Valentine's Day is coming up. Have you heard?
We're guessing you've heard. We're guessing you've heard the love songs on the radio and noticed the Valentine's overload at all of New York City's drugstores.
Whether you're into Valentine's day or not, we're guessing that if you're in any sort of romantic situation, you're going to have to do something romantic for Valentine's day.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of opportunities for romantic activities in NYC, and even some unexpected, underrated activities too.
Be careful, though. Don't be too tacky or you might slip into the realm of cliché. Luckily, you've got us to hit you up about all the most romantic places in the city, where you should definitely visit for Valentine's Day this weekend.
Read on to find out what they are.
1. The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
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This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of art is filled with Medieval Art, and it's the perfect recluse from the constant noise, bustle, and grind of Manhattan.
They've got gorgeous herb gardens, unicorn tapestries, and it's just bursting at the seams with history and art.
It's really basically an enchanting castle, and it'll definitely make you and your date feel like you've been hurled back in time. It's really unbelievably fantastic and beautiful here, and yes, dare we say it: romantic.
Plus, they've got a suggested donation of $20, but you really don't have to pay more than you want to. So, that's always a win.
2. Central Park
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Specifically, go to the Lake. Or, the Reservoir when the sun is setting. It'll make you swoon hard.
Central Park, one of the world's most famous urban parks, might slip into the realm of cliché, but we're here to tell you that clichés exist for a reason.
There's a reason so many people, 42 million a year to be exact, flock to Central Park's 843 acres covering a large portion of Manhattan in trees, lakes, and rivers.
Go ahead. Take a wintry, romantic walk through Central Park this weekend. You'll see what we mean.
3. Deno's Wonder Wheel (3059 Denos Vourderis Place - Brooklyn)
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Yes, yes, it's freezing this weekend so maybe Deno's Wonder Wheel is not the move.
Still, it's an undeniably romantic location. It's a super old ferris wheel that creeks and groans as it raises you high above the city and then, when you're sitting there at the top, you can catch the city skyline and the ocean stretching out ahead of you.
Yeah, like we said. Unbelievably romantic. It's more romantic in the winter than the summer, because Coney Island gets swarmed in the summer. Yes, it's cold, but that encourages cuddling. So that's a good thing.
4. The MoMa (11 West 53rd Street)
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Oh, the MoMa? Just the most romantic place in the entire city?
Why do we think so? Maybe it's the heaps of unbelievably beautiful, famous artwork. Maybe it's Monet's Water Lilies and van Gogh's Starry Night.
Maybe it's because it's commonly identified as one of the most influential and important museums of modern art in the world.
Or maybe it's just because it's just so aesthetically gorgeous in there, it's impossible not to feel loving feelings toward whoever you go there with. That's our best guess.
5. Broadway (various locations)
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Okay, yeah, Broadway is slightly cliché. We'll admit it.
Still. springing for Broadway tickets can go a long way to increase the romance factor of your Valentine's Day date.
First of all, because Broadway plays are lovely, compelling, intriguing examinations of the human condition. Broadway plays are good - that's why they're broadway.
Second of all, you'll impress your date by buying a fancy ticket. If you don't want to drop the hundreds on Broadway, buy tickets to an off-Broadway play. It'll still be romantic.,
6. Hayden Planetarium (81 Central Park West)
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Oh, the stars? Come on, be real. What's more romantic than the stars?
If you guessed nothing, you're right. There's absolutely nothing more romantic than the mother-effing stars.
The whole point of romance is marveling at the wonder of being alive, right? Plus also being super into and attracted to someone else.
Well, if you're asking us, there's nothing more awe-inspiring than a healthy does of bright shining stars. So get to the Museum of Natural History and check it out.
7. Grand Central Terminal (89 East 42nd Street)
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Grand Central Terminal is where dreams are born. No, Grand Central shouldn't be your main destination for Valentine's Day romance, but if you are going to leave the city on Valentine's day, you should definitely do it via Grand Central.
It's got 2,500 stars, 59 of which are illuminated and crossed by two golden bands that represent the equator.
It's a masterpiece, and if you go there on Valentine's day and gaze into the infinite abyss of Grand Central's enchanted ceiling, it'll make it clear that your relationship is a masterpiece, too.
8. Coney Island Aquarium (602 Surf Avenue - Brooklyn)
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Sharks, rays and turtles? Eels, manta rays, and rows of glass tanks filled with sparkling, glittering fish?
Yeah, aquariums are pretty unbelievably romantic. You're definitely going to need to check this one out to turn the romance factor of your Valentine's day date way up.
We know the penguins and sea otters at the Coney Island Aquarium want you to have a romantic date. They'll definitely do a lot to enhance the amorous mod on your date.
You'll both be feeling so many loving feelings toward the sea otters, and you'll both inevitably transfer those feelings to each other by association. Coney Island Aquarium for the win.
9. The Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and 79th Street)
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Okay, we know, we know that we put this magical, fascinating, charming place on the list of most cliché Valentine's day destinations.
Will you forgive us? Will you let us take it back? We only put this on that list because we were bitter that some people get everything, gorgeous romance and gorgeous butterflies.
We're just saying if you've been faking the romance in your relationship and you aren't really into the person you're dating, it'll be really obvious amongst the world's most beautiful creatures: butterflies.
However, if you have true, genuine, and beautiful feelings for your romantic partner then go ahead. Hang out with the butterflies. The butterflies are just about as awe-inspiring and dreamy as it gets.
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