NYC offers more green spaces than tourists can imagine. Secluded serene picnic spots dot the landscape in each of the five boroughs. So whether you’re on a first date or spending alone time with your sweetheart, there’s no better place for romance than the Big Apple. Imagine strolling hand-in-hand in a beautiful park with a backdrop of the city skyline, or sitting in a fairy tale garden or riding in a horse-drawn carriage. There are so many romantic, private spots you’ll have a hard time deciding on which one to choose. And if you’re looking for a place to pop the question, include one of these idyllic parks in your New York City tour!
Here’s a list of places in NYC for a romantic picnic:
Whisper sweet nothings for hours on a bench along the East River or indulge in panoramic views on the central Great Lawn. Some great restaurants are available nearby so fill your picnic basket and take your sweetie pie here for romantic strolls along the many trails.
Clove Lakes Park
This beautiful park on Staten Island is a must visit for those looking for a waterfront spot. Romance can be found under a cherry tree with a picnic lunch or while rowing a boat. Clove Park has become the destination for FREE outdoor musical performances. Check out Summer Stage in Staten Island and find big name entertainment.
East River State Park
Head to this charming Williamsburg park in Brooklyn, enjoyed by locals, for a picnic and stunning views of Manhattan’s skyline. River, wide open green spaces and blue skies with picnic tables and barbecue grills make this an ideal setting to spend an afternoon with a sweetheart. The park closes at dusk and there is little shade, so come prepared for fun in the sun.
Fort Tryon Park
Plan a picnic at this 67 acres landmark with sweeping views of the Hudson River and Palisades. If you’re both dog lovers, make sure you bring your furry friends along to Manhattan’s largest dog run. There are 8 miles of pathways and the park houses the city’s largest garden with unrestricted public access.
Don’t forget to visit this park when you’re in New York, particularly in the summer. It’s a hop skip and a jump from either Manhattan or Brooklyn with plenty of romantic waterfront settings for picnicking. Bring a camera to capture postcard-perfect views of the city. Enjoy the many fun activities offered once you’re done relaxing, everything from biking to boating.
Never-ending shady knolls and slopes will make all your romantic picnic ideas come true! There are loads of eateries nearby, so you’ll have plenty of choice goodies for the picnic basket. Take your honey to a secluded spot at the water’s edge at the Peninsula, accessible at Prospect Park Southwest and Vanderbilt Street.
Van Cortlandt Park
This thousand acre park is New York’s third largest park. The park is home to the country’s first golf course and the borough’s largest freshwater lake. There are shady oak forests and a wildlife preserve with trees that are 150 years old. You’ll want to download a map to pick your favorite spot and enjoy the Wetlands, Croton Woods and Northwest Forest, home to the largest habitat of rare plants in the city.