Best Things to Do in New York City for Valentine’s Day!

Here at Smart Destinations, we think Valentine’s Day should be a holiday for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re happily in love, single and loving it, or testing the waters with a new Valentine’s Day date! Luckily, there are so many things to do in New York City for Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status. Take a look at some of our top picks for fun and romance on the 14th.

For Singles

Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for singles. Rather than stress about finding the perfect gift or planning the perfect date, you can spend all your time thinking about how to pamper yourself—we have a feeling that won’t be a challenge. But after making your way through a box of chocolates, why not get out and join other singles for a fun night on the town with your friends or on your own!

The annual Missed Connections Party at Grand Central Station. Although it’s on the romantic side (complete with kissing rooms and decorative wedding photos), there’s no need to bring a plus one to this party. Inspired by the anonymous “Missed Connections” classifieds on Craigslist, the even will feature art, poetry, music, and romance. For the 100th birthday of Grand Central, a special viewing of the Transit Museum’s Grand By Design exhibition will be on display. Plus, expect tastings of your favorite sweets and beverages from Boylan Bottling Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Grande Harvest Wines, Li-Lac Chocolates, and Zaro’s Bakery.

For Lovebirds

If you’ve been with your Valentine for some time, chances are you’ve done the movie date and the dinner date too many times to count. If you want to make this day truly special, take your date to something out of the ordinary.

Our suggestion: Head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of our all time favorite things to do in New York City, for an exclusive Valentine’s Day-themed performance by Judy Collins. The legendary folk artist is playing her third concert at the Met, and it’s not to be missed. Plus, ticketholders will be invited to the 3-course Perfect Pairs Dinner in the Members Dining Hall, featuring classic food and wine pairings. The menu will not disappoint!

For First Dates

If you’re going on a Valentine’s Day first date (or perhaps second or third date), you’ll want to do something that really impresses that special someone. Especially if you want to take the relationship to new heights.

You guessed it, we’re talking about the Empire State Building, New York’s most iconic and beloved landmark. As you may know, Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year that couples can get married in the building, so love is in the air already! The observation deck is open to the public, so you and your date can zoom up to the 86th floor anytime before 1:15 AM. At the top, the breathtaking view will set the scene for romance, and perhaps, the perfect kiss.


  1. Leslie Horning says

    New York City is a fabulous place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. So much to do and see and places to go.

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