As Bing Crosby sang, “In the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas,” and during the holiday season NYC is geared up for fun holiday trip goers. The Tree at Rockefeller isn’t the only attraction that brings millions to the city every year. There are Broadway shows and holiday spectaculars, twinkling lights, and window displays that bring out the holiday cheer in us all. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, on a food kick, or in search of adventure, NYC is your stop this holiday season for the best holiday trips.
Central Park Carriage Ride & Skating
Strolling through Central Park is a great activity all year round. During the spring and summer months, you can enjoy a picnic surrounded by the blooming flowers with the sun on your skin. The fall and winter showcase the park in an entirely new light, with colorful leaves changing and eventually a beautiful blanket of velvety white snow. For the romantics out there, Central Park ticks off two romantic activities in the form of Central Park Carriage Rides and Ice Skating. As far as romantic activities go, these two go hand in hand in countless movies, tv shows, and popular culture. Book carriage ride.
If fun holiday trips are what you’re looking for this winter, NYC has some great options. A 45-minute carriage ride around the park is perfect for two love birds to cuddle up under a blanket with hot chocolate and take in the city during the winter. With two main ice-skating locations in Central Park, there is plenty of room for families and couples alike to glide over the icy waterways. You can even have VIP Access to the Central Park Ice Skating Rink, meaning you don’t have to wait in long lines.
If you tried to eat at every restaurant in New York City, it would take you 22.9 years, assuming that each meal is had at a different location. That’s a lot of places!
Hell’s Kitchen is located near the Hudson River, between 34th and 59th streets, and was originally a neighborhood of Irish Americans. Hell’s Kitchen boasts a variety of diverse and affordable restaurants that are sure to tickle some taste buds. Listed on Eater New York, are some of the best restaurants in the area.
If you want to eat your weight in pasta, Little Italy is the place to go. Regarded by immigrants from Sicily and Naples as a home from the late 1880s, Little Italy still hosts a strong Italian presence. In a place full of Italians, one would expect amazing Italian food, and there should be no disappointment. From a plethora of pizza and pasta places to and well-defined establishments, you may be too full for anything other than a cannoli or gelato.
Known for its bohemian feel and historic parks, Greenwich Village has whimsical busy streets full of specialty shops and amazing hidden gems. You can go at it alone or take a tour by foot to various locations such as Artichoke Pizza, Bantum Bagels, and Faiccos Rice Balls.
The Lower East Side
Listed as one of the best neighborhoods to eat in NYC, the Lower East Side offers something for everyone. There are so many varieties of cuisine that whether you want something traditional or off the beaten path, the Lower East Side has it.
Scavenger Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History
A slightly more unique and fun holiday trip is a Scavenger Hunt held at the Museum of Natural History. Guests can read questions and riddles regarding the exhibits and then explore the museum to locate the answers. Trek through Africa to search for clues, find secrets in dinosaur bones and gaze in wonder at the history held within the walls of the museum.
As an added bonus, the museum also screens fun films for all ages! They’ve been known to host movies such as Night at the Museum, I Am Legend, Manhattan, When Harry Met Sally and Hitch. Book your experience.
With a city as lively as NYC, there are plenty of fun holiday trips that are fit for any group. Whether you come for the lights and excitement, food, activities, or all three, there is no limit to what you can do and see in the city. It’s a place for dreamers, and during the holidays, dreams are made real.