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Places to Go on a Date in NYC Parks: Winter

Planning a date? Here's a list of places to go and things to do on a date in New York City's parks during the winter: 

Wave Hill, Bronx


Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

On warm winter days, come to this 28-acre garden that looks out on a stunningly serene view of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades from the pergola. Have lunch at the indoor cafe, and be sure to check out the art gallery. Wave Hill offers tours of the gardens year-round and hosts events for kids and families, aspiring chefs, gardeners, and artists. 

General admission is $8 per adult, but you can visit Wave Hill for free on Target Free Days—Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. More information about Wave Hill

Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan


Photo courtesy of Gracie Mansion Conservancy

Join a free tour of NYC Mayor's official residence here at Gracie Mansion in Carl Schurz Park. To sign up for a tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Or, enjoy the park's beautiful landscape and quiet seating areas. Head out on the promenade for a stunning view of the Queensboro Bridge and the East River islands, like Randall's Island and Roosevelt Island.

More information about Carl Schurz Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn


Photo by Martin Seck, courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance

Warm up with some hot chocolate and go ice skating at LeFrak Center. More information about the Prospect Park ice skating rink


Photo by Michael Moran/Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance

Grab lunch at the Bluestone Lakeside Cafe. The menu features Israeli Couscous Bowls, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers (including a veggie burger), chicken fingers, and roasted sweet potatoes, as well as a variety of wines and beer. More information about Bluestone Lakeside Cafe


Photo by Paul Martinka/Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance

If you're venturing out into the park, head to Lookout Hill. This is the highest point in Prospect Park. From here, you can capture a panoramic view of Brooklyn. Stop by the Boathouse by the lake. It's the first urban-area Audubon center in the nation. Step back in time to the 1800s at Lefferts House, a Dutch farmhouse that's now a museum. Escape to a tropical paradise at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Tropical Pavilion, a recreation of a rainforest, complete with waterfalls. Admission to the garden is free on weekdays from December through February. More information about Prospect Park

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island


Photo courtesy of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

There's so much to do and see at this cultural wonderland in Staten Island. Stop for photos at this eye-catching allee, catch a show at the historic Music Hall, wander through a bamboo forest path at the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, see how the garden's rarest and most beautiful plants grow at the Carl Grillo Glass House, and learn about the borough's amazing history at the Staten Island Museum. More information about Snug Harbor

Bartow-Pell Mansion, Bronx & The Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Tucked away in Pelham Bay Park is the grand Grecian-style Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and garden that overlooks The Lagoon in New York City's largest park. The property dates back to the 1790s, when it was purchased by John Bartow Prevost. Today, the museum offers tours of the 19th century mansion that give insight into the lives of prominent New Yorkers. These New Yorkers included Mayor LaGuardia who used the mansion as a summer office and Aaron Burr (the third vice president of the United States and shooter of Alexander Hamilton) who was married to John Bartow's mother Theodosia Bartow. 

Aaron Burr was John Bartow's stepfather. Nearly 40 years after Theodosia died, Burr married the wealthiest woman in 19th century America, Eliza Jumel.


 

She lived here at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. Burr married Lady Jumel 29 years after he killed Alexander Hamilton. But when Eliza decided to divorce him three years later, she hired Alexander Hamilton's son as her divorce lawyer. The divorce was finalized on September 14, 1836, the same day Aaron Burr died. Eliza lived in the house until her death in 1865. Some believe the mansion is haunted by lady Jumel.

Oakland Lake, Queens


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Take a stroll around this scenic 30,000-year-old pond in Alley Pond Park that's a haven for birds all year-round. Have a seat by the waterside or venture out on one of the many hiking trails that lead through a forest that boast being home to the tallest and oldest tree in New York City.

More information about Oakland Lake at Alley Pond Park

Bryant Park, Manhattan


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Admission to the Rink at Bryant Park is free! Grab some skates (or rent a pair) and hit the ice with your sweetheart. Come for the panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan. 

More information about Bryant Park

Inwood Hill Park & Muscota Marsh, Manhattan


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks 

If you're a nature lover, you're in the right place. This park is home to Manhattan's only natural forest that's also one of the best places to see owls that live in New York City. More information about Inwood Hill Park

Head north to Spuyten Duyvil Creek to enjoy a romantic view of the Henry Hudson Bridge at Muscota Marsh.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

You'll most likely see majestic birds like blue herons and snowy egrets here. Stick around for a beautiful sunset! More information about Muscota Marsh

Hiking with a park guide


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Hiking is a great way to explore our parks and discover New York City's best views and fascinating history. Our Urban Park Rangers host low intensity to vigorous hikes in parks in every borough. Find a hiking event

If you prefer to venture out in the great outdoors on your own, visit our hiking trails page to find a list of trails around New York City.

Van Cortlandt House, Bronx


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

It's the oldest house in the Bronx! George Washington stayed here a few times during the Revolutionary War and turned the mansion into his temporary headquarters. Come check it out!  More information about Van Cortlandt House

Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters, Manhattan


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Escape to this beautiful waterfront park built by Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr. whose father was the architect of Central Park and Prospect Park. The park's massive pathways feature awe-inspiring views of the Hudson River, the New Jersey Palisades, and the Heather Garden—the city's largest free public garden, which is in bloom all year! More information about Fort Tryon Park


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The park grounds is also home to The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts and home to more than 5,000 pieces of medieval works of art for more than 150 years. More information about The Cloisters

Silver Lake Park, Staten Island


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Take a stroll around Staten Island's Silver Lake Reservoir, a sparkling beauty amidst the massive 205-acre park. Enjoy a romantic stroll on a walkway that spans the lake or hang out with your dog pals at the dog run. More information about Silver Lake Park

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