5 Fun Date Ideas in NYC | Sasha Chou Photography

Wedding plans taking over your life? It’s easy for couples to get bogged down with the planning process, but don’t forget that at the end of the day, your love and commitment to one another are most important. Be sure to cherish this fleeting time in your lives, and treasure the excitement that comes with being an engaged couple. Take some time to take it all in, and use the engagement period to deepen your relationship. Go ahead and have some fun! Ready to take a break from the planning? Blow off steam, and enjoy spending time together on one (or all!) of these fun date ideas in NYC for engaged couples:

5 Fun Date Ideas in NYC for Engaged Couples

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1. Channel your Inner Sous-Chef.

Need to brush up on your cooking skills? Why not try a local cooking class? This can be a fun way for you to bond with your fiancé by learning something new together! The Institute of Culinary EducationTaste Buds Kitchen, and The Brooklyn Kitchen all offer fun and informative cooking classes right here in New York City. Before you know it, everyone will be saying, “Gordon Ramsay, who?”

2. Experience Nature

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Why not go on a hike together to get some fresh air and great views? Head to your nearest national park or some simple hiking trails just outside the city. Storm King MountainBreakneck Ridge, and Gertrude’s Nose Trail are just a few of the hikes that will give you gorgeous views while still being within a close distance to New York City. Just be sure to check for clear weather before you go, and bring lots of water!

3. Sing Your Heart Out

Is there a band you both love? How about attending a concert by one of your favorite bands? Concerts can be a fun way to let loose and relieve stress by dancing and singing to your favorite songs! Ticketmaster can be a great resource to book tickets in advance for several concerts and shows. However, if you’re on a budget, try heading to a popular NYC music bar, and listen to local artists for free. You might just end up with a new favorite band or singer for your wedding reception!

4. “You Pick Two Meal”

Try shaking up your typical dinner night out by going to a different place for each course. You can divide this up, and have each person pick two of the restaurants. For example, you choose the appetizer and dessert locations, while your fiancé chooses the main course and drink locations. This date night is perfect for any budget because you can choose the types of restaurants—or even a food cart near Central Park! You could even go fancy on the drinks and appetizers, then hit up McDonald’s for burgers and ice cream. The possibilities are endless, and you are sure to have a blast choosing your next course!

5. Bury the Hatchet

Looking for a date night that is a bit unconventional? Try axe throwing! Several places such as Live AxeBury the Hatchet, and Mad Axe all give you the opportunity to eat, drink, and (you guessed it) throw axes! You are sure to let off some steam and giggle with your fiancé as you both tackle this new adrenaline-rush together. Just be sure to book in advance since spots are often limited!

What’s Your Favorite Date Idea in NYC?

I hope you enjoy these date ideas in NYC! No matter what you and your fiancé decide to do for date night, just remember to have fun and enjoy spending time together. An engagement is the beginning of your biggest adventure as future spouses, so take the time to celebrate and live in the moment! Congratulations, lovebirds!

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