Mel Bae in The City

Cheap NYC Summer Date Ideas x Mel Bae

Summer is FINALLY here.

It was a long brutal winter here in NYC but the weather finally warmed up, our jackets are off and we can actually live our best summer lives. Shoutouts to Mother Nature. One of the best perks of the summer? Macking with your new summer bae or your forever bae (shoutouts to love) in the nice weather! Don’t get me wrong, I know some of yall love to “wild out” once it hits 70, but there’s nothing like having a special someone with you to heat up your summer.

Last year I hooked you guys up with an End Of Summer Must Go Dates List but this year I’m reviving that list for the full summer schedule and of course added some more activities. As always I keep it super affordable because hanging with bae does NOT have to be expensive… all the time.

 Luna Park Friday Night Fireworks @ Coney Island

Every Friday night at 9:30pm Luna Park has a free Fireworks show that runs till about 10pm. Whether you’re on one of the rides or watching from the board walk it’s definitely a cute date night opportunity. Luna Park’s Fireworks show ends on Friday August 31st ! Romance your bae for the low and head out here one Friday night! For more info click here.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

This right here easily is one of my favorite romantic spots in Brooklyn! Picture yourself strolling down the promenade with bae while gazing at the NYC skyline = literally one of the simplest forms of happiness. As New Yorkers, we definitely have those moments where we get lost in the quickness of life and just living in NYC, but at the promenade it slows it all down. Whether you come here during the morning, sunset or night, you and bae can share the moment of just appreciating the cities beauty together.

Roller Skating at Brooklyn Bridge Park

 Personally.. me + any type of skating always ends up being a MAJOR L, but coming here on a date? Might be worth the risk to break a bone or two. Have an old school date night and head out with your boo to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 Roller Rink. Here you can find your inner Bey in Blow and skate to the current Top 40 hits. Best part? They hold FREE Public Skates (times vary but you can always catch the update schedule here) Don’t have a pair of skates? No worries you can easily rent a pair for $6 and if you’re anything like me.. you can save yourself some hefty falls and rent a skate mate for $6 as well 😉

Brooklyn Bridge Park Carousel

Is your boo the definition of “forever young”? Then they’ll love a trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Carousel. For just $2.50 each you both can hop on the carousel and relive your childhood memories! They also have a deal where you can buy 5 rides for $11.50 (yes that means you save $1). After the ride you guys can take a stroll in the park & enjoy the NYC sun. The carousel is open Thursday-Sunday + Holidays from 12pm-6pm. For additional details check out the official website here.

DUMBO Boulders Powered by The Cliffs

This is a date for the adventurous lovers out there! Test your strength and stamina at the DUMBO Boulders in Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you’ve never tried bouldering this will be the perfect fun first time experience for you and bae! Located by the Main Street entrance over at Brooklyn Bridge Park you can climb the outdoor walls and find your inner mountain climber, or choose to cheer on your partner whatever works for you! For just $10 you can get an all day pass + rental shoes.

Smorgasburg – Prospect Park and Williamsburg

If you and your partner are foodies and haven’t been to Smorgasburg this summer yet.. are you guys really foodies forreal? Smorgasburg is what you would call food heaven basically! It’s an open food market that happens every weekend (Saturdays at Williamsburg and Sundays at Prospect Park ) Heads up there are SEVERAL food options here so if bae can’t ever decide what she wants to eat.. don’t be surprised if you spend an hour trying to decide what to try! The hours at both locations are 11 am – 6pm & goes on until October!

Prospect Park Zoo

I’ve always felt like Prospect Park has been one of those under appreciated places in Brooklyn and to be honest most Brooklyn residents know nothing about a zoo even being in the park! But I’m here to tell you it does exist and it’s cute af. The Prospect Park Zoo which is open all year round features small exhibits with animals such as sea lions, sheep, deer & more. Best part? Admission is only $10!

Movies Under The Stars – Various NYC Parks

Tired of doing the whole Netflix and Chill? How about Movie Under The Stars and Chill? Ok so maybe it doesn’t sound as catchy but it’s a change of scenery and a dash more of romance for the couples that usually hang indoors. Bring your bae, a blanket and some snacks for a free movie out on one of NYC’s popular parks. Selected parks across the 5 boroughs show a movie (for free!) for the public to watch, the movies shown, time & dates vary

Some suggestions? July 13th: Friday The 13th playing at the Intrepid Museum, July 25th: Love & Basketball at McCarren Park, August 8th: Space Jam at Prospect Park August 10th: Black Panther at Rockaway Beach – for full summer schedule here.

Le Frak Center Lakeside For Boating

Trying to go overseas with your lover but that’s not exactly in your price range right now? I got you with the next best thing. You can rent a boat and cruise across the lake at Prospect Park. Kind of like that epic scene from The Little Mermaid? How romantic. Now this date experience is on the pricier end of my list starting at $26 an hour for a single pedal boat. But I guarantee you will DEFINITELY score some points with this one. Boating is available daily starting at 9am- sunset. For additional details check out the website here.

Free NYC Concerts – Summerstage Performances

This option is for the music loving loving baes. Who doesn’t love a concert? Especially when it’s free! Summerstage has artists come out & perform to the public for free. Now don’t expect a free Drake concert, let’s be real. But you can catch some performers that you wouldn’t mind seeing if it doesn’t cost you a dime! Some of my faves performing this summer are Ginuwine & Dej Loaf. Venues and performers vary check out the full list here.

Magnum Ice Cream NYC Pop Up

You can’t go through the summer without at least one ice cream date! So the Magnum NYC Pop Up is definitely a dope little spot to swing by to make that happen. What’s fun about the Magnum Pop Up is it’s completely instagrammable. Guests are able to design & customize their ice cream bar choosing from several yummy options. The best part? It’s completely instagram worthy alongside the pop up venue it’s self! Only available till late August, you can cop an ice cream bar for just $8! For pop up hours and dates check out the official website here.

I’ll be updating this list ALL summer long as I discover and get the details to more affordable date opportunities! Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list! Oh and don’t forget to share your date experiences with me. Happy Dating 😉

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