5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Hudson Yards, NYC

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

The McKittrick Hotel

What was once a warehouse is now a 5-story pseudo hotel, home to one of the strangest collections of interactive performances in New York. On one floor, the famous “Sleep No More” show takes place (where Shakespeare’s Macbeth is told through a film noir lens) while on another floor you’ll discover Gallow Green (a forest in the hotel). Everywhere you turn in The McKittrick Hotel, you’ll see some oddball setting or performance happening. Part of the fun is the way that The McKittrick Hotel is unapologetically itself.

The High Line

In a city filled with famous parks and famous sites, The High Line is a relatively new one, but is hands-down one of the most unique. This 1.45-mile park was built on an old subway rail line. It lives 30 feet above the street, making it a special oasis in the sky. Much of the park follows a boardwalk with trees and small gardens on each side of the walkway. These parts of the park can be crowded but scattered throughout the 1.45-miles are pockets of seating areas, tree covered benches, and alcoves with glass railings that look out over the city and the Hudson River.

The Vessel

A new, yet extremely popular attraction in Hudson Yards. The Vessel is an architectural piece of public art designed by Thomas Heatherwick. It is 150-feet tall with a structure similar to that of a honeycomb. You and your date can revel in the strange beauty of this structure as you climb to the top. There are 80 viewing platforms you can stop at along the way to snap gorgeous photos of the NYC Skyline and the Hudson River.

Bane Haunted House

Noted by several magazines and reviewers as one of the most terrifying haunted houses, Bane Haunted House is a sure way to shake up date night. They are open from September to November, and they always pull out all the stops, with professional make-up on any scary creatures, high-tech effects, and plenty of eerie sounds. The Haunted House lives in a building built in 1912 that functioned as a bottling warehouse for Guinness Beer, so you may get a chance to see some real ghosts.

OMEscape Room

Escape Rooms have become popular date night activities because it is outside the typical wheelhouse of date night ideas. At OMEscape, you’ll love solving the puzzles and challenges required to escape and have a chance to choose from several adventures. Try “The Penitentiary” and work to escape one of the most infamous military prisons in history or become a time traveler desperate to save your travel companions in “Room X”. 

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