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Central Park Picnic and Rowboating

Duration: 5 hours
Budget: $50

This budget-friendly date idea involves a combination of a lovely picnic amidst the lush greenery of Central Park followed by a fun session of row boating in the park's scenic lake. Complete with beautiful views, it's the perfect outdoors date for nature-loving couples.

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  • You begin your date bright and early in the morning by packing a picnic basket together. Your basket includes homemade sandwiches, a bottle of wine, and your partner's favorite dessert. Once everything is packed and ready, you head out to Central Park, which looks beautiful in the September sun.
  • Finding a great spot under a colorful tree, you spend the next hour enjoying a delicious picnic. After the picnic, it's time for some fun. You rent a rowboat from the Loeb Boathouse and begin your adventure on the lake. The sight of the NYC skyline reflecting off the calm lake water is breathtaking.
  • As the sun starts to set, you row your way to a secluded corner of the lake. There, surrounded by the golden hues of the sunset, you spend some quaint time with your partner, creating a memory that you'll cherish forever.

Preparation steps:

  • To prepare for the date, start by preparing a picnic basket. Make sandwiches or buy them from your partner's favorite deli. Be sure to pack a nice bottle of wine and your partner's favorite dessert. Also, pack a comfy blanket to sit on, some paper plates, and cutlery - don't forget the corkscrew for the wine.
  • Before heading out, check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for an outdoor event. Comfortable shoes for walking are a must. Additionally, consider bringing sunblock, a hat and sunglasses for sunny weather.
  • Lastly, familiarize yourself with the Park's layout and the boating rules at The Loeb Boathouse. For a perfect date, it's important that you have all the necessary information and take all precautions to avoid any unwanted surprises.

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Some tips:

  • For an extra layer of romance, consider bringing a portable music player with a collection of your partner’s favorite songs. It will help set the mood right, and you both might end up dancing to the tunes amidst nature.
  • Remember to reserve your rowboat in advance from Loeb Boathouse; they might get booked quickly in peak season.
  • Last but not least, don't leave your rubbish behind. Central Park is a beautiful spot enjoyed by everyone in the city, let's keep it that way.

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