New York City can present an overwhelming number of activities and outing possibilities on any given day. Active couples can find several worthwhile -- and unique -- choices for exploring the city with their significant other. Whether you choose to ice skate at the iconic Rockefeller Center or take in the skyline while kayaking the East River, you and your partner have many options for experiencing New York at its best.
Take to the Ice
Ice skating, especially on a crisp winter evening, is an inherently romantic activity. New York City offers several options for rinks, including the iconic Rockefeller Center Ice Rink under the massive Christmas tree and array of twinkling lights. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is surrounded by a Christmas Village, where you can sip hot chocolate after an evening on the ice. And the Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink is free of large crowds, plus offers impressive views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. In summer, inline skating is a worthwhile alternative. Couples can join the Wednesday Night Skate group to cruise the streets before meeting other active New Yorkers for drinks.
Learn to Dance
Partners can bond over a couples dance lesson, available at studios throughout New York City. You have access to an array of levels and styles, including salsa, tango and ballroom. DanceTogetherNYC specializes in couples lessons, with private and group lessons available for swing, salsa, cha-cha and hustle. The options at Dance Manhattan include both private and group lessons in Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom and swing. The Manhattan Ballroom Society teaches couples ballroom, swing, Latin and salsa, and instructors help couples choreograph routines to any song.
Explore on Foot
New York City is best experienced on foot -- and walking its neighborhoods is even more thrilling while holding hands with your significant other. Each New York neighborhood has its own personality, so strolling down its sidewalks helps you get a feel for an area's unique culture. You'll happen upon leafy parks, scenic views, local shops and sidewalk cafes. In trendy NoHo, you might stop to watch a musician or gymnast perform in Washington Square Park. In Brooklyn's Williamsburg, you'll spot hipsters sporting ironic facial hair and throwback coffee while they soak up the sun at cafes and open-air beer gardens. And in Dumbo, you'll catch views of the East River and the stunning Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. On designated Saturdays during the summer, the Summer Streets event blocks off seven miles of streets for walking, cycling and jogging.
Hit the Water
New York City is surrounded by sparkling rivers and bays, reflecting the skyline or offering views of islands and wetlands. You and your significant other can take in a duck's eye view of the city via a double kayak, where you can paddle the shorelines of waterways like East River and Little Neck Bay. If you have your own kayak, you'll find launch points at parks in all five boroughs, including Barretto Point Park in the Bronx and Francis Lewis Park in Queens. You can also rent boats from companies like the New York Kayak Company and the Manhattan Kayak Company.
- Time Out: Best Ice-Skating Rinks in New York City for Families
- New York Magazine: Dance Studios
- New York Kayak Company
- Manhattan Kayak Company
- New York City Department of Parks & Recreation: Barretto Point Park
- New York City Department of Parks & Recreation: Francis Lewis Park
- Wednesday Night Skate New York City
- City of New York: Summer Streets