Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, along with its “perfect-date”anxieties. With school, finding time for dates is difficult, so take that time that you’re setting aside for a perfect Valentine’s date and do something unexpected.
I have compiled a list of some of the most fun date ideas in NYC. Warning: they are not your cliché lovey dovey locations. The best part is, you do not have to do any of these with a boyfriend or girlfriend; if you are single, you could definitely do any of these with your best friend. So take the money that you would spend on that all-too-quickly-digested filet mignon, and invest it into some of these lifetime memory makers.
Valentine’s Day is all about knocking each other off your feet and getting your heart rate rising. You can do both at Indoor Extreme Sports as you blast each other with paintball guns or play laser tag. Guys, I know you especially would love to do this. If you have any trouble persuading a girl to go with you, just tell her how many calories she will burn chasing after you. Paintball is $36 per person, but that is for three hours of unlimited balls and all inclusive protection. A hackneyed dinner and a movie date is at least $50 per person for the same duration of time, but with less excitement and interaction. A little cheaper is the laser tag ranging from $20 to $28. If this is the date you are looking for then hop on the 7 train and get off at the 33rd & Rawson stop.
Now, I personally love a horror movie for dates because it is a great reason to get “scared” and cling onto my date for dear life. This idea is one step past horror movies. Time Scare’s Hotel of Horrors is the only year-round haunted house in New York City. Go there with your date and hold hands as you walk through the haunted corridors. Great screams now will make for great laughs later. Tickets start from $27, and if this fright fest sounds like just the right amount of excitement for your Valentine’s night, then just ride the subway on down to Times Square.
If you are looking for a gift and a date, then Color Me Mine is the place to go. At Color Me Mine, you get to paint all sorts of pottery. Guys, I have no explanation as to why this would be manly, except for the fact that it would make your girlfriend happy. So do it. On Valentine’s Day there is also a two for one studio fee! Ladies, you can always make a single girls’ night out of it. Located in Tribeca, you can take the 1,2,3, or A,C to Chambers Street.
I don’t think a Valentine’s Day could be complete without sex and I don’t mean doing it. The Museum of Sex has some really cool and informative exhibits this month like “The Sex Lives of Animals.” It’s fun, educational and has a pretty scandalous gift shop. What more could you ask for? Admission is $17.50, but you can get a $3 discount online. To get there take the 6 train to 28th St. (Park Avenue) or the 1 train to 28th St(7th Ave).