Winter Guide to NYC – Ten Things to do in New York this winter
New York is a good idea any time of year, but during the winter months this incredible city can get pretty cold. With a little determination and a lot of warm layers, winter in NYC can be an amazing time to visit. Here are ten amazing things to do in NYC this winter to help you escape the cold – or make the most of it!
Check Out the Views
Whatever time of year it is, New York has one of the most iconic skylines in the world. And soaking up the views from one of the city’s towering skyscrapers should be top of every visitor’s list. The question is, do you choose the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center – or both? Both options have incredible views, but there’s a bit more space on top of the Rockefeller Center and you can see the Empire State Building from it which might make for a better photo.
Uncover a Hidden Gem at an Indoor Market
Shopping in New York is the perfect way to escape the winter cold, and NYC is full of amazing markets which offer all kinds of unique shopping experiences. Head to Chelsea Market for a great range of cafés and quirky shops. Or go in search of a bargain at the Brooklyn Flea, which moves inside to Industry City during the cold months.
Go Ice Skating
There’s no better way to warm up in NYC that with that most wintry of exercises, ice skating. There are ice rinks all over the city – but the most popular ones are probably Central Park’s Wollman Rink and The Rockefeller Centre.
Walk the High Line
At all times of year, Chelsea’s High Line park makes for a beautiful walk. A 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, the High Line was built along an old railway line and has some lovely views of the city.
Hit the Museums
New York is well known for its museums and art galleries – of which there are dozens. Must-sees include the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, and the MoMA (Museum of Modern At). There are also lots of unusual museums in New York to discover, like the miniature Mmuseumm, which is housed in a disused freight elevator.
Discover a Winter Festival
There’s always something happening in New York – and a bit of bad weather isn’t about to put a stop to that. From winter carnivals and holiday festivals, to art shows and concerts, there are endless winter events to keep you busy. Check out the Time Out listings to see what’s on when you visit.
Eat Your Way Around NYC Restaurant Week
Speaking of New York events, winter sees the city host the incredible NYC Restaurant Week (22nd January – 9th February 2018). Restaurants across the city offer special, fixed-price menus starting from $25 and celebrating the very best food in New York.
Although NYC is pretty flat, there are still a few great sledding spots to be found when the snow days hit. Most popular is Pilgrim Hill in Central Park, or there’s Inwood Hill Park in Uptown and Prospect Park’s Long Meadow over in Brooklyn.
See the Rockettes
Founded in 1925, the Rockettes have been performing at New York’s Radio City Music Hall since 1932. This precision dance company always put on a good show, but the annual Christmas Spectacular is truly iconic and a must-do during an NYC winter visit.
Escape the Cold at New York Botanical Garden
The greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden offer the perfect respite from the cold, with lush tropical climates and an abundance of beautiful nature to discover. Plus there are events on all winter long, including the incredible annual Orchid Show (3rd March – 22nd April 2018).
Emily Luxton is an award-winning full time travel writer and blogger from the South West of England. She's been travel blogging full time for several years and has travelled to over 50 countries so far. Whether it's eating her way around a new culture, or throwing herself into a new challenge (and out of her comfort zone), Emily is all about really getting to know the world - and having fun doing it!