Places to Go on a Date in NYC Parks: Summer

What's better than summer in New York? Summer love in New York City! Here are some ideas for places to bring a date in New York City during the summertime: 

The Floating Pool at Barretto Point Park, Bronx

Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Yes, there's a floating pool in the East River! The refurbished barge, also known as The Floating Lady, is our only floating pool. It hails from Louisiana. She once left the Bronx for Brooklyn, but after a short stint at Brooklyn Bridge Park she moved back uptown to Hunts Point and docked at Barretto Point Park. Spend some time in the pool, and bring your date to the deck for a lovely view of the city! Admission to the pool is free!  More information about the Floating Pool

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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This lovely, neighborhood park sits on a hill and boasts a one-of-a-kind view of Manhattan’s skyline and its namesake neighborhood. The park’s Fifth Avenue side is perfect for sunbathing, picnicking, and watching the sun set on the waterfront as music, dance, and games bring a new spark to the park's evening festivities. On the Seventh Avenue side, there are basketball, handball, and volleyball courts, as well as playgrounds, a soccer field, and a free outdoor pool. More information about Sunset Park

Free Summer Movies

Movie night at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Julienne Schaer/courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park

We’re showing many free movies, from  classics to recent blockbusters, in our parks all summer. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or low chair, and enjoy a movie under the stars. View the free summer movie schedule

Blue Heron Park, Staten Island

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Come to Staten Island's wilder side at this park near the island's southeast shore. What was once a dumping ground for cars, is now a lush, preserved forest with eight hiking trails and footbridges to the wetland marsh and Spring Pond --- a haven for migratory birds. Wander over to neighboring Wolfe's Pond Park, where there's a free swimming beach and acres of preserved natural areas. More information about Blue Heron Park

Rockaway Beach, Queens

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Enjoy miles of beach and sand that stretch the Rockaway’s beach-friendly neighborhood. Go for a stroll along the boardwalk and try out the hottest dishes of the season at the local beach-side food spots. Remember to swim only when lifeguards are around and never leave kids unattended. More information about Rockaway Beach

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course, Queens

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From zip-lines to human swing shots to boulder walls, come experience our obstacle course in Queens’ Alley Pond Park. We don't want you to put your relationship to the challenge, but what better way to tickle your competitive sides! Think you've got what it takes? Stop by! The course is free on Sundays. More information about Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

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If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors without leaving Manhattan, head to Inwood Hill Park. Enjoy sprawling waterfront views and a lovely sunset here at Muscota Marsh near the Henry Hudson Bridge. Take the Blue Trail to explore the forest (the last remaining natural forest in Manhattan and one of the best places to spot a bald eagle), as well as historic sites like Shorakkopoch Rock (where Manhattan was purchased) and the site of Fort Cockhill, which was built by the Continental Army. More information about Inwood Hill Park

Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

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Immerse yourself in nature's splendor at this charming park, with pathways that lead through preserved forests, meadows, and across footbridges that look out on serene views of the park's lakes. Rent a boat and cruise along with the ducks, go fishing, dine at the Stone House, and wander through the park to Staten Island's largest living thing—a 170-foot-tall tulip tree that is about 300 years old. More information about Clove Lakes Park

Bronx River Greenway

The Mitsubishi Riverwalk in Bronx Park. Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Make a day of it! Enjoy the great outdoors as you explore eight miles of scenic waterfront parks and recreational activities along the Bronx River. Check out beautiful waterfalls at the 182nd Street Dam in River Park and at Mitsubishi Riverwalk near Lydig Avenue and Bronx Park East in Bronx Park. Join free and low-cost canoe trips with the Bronx River Alliance and its partners. Wander through the preserved Bronx River Forest near Burke Avenue and Bronx Park East, and be sure to visit the iconic Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Learn more about the Bronx River Greenway

Hunters Point South Park, Queens

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Come to this beautiful waterfront park in Long Island City for a stunning sunset through the buildings of Manhattan's skyline. There are seating areas along the waterfront and a café at the pavilion. Bring your pups; they’ll love the dog runs here. More information about Hunters Point South Park


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

Explore NYC on free and low-cost canoeing, rowing, and kayaking trips with our park rangers and friends. We’ve events for all skill levels. Have your own boat? Find out where you can launch your canoe or kayak. More information about kayaking and canoeing in NYC parks

Brooklyn Bridge Park

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This waterfront park is filled with beautiful places to relax, play, explore, and enjoy stunning views of Manhattan, the East River bridges, the New York Harbor, and even the Statue of Liberty! Host a barbecue for two at the free hibachi grills and picnic tables at Pier 5. Go kayaking for free on Thursdays and Saturdays. Try rock climbing under the Manhattan Bridge, and go roller skating at Pier 2. Escape to Pier 6—the most romantic side of the park—where there's a flower meadow and waterfront seating for the best view of the sunset. More information about Brooklyn Bridge Park

Wave Hill, Bronx

Photo Courtesy of Wave Hill

Step into 28 acres of strikingly, beautiful botanic gardens at Wave Hill, a city gem overlooking the Hudson River. Take a romantic stroll through the garden and woodland areas, tour the mansion, bring a picnic (or grab a bite at the café), and take in the view from the Pergola by the waterside. The garden hosts many fitness, gardening, woodworking, photography, and arts and crafts programs, as well as concerts. Admission is free on Saturday and Tuesday mornings. Wave Hill is closed on Mondays. More information about Wave Hill

Roller Skating Parties

LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park; photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

Dance the summer away while roller skating to your favorite hits. On Friday nights, Lola Star hosts themed roller disco parties with a live DJ in Prospect Park. On select days, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Roller Skating Rink at Pier 2 hosts adult nights  with a live DJ from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (admission is $10 per person and it costs $6 to rent skates). 

Highland Park, Queens

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Explore this beautiful nature wonderland on the border of Queens and Brooklyn. Go for a stroll around the Ridgewood Reservoir at Upper Highland Park, where a path flanked by wild flowers lead you to the best spots for taking in the reservoir's serene view and an opportunity to see some of the 150 species of birds that visit the park. There are picnic tables, barbecuing spots, ball fields, and nature exploration paths down at Lower Highland Park. More information about Highland Park

Free Summer Concerts

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From the biggest names in music to local acts, there are many free concerts happening all across our parks during the summertime. View the schedule of free summer concerts in parks

The High Bridge, Bronx & Manhattan

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After closing for more than 40 years, the High Bridge—NYC’s oldest standing bridge—is open to the public! Travel across this iconic, car-free landmark that connects the Bronx and Manhattan. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Harlem River and explore the surrounding parks and neighborhoods. You can access the bridge from both Manhattan and the Bronx. More information about the High Bridge area

More Summer Date Ideas!

Looking for more places in New York City to explore with your date this summer? Take a look at these romantic settings in our parks. View Romantic Spots in Parks

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