Whether you're a local or a visitor, don't let the cold weather keep you away from all that New York City has to offer. With iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, and endless activities, there is never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps. So grab your warmest coat and get ready to explore the top things to do in New York City this winter.
Things to Do in New York City
The Empire State Building Observatory
New York City’s most authentic attraction – and Tripadvisor travelers’ #1 attraction in the U.S. for two consecutive years – inspires millions of visitors each year with its immersive museum and iconic 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories. Outdoor heaters on the 86th Floor Observatory make it possible to enjoy the city’s most iconic experience year-round.
Bryant Park Ice Skating
No winter season is complete without ice skating. Whether you are a professional or never stepped out on the ice, don’t miss out on the magic of winter in the heart of New York City at Bryant Park. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the rink-side kiosks, which make it a perfect date night activity or family outing. The best part about this experience is the rink is free to use – just bring your own skates! If you don’t have any, rentals are available.
American Museum of Natural History
With more than 33 million artifacts and specimens, New York’s Natural History Museum is a great place to spend a snowy day in the city. The museum recently opened a brand-new wing – the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation – that features stunning cave-like architecture and houses interactive exhibits, an insectarium, and a butterfly vivarium.
Things to Eat and Drink in New York City
STATE Grill and Bar
After your trip to the Empire State Building Observatory, you don’t need to go far for a meal that will stick to your ribs. Located at the base of the landmark, STATE Grill and Bar’s winter menu offers a variety of comfort foods like burgers, steak, pasta, and hearty appetizers and sides.
Hot Chocolate and Cookie at Levain Bakery
Warm up this winter with a cookie and hot chocolate from Levain Bakery. The beloved bakery, founded in 1995 on the Upper West Side, has become famous for its massive and decadent cookies that are freshly baked every day. With multiple locations throughout the city, they’re easily accessible for dessert or an afternoon pick-me-up.
High Tea at the Plaza
High Tea at the Plaza Hotel is a quintessential New York City winter experience that you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to an assortment of teas, scones, finger sandwiches, and pastries among towering palm trees and the grand chandeliers that adorn the hotel’s Palm Court. The Plaza Hotel also offers a holiday-themed tea service complete with festive treats and decorations during the winter months.
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