For those honeymooning in New York City, there's no shortage of options and excursions to experience while basking in that newlywed glow. With everything Manhattan has to offer, it can be a bit overwhelming! Have no fear—we’ve got you covered. From day trips to romantic dinners, we’ve compiled a list of top five things you must do when honeymooning in NYC.
See Another Borough
While experiencing all the amazingness Manhattan has to offer, it can be easy to forget the four other boroughs that complete New York City. Make it a point to venture to another borough for a true New York experience. For the more adventurous couple, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is an unforgettable experience. As you walk (about an hour in each direction) be sure to snap photos of the Manhattan skyline before you explore all Brooklyn has to offer. If water views are more your style, the Staten Island Ferry is a perfect way to take in the sights as you cruise on the Hudson. The ferry provides over 70,000 commuters with ferry service between Staten Island and lower Manhattan and enables its passengers to have a perfect view of skyscrapers and bridges as well as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Visit Museums and Attractions
While most NYC tourists have heard of the Museum Mile, New York City is actually home to hundreds of cultural institutions and attractions. Before you arrive, find which museums pique your interests as a couple. History buffs? Check out the Museum of Natural History, Museum of the City of New York, or the New York Historical Society. Artsy? Stop by the American Museum of the Moving Image, the MoMA, or the National Design Museum. Looking for something a bit more unique? Try the Intrepid, the NYPD Museum, or the New York Botanical Gardens. For more adventurous honeymooners, there is even a Museum of Sex.
Stand in Times Square
While many locals tend to avoid the crowds and bustle of Times Square, it’s a must for all honeymooners experiencing NYC for the first time (just stay away from the dancing costumed characters!). The site of the New Year's Eve ball drop and the locale in countless movies and television episodes, Times Square spans from West 42nd Street to West 47th at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue. Second to the Las Vegas strip, Times Square is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions with countless restaurants, television studios, theaters, and attractions. The neon lights, bright billboards, and hustle and bustle of the square will intoxicate you as you explore all the heart of NYC has to offer.
Take a Carriage Ride Through Central Park
Depicted in both television and film as one of the most romantic places in the world, visiting Central Park is a must. Visiting Central Park by means of a horse-drawn carriage is an even bigger must. As one of your first experiences as a married couple, you can snuggle under a blanket or bask in the sun as you pass by landmarks including Central Park Reservoir, the Beatles-inspired Imagine Mosaic, the Central Park Carousel, and the zoo. Horse-drawn carriages can be enjoyed throughout the seasons and are consistently lined up along Central Park South between 5th and 6h avenues.
Enjoy (Several!) Romantic Dinners
New York boasts some of the world's best and most romantic restaurants. While honeymooning in the NYC, you’re pretty much obligated to enjoy at least one romantic dinner in some of the city’s most well-known restaurants. Some favorites include One if by Land, Two if by Sea; Daniel; and The Lakeside Restaurant.
Located in the heart of the West Village, One if by Land, Two if by Sea is housed inside a historic, landmarked carriage house first built in 1767. Featuring a baby grand piano, a private garden, and candlelit tables amongst fireplaces and chandeliers, this restaurant offers a classic menu for all seeking a romantic dining experience. Fun fact: more people are said to have announced their engagement at this restaurant than any other in NYC!
Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant, Daniel, serves award-winning contemporary French cuisine inspired by the seasons. And, with over 2,000 selections, Daniel’s extensive wine list span 15 countries. Decisions, decisions! A distinctive destination for weddings and rehearsal dinners, this location is also one of the few NYC restaurants to have been awarded a highly regarded two-star Michelin rating.
Or, if your relaxing carriage ride through Central Park has left you famished, The Lakeside Restaurant at the Loeb Boathouse is the perfect dinner destination April through November. This iconic restaurant also features a lounge and is the only Manhattan venue situated on a lake. Offering an extensive dinner menu in the most perfect setting, this spot is one of the most romantic, elegant, and unique dining experiences NYC has to offer.