10 Rainy Day Activities in New York City

New York City’s got it all, as most would say. Even the rain and uncooperative weather could not stop the flow of fun activities and ideas. Take advantage of the rain and explore NYC culture and what the big apple could offer.

1. Read at the New York Public Library 
Visit and read in one of the majestic public reading rooms of the New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (that’s the one with the lions); note that though the Rose Main Reading Room is closed for renovations until at least late 2016, the periodical and map rooms remain open.

New York Public Library
5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY 10018, United States
+1 917-275-6975

2. Museums
NYC is home to some of the best and weirdest world-class museums. Pop in for a bit to take shelter from the rain and learn more about all things random and mind-boggling from institutions like the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History to name a few.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024, United States
+1 212-721-1223

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
1 212-731-1498

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, United States
+1 212-769-5100

3. Movie theaters
NYC is home to lots of different movie theaters. If you want to watch non mainstream media, visit indie theaters like Angelika Film Center or Brooklyn Academy of Music.  If you want movie and dinner, try Nitehawk Cinema. For a history and movie buff, pop by Museum of the Moving image for a nice steady stream of screenings and public programs and to see film-and-TV artifacts.

Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States
+1 718-782-8370

4. Chelsea Piers
The Chelsea Piers houses the Sports Center and the Golf Club which offers an outdoor driving range, indoor skating rinks, a gymnastics center, 4 batting cages and two indoor turf fields and offers drop-in activities that don’t require memberships, like bowling and ice skating.

Chelsea Piers
62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, United States
+1 212-336-6666

5. Paley Center for Media
Paley Center is a public library of more than 160,000 TV and radio shows and commercials, a haven for thinking couch-potatoes and tech junkies. It especially focuses on television, radio, the Internet and other digital technologies and their impact on society and culture, and hosts occasional screenings of classic episodes and films, often focused on special topics such as presidential campaign ads or an Orson Welles’ centennial.

The Paley Center For Media
25 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, United States
+1 212-621-6600

6. Drinks, Games and Soundtrack
NYC is not all lounges and dance clubs, there also exists places that offers games and fun with alcohol and music. Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley offers live music from bands and deejays while you dine on food from Blue Ribbon. Barcade combines classic arcade games and a bar with locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Spin, a table tennis nightclub and Full Circle Bar which offers skee-ball are some of the best places to hang out with frineds and get drunk doing games.

Brooklyn Bowl 
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States
+1 718-963-3369

7. Train ride around the world
People say that you can travel the world for the price of a subway ticket and NYC is the place where you can do that. The common saying holds truth given that certain lines cover a route that offers spectacular views of different neighborhoods. The 7 train, nicknamed fondly as the international express, runs from Times Square to Flushing, Queens. This National Millennium Trail is elevated for most of the way, so you’ll have a view of the different neighborhoods it travels through.

8. Radio City Music Hall
Get toured by a Rockette, visit the apartment inside it and if you go for the Christmas Spectacular show, you can even see the animals. Commuters can enter directly from a subway station and the Music Hall still retains some of its original facilities, specifically its hydraulic elevators and foot-pedal operated hand dryers.

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, United States
+1 212-465-6741

9. United Nations Visitor Center
Most New Yorkers haven’t even been to the UN, but the place is worth visiting and not just once. Tickets are required (make a booking in advance highly recommended) and available for a weekday visit, inclusive of a guided tour. UN is open on the weekends but offers no guided tours.

United Nations
1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Street, New York, NY, 10017

Security pass needed to enter UNHQ.  First go across the street from the UN to the Visitors Check-in Office at 801 First Avenue (Corner of 45th Street) beforegoing through UN Security Screening and entering the UN.

By subway:
Numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, or S trains to Grand Central Station; walk east on 42nd Street to 1st Avenue
Learn more

By bus:
M15, M42.
Learn more

By car:
Private parking garages are available from East 45th Street to East 49th Streets, between 1st and 2nd Avenues

10. Grand Central Terminal
A New York City visit is never complete without the Grand Central, one of New York City’s landmark buildings. You can opt for a self-guided audio tour or a 75-minute circuit led by one of the transit hub’s expert docents. There are also a plethora of dining options including the classic Oyster Bar and Campbell Apartment.

Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States
+1 212-340-2583

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