Love is in the Air: Valentine’s Day in New York City!
14 Feb 2017
Grab your sweetheart and head to New York City to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most romantic city in the USA! Love is always in the air in New York City which makes it hard to imagine the city getting any more romantic. On this Valentine’s Day, give your special someone more than just flowers and chocolate, but spend a wonderful day exploring New York City together.
We are looking forward to sharing how our American Dream couple (plus baby on the way) spends Valentine’s Day in New York City. If you aren’t in the city yourself, you can live vicariously through them by following in their footsteps on Instagram! See all the highlights of New York as we explore this romantic city – but you have to be quick, our Instastory is only available for 24 hours! To actually see it you need to follow us on Instagram and click on our profile pic!
Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park
Sure, you have been here before and taking a romantic walk through the gardens and the past the pond. In summer, maybe you have even taken a charming boat ride for two on The Lake. In winter, however, when snow still blankets the park and the Lake is frozen, you may find that the quiet of the park more romantic than when everything is in bloom. The crisp air and the crunch of snow under your feet will leave you with bright rosy cheeks, especially after a day of sledding. In winter, the park is a great place to go on a sledding date, so grab your sled and your loved ones and head to Pilgrim Hill, which is the steepest slope in Central Park, and enjoy a day of outdoor activity! Ice skating is also very popular pastime in Central Park. Afterwards, you can cuddle up to your sweetheart on a horse-drawn carriage ride. A carriage ride usually lasts between 45-90 minutes and should be booked in advance. Sharing a thermos full of hot chocolate with your sweetheart as you ride through Central Park will get your heart pumping! Carriage rides are available all year if you prefer the sun to the snow!
Kissing in Times Square
At the crossroads of Broadway and seventh Avenue you will find the heart of New York City and one of the most year-round romantic attractions, Times Square. Times Square draws around 50 million visitors annually and one of the biggest events of the year takes place on Valentine’s Day. This busy intersection famous for its billboards and flashy lights is also the square where couples can renew their vows on Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, 2017 celebrate with thousands of other couples as you say “I do” for a second time at the Vow Renewal Ceremony. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day, however, to share a kiss at this famous attraction. Many visitors come to Times Square to reenact the famous photo taken of a Navy sailor kissing a woman in a white dress. Who knows, maybe we will capture a kiss shared in front of the Times Building?
Another must see in Times Square during this month of love is the winner of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. The winning and ninth installation called We Were Strangers Once Too is a sculpture made from of 33 metal poles and reveals a red heart for those who walk around it. The art exhibition is one of many that is displayed on Times Square during the year. Since this is center of the entertainment in New York City, it is the perfect place for getting urban art out into the open for all to enjoy!
Lights, camera, action and romance! It may seem cliché to take you sweetheart out to a nice restaurant and then to the theater. On the other hand, nothing is cliché in New York City and a night out on the town on Broadway is a romantic way to impress your date! Some of the best musicals on Broadway are focused on the topic of love, whether you are in love, searching for love or trying to get over heartbreak. Broadway has something for everybody from serious to funny musicals on love or plays that will get you thinking about past or current relationships. With almost 9 million residents, it is no wonder that so many romantic films and songs are associated with the city. People are always falling in and out of love with each other, but the love of New York City is constant! We might soon be strolling through the romantic theater district, hand-in-hand, daydreaming of all the famous Broadway people!
After seeing a play on Broadway, you should absolutely take your date to one of many rooftop bars in New York City because you will certainly have much to say about the fabulous Broadway performance over a romantic drink. The best rooftop bars will give a fantastic view of the city’s skyline and of the Empire State Building which is lit up with different lights every evening. Sometimes the Empire State building is colored red, white and blue and on Valentine’s Day it is lit up with a huge red heart! The city and its skyline is romantic no matter the time of year!
Star-crossed Lovers at the Museum
Romantics of all kinds can’t deny that staring out into the universe and enjoying a bright night sky will bring you closer to your sweetheart. At the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special event called Romance Under the Stars. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of champagne with chocolate or hors d’oeuvres at the bar in the museum before holding hands in the planetarium and listening to an astronomer tell you lovely stories about heavenly bodies. The whole evening is accompanied by a jazz quartet which send the mood for a romantic evening with your head in the clouds!
For those of you will not be in New York City on Valentine’s Day, however, are not missing out on the romance. Going to one of New York’s many museums makes for a perfect date. You can impress you date with all you know about Pollock at the Museum of Modern Art or architectural story of the Guggenheim. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also a perfect place to take your sweetheart for the day. It is the largest Museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world. Its collection of classic antiquity and ancient Egypt paintings and sculptures includes scenes of lovers in brace. After a day of wonderful art, why not continue the romance with a boat ride on the Hudson River?
Dinner Date on the Hudson River
Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day may not seem unique enough to woo the person of your dreams. A romantic dinner on a boat cruise past New York’s City biggest attractions, however, will definitely make anyone’s heart beat faster. There are many cruise companies that offer different dinner options or tours of the city, not only on Valentine’s Day, but all year round. One of the most recommended cruises is offered by the Harbor Cruise company. Enjoy your dinner while you sail past Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, the Empire State building and more. Watch the sunset over a candlelit dinner and get a picture of you and your sweetheart in front of the impressive New York skyline. Don’t just dream of being the next to stand in front of the New York skyline, do it! When it begins to get dark, the lights of this city that never sleeps will dazzle you and your date.
The New York City winter chill in makes the city romantic because it is a good excuse to cuddle up closer to your loved ones and in the summer, you can enjoy romantic days lying in Central Park with your special someone! If you think New York City is the most romantic city in the world, then apply for the Green Card Lottery DV-19 and make every date a night out in New York City!
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