In the last blog, “New York, New York pt. 1 – Visiting in Summer”, we explored a number of must-do summer activities. However, if you’re planning a holiday to the Big Apple in the winter, with sub-zero temperatures and blizzards a possibility, your to-do list might need a little tweaking. And as with any holiday destination, certain summer activities and venues might not be available to you in the winter, and vice versa.
That’s why we thought you might appreciate 5 must-do activities for NYC in the colder months.
Did you know? Most museums in NYC offer free or discounted visiting hours. So as the weather begins to cool outside, you can head on into the warmth and soak up the culture indoors. Here’s a list of some of the museums that offer free and pay-as-you-wish (PAYW) visiting hours:
- Bronx Museum of the Arts – always free
- Brooklyn Museum – free on the first Saturday of every month, 5-11pm
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – PAYW every Saturday, 6-9pm
- Museum of Arts and Design – PAYW every Thursday 6-9pm
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) – free every Friday, 4-8pm
- Neue Galerie – free on the first Friday of every month, 6-8pm
- New Museum of Contemporary Art – PAYW every Thursday 7-9pm
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – PAYW every Saturday, 5:45-7:45pm
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – always PAYW
- The Met Breuer – always PAYW
- Whitney Museum of American Art – PAYW every Friday, 7-10pm
Note: the queues can be long on these days, so go early and be prepared for a small wait. Of course, if you’re travelling on a budget, the wait really is priceless.
Gallery Hop Through Chelsea
If you find yourself in NYC on a Thursday night, make your way to Chelsea for a night of free art, free champagne and free rubbing of elbows with some of the city’s best up-and-coming artists. From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, you’ll find many of the independent galleries in Chelsea opening their doors to the public in celebration of their latest exhibitions and artists. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving art scene (and hide out from the cold). You can even plan your night on this Chelsea Gallery Map.
Shop (‘til you drop)
Is there a better way to keep warm in the winter than by perusing department stores and browsing boutiques? We didn’t think so. With so many areas worth visiting, we recommend making a plan and sticking to it. If you’re looking for a little something high end, try 5th Ave – and don’t forget to stop by Saks Fifth Avenue to take in the famous window display before heading inside. If you travelling with a trendsetter or your teens consider themselves a street culture fan, take the subway to Broadway/Lafayette and take in the stores of SoHo and NoLiTa – they’ll probably want to check in at Opening Ceremony, Supreme, Reformation and Kith along the way. Of course, if it’s the likes of Urban Outfitters, H&M, Zara and TopShop you’re after, make your way north from SoHo on Broadway.
Handy hint: while it might be cold outside, you’ll find the air conditioning on in every store you enter – so if possible, try to avoid wearing too many layers!
Wining and Dining – Inside Out
No matter the city you’re in – at home or on holiday – winter wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a little wining and dining, would it? There are a number of summer venues that transform their rooftops and outdoor dining areas into magical winter escapes. At 230 Fifth, you’ll find winter igloos in place of the open-air seating (and yes, made of PVC, they’re completely see-through so you’ll enjoy the warmth of being indoors with the skyline views of the outdoors!)
If ready to get out and actually enjoy the colder temperatures, you might enjoy one of the city’s many Winter Wonderland or Holiday Markets experiences. With a plethora of ice skating rinks, you can find your feet or relive your figure skating days in two locations in Central Park – the Wollman Rink or Trump’s Lasker Rink, at Bryant Park, the Rockefeller Centre, Chelsea Piers, Coney Island, Queens, Staten Island – or even on a rooftop at the City Ice Pavillion.
And when all that skating has you ready to put your feet up and indulge in a sweet treat, trade the rink for the market and grab a hot apple cider or a glass of mulled wine, with a freshly made pretzel or warm donuts. You’ll also find shopping spots, vintage goods, and one-of-a-kind Christmas presents.
(Ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre)
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