Rainy Day Dates in New York City

Rainy Day Dates in New York City

Rainy days have a bad reputation. They’re notorious for ruining plans and even changing people’s moods. What happens when you have made dinner plans with your partner or planned a nice picnic in Central Park? Here are a few rainy day date ideas to save the day!


Bowling almost always guarantees a fun-filled date! Not only do you get to show off your awesome skills, but you get to trash talk and brag. Try your luck at these bowling alleys.

  • The Gutter – This is the perfect “grown up” bowling alley; exposed brick and authentic wooden lanes line the interiors. Have a blast and be sure to grab a drink from the Gutter Bar (P.S. They also have happy hour where you can get 2 games or hours for the price of one.) 200 N. 14th St (Brooklyn)
  • Bowlmor Chelsea Piers – This alley has a few locations in New York, but this one offers more space and big everything! After bowling a turkey, head into the arcade and have a dance off. 11th Ave. (at 23rd St.)

Rock Wall Climbing

Rock wall climbing is a great way to stay inside and stay dry. Make a bet on who can climb to the top in the fastest time to create some friendly competition! Try Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. Passes go for $18 for an all-day pass or $10 for two runs. 3159 Flatbush Ave.


Museums are a good way to learn about each other’s interests. Pick an exhibition to view and walk around with your date. If you’re a bit awkward, this is a good option to sort of break up the silence. Plus they’ll be tons of things around to strike a conversation about! Try these:

  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 56th St. & Madison Ave. : A free technology and entertainment museum that allows visitors to explore technology and creativity in one setting.
  • Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.: One of the most influential museums in the world, MoMA offers modern and contemporary design, architecture, painting and more.
  • The Cloisters Museum, 1000 Fifth Ave.: Dive into Medieval European history at this museum that offers medieval works of art.

Craft Class

If you enjoy talking and creating a more intimate environment with your date, try a craft class. Thankfully, New York offers a wide range of choices.

  • Any sort of crafts – If you’re in the mood for perfume blending, floral design, or sewing, try 92Y. The cultural institution and community center has been serving the community for over 100 years. Find it at Kaufman Concert Hall or 1395 Lexington Ave.
  • Take a pottery class at Painted Pot in Brooklyn. With three locations, you can create your own funky pottery shapes, and then paint them! Bay Ridge, Carroll Garden and Park Slope
  • Culinary classes are a fun and easy way to connect with people! Who doesn’t enjoy food? Try Appetite for Seduction (4 East 1st Street) or Natural Gourmet Institute (48 West 21st Street).

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