Creative Things to Do (or Give) in New York City on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day to remind your sweetie how much you care.  Here are some innovative ideas for creating an evening to remember in New York City.

Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt: Add some spice to your celebration as you search through the Metropolitan Museum of Art for nudity in art. During your adventure, leave your blushing and giggling behind while you scrutinize sculptures, period rooms, paintings and more for hidden secrets.  This adults-only activity will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 2pm and 5pm. Admission is $42.50; college students pay $34.50. Reserve your spot online at

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art- 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

SoHo Chocolatey Scavenger Hunt: Let your sweet tooth loose while you and your partner visit a variety of chocolate boutiques, specialty shops and bakeries throughout SoHo on your quest for answers to a list of romantic questions.  You’ll need a digital camera to document your finds and cash for treats such as bacon candy bars, lavender macaroons, cupcakes, spiced hot chocolate, and rice pudding.  Tickets are $24.50 each.  The fun begins at 3pm on Saturday, February 12 or 3pm on Sunday, February 13.  

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue Flavor Mashup: Grab your Valentine and head to Traffic Bar and Restaurant and get ready to play with your food!  Learn how to make a selection of fondues before  making your own version from a buffet of chocolates, flavorings and dippers. Share your masterpiece with the rest of the class, sample the  creations, and vote on the best fondue of the night.  Your chocolate fondue might even win you a prize.  Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. The event will be held on February 14 from 8pm-11pm.

Chocolate Fondue

Hot Pot Culinary Events: 888-440-4670

Traffic Bar and Restaurant: 986 2nd Avenue; 212-813-1595;

The Pond at Bryant Park: Hold hands as you skate under the stars on Manhattan’s only free-admission ice skating rink. On Valentine’s Day itself, bring a blanket and grab a hot chocolate from Ice Bites, the rink’s concession booth, and enjoy “The Cutting Edge,” a film about the romance between a hockey player and figure skater training together for the Olympics. Shown on a 900-square-foot screen, the film starts at 6:30pm and is part of the first Winter Film Festival at The Pond. The rink is open from 8am-midnight on Friday and Saturday and 8am-10pm Sunday-Thursday. Admission is free; skates can be be rented for $13.

Between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues;

Physical Advantage Massage Special: What could be sweeter than giving a gift to the one you love and getting one back in return… especially a healthy one? Physical Advantage Massage Therapy is offering a “Piece of My Heart” special for Valentine’s Day, where you can book one massage and get a second massage free.  Laurie Towers, a former body builder and New York’s massage maven, is renowned among the theater, opera, dance and sport set for her rehabilitative and relaxing sessions. The buy-one-get-one-free special is good all year.

Head massage

139 East 57th Street, Penthouse; 212-460-1879;

PRESS Lounge: Soak in the 360° unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline while cozying up with your Valentine on top of the Ink48 Hotel on Manhattan’s Western edge.   PRINT Restaurant's rooftop Lounge, PRESS, will be offering a delightful à la carte dessert menu designed by Executive Pastry Chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez including coeur a la crème, sour cherries, and Burgundy sorbet; rose Guimauve (rose heart-shaped marshmallows); champagne truffles; and jasmine bonbons. Enjoy your dessert with the bar’s extensive selection of wines and classic cocktails.

653 11th Avenue; 212-757-2224;

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