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For those who love celebrating the Feast of Saint Valentine, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you are lucky enough to be in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, by all means, try to head over to New York City. Being so full of culture and diversity, it’s no surprise that The Big Apple is arguably one of the most romantic spots in the world to spend Valentine’s Day. 

In addition to the typical wining and dining, try something out of the box. For a unique spin on the day, check out the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. Each year, proposals are viewed and then one lucky artist’s work is selected and put on display for the month of February. The winning piece is chosen because it not only represents the beloved city of New York but because it also celebrates love in its many forms. 

Speaking of art, if you are a museum buff, there is no better place to be than the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium. These are sights to behold on any day of the year, but they are exceptionally special on Valentine’s Day. Spend a night of romance under the stars and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

Weather permitting, there are also outdoor options for February 14th. Rooftop bars abound, enhancing your romantic evening with breathtaking views of the city. The Skyroom bar is one of the highest-rated, mostly because of its location in the heart of Times Square and the fact it has 360-degree views. The comfortable seating is an added bonus as well. Bar 54 is high on every list because of its ability to instantly provide shelter in the event of inclement weather. Nestled perfectly on the 54th floor of the Hotel Hyatt in Times Square, it’s one of those iconic places that people like to cross off their bar-hopping list. 

If you are more of a nature buff but still want to enjoy the urban landscape, take a stroll through Central Park. There are plenty of romantic places to pause and enjoy the scenery, plus it’s an ideal picture-worthy location for that spontaneous, valentine engagement surprise. 

For more adventurous types, there are cruises to choose from that will take you around the Hudson River and right near the Statue of Liberty. The skyline of New York at night, along with a romantic dinner will make for a magical evening.