Honeymoon in New York City - 17 Most Romantic Things To Do

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Bejal aka Be, is an award-winning travel and lifestyle digital content creator with a passion for sustainability and experiential travel. She has travelled to over 60 countries over the past 15 years – but NYC is one of her absolute favourite places in the world. Be’s travel style is very adventurous and with a priority to explore locales through the people, culture, food and social responsibility projects.

New York City is the perfect honeymoon destination for those who’d rather immerse themselves in a city that literally never sleeps than lie on a remote beach.

Your honeymoon in New York City should start with your arrival. Choose to arrive in style, perhaps in a luxury limousine from the airport before checking into one of the city’s many stylish, boutique hotels. NYC offers honeymooners an exciting line-up of must-see attractions, a diverse range of first class restaurants and picturesque rooftop bars where you can sip some bubbles, as well as knock-out experiences, such as a champagne cruise around the Manhattan skyline.

When it comes to the most important things to do in New York City, you will be utterly spoiled for choice. A honeymoon doesn’t have to be filled with lots of romantic, starry-eyed lover experiences; there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Choose from a whole host of private, once-in-a-lifetime moments, try outdoor adventures, and combine the incredible architecture, foodie spots, and a fine measure of awe-inspiring views.

Is NYC good for a honeymoon?

If you’re the kind of couple that love a panorama that’s reminiscent of the movies, a skyscraper backdrop sprinkled with outdoor green spaces, artwork, walking tours, and a plethora of exciting things to do and see, the Big Apple is going to be one hell of a memorable honeymoon destination for you.

Best time to visit New York City

New York is a year-round destination, and each season brings a different landscape with it. If you fancy being out and about for the majority of your honeymoon in New York City, the best times to visit are spring and fall. The city is at its most alive in summer, but the heat can sometimes be stifling, while the cold in winter can bite. Although there are few honeymoon ideas as romantic as Central Park in the snow.

Be-lavie’s top tips for honeymoon planning

Before launching into things that NYC has to offer for honeymooners, here are some tips that you may want to consider for a smooth and stress-free honeymoon, maybe even impressing your partner with your planning skills in the process.

  1. Make a loose itinerary of experiences and honeymoon ideas you’d like to partake in — and mix this in with rest days and less strenuous activities
  2. Book as many experiences as possible ahead. The last thing you want to do is discover that there is no availability on your chosen day because you didn’t plan ahead.
  3. Skip-the-line tickets are worth their weight in gold.
  4. Choose experiences that won’t be too affected by the weather at that time of year, but always leave some room to be flexible if the skies take a turn for the worst.
  5. If you know what experiences are a must for you, why not incorporate them into your wedding gift list? It will feel more special and memorable if you know a close friend paid for a once-in-a-lifetime activity. 
  6. Book a varied list of activities — from private experiences to small group tours to help keep costs manageable. New York is like any other big city; the costs can rack up pretty fast. Splash out on your favorite things. 
  7. Although private tours can be a little more costly, it’s worth considering that guides can tailor these to your individual needs, offering a more enjoyable and relevant experience.

The best things to do in New York City on your honeymoon

Luxury Experiences $ $ $

Start your time in the Big Apple by arriving in style with a one-way or return luxury airport transfer service. Allow an experienced driver to bring you to your hotel in the city safely and smoothly. There will be plenty of opportunities during your honeymoon in NYC to flag down an iconic yellow cab. 

Have a picture perfect honeymoon

To get your orientation and see the major sites of the city, why not hire a private photographer who’s at your disposal for 3 hours? Familiarize yourself with the city and its landmarks while your personal photographer snaps candid shots of your time in the city, so you can ditch the selfie stick safe in the knowledge you’ll have the perfect honeymoon snaps to share when you return home.

Take to the skies

Fancy an aerial view of New York? No problem. Opt for the caviar of experiences with a private helicopter flight. See all of Manhattan, the Hudson River, and not forgetting Lady Liberty, all from an angle only few have experienced. The view from above NYC is spectacular whether you’re flying during the day or by night. It’s the perfect Manhattan honeymoon experience. 

Enjoy views from the Empire State Building at sunrise

If you’re early birds, then be amongst the first group of people to see the wonderful views of NYC from the Empire State building at Sunrise. Watch the city wake up from the 86th floor of its most famous skyscraper as you spot other landmarks, like the gleaming Art Deco lines of the Chrysler Building. On a clear day, you can see 6 states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware. It’s an unforgettable honeymoon experience.

Explore New York’s foodie scene 

If you want the full NYC gastronomic experience, there’s a variety of private tours to keep you fueled and educated on what the city’s foodie scene has to offer. How about a Greenwich village food crawl or even a 3 hours pizza and brewery walking tour? A private tour means your foodie needs and wants can be catered for specifically, leaving you to enjoy the best flavors and take in your surroundings with a knowledgeable guide.

Mid-range experiences $ $

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the river

Plenty of affordable experiences await when you choose small group tours over private ones. If you’d love some time on the water, a great way to start the day is with a brunch cruise. Or you can also choose to cruise at lunch or dinner. Or maybe your cruise requires some fizz? In this case, what better combination than a one focused on champagne and cheese pairing?

Take an enchanting ride in Central Park

You may have walked in central park but a romantic horse and carriage ride may elevate your honeymoon experience, especially when you crack open the bubbly that’s included. The trip even includes a selection of photos to mark the occasion, Carriage rides are fun whatever the time of day, but particularly romantic by moonlight, snuggled up with your loved one.

Walk the High Line 

A great eco-friendly activity is to walk the High Line, a 1.45-mile long linear park built on a historic freight line. Admire the interesting artworks and views from this elevated walkway. And once you get to the end, explore The Vessel — one of New York’s newest landmarks — and take in the views via its 154 flights of interconnecting stairs. Once you reach the top, you can relax in the champagne bar and peer through the glass floor. 

Catch a show on Broadway

After a day of walking and exploring New York on your honeymoon, what better way than to end the evening with a bang on NYC’s famous Broadway. Grab tickets in advance to see one of the spectacular shows at its 40 theaters, like the glamorous Moulin Rouge musical, Phantom of the Opera, the Lion King or an old favorite like Chicago

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Take to the streets and get to know the real NYC

The best way to explore New York City on your honeymoon is by foot. And booking a private walking tour of Manhattan is a great way to get your bearings when you first arrive in the city.

Keen gardeners and horticulturalists can share some time in one of the city’s most impressive green spaces with an All-Garden Pass Ticket for the New York Botanical Gardens.

Explore further at one of the best street art initiatives in the world, The Bushwick Collective. This is a must-visit, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Book a guided street art tour for an insight into some of the most incredible murals in NYC, as well as stories from contemporary urban artists, their lifestyle, and the styles and techniques they use. It’s an experience that will make your trip one to remember.

Cruise across to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty at sunset 

No visit to New York City would be complete without a visit to see Lady Liberty up close and personal. Cruise around 100 feet away from her on a Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island sunset cruise, watching the sun set behind the statue as you take in incredible golden hour views of the Manhattan skyline. 

Feel the wind in your hair and watch the colors of the sunset take over the dusk sky, marveling at the city views and getting some amazing pics of your honeymoon in New York City.

Don’t miss these rocking views of NYC

You’re sure to want to see one of the most famous views in New York City from Top of The Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center. It boasts probably the best view of the Empire State building. Opt for a New York CityPASS, which allows you to save up to 40%, and see 6 of the top attractions in the city, with Top of the Rock being one.

Summary of experiences at a glance

New York City honeymoon round up

New York City is a fab destination for honeymoons, either as a location on its own or combined with a multi stop trip. The city has lots of experiences to suit all tastes as well as budgets, and most definitely puts the “special” into a honeymoon trip. 

Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment, especially when it comes to must-try activities. And be flexible — we can’t predict the weather. To get the best out of your trip, mix up your days with rest (it is your honeymoon, after all), as well as sightseeing. And make an obscene amount of memories.