Last Updated: Dec. 6, 2021
Anyone who’s been to New York City, or is lucky enough to live there, knows it’s unlike any other city in the world. From the culinary delights to the epic shopping scene to the dazzling nightlife, there’s a reason (well, several reasons) why it’s frequently called the city that never sleeps. For all those reasons and more, NYC is teeming with fun things to do and great date ideas. It’s also one of the most popular travel destinations in 2022.
Aside from the multitude of attractions on offer year-round, the Big Apple is known for its overall high-energy vibe and “rise and grind” mentality. There’s always something exciting happening in New York, which means there’s no excuse for taking your partner on a boring date.
5 Unique NYC Date Ideas
If you’re hoping to show that special someone the night of their life in NYC, here are five unique date ideas to try out:
1. Take a Cooking Class
Are you and your SO foodies at heart? Try brushing up on your culinary skills at one of the city’s cooking classes taught by professional chefs. New York is known for its diverse food scene, so there’s a wide variety of themed classes available like sushi roll techniques, southern cooking with flair or gourmet French favorites.
2. Tour the City via Helicopter
If you’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars on something truly show-stopping, you might want to look into taking a helicopter ride above the city. Your date will definitely be impressed with this idea — unless they’re afraid of heights, that is.
3. Head to Bathhouse for Some Relaxation Time
The Bathhouse is an uber-chic spa located in a converted factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They offer massages, scrubs, facials — all in a gorgeous urban setting featuring thermal pools, saunas and more.
4. Get High at Summit One Vanderbilt
Dubbed New York City’s newest cultural attraction, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is an immersive observatory experience set high above street level at the top of the One Vanderbilt skyscraper in Midtown. The exhibit is set to open October 21st, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out and get ready to take an epic Instagram shot for your date.
5. Immerse Yourself in the Art of Michelangelo
“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” is described as an “up-close, life-sized and never-before-seen perspective” of the famous 16th Century masterpiece that’s painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel exhibit takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete, and tickets start at $19.20, so you really can’t go wrong with this artsy NYC date idea.
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