What to Do in New York During the Winter

After New Year, you should visit NYC to experience a winter vacation. You will come across many hotel deals because people prefer summer tourism. If you do not mind wearing an extra layer of clothes, you can even attend the must-see shows that are hosted in the winter.

Here are some things that you can do in the New York snow:

Hot Chocolate

In the recent past, the coffee shops in New York have stepped up their game, but they do not take hot chocolate very seriously. If you like this tasty beverage, you should attend the Hot Chocolate Festival in Chelsea’s City Bakery, which features a new flavor on each day of February. This means that you will get to taste 28 different hot chocolate flavors.

Ice Skating

Skating outdoors is one of the classic experiences of being in The Big Apple during the winter. If you have some money to spare, you should visit the Rockefeller Center to ice skate then take photos in front of the Prometheus statue. If you want a more spacious rink, you should head to Wollman Rink, which is an outdoor area with great vistas of the Midtown skyline as well as the treetops.

If you want to save 7 dollars, you should skate between Monday and Thursday, as it is cheaper. Another lovely skating rink is the one in Bryant Park, which is free to use but you will have to rent the skates for 20 dollars. If you are willing to brave the chill and skate near the Hudson River, you should head to Brookfield Place.

Grand Central

This train terminal is beloved by the locals for its non-stop action, which makes for a lovely spectacle. You can visit the whisper galleries and oyster bar in the building for a more immersive experience. You can go into the Great Northern Food Hall to escape the winter chill and warm yourself up with a great meal.

Brooklyn Flea

The Brooklyn Flea is a shopping tradition during the colder months thanks to its new site in Industry City. You will see more than sixty vendors peddling different type of wares from 10 in the morning to 6pm on weekends. Even if you do not want to buy anything, it would be a good idea to go and fill your stomach up with the smorgasbord that features street food and other delicious treats.

Chinese New Year

One of the most colorful events in the city is the Chinatown parade that ushers in the Lunar New Year. More than half a million people flock the streets to sample the foods on the streets and look at animated dragons parading down Canal Street. Nevertheless, many New Yorkers do not realize that Canal Street is not the only place they can celebrate the Chinese New Year.

You can also head to Queens to see a similar parade that is actually a couple of years older than the more popular one. The event is just as colorful but has fewer people in attendance, but that does not take away from its pomp and style.

Restaurant Week

Without considering that this foodie-themed week actually takes three weeks, the restaurant week event offers subsidized set meals at great hotels at a cheap price. You should look for reservations and the list of restaurants that are participating if you want to try this.

No matter what time of year it is, you should always set aside some time to visit the Statue of Liberty. You can use cruise companies such as Liberty Cruise to get there but you have to get up early to avoid crowds.