5 Indoor Activities for the NYC Winter

Nobody wants to spend the day standing around outside when temperatures start dropping down into the 30s, 20s, and even teens, but on that same note, nobody wants to spend an entire trip to New York City stuck inside their hotel. Fortunately, there’s a perfect cure-all. These 5 indoor activities below provide hours of entertainment and excitement for locals and visitors alike, and they also keep you from getting frostbite.

Best of NYC Winter Activities: Eat Dinner at Rolf’s (Gramercy)

Rolf's Restaurant

If you’ve never been to Rolf’s Restaurant, winter is without a doubt the season to make your debut reservation. Covered from floor to ceiling with Christmas decorations galore, this German restaurant is like walking into Santa’s house. Order up some Bourbon Egg Nog and schnitzel, and you simply cannot go wrong on a cold November, December, or January day. (And if you miss that train, not to worry, Rolf’s is open year-round… with decorations still intact!). 281 3rd Ave., 212-477-4750,

Best of NYC Winter Activities: Explore The Met (Upper East Side)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the type of institute you could easily spend days, weeks, even years exploring. No joke. So why not use up that cold winter weather as an excuse to get to it? The Met’s impressive collection houses over 5,000 years of art that covers just about every culture and time period. From Alexander McQueen couture to the Temple of Dendur, you never know what you’ll see with each visit. The Met is always run at the “pay as you can” price. 1000 5th Ave., 212-535-7710,

Best of NYC Winter Activities: Shop at The Shops at Columbus Circle (Midtown West)

The Shops at Columbus Circle

Image: Shinya Suzuki/Flickr

Holiday shopping may be past, but you can find everything you need for giftsor yourself!with just one stop. Head over to The Shops at Columbus Circle. Get ready for the line-up, because it’s a great one: Coach, Diesel, H&M, J. Crew, Jo Malone, Michael Kors, Moleskine, Papyrus, Sephora, Sugarfina, Swarovski, Tumi, Williams-Sonoma, New York Running Company, and L’Occitane…and we’re just scratching the surface. This beautifully designed shopping center is clean, pristine, and totally time effective. 10 Columbus Cir., 212-823-6300,

Best of NYC Winter Activities: Play a Game at Chelsea Piers (Chelsea)

Chelsea Piers

Don’t let the rain, snow, and dropping temperatures stop you from enjoying some exercise. Chelsea Piers offers over twenty-five different indoor sports and activities that people of every age can enjoy. Rock-climbing? You got it. Ice-skating? Of course. Pilates? Yup. Get those endorphins pumping! And remember, the more time you spend at Chelsea Piers, the less guilty you have to feel about that second hot chocolate, cookie, and glass of eggnog. 62 Chelsea Piers, 212-336-6666,

Best of NYC Winter Activities: Catch a Broadway Show (Theatre District) 

Waitress the Musical

Movies are great, and concerts are fun…but nothing quite beats a seat at one of New York City’s best Broadway spectacles. No matter if you’re looking for a comedy (The Book of Mormon), a drama (The Phantom of the Opera), something classic (The Lion King), or something new (Waitress), there’s fun to be had for all in some of the city’s most iconic theaters. Get a ticket, take your seat, and enjoy the show this winter!

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