In this week’s post we propose ten accessible things to do in the beautiful city of New York.
- Ice skate
When winter arrives, ice skating becomes one of the favorite activities for New Yorkers. Without a doubt, it is a classic, romantic and fun plan for couples.
Both manual and motorized wheelchairs are allowed on the Rink at Bryant Park. There are also accessible sleds available and free of charge.
- Take in the best views of the city
The Empire State Building has been the stage for thousands of marriage proposals and declarations of love. We are used to seeing romantic movie scenes in this iconic skyscraper. Would you like to be the protagonist this time?
The building is accessible to people with reduced mobility. In addition, the observation deck on the 86th floor has binoculars placed at the appropriate height so wheelchair users may enjoy the beautiful views with a loved one.
Another famous lookout point is the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. It is fully accessible, and has accessible public restrooms and guides trained to conduct accessible tours in case you want to explore the complex.
- Celebrate love in Times Square
Every year surprise marriage proposals are made in Times Square. Many citizens send their stories of love and are selected to experience that special moment at the most famous intersection in Manhattan.
This year you can also visit the Bloom exhibit in Times Square, a beautiful pavilion designed by Habitat Workshop. It will be the epicenter of many of the Valentine’s Day activities. It represents “vitality in the midst of darkness”, as it is an offering of love and hope. At night, the lights and colors of the city will create a different pattern on the masterpiece.
- Join the romantic stories of Broadway
The best Broadway love songs await you on Valentine’s Day. If you and your partner like theatrical shows, schedule a date night for this special date.
Feinstein’s/54 Below puts on the most romantic presentation. In addition, it offers a special menu with a fixed price. Wheelchair users can enter the club via an elevator in the adjacent building. There are a limited number of accessible seats, so please advise your needs in advance when purchasing tickets.
- Name a roach
New York is a city of many contrasts. Therefore, you will find attractions for all tastes. A very original one is the one proposed by the Bronx Zoo: in exchange for a $15 donation, it offers you the chance to name one of the giant Madagascar cockroaches after your Valentine.
This special gift seems to be a success, since the zoo has maintained the tradition since 2011. As they put it: “Roses and chocolates come and go, but roaches last an eternity – just like our love!”
- Celebrate love onboard
Cruise ships have special offers for this holiday. There are special packages that include a buffet dinner while you enjoy spectacular views of the most emblematic places.
Just be aware that not all boats are accessible. For example, if you want to book City Cruises by Hornblower, call ahead and let them know when you’d like to schedule a cruise.
- Helicopter ride
Love is in the air. And a helicopter ride will be etched forever in your memory and that of your partner. It is a unique opportunity to see the skyline like never before.
HeliNY offers several tours that may interest you. Staff can assist you loading your wheelchair from the heliport and onto the helicopter. You simply have to specify if you need any special requests in the reservation form and enjoy the flight.
- Dine in a good restaurant
Savoring an exquisite meal is one of the pleasures of life. Many eateries in New York offer special menus for couples while providing spectacular views.
If it’s within your budget, you can also treat yourself to a prestigious restaurant. You can find Michelin-starred accessible restaurants in the city, such as Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (3 stars), Jean-Georges (2 stars) or Casa Enrique (1 star).
- Visit your favorite place in the city
Sometimes the simplest plans can be the best. Visit that special place for you. For example, have a picnic in Central Park followed by a carriage ride. In the end, the important thing is not where you are, but with whom.
- Stay the night in a hotel
Invite your loved one to live an experience with all the comforts. If you want to make a romantic getaway to New York, you can find a variety of accessible hotels on Travegali.com.
How about you, what are your plans for this day? Will you go to New York or to another destination to celebrate it?
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