The 10 Best Dates in Central Park

If you're looking for a romantic date in New York City, you can't beat heading to Central Park. Whether you're just meeting someone for the first time, or you're looking for the right spot to pop the question, you'll find it all in Central Park's 843 acres.

So what are the 10 top dates in the park?

  • Horse and carriage ride

    by FrancineZahn

    1. Horse and carriage ride: There are few images more romantic than a horse and carriage ride around Central Park. Pre-arranged carriage rides allow you to surprise your date with flowers or chocolate, and plan ahead for any other special details. Reservations can be booked on our horse and carriage tour page.

  • Bike rental

    by Kelly Lee Dekay

    2. Riding bikes: Riding bikes in Central Park is a perfect activity for a date when you want something to do together that goes beyond sitting and talking. Bike rentals are also reasonably priced so you can have fun without breaking the bank. Reservations can be made on our bike rental page.

  • Ice skating

    by naranja

    3. Ice skating: Ice skating at Wollman Rink is fun, romantic and offers picturesque views of the New York City skyline. The rink, which has been featured in countless films, is located at the southeast corner of Central Park. It also doubles as Victorian Gardens in the summer. Another option is the Lasker Rink located near 110th St, which doubles as a swimming pool in summer.

  • Art museum


    4. Metropolitan Museum of Art: Enjoy time together at one of the world's most famous museums for some artistic and musical inspiration. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on the east side of the park on 5th Ave between 80th and 84th streets. The museum's collection is vast enough that you could easily spend an entire day there with each other.

  • Belvedere Castle

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    5. Belvedere Castle: There are few things in life more romantic than a castle – even one that is located in one of the world's biggest cities. Belvedere Castle can be found mid-park at 79th Street, surrounded by some of the park's most beautiful attractions, like Delacorte TheaterGreat LawnTurtle Pond and the RambleIt offers breathtaking views of the park and the New York City skyline.

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    Bow Bridge

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    6. Bow Bridge: The Bow Bridge is the most photographed bridge in Central Park and has been captured in movies such as ManhattanYou've Got Mail, and Keeping the Faith. It's the perfect place for a first kiss or even to pop the question. Find it mid-park at 74th St., just west of Bethesda Terrace.

  • Picnic at the Pool

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    7. Picnic at The Pool: For an out-of-the-way rendezvous, head to the Pool in the northwest corner of the park. The Pool's waterfalls and weeping willows make it the perfect place to lay out your picnic blanket, dine together al fresco and spend some uninterrupted time cuddling or conversing. You can find it at W. 100th to W. 103rd St.

  • Conservatory Garden

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    8. Conservatory Garden: The Conservatory Garden, which is actually comprised of three gardens - each of a different style (Italian, French and English), is one of the park's eight designated quiet zones. It's the perfect place for an intimate conversation surrounded by beautiful sights and scents. You can enter 105th St. and 5th Ave. or inside the park at 106th St.

  • Central Park Zoo

    by Nicole Bengiveno for NYT

    9. Central Park Zoo: If you're an animal lover, you can take your date to the Central Park Zoo for a unique experience and fun conversational inspiration. The zoo is home to penguins, sea lions, snow leopards, monkeys, lemurs, and many other exotic animals. It's located at E. 64th St. and 5th Ave.

  • Walking tour

    by kirana

    10. Walking Tour: Central Park offers 58 miles of walking paths, so if you just want to explore the park together you can take a nice stroll around at your leisure. A walk around the park's Great Loop is 6.1 miles; the Upper Loop is 5.2 miles; the Lower Loop is 1.7 miles; and the Bridle Path is 4.25 miles. Or, if you're up for learning something new, hire an expert to take you on a guided walking tour.

Central Park offers endless opportunities for dates in the city. Hopefully you’ll feel the sparks and get the opportunity to check off the entire list, or even make your own!


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