Great Dates in 50 States: New York, New York

It’s time for another guest post in our Great Dates in 50 States series! Please welcome to the stage Oliver Jameson and his great dates in New York City:

Everyone knows that New York is one of the most vibrant cities in the world but it’s also among the most romantic if you know where to go. Whether you are an occasional visitor or a seasoned local who just wants to mix up your dating destinations, then New York has lots of gems waiting to be discovered. Whatever your budget, tastes and personality there is something for every date from the utterly romantic to an action packed afternoon.

Carriage Ride in Central Park

A visit to Central Park may be an classic tourist cliche, but taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park is a truly romantic way to take in the sights while keeping things nice and relaxed so it has to be on this list. Many of the rides allow for views of the carousel, sheep meadow and pond. A standard 20 minute ride will cost on average $50. For romantic guys looking for proposal ideas, a 40 minute engagement ride is also available. Make sure you talk to the driver beforehand who will set the standard extra high to make the big moment even more magical. Check out romantic carriage rides.

Forbes Galleries

If you are big kids at heart then visit the toy collection at the Forbes Galleries. From the very first editions of the Monopoly board game to an exhibition of nearly 500 toy boats there is plenty to see. Best of all, admission to the gallery is totally free so you can save your pennies for dinner and drinks afterwards.  Play at Forbes Galleries.

Trapeze School New York

The Trapeze School New York runs a range of workshops and classes for total beginners who wish to try their hand at this circus favorite. Situated within Hudson River Park, take in the sites of the Statue of Liberty while soaring through the air. Even if your date has lacked passion up til now this is sure fire way to get the pulse racing. Classes are run by expert instructors and feature the latest safety equipment. You could expect to swing 23 feet above ground during your class so not for the faint of heart. Swing over to Trapeze School.

Coney Island

If you want to escape the designer stores and upmarket restaurants for some amusement rides and carnival fun, Coney Island is the place to go. With more than 50 independent rides and attractions Coney is approximately 45 minutes from mid-town Manhattan. If you are heading to the Island on a Friday evening make sure you visit the beach to watch the regular firework display that takes place at 9.30pm during high season. Hot dog, anyone?

Kung Fu in Chinatown

If you prefer fun and action to romantic walks and eye-gazing marathons, try taking a kung fu lesson in Chinatown to recreate some of the moves you have seen in the movies. The classes are open to everyone from total beginners to advanced and there are often free introductory lessons available. Taking a class together is a fun ice-breaker and will give you something to talk about after the session. Just be careful though, nothing will kill the passion like a misplaced kung fu chop to your partner’s tender flesh! Click if you love Kung Fu.

Helicopter Ride

For an extravagant date, take a helicopter ride for breathtaking views of the Big Apple. Your flight will take you over some of New York’s most impressive landmarks including The Empire State Building, Hudson River, St. John the Devine Cathedral and the Washington Bridge. Expect to pay around $215 per person for a 20 minute flight.  Get to the (Liberty) chopper!

Oliver Jameson is the founder of the free dating website Cougared.com – where sassy older women who are proud to call themselves cougars meet younger guys.

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