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: 

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A romantic stroll away from the bustle

Oakland Lake, Queens

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Take a stroll around this scenic pond in Alley Pond Park that's been around for thousands of years. Have a seat by the waterside and admire the many birds that visit this serene part of the park year-round. Then, venture out on one of the many hiking trails that lead through a forest, home to the Alley Giant — the tallest and oldest tree in New York City.

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A night out in the city

Bryant Park, Manhattan

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Plan the perfect night. The Rink at Bryant Park is open late until 11:00 p.m. daily, perfect for late skaters who love to take in the city lights. Admission is free, and now you can reserve your skate time with skate rental!

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Capturing memories for a lifetime

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

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There's so much to do and see at this cultural wonderland in Staten Island. Stop for photos at this eye-catching allee now dazzled in an Instagram-worthy display of lights at the Lantern Festival (through January 12, 2020). Wander through a bamboo forest at the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden. Catch a show at the historic Music Hall and learn about the borough's amazing history at the Staten Island Museum.

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History lovers curious about New York's elite

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

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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 some 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) 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 one of the wealthiest women in 19th-century America, Eliza Jumel.


She lived here at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park. Although Burr married Lady Jumel 29 years after he killed Alexander Hamilton, when Eliza decided to divorce him after three years of marriage, 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 say, to this day, the mansion is haunted by Lady Jumel. Find out for yourself while learning paranormal investigation at the mansion.

Nature lovers who like hiking

Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

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If you and your bae are nature lovers, you're in the right place— Manhattan's only natural forest. Use our hiking trails map to plan your adventure! And, don't forget to bring binoculars; Inwood Hill Park is one of the best places to see owls and bald eagles.

Make sure to head on over to Spuyten Duyvil Creek to enjoy a romantic view of the Henry Hudson Bridge at Muscota Marsh.

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You'll most likely see majestic birds like blue herons and snowy egrets here. Stick around for a beautiful sunset glow! 

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Watching the winter sunsets

Shore Road Parkway, Brooklyn

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Dreaming of warmer days? Bundle up and head to this beloved waterfront in South Brooklyn for some of the best views of the sunset. Feel the glow of the sun on your face as you stroll in the glory of its rays. Stop to capture take striking views of NYC's tallest bridge, which stretches across to Staten Island. Make this trip extra special by taking the NYC Ferry to the Bay Ridge stop, where the promenade starts, to begin your sunset stroll. From the Pier, you can see the towering skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan and New Jersey as well as the New York Harbor. 

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Long walks in a winter wonderland

Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters, Manhattan

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When the city is covered in snow, escape to this beautiful waterfront park on the shorefront of Washington Heights. Although stunning year-round, the snow adds a fairytale charm to the massive stone pathways, giant trees, gardens, and overlooks to the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades. 

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Last updated: December 19, 2019

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