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Valentine’s Day 2024 in New York – romantic things to do

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New York is famous for landmarks like Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, etc., and is a mouth-watering sanctuary for food lovers and a treasure trove for art enthusiasts.

The city, also known as The Big Apple, is a melting pot of cultures, making it an appealing destination for young couples.

New York is a famous Valentine’s Day destination for young and old couples, visitors, and locals.

If you adore your sweetheart (and we don’t doubt it!), you will have to spoil them with all the romantic surprises New York has to offer.

Plan ahead of time, for many lovers will be flocking to New York to celebrate the most romantic day of the year – 14 February 2024.

Check out our pick for the city’s most romantic Valentine’s Day itinerary, also known as the City That Never Sleeps.

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in New York 

Here are our recommended 15 romantic things to do during your Valentine’s Day week in New York

You only need to bring your partner along.

Go up to an observatory for fascinating views

New York has many observation decks – the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory, Edge at Hudson Yards, and many more. 

Locals and tourists visit these observation decks to enjoy fascinating 360-degree city views.

The views are magical during sunset (and sunrise) and make for a romantic evening. 

Empire State Building

Empire State Building
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The Empire State Building (ESB) is an 88-year-old skyscraper on 5th Avenue, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Tourists love to go up the observatories on ESB’s 86th and 102nd floors and look at the New York skyline.

Named after NYC’s nickname, The Empire State, it is an American cultural icon featuring over 250 TV shows and movies.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock is an outstanding observation deck attracting 2.5 million visitors annually.

Guests can visit three floors of indoor and outdoor observation decks and see famous New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more.

One World Observatory

One World Observatory is an observational deck on the 100th floor of the One World Trade Centre, also known as the Freedom Tower.

Visitors on the One World observation deck also visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum nearby.

If you want to keep the time of your visit flexible, opt for flexible tickets

Edge at Hudson Yards

Edge at Hudson Yards
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The Edge at Hudson Yards is New York’s latest observation deck of NYC.

It is on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards building, and at a height of 345 meters (1,131 feet), Edge is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.

Edge Hudson Yards’ unique design makes visitors feel suspended in the air.


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Visit the Statue of Liberty with your partner

Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom, inspiration, and hope and is one of the most recognizable figures in the world.

On Valentine’s Day 2024, you and your partner can board the Statue of Liberty ferry to reach Liberty Island and see the iconic figure up close.

In the second part of their trip, you will visit Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing immigration history to America.


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Relive history at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute to the lives lost on 11 September 2001 and 26 February 1993 (World Trade Center bombing).

Tourists visit this New York attraction to pay their respects and learn more about the event.

The Memorial & Museum may not be an ideal Valentine’s Day attraction, but it will get you emotional and bring both of you closer. 


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Marvel at Intrepid Museum’s exhibits

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime museum.

It is dedicated to the history of the US Naval Aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, active from 1943 to 1974.

Besides the Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid, at the Intrepid Museum, you will also see the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the submarine Growler, and the British Airways Concorde.

It is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day if your spouse is interested in history, aviation, weapons, or defense. 


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Fall in love with art in New York

With major art museums, galleries, auction houses, art fairs, etc., New York City has been a world-renowned destination for art.

If you love art, it would be a crime not to visit the museums such as The Met, Museum of Modern Art, or Guggenheim Museum.

These art galleries are ideal for couples in love to spend a quiet time together. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is the largest art museum in the United States.

Over 5,000 years’ worth of art from various cultures and periods is displayed at The Met.

MET Museum opened to the public in 1880 and has grown to cover more than two million square feet.

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is the world’s foremost modern and contemporary art collection.

Located in New York, MoMA is filled with paintings by Van Goghs, Warhols, and Picassos, sure to turn you into an art fan.

Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum in New York exhibits modern and contemporary art.

It boasts one of the most beautiful European and American painting collections throughout the 20th century.

Also known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, this instantly recognizable NYC landmark will leave you spellbound.


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Get romantic at New York Botanical Gardens

New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has beautifully curated indoor and outdoor gardens, plants, trees, rolling hills, sculptures, and water bodies spread over 250 acres. 

The manicured flower gardens, lush fields, and winding trails of NYBG are a perfect break from the concrete skyscrapers of New York City.

If you want to pack a picnic and spend time together this Valentine’s Day, look no further than the botanical gardens. 


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Chill out with your partner at the Ice Museum

The Museum of Ice Cream in New York is unique and appeals to kids and adults alike. 

At this museum dedicated to ice creams, visitors explore 13 immersive and innovative multi-sensory installations spread over three floors and 20,000 square feet.

And along the way, you also keep getting ice creams and sweet treats.

The Museum of Ice Cream takes only 90 minutes, so plan another activity to celebrate your love on 14 February. 


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Hold hands on a helicopter tour

Take a helicopter tour with your spouse on Valentine’s Day and see the sights, including Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, and more.

With a tour commentary from a highly-trained pilot, discover the best of New York City.

Hold each other’s hands and enjoy incredible views from above.

There is no better way to take in the stunning and ever-changing New York City cityscape than from this vantage point.

This tour is a great way to spend quality time with your significant other.


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Book a romantic cruise with entertainment

On Valentine’s Day 2024, take the Bateaux New York for a two- or three-hour sightseeing cruise.

Enjoy fine dining with your spouse even as the live musical entertainment plays in the background.

Then, dance with your sweetheart while listening to the sounds of the onboard jazz pianist.

The Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center are just a few sights to admire on your cruise.

The romantic indulgence will bring you closer to your lover, so don’t miss it!


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Go around Central Park in a horse-drawn carriage

For a ride across Central Park, climb into a beautifully decorated carriage with luxurious seating.

You and your spouse will explore the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture and many other famous locations in the park while listening to the clip-clop of the horses’ hooves in the background.

A horse-drawn carriage will take you around several of Central Park’s historical landmarks.

Before driving to Cherry Hill, take some memorable photos with your partner.

This activity is perfect for a romantic date on 14 February 2024.

If you are not interested in riding on horseback, you can go on a guided pedicab tour around the park instead.


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Explore the city on an open-top Bus Tour


Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day with your partner on the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour.

Explore the city together on an open-top bus with stunning views of famous landmarks.

You can get on and off at different stops, creating your own romantic adventure.

Whether you want to visit Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, or any other must-see destination in the Big Apple, this tour provides an informative and immersive experience, complete with live commentary.

It’s ideal for couples seeking a comprehensive and enjoyable sightseeing adventure in New York City.


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Visit Niagara Falls with your partner

On Valentine’s Day 2024, visit Niagara Falls, USA, a place of adventure, beauty, and natural wonder.

Take in the breathtaking views of the falls from the American Observation Tower with your spouse.

On the Maid of the Mist boat ride and Cave of the Winds tour, get up close and personal with the majestic Falls.

Hear the thundering roar and feel the mist on your face.

Visit the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and a section of the Horseshoe Falls, hear the thundering roar, and feel the mist on your face.

This Niagara Falls tour is a fantastic adventure and one of the most romantic things to do in New York with your loved one.


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Marvel at the city’s lights on a night cruise

Grab your partner and go on a fantastic harbor cruise with “Lady Liberty” on the lookout!

Admire New York at sunset and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan from the comfort of a climate-controlled boat.

After nightfall, cruise within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty for spectacular vistas of Lower Manhattan.

The romance will be unparalleled when, with a drink in your hand, you and your boyfriend or girlfriend feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline.


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Take in the wildlife attractions

If both of you love wildlife, dedicate Lover’s Day to the creatures at the Bronx Zoo or the Central Park Zoo.

Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo within the Bronx Park in Bronx, New York, is a popular day outing for locals and visitors. 

With 4000 animals on display spread over 265 acres, it is one of the largest zoos in the United States. Buy Tickets

Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is a popular tourist destination tucked inside the lush Central Park in New York City.

It is spread across 6.5 acres in the heart of Manhattan and is an apt choice for a quick outing, especially for families with children and young adults. Buy Tickets


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Explore the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s top scientific and cultural institutions.

If your boyfriend or girlfriend loves science, it is the perfect outing on Valentine’s Day 2024.

More than 5 million visitors explore its scientific collections and exhibitions every year.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, Titanosaur, Easter Island head, Blue Whale, Mammoth, etc., are some of the highlights of this science museum that inspired the movie ‘Night At The Museum.’


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Get the New York Explorer Pass

What can be more romantic than not worrying about the cost and roaming around New York City freely?

Imaginative romantic couples go for a Discount Pass, which helps them get more out of less during Valentine’s Day week.

The New York Go City Pass helps tourists and locals see must-see attractions yet saves lots of money. 

You can select from the combo of exploring 3, 5, or 7 attractions.

So, how do you and your love plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2024 in San Diego? 

Book ahead before your options run out – it is yet another way of showing that you care.

Best US Cities for Valentine’s Day Celebration

Boston Miami New Orleans
Chicago Las Vegas Seattle
Philadelphia San Francisco Orlando
San Diego New York Los Angeles
San Antonio Denver Austin
Tampa Nashville Hawaii
Houston Minneapolis Dallas
Atlanta Charlotte Cleveland
Pittsburgh St. Louis Detroit

Additional Reading

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Edited by Rekha Rajan & fact checked by Jamshed V Rajan

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