Valentine’s Date Ideas in New York City

New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world. From the carriage rides through Central Park to dinner at a romantic restaurant, there are tons of things to do for a romantic night out when you’re here for Valentine’s Day. Many of the top restaurants in the city book up well in advance, so be sure to make a reservation for dinner time, but don’t let dinner be the only event on your special day.

The Empire State is one of the top destinations on Valentine’s Day in New York City. Valentine’s Day is the only day that couples are allowed to get married in the building, but even those who aren’t tying the knot that day can head up to the top and gaze out over the city together in this iconic romantic atmosphere. Share a kiss on top of this 102-story skyscraper and then head down for cocktails in the Empire Room, or any of the romantic restaurants or lounges nearby in Midtown Manhattan.

Ice Skating at The Rink is still going on, and what better way to spend a few hours with your loved one than skating hand in hand in one of New York’s most popular seasonal attractions! While most romantic destinations in NYC are available year round, ice skating at the Rockefeller Center only lasts for a few months each year. There’s no better time to take advantage of the last few weeks of ice skating this year than on Valentine’s Day!

See a Broadway show! Treat your favorite girl to Mamma Mia, or for something a little more racy, check out Chicago the Musical on Broadway. Chicago is a dramatic comedy about corruption, adultery and even murder, which hopefully won’t be the entire theme of your Valentine’s Day, but the wardrobe is racy and the cast is made up of a powerful group of women who can belt a tune. No matter what kind of show you want to see this Valentine’s Day, you’ll surely find it in New York City. There’s are always tons of  Broadway shows to Off Broadway shows to choose from, so every couple can find the perfect entertainment for their Valentine’s Day in NYC. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online so that the show of your choice doesn’t sell out – this is a popular night on Broadway!

Romantic holiday cruises and tours are also a great way to turn up the romance this year. Spend Valentine’s Day with champagne on these luxury cruises with the sunset and city lights in the background. Sail down the Hudson River on a heated NYC boat tour, or for the more adventurous couples, check out a romantic helicopter tour in NYC! Helicopter sightseeing tours are a perfect way to spend the evening in the city! There’s nothing more romantic than drinking champagne and taking in the city sights and beautiful lights from above with your true love. You really can’t go wrong with any of the sightseeing tours in NYC on Valentine’s Day this year.

Even the single ladies (and gentlemen) can have a fun time on Valentine’s Day in NYC! Make your own date at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum NYC. Visit all the Valentines of your dreams and take your pick (and a few pics) with famous celebrities. This is the year you finally get to spend Valentine’s Day with Leonardo DiCaprio, Marilyn Monroe or Robert Pattinson. Afterwards, celebrate like your favorite New Yorkers, the girls from Sex and the City! Sex and the City tours in NYC visit some of the places Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda hung out over the years!

New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world year round, but sparks are flying even faster on Valentine’s Day, and from a romantic dinner or evening on Broadway to a romantic weekend getaway spent in one of the most romantic hotels in NYC, a Valentine’s Day spent in New York City is one that will be remembered forever!

This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of

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