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The Five Best Fall Date Ideas in NYC

New York City in the Fall

It’s that time of year again! Fall is here, and so are the cooler temperatures. This means it’s finally time to put on a sweater, find your significant other or group of friends, and enjoy some quality fall date ideas in NYC. From crawling restaurants during a food tour to holding hands for the first time on the Brooklyn Bridge to just wanting to set sail on a hot tub boat tour— we’ve got five of the best options right here for you.

1. Go on a Food Tour

Do you long to take your date on a dinner date to restaurants in Little Italy, Chinatown or Greenwich Village? If you do, booking a food tour is one of the best and least expensive ways to explore the culinary delights of NYC with them. Not only will you get to try out some of the best food in town, but your guide will provide some fascinating insights into what makes certain foods wonderfully unique to this city. You can go online and book the tour you are interested in at websites like Foods of New York, which offers food & culture walking tours and day tours. 

2. Take a Sunset Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge

Whether you and your love are just starting your budding romance or have adored each other for years, strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge never gets old. In addition, this beautiful landmark is well known for being one of the most romantic places in New York City for dates, and from its vantage point, you can catch some breathtaking views of the sunset. And since you can walk across this iconic bridge, you never have to worry about traffic. After you’re finished, you can head to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can see skyline views, granite steps and a lemonade stand.

3. Go to a Museum 

If you want more fun date ideas for NYC, consider going to a museum. New York City museums (there are over 80 in the five boroughs) will let you and your partner draw closer to one another while you take in all the wondrous sights they have to offer. In addition, a NYC museum excursion is a very budget-friendly way to spend time with your date or friends in the cultural mecca of the Big Apple. So if you are looking to go out— but maybe don’t want to spend a ton of money, this option makes quality NYC fall date ideas accessible for everyone. One excellent option is the Museum of Modern Art. Admission there is free, and you can catch eye-catching media such as conceptual artist Adam Pendleton’s massive exhibit: Who Is Queen? — on display now through Jan 30, 2022. 

4. Enjoy the Holidays at the Zoo

Some good date ideas for couples with children can involve going to one of New York City’s fun zoos. The Bronx Zoo is one that’s also a great place to visit around the holidays. For instance, in October, “Boo at the Zoo” will get everyone in the Halloween spirit and provide a fun night out for the entire family. For November, you can head back with the kids to the Bronx Zoo’s “Family Holiday Light Festival.” The luminous festival is hosted in the evenings, and the zoo comes to life with animated light shows, gorgeous light displays and animal-themed lanterns. The walk-through also features classic holiday music, entertainment and seasonal treats. 

5. Set Sail on a Hot Tub Boat Tour

There are few NYC fall events more romantic than enjoying the view from the Hudson River with someone you care about, and that’s precisely what you’ll get with a hot tub boat tour. The views of the NYC skyline and fall foliage are incredible, and the weather this time of year means it’s finally socially acceptable (and encouraged) to sit inside with your date while enjoying some wine while soaking in the hot tub. That’s why this is one of our favorite fall romantic date ideas in NYC— because it combines the romance of looking starry-eyed at each other while relaxing among the gorgeous views of the water.

Book a Hot Tub Tour for Date Night

There’s love in the air, and for those seeking adventure and romance, look no further than the Sea the City’s Hot Tub Boat Tour! The tour is a unique way to get out on the water and enjoy some time with your loved one or group of friends, all the while avoiding typical NYC tourist attractions. 

For those looking to spend time with each other on an autumn day or night out— this tour was designed for you. You can buy two tickets or rent out the entire boat for groups (the tubs seat 8 comfortably). The tour lasts 90 minutes, giving you plenty of time to enjoy more NYC activities!

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