If you are in a relationship and want to go somewhere romantic, New York can definitely be a great destination for you. In fact, several areas of the city can be great spots for you to propose to your special someone! So what can you do with your significant other throughout the city? Well, let us count the top 5 places to go to if you’re on a romantic vacation with your partner.
1. Medieval Europe in the city
Way up north in the city, the Cloisters is a hidden gem. Managed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this museum is integrated with 5 abbeys that were all shipped and rebuilt in NYC, from Europe. Inside you’ll find art, tapestries, and sculptures from Medieval Europe, making it feel like you are in a castle a few thousand miles away, in a different continent. Outside is a lovely garden overlooking the Hudson River, facing New Jersey: a perfect spot for a potential proposal, perhaps? The Cloisters can be located on top of a hill within Fort Tryon Park. Is the place hard to find? Not really, a bus will take you there all the way from the Upper West Side, and the park is beautiful to walk through, especially during autumn.
2. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
Another great place for couples is the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – during sunset. It may get quite busy because of all the bikers and other tourists trying to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan and vice versa, but the pillars in the middle make for a great photo op with your loved one. Also, walking across the bridge can be a great achievement – it is a mile long from end to end! This is also a popular place to get engaged, especially when the moon is visible from the bridge, the stars above, with the historic arches in front of you, and the Upper East Side buildings making the perfect backdrop, it makes for a very romantic proposal - with all the elements in place.
3. Up amongst the Rockefeller empire clouds
Ever wonder what it felt like for King Kong to sit atop the Empire State building as he looked down at the mortals below? Well fear not: if you are willing to pay the price, you can climb up the observation decks of both the Rockefeller Center & the Empire State Building. Don’t bother with the touts offering you services on the street, go directly to the ticket office (or buy them online for less of a hassle), and you can jump on the elevator that will take you all the way to the top. These observation decks are quite popular with engagements, given that the view is breathtaking, and that you and your partner have the whole of New York literally at your fingertips.
4. Let’s cruise together
The Hudson River is a significant part of New York’s cityscape, so sightseeing river cruises are abundant in the city. For those who want to try a more frugal way of seeing the Manhattan skyline from the water along with the Statue of Liberty, how about taking the Staten Island Ferry? It’s free of charge, and you and your loved one can go up to the top deck and watch the city lights twinkle from the boat in the evening while passing by the Statue of Liberty. Stay on the right side of the boat as you get in, as here you will have the best views. Oh, and note that the Staten Island Ferry was featured in an episode of Sex and the City!
5. Up the Crown
Seen the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry but want a more close-up and intimate view of how she’s made? How about going up the crown of the statue? It is entirely possible, but you’ll have to book the experience months in advance, as it is limited to around 400-500 visitors per day. If you do manage to get tickets (24 USD per person), you’ll have to climb a few flights of narrow, spiral stairs up to the top, but the views you’ll see are priceless. If you and your partner are lucky enough, you can have a few minutes on the crown to yourself, however do keep in mind the National Park Rangers are standing amiably nearby. This is another perfect place for a memorable proposal, or just an experience to share together as a couple.
Love in the city that never sleeps
There are so many places to explore in New York City for couples, and even though the city is crowded with tourists, you can eventually find pockets where you’ll have some alone time with your loved one. Hopping on the Staten Island Ferry will provide fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty, as well as the Manhattan Skyline, all free of charge. You can also pay for the privilege to climb atop the resolute-looking Statue of Liberty as well as the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. New York is a city of many charms, and yes, a few vices, but it does have some very romantic spots where anyone lucky enough to say “Yes” in the City that Never Sleeps will treasure that memory forever.
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