New York City is an ideal destination for couples. With delicious restaurants, exhilarating views, romantic cruises, inspiring museums, and much more, this city has tons of attractions to choose from when crafting that perfect vacation for just adults.
If you’re looking for fun activities and other things to do in NYC for couples and adults, check out our list of the top attractions and activities, including…
- Popular Observation Decks
- New York City Art Museums
- Beautiful Botantical Gardens
- Central Park Bike Rides
- Sports Venue Tours
- Romantic Water Cruises
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
- and more!
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Popular Observation Decks
Some of the most romantic places in New York City can be found in unexpected places – like way up high on an observation deck.
More romantic scenes and proposals have happened at places like the Top of the Rock Observatory and the Empire State Building than you’d think – just consider movies like An Affair to Remember!
Head to the stellar Top of the Rock for excellent sweeping views of the city below. You could also opt for a trip up the iconic Empire State Building to make your own movie moment.
If you’re not sure which observation deck to choose, check out our post comparing Top of the Rock vs Empire State Building!
New York City Art Museums
While there are way too many museums in NYC to visit them all on one trip — or even several — a few of our favorites make for excellent couples’ destinations for the art-loving duos out there.
The Museum of Modern Art is famous for its fabulous collections of modern and contemporary art, including legends like Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollack, and more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (including its sister institutions, the Cloisters, and the Met Breuer – which are also options on the New York City Explorer Pass) is another must-visit destination for art lovers, featuring everything from Ancient Egyptian artifacts to lovely Monets.
Love museums, but are looking for something a little outside the box? A visit to the Museum of Sex is definitely a must for adventurous adults.
It features not only an informative history of human sexuality and the way cultures across time and around the globe have perceived the human body, but it also has some really quirky exhibits to enjoy.
Getting In: Museum of Sex admission is available with the New York Explorer Pass.
The Beauties of Nature
New York City may seem to be the archetypal urban landscape, but the more you explore, the more you realize that the great outdoors is just as beautiful here as any forest or park.
If you’re a true lover of nature, there’s the lush New York Botanical Garden which is home to over one million plants. Explore over 50 different themed exhibits and gardens and immerse yourself in unique flora and fauna.
Another delightful option is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and its companion institution, the Brooklyn Museum. Explore the wonders of nature and then switch to marveling at culture.
Getting In: New York Botanical Garden admission and Brooklyn Museum & Brooklyn Botanic Garden admission are both available with the New York Explorer Pass.
If you’re looking for some larger green spaces to explore, head to the world-famous Central Park.
Here, you’ll find space for everything from picnics to bike tours and beyond. Plus, holding hands while walking through the park is a time-honored NYC date tradition!
You could also opt to rent a bike for some leisurely pedaling around the park, or throughout the city. It’s a fun way to get out and get some exercise together on your vacation, too
Getting In: Full Day Central Park Bike rentals are available with the New York Explorer Pass.
Sports Venue Tours
For first-time visitors and even repeat customers, tours are an excellent way to explore the many facets of New York City life and culture.
If you’re a sports fan, you’re definitely going to want to scope out the many amazing sports venues that you’ll find in NYC.
For one, Yankee Stadium is an iconic park where one of Major League Baseball’s most storied teams plays. Go behind the scenes to scope out the dugout, the bullpen, a luxury box, and more.
Or, if you prefer hockey and basketball, then a trip to Madison Square Garden is in order. MSG has also been home to many famed concerts over the years, so there’s a lot of territory to explore there.
You can even take a food-centric walking tour that allows you to sample the area’s best and most famous cuisines.
Try the food that real New Yorkers eat — not just the stuff for tourists. And explore new neighborhoods while you’re at it, bringing out beyond the scope of what an average visitor might see on their vacation.
(And afterwards, you may want to embark on a bike tour to work it off — perhaps someplace new like Brooklyn?)
Getting In: NYC Food on Foot Tours admission is available with the New York Explorer Pass.
If you love the idea of a culinary tour, but were perhaps hoping more booze was involved, then a Spirits on Foot Tour sounds like it’s right up your alley.
You and your friends can stroll around top NYC neighborhoods and hit up some of the best bars in the city while enjoying informative narration and insider info from your guide.
Sample drink specials, or order from the regular menu to try what the locals drink. Whether you’re a beer snob, a wine connoisseur, or just love some tasty cocktails, you’ll find a drink to enjoy on this tour.
Getting In: Spirits on Foot Tours admission is available with the New York City Explorer Pass.
Insider Tip: There are walking tour options in NYC that cover everything from street art to monuments to specific neighborhoods — check out your choices to see what suits your fancy the most!
So you want to see more of the city, but don’t want to feel like you’re taking the same tour every other tourist in the city takes? Check out New York’s most innovative tour – The RIDE.
It’s a funny, creative, and delightful way to explore the city aboard your own luxury motor coach. There’s even the occasional karaoke involved!
Another option that’s just as much fun is THE TOUR, which is a little bit longer and includes different sites.
So be a little silly with your partner or friends, learn a little something, and have a great time.
A Fun & Romantic Cruise
Another exciting yet romantic way to explore the city is via an evening cruise. After all, there’s something so special about seeing the city lights by night.
Try a Harbor Lights Cruise for some beautiful views and even more beautiful moments.
It’s fun for friends, too – you’ll get to enjoy the illuminated skyline and see major sites like Ellis Island, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and many more.
Getting In: Harbor Lights Cruise admission is available with the New York Explorer Pass.
Visit the Statue of Liberty
Of course, you simply can’t leave New York City without paying a visit to its most famous resident – the iconic Lady Liberty herself.
History buffs and fans of U.S. culture in general will want to take the trip out to see Liberty Island themselves, so hop aboard a ferry and let the adventures begin!
Don’t forget to explore the nearby Ellis Island, too, once home to the country’s immigration center. The museum located there is poignant and informative and is great for curious travelers.
Plus, you may find the name of one of your ancestors on the engraved wall!
Getting In: Statue of Liberty Ferry admission is available with the New York City Explorer Pass.
New York City is rightfully considered one of the shopping capitals of the United States. Quite literally, you can buy almost anything you can dream of in NYC.
Whether you’re roaming the couture boutiques of Madison Avenue or scouring the shops of SoHo for that perfect deal, you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s content in this city. Just be nice to your partner and buy them something!
Another great (and budget-friendly!) option is to take a trip out to the Woodbury Common outlets. Hop aboard a bus to avoid the hassle of driving and parking, and spend a few hours shopping to your heart’s content.
Getting In: Woodbury Common Bus Tour admission is available with the New York City Explorer Pass.
Remember to Save on Admission
As you can see, there are so many things to do in NYC for couples and adults that it’s hard to narrow down the list.
While you most likely can’t squeeze all of these activities into one trip, you can select several to craft that perfect couples vacation.
Remember, many of these great activities are included on the New York Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Consider adding a few of these fun options to your vacation itinerary. Enjoy!