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Planning date night has become quite a difficult task with the COVID guidelines and social distancing requirements. In the warmer months, it was a lot easier with the ton of outdoor activities you could complete. However, now that the temperatures are dropping below freezing most days, getting out of your room and staying outside for date night has not been easy. To make things a bit easier for you and your significant other, I compiled a list of activities you can do during date night that are both COVID and cold-weather friendly!

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

A timeless winter activity, ice skating is the perfect date idea full of laughs and memories. Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, ice skating is a great date idea all winter long. Personally, I prefer Bryant Park over the popular Rockefeller Center, and you can explore their Winter Village afterward. Just don’t forget your gloves and you and your S.O. will have a blast!

Build snowmen and go sledding in a local park

With all the snow we have gotten so far this winter and the many other storms predicted in the upcoming weeks, this is the perfect activity to complete to get out of the house and have some fun with your significant others. Grab some sticks, rocks, and accessories and bundle up to create your very own snowman. You can even bring a sled, or even a laundry basket, and go sledding down some hills! As simple as this idea seems, it is an extremely fun one and a great way to spend time with your significant other. 

Hot Chocolate Picnic

Who doesn’t love a picnic date? While the colder weather may make your typical sandwich and salad picnic a bit unbearable, stocking your basket with hot chocolate and baked goods is the perfect winter alternative. Bundle up, grab a cozy blanket, and chat with your significant other in the scenic central park while sipping on some hot chocolate. This is also a great date if you are still getting to know one another!

Visit different museums 

If you are looking to stay warm while still exploring NYC, the many museums that the city has to offer are a must-go. Most are now back open and following COVID guidelines, with some requiring pre-paid tickets. Whether you are looking to take some Instagram-worthy pictures at the Museum of Illusions or look at some fine art at the MET, you and your S.O. can spend hours walking through the museums. 

P.S. The Museum of Ice Cream is hosting exclusive date nights! This is a great opportunity to connect with your significant other and have fun!

While finding date ideas and exploring NYC has become harder with COVID restrictions, there are still many opportunities to take advantage of, even with the colder weather. I hope some of my date night ideas will help spark some adventure and create new memories for you and your significant other during these far from normal times.


Casey Schellberg

Manhattan '23

Casey is a junior at Manhattan College majoring in Childhood Education with a concentration in math and psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping, and exploring NYC. Casey is also a part of Manhattan’s cheerleading team and serves as an RA on campus. She is loving her new home as a Jasper at MC and cannot wait to see what the upcoming years bring!
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