New York City is a destination above all others for visitors around the globe. There is something to be said about a city and people known for never closing even in the harshest of conditions. For those looking for a mix of cold-weather adventure and uniqueness that only NYC can offer, here are some ideas for things to do during the cold winter months.
Indeed, some of the highest travel revenue months for NYC include December and January. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are great opportunities to see NYC at its brightest with the exceptional displays and decorations downtown.
Walking tours are recommended when the weather allows and there are bus tours as well. Movies and TV do not do justice to the expansive winter holiday displays this city offers every year. Over 80 city parks go all out with lights and effects for holiday enjoyment. Two of the most popular parks include ice skating rinks as well. Be sure to see one or more of these for your selfie posts:
- Mosholu Parkway Tree Lighting Display
- Central Park Seasonal Holiday Display
- Historic Richmond Town Tree Lighting
- MacDonald Park Menorah Lighting Display
- Litchfield Villa – Prospect Park
Many of the outdoor experiences are enhanced by the bitterly cold weather. Activities like outdoor ice skating at popular tourist spots such as:
- Rockefeller Center
- Central Park
- Bryant Park
If you have large Christmas trees on your bucket list, then Rockefeller center is one of your priorities. The lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center draws media attention annually from the time the tree arrives until the lights come on. This is one of the most popular selfies and social media posting destinations in the world.
Landmarks And Historical Sites
There are a few sights and structures that NYC is synonymous with that, weather permitting, should never be missed any time of year.
- The Statue Of Liberty
- Central Park
- The Empire State Building
- Times Square
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- And Many More…
If you have a historical itch that you need to scratch or the weather forces you indoors, you will definitely want to opt for destinations like:
- Ellis Island
- Carnegie Hall
- The Chrysler Building
- The USS Intrepid
- King Manor
- Lorillard Snuff Mill
- RH Macy and Company Store
- Jackie Robinson’s House
- Plymouth Church Of The Pilgrims
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Just To Mention A Few…
For art and performance enthusiasts, there is no better destination than NYC. Thankfully the winter months are when many of the famous performance halls, shows, and museums host tourist-friendly events and give you an opportunity to come indoors. Experience art and performance in world-renowned venues like:
- The Metropolitan Opera
- Metropolitan Museum Of Art
- Museum Of Natural History
- The Guggenheim
- Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
- And More…
Food From Many Cultures
As a major port city, NYC has been the destination of many immigrant families who stayed and made their homes here. Little Italy, Chinatown, and more local cultural outposts offer you an opportunity to experience the flavourful melting pot of NYC. There are many food tours to choose from that cater to the foodie in you whether you want to find the ultimate pizza or fresh seafood, or maybe exercise your sweet tooth.
Food Tour In Hell’s Kitchen
Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan remains a bastion of authentic New York restaurants to this day. Large chains and corporate-owned eateries are not allowed. Here you can enjoy the most traditional dishes as well as table fare from around the world.
The poorest of immigrants often settled in Hell’s Kitchen and the result is the best of everything from pizza to home-based food from Asia that would be criminal to miss. If your favorite flavors include other varieties, then you may also enjoy:
- The Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
- The Harlem Soul Food And Jazz Evening Tour
- The Greenwich Village Food Experience
- The Long Island Vineyard Tour
- The Chinatown Private Food Tour
- The Filipino Food Tour And Lunch In The East Village
- The Cheese Crawl
- NYC Food Cart Walking Tour
- And so many more…
Some Of The Most Recognized Professional Sports Teams
Few cities can boast about the number of professional sports teams they have like NYC can.
The winter months in NYC are when many of the city’s sports teams are in action for fans and visitors alike. Winter is the season for seeing:
- The New York Giants Football Team
- The New York Jets Football Team
- The New York Knicks Basketball Team
- The Brooklyn Nets Basketball Team
- The New York Islanders Hockey Team
- The New York Rangers Hockey Team
This makes NYC an excellent destination for following your home team on road games to play division rivals. Both NFL football teams play in the outdoor MetLife Stadium close by in East Rutherford, NJ, so check the weather and dress accordingly.
For baseball fans, the season may be done but the team stadiums are worth a tour while you are here. Yankee Stadium in the Bronx has Monument Park, a selfie destination for baseball and sports fans around the world, as well as the Yankee team museum to fire up your spring training fever.
CitiField in Queens is the home for the New York Mets where loyal fans will want to make a pilgrimage to see and feel the stadium in person.
The Oldest Arena In New York City
Madison Square Garden hosts professional sporting events and has been the site of many All-Star games, playoff games, and championships. Both the New York Knicks and New York Rangers have long histories here and the venue is adorned with artifacts and banners celebrating both teams’ accomplishments.
The list of bands and performers who have hosted concerts at Madison Square Gardens reads like a historical Who’s Who among famous musical talent. In 2016 the arena was the second busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales.
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