We all know that New York City is alive in the warm months with numerous activities and attractions to visit. When the weather gets cold the city that never sleep does not hibernate, it is still filled with energy and excitement. Here are just a few things to do in NYC during the winter months.
Twirl On The Ice
Obviously the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about winter entertainment is ice skating. The Big Apple offers many diverse and exciting places to glide on the ice.
If you are in the city during the Christmas season, head to Rockefeller center and skate under the giant Christmas tree. The entire atmosphere is bursting with festive cheer. While you are there be sure to snap a few selfies in front of the drummer boy or wooden solider statues. If you are coming after the holidays of course all the decorations will be tucked away but the rink remains a great place to skate, the festive feeling last all winter. For those of you looking for a late night swirl on the ice, this rink closes at midnight daily. For all the early birds out there, you can skate here starting at 8:30 a.m. The skating season begins in October and last all the way to April.
Location : 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Location : Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Call (212) 661-6640 for more information.
No one should travel to New York City and not visit Central Park. While you are there head to Wollman rink to get your skating fun. The hours here are designed differently than Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park. The rink is opened everyday from 10:00 a.m but closes at 2:30 p.m on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays skaters can take to the ice until 10:00 p.m. If you prefer to visit the rink on a Friday or Saturday, you can spin and glide on the ice until 11:00 p.m. On Sunday skaters are welcomed until 9:00 p.m.
Be sure to walk with some cash, admission here is not free and credit cards are not accepted. Since the rink is not closely surrounded by buildings like the other two are, it offers a spacious feel and great views of the park.
Location : 59th Street and Sixth Avenue (Central Park South entrance).
For more information call : (212) 439-6900.
In terms of pricing, Bryant Park is the most affordable (free),Wollman rink comes second, and last but certainly not least is Rockefeller. All rinks offer skating lessons and are able to accommodate special events.
Fun Along With Learning
If the weather is stormy or it is just to cold for ice skating, grab an umbrella or whatever gear you may need and head to a museum. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest in the world and has: over 45 permanent exhibit halls, a library, a planetarium, shops, and food courts for hours of entertainment. While you are there be sure to snap a picture of the giant blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life exhibit and do not forget about the Dinosaurs. The planetarium offers stunning space shows about every half an hour. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas but normally it opens daily from 10 a.m - 5:45 p.m.
Location : Central Park West at 79th Street.
Call :(212) 769-5100 for more information.
The Modern Museum of Art (MoMA), is a great place to spend the day. You will not find dinosaurs here but it offers a variety of : stunning art exhibits, experimental films to screen, hands on exhibits, art labs, workshops, and many other activities to keep you interested. Operational hours are from 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m, certain shows and exhibits have special start times so make sure to check the museum's website before heading out.
Location : 11 West 53rd Street Between 5th and 6th Avenues.
For more information call : (212) 708-9400.
Do you know where the largest art museum in the entire nation is located? Yes obviously it is in New York City. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), houses near million works of art in seventeen different departments. Along with paintings and sculptures, the museum also showcases a load of armory, weapons, photographs, and musical instruments from different points in history. Thinking that the kids will not be interested in spending a day here ? Well in addition to exhibits the MET offers great activities such as : story time, guided audio tours, and other family activities that will keep the boredom level on low. The museum is opened daily from 10:00 a.m until 5:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays however, the closing time is at 9 p.m. Unfortunately it is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, January 1st, and the first Monday in May.
Location : 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street).
Call (212) 535-7710 for more details.
This next location in not known to many visitors or even to some residents of the city, it is the Sony Wonder Technology lab. This is a free interactive museum that focuses on media, robotics, and technology. At the Lab guest can perform mock news reports in front of green screens and even control a 3-D character with their movements. There is great family fun here and kids can get a chance to see television and radio sets from decades ago. The museum is closed on all major holidays but guest are welcomed from 9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m Tuesdays to Saturdays, after 5 p.m guest are not allowed in. The schedule may change due to private events so it is advised to contact the museum before heading out.
Location : 550 Madison Avenue (at 56th Street).
Contact (212) 833-8100 for more information.
Head To The Stage
If someone asked you to construct a list of things that go hand in hand with New York City, Broadway will certainly appear on your list. Catching a Broadway musical is a great way to spend a cold winter’s night. The Big Apple offers musicals and plays that will certainly offer you all the entertainment you need. Wicked, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, and The Book of Mormon are just a few of the red-hot shows that should not be missed. Of course we can not forget the classic play, The Phantom of The Opera, when talking about Broadway. Be sure to check out The Broadway’s website for ticket information, special offers, and discounts.
Grab some family members or friends and visit a bowling alley. No these are not your topical grandfather alleys, bowling has evolved into trendy and hip activity. Flashy lights, big screen televisions, personal wait staff, and glow in the dark lanes are just a few things you will find at these updated alleys. Places like Bowlmor lanes and Lucky Strike are a few great alleys to check out.
Take A Trip To Surf Avenue
This last suggestion is not located in Manhattan, but if you are willing to take a train ride to Brooklyn then the New York Aquarium is a great place to visit. Here you will find over 350 different types of sea creatures all under one roof. The aquarium's doors are opened daily from 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m during the winter season. After 3:30 p.m guest are permitted in, therefore if you want to see amazing sea life and exhibits that will relax you, do not be late.
Location : Surf Avenue and West 8th Street.
For more information call : (718) 265-3474.
So there you have it, a few activities that will offer any tourist or resident New Yorker excitement during the winter months.