5 Affordable Date Ideas in Brooklyn, New York

New York is a tourism hub, and unsurprisingly, one of 10 states that cashes in the most off tourism, bringing in over $44 billion. While most people think of Manhattan when they think of “the city,” Brooklyn is fast becoming a go-to destination for tourists. There is plenty to do, from sightseeing and feasting on great food to exploring the borough’s nature spots. This makes Brooklyn a great destination for couples with plenty of affordable date ideas to consider.

Here are five affordable date ideas we love in Brooklyn.

1. Take Time Out at DUMBO

DUMBO (Directly Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is one of Brooklyn’s more unheralded tourist spots. It has an unmistakable country-meets-city vibe, and it’s home to many attractions that won’t cost you much to visit.

Among the places you must check out are the Brooklyn Flea Market and Time Out Market New York (for an affordable gastronomic treat).

You can also go to Washington Street between Front and Water Streets and take selfies — with the Manhattan Bridge and the Empire State Building in the background.

Views from Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

2. Go for a Stroll along Brooklyn Bridge

Dates needn’t be elaborate all the time. Sometimes, just taking a stroll together is the perfect way to spend quality time with each other — and there is no better place for a stroll than along Brooklyn Bridge where you can soak in Brooklyn’s palpable city vibe. It’s an unusual date choice, but it’s your time together that counts!

That said, look to schedule your stroll in the afternoon, so you can finish it off by watching the sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here you will have an unobstructed view of both the Brooklyn skyline and the iconic bridge.

3. Visit Prospect Park

While Central Park is the most famous park of New York, Brooklyn offers Prospect Park. The park has notable places to visit and is famous for the Picnic House, which is a renowned wedding venue. While it may be a bit early to think about getting married, Prospect Park is a great place to be romantic by having an actual picnic. Gala Bingo lists picnics as an affordable date ideas for couples who can find a quiet spot to get to know each other better.

There are plenty of these spots in Prospect Park as it covers 526 acres. A scenic spot with lush green spaces, prepared lunch and a couple of cold drinks, and you’ve got yourself a romantic date for a low cost.

Prospect Park also features a zoo, lake, and nature conservancy — all worthwhile destinations that you and your partner can check out without breaking the bank.

4. Enjoy Al Fresco Dining at Brooklyn Barge

Dining al fresco is a great way to enjoy food with your special someone, and there’s no better place in Brooklyn for that than the Brooklyn Barge. Just board the docked vessel-turned-hangout and enjoy delectable yet affordable food offerings, like grilled chicken or shrimp for less than $20, mouth-watering burgers for less than $16, and chicken or shrimp skewers for under $12.

Jetsetter suggests checking for side events that you can enjoy, like scuba lessons, sailing classes, and standup paddle-boarding. These are all affordable date ideas in Brooklyn.

Affordable date ideas Brooklyn
Bushwick Inlet Park Williamsburg BK

5. Check Out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is arguably one of the most romantic places, not only in Brooklyn, but all of New York. Among its attractions are its sakura blossoms, rose gardens, and diverse tropical fauna. Marveling at nature’s bounty might not sound like much, but it’s actually a great and healthy way to spend time together, as being one with nature has restorative and therapeutic benefits. In other words, you get to relax — all while falling in love even more.

Brooklyn is the place to be in New York, and if you are looking for affordable date ideas there are plenty of options in the borough. Who knows? You could go from having a picnic in Prospect Park to getting married in the Picnic House!

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed in over 600 hotels and has flown a million airmiles. He lives in New York City.

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