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NYC Winter Activities

New York City in winter is a magical time of year that is filled with snow, hot chocolate, ice skating, festive pop-ups and great indoor museum exhibits that are sure to keep the city entertained. While the weather outside might be cold, enjoy quintessential New York City activities this winter with our curated list below.

Sky Skate

Glide above New York City at Sky Skate presented by Dunkin’ Rewards – New York City’s highest skating rink! Skate in the sky on a 1,024 square foot Glice® rink, a zero-energy ecological and synthetic ice rink, as you take in the best views of the city for a truly epic adventure. Skate at Hudson Yards through March 14, 2023.

The MET

From Van Gogh’s Cypresses, a new roof garden commission and Karl Lagerfeld’s exhibition, The Met will keep you busy all year long.

Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind

Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind provides an intimate view of the author’s life and creative process through her personal notebooks and diaries, family photographs, and unpublished letters. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the holdings of The New York Public Library, which houses one of the most important collections of her writings in the world. On display through March 5, 2023.

Titanic Exhibit

Head to Union Square to check out the newly opened “Titanic. The Exhibition.” Walk through recreations of the ship’s interior and discover personal artifacts from the ship’s passengers and crew that have never been on display in the United States before.

Governors Island’s Winter Village

Hop on a quick ferry ride to experience a winter wonderland daytrip at Governors Island. From ice skating, to sledding and lawn games there’s fun for everyone – and don’t forget to warm up by one of the fire pits.

Bryant Park’s Winter Village

From ice skating, bumper cars on ice, cozy igloos, curling café & bar, and festive rinkside dining – Bryant Park’s Winter Village has it all.

Bumper Cars on Ice in Bryant Park

Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars are hitting the ice once again this winter! Don’t miss out to bump, slide, and spin around the ice in your own bumper car (January 13 – March 4, 2023).

Magentaverse

Step into a purple paradise at Magentaverse, a newly opened digital art exhibit at ARTECHOUSE about the color of the year for 2023: Pantone’s Viva Magenta.

Madison Avenue Shopping 

From luxury boutiques, to designer shops and high-end department stores, Madison Avenue is an iconic shopping destination not to miss.

Lunar New Year Parade

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year parade on Sunday, February 12, 2023. From traditional dancing, performances and delicious cuisines, head down Mott and Canal Streets to participate in the festive celebrations.

Rink at Brookfield Place

Tucked away in Lower Manhattan, skate The Rink at Brookfield Place and enjoy its scenic views of the Hudson River and city skyline.

Central Park

Bundle up and go out and admire all the snow-covered trees at one of Manhattan’s most iconic parks. The grounds are a great place to go sledding, ice skating and to walk the winter wonderland.

Wollman Rink

Lace up your skates and hit the ice at Wollman Rink in Central Park. This stunning city-owned ice rink truly is a winter wonderland.

SERRA by Birreria Rooftop

An Italian winter wonderland is now at Eataly Flatiron’s rooftop SERRA by Birreria. The seasonal redesigned rooftop, Serra Stellata – In the Woods, has transformed into a cozy Italian countryside escape, and features a cozy, forest-inspired atmosphere, an extensive warm and smoked cocktails menu, and seasonal plates infused with Italian tradition.

Museum Mile

The winter is a perfect time for a museum visit and Museum Mile located on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue provides plenty of choices. From the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim to the Museum of the City of New York, you will not get bored. Discover unique exhibitions and over 1,000 of paintings, prints, photographs and artifacts.

Summit One Vanderbilt

Check out New York’s most transformational experience in midtown east at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. Explore three levels of mind-bending multi-sensory immersive experiences that will forever change the way you view New York at any time (day or night). Thrill to take the concept of “observation deck” to entirely new heights.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is full of incredible sights and discoveries. Take in 360-degree views of iconic landmarks and the city skyline.

Swingers Crazy Golf 

Check out Swingers Crazy Golf, NYC’s newest take on adult mini golf, where you can play a classic game of mini golf while enjoying cocktails, gourmet street food and DJs.

American Natural History Museum

Come face to face with dinosaurs – one of the most fun things to do in NYC. See real Night at the Museum exhibits and size up to an enormous blue whale.

Whitney Museum of American Art

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists.

The Morgan Library
Celebrate creativity and imagination through literature, music, history, and art. The Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Book bindings showcases the important role women had as book owners and collectors.

Broadway Comedy Club

A rotating crew of  New York City’s best comedians in the city hone their acts at this compact club’s stage. Get ready to laugh!

Museum of Ice Cream

Be transported to an ice cream wonderland when visiting the Museum of Ice Cream that transforms concepts and dreams into spaces that provoke imagination and creativity. MOIC is designed to be a culturally inclusive environment and community, inspiring human connection and through the universal power of ice cream.

One World Observatory

Experience the United States tallest building, One World Trade Center also known as the Freedom Tower and climb all the way to  the top of the Observatory Deck to take in draw dropping views of lower Manhattan’s skyline.

Harry Potter Flagship Store

Visit the world’s largest Harry Potter store located in the Flatiron District. Across the store, there will be 15 different themed areas as well as a number of photo opps inside and of course Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merch to take home.

Color Factory

Brighten up your day with a visit the the Color Factory, the vibrant interactive art museum in Soho! View exciting exhibitions and immersive experiences in this over the top colorful sensation.

The Jewish Museum

“Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine” explores how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from 1930 to 1960.

American Folk Art Museum

Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been the leading institution shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. Its collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent—from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

The Museum of Arts and Design, collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design.

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