Events and Activities

Top 10 Date Ideas in NYC that Don't Involve Drinking

It's easy to go to the local bar or speakeasy but we wanted to find fun and unique activities in NYC that don't involve drinking. Here is a curated list from the staff at FotoLab studio that promise memorable moments, steering away from the traditional bar scene.

1. Interactive Science Night at the Secret Loft

   Location: Secret Loft, 137 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

   Description: Immerse yourselves in an engaging night of scientific experiments and mind-bending demonstrations at this clandestine venue.

   Secret tip: Keep an eye on Secret Loft's schedule for themed science events.

2. Fotolab Studio Experience

    Location: 227 W 29th St, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001

    Description: Craft lasting memories through self-portraiture at Fotolab Studio, capturing your unique connection in a creative and personalized way.

    Secret tip: Bring a meaningful item or prop to incorporate into your photos for added sentiment. Check out our Instagram for pose inpso beforehand!


3. Rooftop Farm Tour at Brooklyn Grange

   Location: Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave Building 3, Brooklyn, NY 11205

   Description: Explore the world's largest rooftop soil farms, indulge in sustainable agriculture, and enjoy panoramic views.

   Secret tip: Check for special events like yoga classes or farm-to-table dinners.

4. Nighttime Magic at Tannen's Magic Shop

   Location: Tannen's Magic, 45 W 34th St #608, New York, NY 10001

   Description: Be enchanted by a private magic lesson at Tannen's, one of the oldest magic shops in the city.

   Secret tip: Purchase a magic trick to continue the wonder at home.

5. Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel

   Location: 530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

   Description: Dive into an immersive theater experience where you navigate through scenes inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth.

   Secret tip: Wear a mask and embrace the mystery; it's a choose-your-own-adventure experience.

6. Ghost Tour in Greenwich Village

   Location: Washington Square Park, New York, NY 10012

   Description: Embark on a hauntingly fascinating ghost tour through the historic streets of Greenwich Village.

   Secret tip: Bring a camera – you might capture some unexpected supernatural phenomena.

7. Archery Lesson at Queens Archery

   Location: 170-20 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11358

   Description: Discover the art of archery together with a private lesson at Queens Archery.

   Secret tip: Plan your visit during off-peak hours for a more personalized experience.

8. The Trash Tour at Newtown Creek

   Location: Newtown Creek Nature Walk, Paidge Ave & Provost St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

   Description: Join an unconventional tour of Newtown Creek, exploring the environmental history of this industrial waterway.

   Secret tip: Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a unique urban exploration.

9. Puppet Show at Puppet Kitchen

   Location: 250 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

   Description: Be entertained by a captivating puppet show, featuring intricate puppets and innovative storytelling.

   Secret tip: Look out for themed performances or behind-the-scenes tours.

10. Rock Climbing at DUMBO Boulders

   Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 99 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

   Description: Challenge each other to a fun and active date with rock climbing against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

   Secret tip: Go during the sunset for a breathtaking view from the climbing wall.

Forget dinner and drinks! What did you think of our list? From ghost tours to puppet shows to eco-adventures, escape the ordinary and discover the city's quirky charm together without drinking!

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