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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in NYC

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | January 12, 2016

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in NYC

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching (it’s Sunday, Feb. 14, in case you had forgotten) and romance is in the air. Travelers who want to soak up a sexy break in the Big Apple will find there are several iconic activities to partake in, from skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center to romantic rides through Central Park.

Finding romance in New York City isn’t hard. You merely have to hole up in a cozy restaurant with delectable cuisine and a nice bottle of wine to meet the challenge with success – and cozy romantic places are fairly easy to come by throughout each borough. But if you want to up the ante on your visit, here are some romantic recommendations.

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The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is known as one of the city’s most romantic hot spots and, in fact, you can spend even more time there than just taking in the stunning views. On Valentine’s Day, guests can plan an amorous evening with the Starlight Music Series and enjoy champagne and a tasting menu at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. 

If you are ready to pop the question, the Rink at Rock Center is one of the best places to make a proposal. The Engagement on Ice package includes five minutes of exclusive ice time, your favorite song playing (you supply the music) and a Champagne toast that will hopefully coax out an enthusiastic “yes” from your significant other. There are silver, gold and platinum packages available starting at $350.

Several companies offer Valentine’s Day cruises for those who want to celebrate on the water with stunning views of the New York City skyline. Spirit Cruises offers several special Valentine’s sailings departing from both Chelsea Piers and Lincoln Harbor, N.J., beginning on Feb. 13 with a dinner cruise. There is a Valentine’s Day brunch cruise and a Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 14. Packages include a buffet and a rose for the couple as well as a champagne toast. 

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World Yacht and Hornblower also offer special Valentine’s Day cruises. Hornblower has special Rock the Yacht sailings on Feb. 12-13 that are perfect for singles looking for a special way to celebrate a holiday devoted to couples. The company has also scheduled special Valentine’s Day-themed happy hour cruises, Alive After Five, from Feb. 12-14. World Yacht is another Valentine’s Day cruise option with special theme cruises and a romantic menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Central Park is one of the city’s most romantic places. Whether it’s a stroll up Cherry Hill, a walk through the Shakespeare Garden or a skate on the Wollman Rink, the park is oozing with secluded spots for a romantic interlude. One way to sit back and relax while you and your loved one take in the beauty is to reserve a horse-drawn carriage for a ride around the park for Valentine’s Day. Book in advance to ensure your ride is available.

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