a quiet hush on a bench in front of John Vanderlyn’s panoramic painting of the palace and gardens at Versailles. All lovers are welcomed at the Rooftop Garden at the Met (open early May through October) for spectacular views of Central Park and champagne at the garden bar.
The High Line
Elevated above the muddled streets of NYC, this linear public park is a delight for leisurely strolls with a lover. Couples are often seen meandering its pathway lined with wildflowers and art installations. Let the fantastic views of the Hudson River and NY City skyline take your breath away.
This iconic Brooklyn Bridge has been the setting for hundreds of thousands of marriage proposals and romantic walks, so don’t miss visiting this magical spot that arches over the East River. Walk hand in hand with your sweetie and admire this unique architectural feat where lovers place padlocks to commemorate their union. Join in the worldwide “love locks” phenomena! You’re sure to fall head over heels if you plan a visit at sunset, and at the end of the bridge, you’ll find a restaurant where you can talk over a candlelit dinner. You’ll be mesmerized by the incredible views of Manhattan seen only from this vantage point.
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