Forget about finding a perfect present for your other half by browsing the shelves of a department store. The most meaningful, memorable gifts you can give don’t come from a box: they’re unique experiences that you and your partner share together in The City that Never Sleeps.
We’ve put together a list of unique, fun, and diverse activities for you and your partner.
If you’re looking for a specific experience gift for your “main man” check out 22 Best Experience Gifts for Your Husband!
Go to a Live Cooking Show at the 92nd St Y
Love cooking together? If you and your partner are both passionate about food, consider a night out at the 92nd Street Y. They hold inexpensive live demonstrations by big-name chefs like Bobby Flay and Jacques Pepin that are followed by a 3 course meal with the chef. The non-profit community center is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan near Central Park, so it’s an easy (and pleasant) commute from all over the city.
Team up in a Music Studio
A truly special gift for a truly musical loved one. Give your loved one the chance to make a music video at a real recording studio!
There are many options when it comes to recording studios. Not all of them offer music videos as part of their services, so be sure to do research before booking. The price per hour for studio time is usually between $50 and $100, depending on what you want to include in your video—the studio itself may include equipment rentals or lighting assistance in that price, but some will not. You can also expect to pay an hourly rate for each employee present during the shoot (which might include sound technicians and videographers).
Video production companies are an excellent resource if you want something more elaborate than just recording yourself singing into a microphone at home. Most studios will allow customers access to professional equipment such as instruments for playing music or cameras shooting on film rather than digital (although these tend cost more).
Learn How to Make Your Own Kombucha, Perfume… or Anything Else!
If you love to try out all types of new creative projects, Class Bento is the place for you. Take a morning or afternoon and learn how to do knife smithing, craft a leather tote bag, or make stained glass with the help of a certified instructors.
They even have a class where couples learn to body paint each other using black light paints. The class promises that “you’ll see your partner in a whole new light.”
Embark on a Vegan Food Tour
For the adventurous foodie couple, this vegan tour is a great way to sample some of the best vegan eateries in the Big Apple. The tour offers you an opportunity to sample incredible plant-based dishes while learning more about New York’s vibrant veggie community.
Tour participants will enjoy samples from vendors and restaurants that are off-the-beaten track, so if you’re a local, expect to discover new places where you can enjoy your favorite meals.
Individual Vegan Tours NY will cost $85+ per person; bookings via their website are highly recommended as tours often sell out fast. You’ll get between six and eight food tastings during the three hour walking tour, so make sure to dress comfortably for the occasion. As for what to bring along for the tour: a camera and comfortable walking shoes (you’ll be doing around 20 blocks on foot).
Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney is one of the leading museums of twentieth-century and contemporary art in the world, and its collection includes over 21,000 works by more than 3,000 artists. Additionally, it offers visitors a variety of exhibits as well as educational programs to ensure that you not only see incredible artwork but that you also learn about it too.
This museum also has a restaurant on-site called Untitled at the Whitney, which serves contemporary American cuisine using locally sourced food from farmers’ markets within New York City. Couples can enjoy their meal while looking out onto spectacular views of the Hudson River. Additionally, they offer gift cards so that couples can top off their experience with an incredible meal!
Go Ice Skating in Bryant Park
If you’re looking for an iconic New York City experience, take your sweetie to the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and go ice skating! The large ice rink is open from October to March, and skate rentals are $20. The rink is open daily from 8am-10pm, so it’s accessible even if you work 9-5 or have other commitments during the day.
Additionally, there are lockers available to store your belongings while you lace up your skates, as well as food concessions around the park so you can grab a bite before or after taking a chilly glide around the rink together!
Take a Wine Tasting & Yoga Class at City Vineyard
If the couple you’re shopping for is into yoga and wine (who isn’t?), look no further than City Winery’s Vinyasa Yoga + Wine Tasting class.
City Winery has gorgeous views of the river and downtown Manhattan, making it the perfect spot to start your Sunday morning. If wine is your thing as well, this might also be an activity worth checking out yourself. You know what they say… couples who yoga together stay together.
Highlights of NYC with a Helicopter Tour
You can see the city like never before with a helicopter tour.
If you and your partner are looking for a totally unique experience in NYC, then you should try out a helicopter tour over the city. See landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park from above. This will be an unforgettable experience! If you and your partner are travelers at heart and love seeing new places, this activity is for you!
A Night Out with a Burlesque Show.
Burlesque is a classic American entertainment medium that combines dancing, performance art, and striptease. It can be sensual and erotic, but it’s not the same as stripping—it’s more about the tease than the actual reveal.
The show itself can vary from venue to venue: some are more traditional with a theme like “vaudeville” or “pinup girl.” Others are more modern. Many shows feature singers and comedians in addition to dancers. Your experience will depend on which of the many burlesque dance troupes you catch a show by (check out The New York Burlesque Festival for a good sample of most of them).
A Night of Music and Craft Beer Tasting at Brooklyn Bowl
If you and your sweetie love music and craft brews, then a night at Brooklyn Bowl is sure to be a hit. This upscale bowling alley has live performances by both local bands and more well-known acts, plus tons of fun games to play and some great craft beer options.
Couples can grab a couple of tickets to one of the many shows, or sign up for their Brews & Beats series. This special event includes two hours of bowling, delicious eats from the Blue Ribbon restaurant inside the venue, and an introduction to 12 different types of craft beer. You’ll get to taste everything from the lightest lagers and ales all the way through porters, stouts, and sours. You’ll also learn about each beer’s history as well as what foods it pairs best with.
The next time you’re looking for something fun for you and your boo to do together in New York City – whether it’s an anniversary dinner date or just some quality time on a Tuesday night – consider making it memorable by purchasing tickets for one of these awesome NYC experiences!
Treat Yourselves to Horseback Riding in Central Park
Ready for an activity that is both exciting and romance-inducing? Central Park Horseback Riding Tours might be the perfect experience. Here’s what you need to know:
Dress like you’re going hiking. For example: jeans or leggings (no shorts), comfortable shoes with a backstrap (no sandals), a long-sleeved shirt (the horses sometimes kick up mud), and layers if it’s cold out. Hats are optional—but recommended! No previous riding experience is necessary; all instructions will be given before departure by a licensed instructor.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea and Live Music at Alice’s Tea Cup
- Afternoon tea at Alice’s Tea Cup is the perfect romantic experience gift for couples.
- It’s located at 102 West 73rd Street and 220 East 81st Street in Manhattan.
- The tea is served with live music, usually on a harp or piano.
- They serve a variety of loose leaf teas, scones, and finger sandwiches.
- You can also order pastries like carrot cake, cookies, chocolate chip bread pudding, or banana cream pie if you’re looking for something a little sweeter to go along with your tea.