These experiences will help heat things between you and your sweetheart.
You don’t need Cupid to remind you that anytime is the right time to plan a date night—even during the cold winter months when your comfy couch is calling. Thankfully, New York City is full of fun, romantic ideas—from ice skating to spas—that will inspire you and your special someone to get out and explore.
To help you plan your Valentine’s Day and beyond, here’s a roundup of things that you and your sweetheart can do this winter.
This classic winter activity is a go-to date idea while in New York City. That’s because you can hold onto each other for support—even if you’re an expert skater. Just across the street from Park Terrace Hotel you’ll find the Winter Village at Bryant Park. Here, the green space is transformed into a wonderland filled with shops, eateries, pop-up igloos, and a free ice skating rink. After some frozen fun, continue the date by snuggling up in one of the park’s cozy igloos. The clear domes offer an intimate setting and a warm escape from the chilly temps.
Not into skating? No problem. Take a whirl with your partner in one of the park’s bumper cars on ice instead.
Experience that warm, fuzzy feeling with a cup of hot cocoa. New York City boasts plenty of cafes and coffee shops serving up the sweet elixir like Angelina Paris, which is conveniently located by Bryant Park near Park Terrace Hotel. It serves a luxe thick hot chocolate with light Chantilly cream and a menu with savory French faves including croque madame.
You’ll find other sweet treats to share at nearby Lady M, where you can indulge in the French pastry shop’s signature mille crepes, and ROYCE’ Chocolate, which sells Japanese-inspired confections.
Get out of the cold with a visit to one of New York City’s many museums. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA on the Upper East Side to the Whitney Museum of American Art downtown, you can easily spend an entire day indoors exploring with your sweetheart. Plus, Date Night at The Met takes place every Friday and Saturday night and includes live music, drinks, and special programming for a guaranteed good time.
In addition to exploring well-known museums like the Met and MoMa, take a stroll around the city’s Chelsea neighborhood to scope out smaller art galleries, which are typically free and open to the public. The galleries are concentrated largely between West 18th and West 28th Streets and 10th and 11th Avenues. And be sure to include a romantic stroll along the nearby High Line, if weather permits.
Shake things up with a mixology class at Great Jones, Manhattan’s first legal whiskey distillery since Prohibition that’s located in NoHo. Guests receive a tour of the distillery followed by a bourbon tasting. After the tasting, enjoy a delicious charcuterie board and a cocktail. Finally, a team of expert mixologists led a hands-on demonstration of the distillery’s popular whiskey cocktails.
Not in the mood to mix it up D.I.Y. style? Head to one of the city’s charming bars with a cozy fireplace such as Mace in Greenwich Village or the Flatiron Room in Murray Hill for a cocktail.
Indulge in a spa day at AIRE Ancient Baths. Housed in a restored historical building in TriBeCa, the luxury wellness space offers a romantic and restorative experience. For Valentine’s Day, couples can discover the Velvet Garden filled with floral decorations and calming tunes. Book a full-body massage in a room for two, followed by a soak in the space’s iconic thermal baths, along with sparkling wine and truffles.
Looking for more date night activities? See what’s happening in and around Bryant Park.
Ready to snuggle up with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Book a romantic getaway at Park Terrace Hotel and through February 18th, enjoy our sweetheart stay with luxurious accommodations, sparkling wine, Läderach chocolates, curated amenities, early check-in, late check-out, and more.