February is the month of love and New York City is the perfect location to celebrate love, offering several classic favorites that never fail to thrill even the most cynical among us. For a truly magical experience, visitors could try a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Tucked up among blankets to keep out the winter chill, passengers can enjoy a romantic outing in one of the colorful, flower-laden carriages that line up across from the Plaza Hotel each day.
What better way to celebrate romance than by sharing one of the most beautiful views in the world from the top of the Empire State Building, New York’s most visited tourist attraction? There are two observatories offered to the visitor. The first, situated on the 86th floor, is reached by high-speed elevators, and is glass enclosed, although it also offers outdoor promenades and high-powered telescopes to take in the panoramic view of New York City. The second observatory is even higher up on the 102nd floor and is open until 2 am every day. On a clear day, you can see up to 80 miles from the top of this historic building!
Brooklyn Promenade has always been a favorite place among locals and visitors alike, providing a 1/3 mile long tree-lined walkway and some of the most amazing views of Manhattan. Stroll along the promenade or relax on one of the many benches to watch New Yorkers from all walks of life enjoy this delightful green space in the midst of the hubbub of the city. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is part of the Historic Preservation District and offers visitors a taste of the romantic period in New York’s history when townhouses and mansions dotted the area.