29 Fun Activities In NYC For Couples

Charlotte Dow Bronx, Discover NYC, Explore Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Romance, Staten Island 2 Comments

Searching for fun activities in NYC for couples that go beyond drinks at your local bar?

Whether you’re searching for a unique spot for a first date or somewhere fresh to take your long-term partner for a romantic night, you’ll find plenty of options in New York City.

Actually, the city is packed to the brim with great places for dates, so much so that the number of choices can feel a little overwhelming.

Don’t fret!

We’ve found some of the best date night activities in NYC to help take the guesswork out of planning your next night (or day) out.

From early morning dance parties to photo tours to baking classes, this city has something for every kind of couple.

You’ll be sure to find an idea to give you and your partner an experience to remember.

Fun Activities In NYC For Couples Citywide

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A couple on a private NYC Photo Journey. Click here to learn more + book!

1. Take a private photo tour 

On a private NYC Photo Journey, you and your sweetheart will get a two-in-one experience.

Part tour, part photo shoot, visit fascinating places in New York City with a licensed sightseeing guide who is also a professional photographer.

In each spot, you’ll get gorgeous photos taken — all of which will be sent to you via downloadable digital folder within three business days.

You can see an example above, though feel free to also follow us on Instagram @nycphototour for more.


Send an email to [email protected]

2. Get artistic and tipsy at a BYOB paint night

There are a number of companies that host these nights, though one we’ve tried and loved is The Painting Lounge, which has locations Chelsea, Midtown, Harlem, and Williamsburg.

Look at the calendar to see what is being painted on any given night, and book what speaks to you.

Then on the night of your experience, pick up your favorite bottle of vino and head to the class.

Whether you’re a natural Picasso or can barely color in the lines, the instructor will guide you and your beau in creating a masterpiece to be proud of.

If you live together, it’s a great way to create a truly meaningful piece of art for your space.

Pro tip:

This makes for an especially great unique winter date in NYC, as you can escape the cold while having a great time.


3. Dance the morning away at New York’s hottest pre-dawn party

Morning people and night owls alike love Daybreaker, a monthly early morning dance party designed to boost your mood and start your day on the right foot.

Parties are held at various locations throughout the city like the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg and the Paradise Club in Times Square, making it a great way for adventurous couples to see the city.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book one of our Private Photo Journeys, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected]nycphotojourneys.com with inquiries.

Manhattan Date Ideas

4. Get a taste of Havana in the heart of Greenwich Village

Aside from a full menu of Cuban, Latin and Spanish favorites, Cuba Restaurant and Rum Bar offers hand-rolled cigars and live music on weekend evenings, putting it high on our list of date night ideas in NYC. Definitely add this to your New York City itinerary.

5. Explore a colorful playground built for all ages

Color Factory’s NYC location has dominated Instagram over the last few years.

And for good reason.

With tons of colorful rooms and installations to explore, it’s the perfect place for you and your honey to reconnect with your inner children while snapping some grid-worthy pics.

This is truly one of the best Instagram spots in NYC!

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One of the best ways to see NYC is by boat – why not share one with your partner? Image via bones64.

6. See the sites of Lower Manhattan from a kayak

The Downtown Boathouse offers free (yes, free!) kayak rentals from Pier 26 at Hudson River Park from May to October.

A quick trip on the Hudson in a double kayak is a great way to see the city while bonding with your boo.


This experience also allows you to take in some of the best views in NYC for free!

Oh, and if you like adventure, there are also some great hiking trails in Manhattan as well as some scenic hikes on Long Island. Or, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, the vistas from atop the Mount Van Hoevenberg summit as well as Mount Marcy summit — both located in the Adirondacks — are breathtaking.

7. Satisfy your sweet tooth while learning some new baking skills

Known for their uniquely delicious cakes and cookies (Crack Cookie, anyone), Milk Bar will show you how to build one of their iconic treats at their flagship location in Nomad.

Their Birthday Cake Class has quickly become one of the most popular couples cooking classes in NYC.

8. Chat over a bowl of ratatouille after an evening of French cinema

The Metrograph hosts a wide array of movie screenings, from new releases to international classics, complemented by a chic restaurant and bar inspired by the studio commissaries of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

A rom-com and a cocktail or two will definitely have you feeling the romance in NYC.

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Love will really lift you up at an Om Factory class. Photo courtesy of Om Factory. Models: @theacroflyer and @tinymetalfire

9. Partner up and join the (very zen) circus in an AcroYoga class

This new style of fitness class offered at Om Factory in Union Square blends acrobatics and yoga poses to help you and your partner feel invigorated and connected in a new way.

This is the perfect date idea for active couples looking for new ways to move, unique yoga and wellness retreats, fun wellness travel experiences, or just to learn a few fun tricks to show off at a party.

You can also take what you learn and then create your own DIY yoga retreat at home!

10. Spin some vinyl at one of the best secret romantic places in NYC

Modeled after Japan’s record bars, Tokyo Record Bar is an underground listening room and restaurant where music fans can listen to their favorite tracks on a vinyl jukebox over a specially paired menu of izakaya snacks.

Be sure to make a reservation, as this 18-seat restaurant only offers a few seatings a night.

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Taking in a gorgeous view of Manhattan from Governors Island with my love. Photo via NYC Photo Journey’s founder Jessie Festa.

11. Cuddle in a hammock on an island just minutes from Lower Manhattan

One of the top NYC photo spots, Governors Island has been a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists alike since it opened to the public in the early 2000s.

Today, it boasts a 30-acre park for all ages to enjoy.

A highlight of the park is the Hammock Grove, the perfect place to curl up with your date after a long day of exploring the island. It’s one of the best picnic spots in NYC.

12. Explore the art of the Himalayan regions in the heart of the Meatpacking District

The Rubin Museum is home to incredible works from Himalayan artists and experts to enlighten you on the history of the region.

For one of the best cheap dates in NYC, head to The Rubin on a Friday night after 6 PM for free admission.

This is truly one of the best budget-friendly experiences in New York City.

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Bond over your favorite classic pinball games at Modern Pinball. Photo courtesy of Modern Pinball.

13. Challenge your date to a round (or five) of pinball

Modern Pinball in Kips Bay touts itself as an “Interactive Museum” and is home to tons of vintage machines that will get your nostalgia going.

A one-day admission ticket gives you access to unlimited games throughout the day, in case you need to challenge your partner to that second rematch.

14. Channel characters from Mad Men over elegant, mid-century-inspired cocktails

Once the private office and reception hall of financier John William Campbell, The Campbell Bar now serves classic cocktails in a beautiful lounge tucked away in Grand Central Terminal.

The low lighting and plush seats perfectly set the mood for romance in NYC.

Pair your Old Fashioned with a Secrets Of Grand Central tour!

15. Treat your partner to a little chill time in SoHo

Chillhouse, a millennial-friendly day spa and self-care haven, offers massages for two at their new SoHo flagship location.

Their double rooms are even equipped with their own tea stations for an extra indulgent experience.

This is one of the top things to do in SoHo!


16. Split a bottle of wine and some traditional Italian eats in the West Village

Aria Wine Bar’s cozy atmosphere and extensive wine list make it the perfect place to get to know a first date or linger with a long-term partner.

Plus, with dishes averaging at about $12 each, it’s one of the most inexpensive romantic restaurants in NYC.

By the way, this is only one of many fun things to do in the West Village. We recommend spending a full day in this neighborhood, if possible.

17. Take in a variety show curated by the queen of New York nightlife

Bartschland Follies is a weekly cabaret at the McKittrick Hotel — home to the famous Sleep No More — that features circus acts, burlesque, comedy and more hosted by Susanne Bartsch, a mainstay of the New York underground for decades.

Book the Cloud Nine Champagne reservation for the full VIP experience.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book one of our Private Photo Journeys, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected]nycphotojourneys.com with inquiries.

Date Ideas In Brooklyn

18. Try your hand (or foot?) at a roller disco in Prospect Park

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is home to plenty of outdoor activities throughout the year, but it’s probably best known for hosting Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco every week in the spring and summer.

Skate to your disco favorites or just hang back and watch the pros do their thing; either way, this is one of the most fun couples things to do in NYC.

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Take your relationship to new heights at Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus. Photo c/o Brooklyn Boulders.

19. Climb an (artificial) mountain together in Gowanus

Hit the rocks and learn the ropes at Brooklyn Boulders, a 22,000 square foot climbing gym where you and your partner can learn the basics of bouldering and how to belay for each other in roped climbing.

With intro sessions almost every night, this gym is one of the best spots for date night classes in NYC.

20. Throw on some glitter and let your freak flag fly in Bushwick

A night at House of Yes, known around the world for their boundary-pushing shows and colorful DJ nights, may seem like one of the more weird date ideas in NYC.

But if you and your partner love to dance into the wee hours of the morning and see some of the wildest outfits in the five boroughs, this is definitely the place for you.

21. Kick your average pizza night up a notch in Greenpoint

Featuring a mouthwatering selection of pies and plenty of vegan options, Paulie Gee’s is the perfect place to enjoy a few slices with your sweetie.

The cozy ambiance also makes it one of the best romantic restaurants in Brooklyn.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book one of our Private Photo Journeys, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected]nycphotojourneys.com with inquiries.

Date Ideas In Queens


22. Take a trip back to the sixties right outside JFK

The newly opened TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is steeped in mid-century modern style, from the Sunken Lounge in the lobby to a rooftop pool overlooking the runway.

Stop by for a few drinks and dinner at the Paris Cafe, or check in for the full experience.

23. Enjoy some of New York’s best steak frites right in Long Island City

Foodies and writers alike have raved about the fare at Tournesol, one of the few French bistros in Queens.

It’s authentic setting and delectable dishes make it one of the best places for dates in NYC.

Honestly, it’s a must-experience addition to any Long Island City itinerary.

24. Enjoy some of the finest beaches the city has to offer

A day trip to the Rockaways is one of the top ways to escape the hustle of New York without leaving the city.

And with plenty of trains, ferries, and buses to take you there, it makes for one of the best cheap dates in NYC.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book one of our Private Photo Journeys, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected]nycphotojourneys.com with inquiries.

Date Ideas In The Bronx

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Share a brew or two with your boo at Bronx Brewery. Photo by Mattan Segev from Pexels.

25. Head north for some of the city’s best local brews

Bronx Brewery offers a wide variety of craft beers and their large taproom is one of the best places to try them.

Head to their backyard in the warmer months with some friends for one of the best double date spots in NYC.

26. Explore the wonders of nature year-round

New York Botanical Garden has something for you and your partner to enjoy every season, from the Conifer Arboretum in the winter to colorful blooms in the spring and summer.

Need help capturing the best views in NYC — with you in the photos? Book one of our Private Photo Journeys, a walking tour that includes photos of your group to keep. Or step your game up even further with an NYC Influencer Shoot. Email [email protected]nycphotojourneys.com with inquiries.

Date Ideas In Staten Island

27. Enjoy a romantic dinner by the water at Clove Lakes Park

Looking for fun summer date ideas in NYC?

The Stone House at Clove Lakes offers a menu full of elegant eats and an incredible view of the park that makes it a popular destination for weddings.

Take a rowboat out on the water before your meal for the full Stone House experience.

28. Learn about history at the home of one of its earliest practitioners

The Alice Austen House is home to early photographs depicting life in New York at the turn of the century, with the attractions regularly hosting exhibitions of contemporary works.

Their events and photography workshops are some of the best date night ideas for married couples looking to hone new skills.

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Take a stroll through the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Photo via Lance Reha/Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

29. Take in the history and horticulture of Staten Island in Randall Manor

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center is home to brilliant botanical gardens inspired by the cultures of the world, events showcasing local artists and so much more.

And with free admission, it makes for a great inexpensive date.

Best Romantic Hotels In NYC

Looking for a romantic hotel to pair with the above experiences?

Some of our top picks include:

Click here for a full list of romantic NYC hotels.

Or, if you’d like to get out of the city, here some of the best romantic getaways in Upstate New York! While enjoying your getaway, make sure to explore nature through gorgeous trails like the Overlook Mountain hike, Giant Ledge Catskills hike, and the Mount Marcy hike.

What are your favorite fun activities in NYC for couples?

*Featured image taken on a private NYC Photo Journey.

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