After New York City started the year with a visit from the 'bomb cyclone,' it got cold fast. NYC is still in its winter months, where going up and down the streets of New York City sightseeing can be cold, and if coupled with a harsh wind chill factor, unbearable. So what else can you do to occupy your time in NYC without freezing any limbs off? Here’s a list of winter activities the whole family can enjoy, even when the temperatures are low.
1. Ice skating — it’s not too late!
Yes, it’s outside in the cold, but you’ll stay warm ice skating around with your family for sure. Head over to Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink, or Central Park for some fun family bonding at either Wollman Rink or Lasker Rink. Grab a hot chocolate at the Rock Center Cafe afterwards!
2. Catch some hoops or a hockey game
New York Knicks (photo: Facebook)
Stay warm inside while cheering on your favorite basketball or hockey team, while indulging in some delicious snacks! In New York City, hockey fans are passionate in their support of the NY Rangers; basketball lovers can check out NBA's New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, as well as WNBA's Lady Liberty a little later in the year. Basketball fans can also stock up at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue for a jersey of their favorite player!
3. Enjoy the Winter Carnival festivities at Bryant Park
After the Winter Village hosted by Bryant Park comes the Winter Carnival in Bryant Park! This annual festival opens at 5 pm on Friday, January 26 and ends on Sunday, February 4th. The Winter Carnival will have tons of fun, and free, activities for the entire family so check out the schedule. If you missed the carnival, you can still enjoy free ice skating and general winter fun (the rink is open until March 4th this year).
4. Be a spy for a day at SPYSCAPE!
If your kids are not having as much fun as you walking around New York City and absorbing everything the city has to offer, head over to SPYSCAPE which is located in Midtown. This might be more enjoyable for teenagers as they say themselves that SPYSCAPE is optimized for adults and teens. You’ll be able to explore spy stories, characters, tools, and different technologies essential for a spy. Scheduled opening date is February 9th.
5. Will you 'escape the room'?
A fun and interactive way to keep your family warm and engaged is by doing one of the more popular activities NYC has to offer, Escape the Room! Basically, it is an interactive game where the players set out to solve a series of puzzles and riddles by working together and using clues to, you guessed it, escape the room before you run out of time! Personally, I recommend “Penitentiary” by Omescape if you’re a big family. My team was able to escape before the time ran out. Will yours? Click here to read more on the Best Escape Rooms in NYC.
About the author: Nina is the Engagement and Corporate Communications Analyst for RentHop, a national apartment rental site based in New York City. She moved overseas from Norway three years ago and has since been living and working as an expat in New York, enjoying everything the city has to offer.