When you’re tired of cold, dark days and navigating your way around snow banks, it can be hard to fight the urge to hibernate for the next few months. However, I can tell you with certainty that you’ll be missing out on a lot going on in New York City if you succumb to hibernation. Plus, once you have a look at all the awesome New York attractions you can visit, winter won’t seem so bad!
New York Attractions & Exhibits
While it may be cold outside, exquisite indoor New York attractions will keep you warm and cozy while you explore some exciting new exhibits.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s most renowned art museum, has a myriad of special exhibitions to spice up the winter months. In the first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art at the Metropolitan, Ink Art explores the transformation of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy as its been impacted by new media and Western practices. Jewels by JAR is another exhibition you won’t want to miss this winter at the Met. This retrospective of Joel A. Rosenthal’s beautiful and exotic jewelry features a full spectrum of JAR’s work, from classic flower forms to cutting edge objects of art.
Meanwhile, at the American Museum of Natural History, exhibitions of a completely different kind will engage your mind and imagination. For instance, The Power of Poison explores the paradoxical roles of poison in nature, human health, history, literature, and myth—from a lethal weapon to a lifesaving treatment. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the brand new space show, Dark Universe that celebrates the accomplishments of humanity toward a better understanding of the universe and champions further exploration.
If a shopping spree sounds like the kind of activity that can get you out of a winter slump, consider a Woodbury Common Shopping Trip. It’s the NYC shopping experience without the sky-high prices. The 220 shops at this outlet shopping haven include everything from Prada to Crate and Barrel. This is shopping made easy with transportation to and from Port Authority provided by CitySights.
New York Events & Festivals
A number of New York events and festivals should also draw you out of the house this winter.
Warm up with some hot coca at the annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival, which’s runs this year for the entire month of February! Or if it takes something a little more boozey to get you out of the house, try one of the fabulous winter cocktail concoctions whipped up by some of New York’s finest mixologists.
If you’re wishing you were on a winter getaway, escape the daily grind with a trip to the theater! The 10th Under the Radar Festival, held from January 12th through 19th at The Public Theater features diverse comedy troupes from around the world performing over a dozen shows. These performances provide high-quality cultural entertainment at a portion of the price you’d pay to see a show on Broadway.
On Saturday, January 25th, join athlete of all ages for a free winter sports festival, Winter Jam NYC. Thanks to lots of fresh snow provided by Gore Mountain, you’ll have the chance to cross-country ski, snowshoe, and get skiing and snowboarding lessons, all without leaving Manhattan.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to work out more, consider heading to the Empire State Building for a totally unique workout: the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. While only a quarter-mile in distance, a sprint to the top of 86th floor is no easy feat. Start training now for this February 5th event.
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