Get Outside! 6 Outdoor Date Ideas in NYC
It's time to break free from your teeny apartment and take your dates outside. Skip the expensive restaurants and drink tabs and opt for more active dates with your partner. From a romantic walk on a Brooklyn beach to touring NYC's former mafia hotspots, here are some date ideas to get you and your partner outdoors.

Race around NYC by competing in this awesome scavenger hunt.

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Usually, you want to put that smartphone away during a date, but for this scavenger hunt in Midtown you'll need it to guide you and your partner to each clue. Learn local history in the tourist traps you rarely get a chance to see while you're living in NYC. Why not make it a double date and compete against some friends?

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Bike around Brooklyn's best Brunch bites-then say that 10 times fast.

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What's more Brooklyn than biking and brunch? Take your date around Brooklyn's best bites to snack on fresh pastries and sandwiches, with a brew of coffee or a pot of tea. Don't have your own bike equipment? No problem. The tour includes a bike rental, a helmet and walkie talkies-plus some food for the road as you bike up and down Northern Brooklyn neighborhoods Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

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In the mood for some whack-y fun? Tour Little Italy's most famous mafia hotspots.

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Ditch the dinner and mob movie to tour Little Italy's most notorious criminal hotspot from the 20th century. See where the real action occurred, both in real life and in the movies, on this mafia tour of Little Italy. Visit St. Patrick's Old Cathedral-the city's oldest Catholic church featured in Mean Streets and The Godfather films-as well as the hangout spots of prolific mobsters like John Gotti. You'll even stop by the site of Little Italy's most infamous mob shooting (Umberto's) before heading to Cha Cha's restaurant.

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Dash through a 5k for charity.

NYC has one of the biggest running communities in the country. If you're all about that active and healthy lifestyle, why not run together? Better yet, run side by side for a charity by dashing through a 5k. For a comprehensive list of 5k races in the NYC area, check out this site.

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Horseback riding meets wine tasting upstate.

The only horses you might see in the city are in Central Park-which just screams tourist. Why not take a date upstate for some scenic horseback riding instead? Revel in the outdoors away from the skyscrapers and then enjoy some wine tasting. It's the perfect romantic date to escape from city life.

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Take a romantic walk on a Brooklyn beach.

Summer, spring, winter or fall, Brooklyn has plenty of shoreline to walk on and every season is worth the trip. Fort Tilden Beach is NYC's best kept secret, with three miles of isolated and lifeguard free beach. Or you could take a stroll through the city's most famous beach-town area, Coney Island, and enjoy some craft beer and hot-dogs.