Winter Time Activities in New York
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There are so many fun and exciting Winter Time Activities in New York that both visitors and locals can participate in. While some of the things may seem touristy, there is a reason people do them anyway. Both locals and visitors to NYC make it a point to experience ice skating in Rockefeller Center or Central Park at least once. Of the two locations, visitors to NYC are less likely to head to Central Park for ice skating than Rockefeller Center, making the Wollman Rink the more peaceful and relaxing choice. Those who are looking to embrace the non-stop action and energy NYC has to offer usually prefer ice skating at Rockefeller Center. For a chance to go ice skating for free Bryant Park also boats an ice rink.
Those not bothered by the cold weather often take advantage of wintertime in NYC to go on a boat tour of the city. NYC boat tours are run less frequently during the winter than the rest of the year, but tend to be less crowded too. Wintertime boat tours always have enclosed sections where people can sightsee from the warmth of the boat’s interior.
For people looking for an indoor experience, there are many museums and shops that are worth checking out during the winter. Some of the best sales in the city are held during the winter months in an attempt to attract customers at what is normally a slow time of year for the retail world.
The city’s museums offer a great way to stay entertained while avoiding the low temperatures and windy conditions of the winter season. Some of NYC’s museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are so big that it can take an entire day to see them properly. There are also many smaller museums to choose from, such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Broadway shows are less often frequented in the winter than the rest of the year, so the winter season is a great time to score tickets to a Broadway show. Not only is it likely the tickets will be slightly cheaper than they would be any other time, the theaters are not nearly as crowded, cutting down on the time it takes to get into a Broadway show. Many restaurants in Times Square offer special lunch or dinner menus geared towards those who have just come from or are soon heading to a Broadway show.
Visiting NYC during the December holidays is particularly fun for many people. Lincoln Square is the site of the Winter’s Eve Festival. This festival is family friendly and includes live music and a ceremony to light a holiday tree. Local restaurants are always on hand giving out samples and guests are even offered specials from local retailers such as discounts. Another popular wintertime activity in NYC is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
These are just a few of the fun things to do in NYC during the winter season.