What to Do in NYC New Years Day

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We’ve talked a lot about what to do on New Year’s Eve in New York, but we’ve yet to discuss what to do on the holiday itself. How will you kick off your first day of 2014?

You want the first day of the New Year to be a good one, not spent lying in bed, watching TV, or dreading your return to work/school. Instead, get out of the house and see what New York City has to offer. Make 2014 the year you explore all those New York attractions you’ve always said you wanted to, never say no to a brunch with some friends, and trade that remote control in your hand for a New York Explorer Pass or a Go Select New York Pass.

Start New Year’s Day off with breakfast or brunch at one of the many NYC establishments that know how to serve the first meal of the day in style. One of our favorites is the B.B. King Blues Club’s Sunday Gospel Brunch. On January 1, the Harlem Gospel Choir will set the mood while you chow down on all-you-can-eat buffet and kick back with bottomless drink specials. Get your tickets in advance for the best prices at bbkingblues.com.

Next, expand your mind and imagination at one of New York’s fine museums—just make sure it’s open first! The Museum of Modern Art, often referred to as the MoMA, is one of the classic museums that always stays open on New Year’s Day. This contemporary art museums celebrates new and innovative art while also understanding the importance of looking back on what came before. Take the opportunity during the last days of New Photography 2013 to see the most important photographs and photographers of the year, and join in on the Gallery Session “Modern American through the Eyes of Its Writers” as part of the American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe exhibit.

For a more alternative museum experience, head to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, proudly open 365-days a year. One of the most out-of-the-ordinary New York Attractions, Ripley’s is home to more than twenty galleries of the world’s most bizarre and outrageous artifacts and exhibits—a collection which attributes the bulk of its treasures to Robert Ripley’s adventurous treasure hunting. With a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2014 will become the year you learn to embrace the unusual and extraordinary!

The 1st level of the Top of the Rock Observatory decks.

The 1st level of the Top of the Rock Observatory decks.

Take 2014 to new heights right from the get-go with a New Year’s Day visit to the Top of the Rock, another one of the New York attractions that stays open every day of the year. The Top of the Rock, the observatory above the infamous “30 Rock” building, offers unparalleled views of the city, rivaling those of the Empire State Building. One of the coolest things about the Top of the Rock is that you can see the iconic Empire State Building from its observation decks—and snap some photographs!

Looking for more ideas for things to do on New Year’s Day in New York City? Visit SmartDestinations.com and check out all of the discounted attractions you can save on in 2014.

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