There is a reason they write books and make movies about couples and their romantic visits to New York City. There are opportunities to express and share your love at every turn in New York, and there’s no better time to do so than on Valentine’s Day.
So what are the top romantic things to do on Valentine’s Day in New York City?
Carriage ride in Central Park
What could be better than snuggling up to your sweetheart on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park? Sure, the weather may be a bit brisk on Valentine’s Day, but that’s the perfect excuse to squeeze even closer together. The carriages, known in New York as hansom cabs, park along Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues, where you can just climb aboard. A typical 20-minute ride through the beautiful landscape of Central Park – all the more picturesque when it’s covered with snow – is about $50.
Ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza
Gliding around the rice rink at Rockefeller Plaza is a romantic and time-honored New York tradition. At the foot of some of the city’s most famous skyscrapers, skaters can spin and twirl beneath the watchful eye of the iconic gold statue of Prometheus. Just 150 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, making this one of the more intimate Valentine’s Day activities you can do while still in the middle of a crowd. And it will cost less than $30 total for the both of you!
Top of the Empire State Building
The romantic tradition of couples meeting atop the historic building was featured in the 1957 film “An Affair to Remember.” Then, in 1993’s “Sleepless in Seattle,” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s characters had a memorably romantic meeting there on Valentine’s Day. As a result, romantic Valentine’s Day weddings high above New York have become trendy things to do. Every year nearly 500 couples apply to get married at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. Barely a dozen are chosen. But, for less than 20 bucks per person, you and your sweetheart can head to the 102nd-floor observation deck and look out over Manhattan and beyond.
A night at the opera
What could be more romantic than experiencing the drama and the music of a great opera on Valentine’s Day? The Metropolitan Opera makes its home at Lincoln Center on the upper west side of Manhattan, where there are also plenty of things to do beyond the performances. You could take in the symphony or the ballet, or kiss in the reflected glow of the recently-reopened Revson Fountain.