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10 Awesome Offbeat NYC Date Ideas

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If your typical date follows a script of dinner-and-a-movie, time to break out of the rut. Here are some offbeat NYC date ideas to try out, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

1. Take A Trapeze Class

Ever wonder how it feels to fly? At the Trapeze School New York, you can swing and flip in the air in the comfort of a safety net. The classes include options for all levels, from first timer to advanced flyers, where you’ll learn the basic moves under the guidance of expert instructors. You’ll walk away with routines that you can try at home and a newfound love for flying.

2. Free Kayaking

If you’re planning a low-key date that’s easy on the wallet, the Red Hook Boaters offers free kayaking sessions limited to 20 minutes each. Simply turn up, put your name on a list and enjoy unrestricted views of the city as you paddle around the protected cove. All equipments are provided along with paddling and safety tips — although don’t forget your camera. In exchange for the free kayak ride, you’re invited to join in a quick beach cleanup.
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Fun flavored popcorn at Nitehawk.

3. Dine At The Movies

Nitehawk’s Live Sound Cinema takes their movie screenings up a notch with a live band that plays against silent era films and cult classics. Servers are on hand to take your orders; their selection of grub includes fish tacos, flavored popcorns, burgers and booze. If you and your sweetheart are new parents, bring along your baby to Nitehawk’s Hawks with Babies screenings. You’ll be in the company of new parents which means you’re not met with death stares should your baby start bawling in the middle of the movie.

4. Savor The Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

The 1920s soda fountain culture has long dwindled from its peak, but Bubby’s has set out to revive this delightful national treasure. Create your own sundaes, shakes, malts and sodas from 15 syrups and a variety of toppings – all ingredients are made from scratch. Don’t leave without trying their fresh pastries and sandwiches.
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Beer and romance in NYC with Bitters & Esters.

5. Brew Your Own Beer

Whether you’re a first time brewer or an expert, you’re in for a fantastic learning experience on the ABCs of home brewing at Bitter and Esters. Choose from over 50 house recipes or customize one to your taste. The best part? Each batch that you make produces six cases of beer, plenty to share with your partner.

6. Explore The City Through A Scavenger Hunt

Even if you’ve lived in NYC for years, there are still many off the beaten spots to discover. What better way to do so than through the Accomplice show? Part scavenger hunt, part interactive theater and part walking tour, you’ll encounter various cast members and clues as you set out to complete your mission around the city. The adventure is a great way to add some mystery and fun to your date.
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7. Volunteer For A Day

The Food Bank relies on a strong base of volunteers. As a volunteer, you’ll be assigned tasks such as setting up food stations, bagging fresh produce or simply providing a warm smile to a neighbor in need. It’s a great way to bond with your partner while you make a direct impact on the lives of hungry children and families in your community.

8. Free Stand Up Comedy

If you’re looking to spend a light-hearted night with your partner, Eastville Comedy Club’s, “The A-List,” features some of the New York’s funniest and experienced stand-up comedians. There is a two-drink minimum per person (non-alcoholic beverages count, as well). The seats are filled on a first-come basis so be sure to arrive early if you want a good spot.
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9. Paint Your Own Masterpiece

Even if you have no previous painting experience, you’re guaranteed heaps of fun at the Painting Lounge. In each class, the instructor will help you paint your version of a famous artwork, step by step. All materials will be provided, just bring your inspiration and creativity, and be ready to channel your inner Van Gogh or Monet.

10. Browse The Markets

Forget the congested streets of Manhattan. Head on to the Brooklyn Flea instead where you can rummage through a jumble of beaded jewelry, handmade soaps and clothes. If you’re a foodie, mosey over to Smorgasburg where more than 30 vendors serve up American classics and international cuisines. Check out our list of markets above that are worth a visit!

About The Author

Suhana Sol writes at SuhanaSol, a website focused on travel and social good. In 2013, she left Singapore and a job in marketing to pursue a new life in Canada.

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