Central Park is one of the best places in New York City to bring a date. There are a wide variety of activities to do together, and many of the attractions are also low-cost.
A romantic horse-and-carriage ride is the gold standard of Central Park dates. With the aid of a stylish roofed carriage, it is one of the few Central Park activities that can be enjoyed in the rain, and it is also particularly beautiful in the winter time.
In the fall and winter time, ice skating on Wollman or Lasker Rink is an iconic and picturesque way to spend some quality time together gliding across the ice, accompanied by the backdrop of the New York City skyline. Skate rentals are also available.
Not just for children and families, the Central Park Zoo is a good choice for a daytime date. The animal exhibits are excellent for inspiring conversation, and the zoo offers many quiet spots to enjoy conversation between the exhibits. Exotic animals like snow leopards, monkeys and penguins are unique and entertaining and can also make for a few good laughs.
A picnic on one of the park’s many lawns is a good way to get to know your date in a more intimate setting without interruption. Best of all, you can choose a spot that is as public or secluded as you like. Here's a list of some of the top picnic spots in Central Park. If you don't feel like packing your own picnic, there is an abundance of take-out restaurants and corner bodegas on both the East and West sides of the park that can help.
Rowboat rides on the Central Park Lake are another way to have a quiet conversation with your date while you view the excitement of the park together without being interrupted or disturbed. Rentals are available for reasonable hourly rates through the Loeb Boathouse.
Riding bikes or walking through one of the park’s many secluded trails is also a pleasant and low-key date activity. You can rent a bicycle for a couple hours or even the whole day if you wish. Guided walking tours and guided bike tours are also available if you want to learn something new and exciting together with the aid of a knowledgeable guide.
For more ideas, here's a list of the 10 Best Dates in Central Park.