5 unexpected Valentine's Day dates.

This Valentine’s Day, skip the overcrowded restaurants and do something truly original with your love. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which means you’ll have plenty of time for a romantic outing after you finish up breakfast in bed. Here are some ideas for an unforgettable day, right here in New York City.

  1. The Cloisters



Perched on a hill above the Hudson River, The Cloisters is the perfect place to celebrate love—heavenly and otherwise. Constructed from pieces of medieval abbeys brought over from Europe, this museum will instantly transport you to a world of knights, unicorns, and maidens. Stroll through gardens and chapels, peer into illuminated manuscripts, and steal a kiss before a breathtaking view of the Hudson.



  1. Green-Wood Cemetery



For those darkly romantic types: Celebrate everlasting love with a walk through historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park. Better yet—nerd out on Victorian valentines with a special presentation on Saturday, February 13th, followed by a trolley tour of the cemetery.

  1. New York Botanical Garden



Take a walk through an old-growth forest or get steamy in a tropical greenhouse. The New York Botanical Garden is hosting a series of Valentine’s Day events, including chocolate tasting and a roaming guide of aphrodisiac plants.

  1. New York City Transit Museum



Cozy up with your honey in a 1920s train car at The New York City Transit Museum. Featuring over 20 vintage train cars, this underground museum in downtown Brooklyn has plenty of secret corners for canoodling. (Costumes optional.)



  1. Coney Island



Take your boo to the Mermaid Spa, a traditional Russian bathhouse, where you can relax in saunas and whack each other with oak branches if you like. Once you’re warmed up, stroll down the beach and head to Volna or Tatiana for some oversized beers on the boardwalk.

–Katie Fowley