NYC in the snow

5 Epic Ways to Have a Blast in New York City This Winter

Winter in New York City isn’t all that bad. Sure, the sidewalks are littered with snow and ice, but the city buzzes with tons of fun activities to enjoy. It’s the time of year when you can bundle up and go ice skating on a frozen pond in Central Park. If you find the open-air too cold, head over to Chelsea Piers for some bowling and arcade action! The Big Apple will never leave you bored or cooped up in your home again.

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NYC in the snow

Winter Activities: How to Have a Blast in the Big Apple

Whether you’re an artsy person or love outdoor adventures, you’ll find something on this list that will make you say… “Alright, alright, alright!”

Go ice-skating with your sweetheart

There’s nothing better than gliding on the ice with your love by your side. Don’t be shy about your skating skills. The rinks at Bryant Park, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center are open for everyone.

You will find cozy spots around the parks, offering delicious drinks and food. Spending time in the rinks is more intimate than a big tourist attraction.

Explore the holiday markets

The holiday markets across the boroughs bring life to the cold weather. You can go to the winter village in Bryant Park, Union Square’s holiday market, Columbus Circle’s holiday market, the Renegade Craft Fair, and many other events. Hundreds of shops there sell all sorts of handmade goods while sipping hot cocoa. Check your favorite goodies while nibbling on sweet treats and sipping hot cocoa.

Take an art class

Join an art class if your artistic soul finds comfort in experimenting with paintbrushes or chisels. Channel your inner Picasso, Rodin, or Michelangelo and do the things you are passionate about.

The city is home to many art schools and studios, many of which offer beginner classes for all ages. You can also experience famous art pieces in various world-class museums with their themed guided tours.

Visit the Butterfly Conservatory

Who knew you could find some of the rarest butterflies on Earth in NYC?  Head over to the American Museum of Natural History and enjoy a lush, tropical environment inside the Butterfly Conservatory. Bring your camera along, as there are countless photo opportunities with colorful subjects!

Catch the Lantern Festival

The Queens Farm and Snug Harbor Cultural Center host spectacular lantern displays in winter. If you’re looking for something a little different, this family-friendly festival has been going on for a long time.

You will see a dazzling show of handmade lanterns looking like animals, tractors, flowers, and other things. Also, there are live DJ performances, food, art workshops, and more to keep you entertained.


New York City is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. All these activities will ensure that your stay is nothing short of exciting and unforgettable. Bundle up and get out there!