Don’t let winter keep you from enjoying everything New York has to offer. While you might think nothing can escape the long, dreary cold season and its dull indoor activities, think again. Planning some entertaining New York adventures will lighten the mood and break up that icy chill!
The city that never sleeps offers plenty to do during the winter months. Everything is still open with the added bonus of fewer crowds. It’s a great time of year to experience New York’s secrets without the hustle and bustle. Check out fantastic restaurants, Broadway shows, winter villages, outdoor activities, and more. Just remember to bundle up! Here are five ways to take advantage of New York in the winter:
1. Winter restaurant week
Start off your New York adventure with a fabulous lineup of delicious meals. Twice a year, New York City restaurants offer a week of affordable menus to celebrate the city’s culinary flavors. You can get a three-course meal for around $40 or less, which might sound like a lot, but considering where you’re dining, it’s a steal. You’ll be eating off of chic menus in the trendiest restaurants around. So pull up a chair and bon appétit!
2. 2-for-1 Broadway tickets
Every winter, NYC & Company and The Off-Broadway League offer a special 2-for-1 promotion for a select assortment of Off-Broadway shows. This initiative welcomes guests of all backgrounds to come share in the magical splendor of Broadway at an affordable price. Expect to see shows like Blue Man Group, Jerry Springer—The Opera, Cruel Intentions: The Musical, STOMP, This One’s for the Girls, and more. Take advantage of this great opportunity to see two shows for the price of one.
3. Lower hotel rates
Many times during the winter months of New York City you can find hotels with discounted rates. Some of the hotels we love are the Parker, the New York Edition and the Marriott Marquis. But don’t limit your lodging adventures to Manhattan—you can also find great deals in the Fashion District at the Refinery Hotel and the James New York in SoHo. Winter prices allow you to stay in some of the most sought-after hotels at rates no one will believe.
4. Outdoor activities
You don’t have to spend all your time indoors when visiting New York in the winter. You can go ice skating in Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center or Central Park’s Wollman Rink. And just a short ride outside of the City are some of the state’s iconic mountains and snowy landscapes, where you can play, relax, or revel in nature. The dropping temperatures only enhance these frosty views. Snow-tube at Hunter Mountain, winter fish at Salmon River, ski at the Holiday Valley Mountain Resort, or just get comfortable in a cabin in the Catskills.
5. Bryant Park Winter Village
Get into the winter spirit by visiting Bryant Park’s Winter Village. There’s free ice skating, adorable shops, tasty eateries, and plenty of hot chocolate. Relax in the Public Fare pop-up restaurant that overlooks the 17,000 square-foot outdoor rink where you can pair the soup of the day with a delicious sandwich. Take a break from your New York adventures and cozy up with a warm beverage while watching other visitors delight in the outdoor wonder of it all.
New York’s wintry weather and frosty landscapes allow you to experience new and exciting activities that can’t be found any other time of year. From eating and staying at the chicest locations, to making memories on and off Broadway, New York remains the perfect destination this winter. If you’re ready to start planning your New York adventures this winter, contact us today!