Activities for a Rainy Day in New York City

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in New York City on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in New York City

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  • Amy D
    London, UK276 contributions
    Really interesting to understand much more about the attack, the exhibition around the service dogs responding to the attack was a great addition.
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Μαρία Μ
    16 contributions
    needs time
    no queues (i had seen articles about queues before going there)
    wonderful pieces, wonderful space- decoration- everything
    must visit
    Written 18 January 2023
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  • drglennmo
    Long Beach, CA7 contributions
    ...a long-time local who is passionate about his Subject and sharing it with his Charges. His friendly, energetic and infectious style will hold your interest as he relates the history of this beautiful and glorious piece of American Gilded Age architecture. Actually, his is the only tour I've ever taken twice, now and a year ago while on vacation to NYC. There's a lot of history, interesting facts, and much to see and hear on his tour. Don't miss it!
    Written 29 January 2023
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada494 contributions
    St. Patrick's Cathedral is a catholic cathedral in the mid-town Manhattan neighborhood of NYC. It is massive as it occupies a city block bounded by Fifth avenue, Madison, 50th and 51st streets and in spite of it's attractive power, it is an active parish. I visited St. Patrick's to appreciate it's Gothic Revival architecture.....impressive. As I entered the cathedral I was enthralled with the stained glass, the opulent alter and 'the way of the cross' statuettes. The environment enticed me to say a Hail Mary and light a candle for my Mother who was a devout catholic.
    Written 27 January 2023
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  • WorldTraveler026
    Alexandria, VA146 contributions
    Sadly overlooked and STUNNING, The current exhibit of their treasures is incredible and the smaller Virginia Wolff exhibit is fascinating. Well worth your time.
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • Alessio M
    Verona, Italy344 contributions
    Is the world famous museum of modern of the world. The night star of van gong is near a monitor with modern time of Charlie Chaplin. A helicopter is now an installation. during the entire visit i ask myself is really or is art? Many italian opera like olivetti product (lettera22 and valentine typewriter )are not available. Two shops for souvenirs are available. Book your ticket online no audioguide available but you can use your phone. The cafeteria is very expensive
    Written 29 January 2023
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  • Suman L
    1 contribution
    AMNH is one of the best museums I have ever visited. And I have visited this museum many times, yet me and my family always feel excited discovering the old things newly. Kid is really fascinated with the dinosaur gallery and gem gallery inside earth science area. For me, the museum is well designed, offers something for every curious mind and the staff are generally courteous.
    Only downside is the exorbitant price of the food and their vile taste. It's $4/quarter pound of food. So, it will cost $16 if you eat a pound of food. Pretty much everything taste awful.
    Written 19 January 2023
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  • Joe
    Manchester, UK94 contributions
    Visited MSG whilst in New York to watch the Knicks. The arena is unbelievable, I had to pinch myself whilst I was in there. Prices of beer were a little bit expensive but I kind of already knew that before we arrived.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada494 contributions
    Chelsea Market is a food, shopping Hall, office building and television production facility in Manhattans Chelsea district and spans a full city block between 9th & 10th avenue and 15th & 16th streets. I popped in here at the end of my High Line walk.

    I ventured into one of my favourite clothing retailer: Anthropologie, and the book-worm in me could not resist a visitation to bookseller: Posman Books. The Chelsea Market is acclaimed as a foodie paradise and that it is, offering a variety of full service restaurants as well as the grab-and-go variety. Everyone was beating down the door at the Takumi eatery so I tried their trendy Asian Fusion Taco.....a great treat.The Chelsea is a unique and invigorating Market.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • CarmenMaria06
    San Salvador, El Salvador10 contributions
    Amazing place!!! The Rockettes are the best, the whole show was incredible! The story, the lights and the dancers was stunning!
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,933 contributions
    What a perfect day to visit the Cloisters! It was a warm (for the winter) day and clear beautiful skies and the perfect day to walk to the Cloisters from the subway.

    The museum was having a "Holiday Tour" of Medieval Christmas decorations and a talk on how people decorated for the Christmas holidays during the Middle Ages. Our tour was packed with people. There must have been forty of us on the tour. The tour guide explained the symbolism of items like ivy, holly, pine, fruits and roses during the holiday season and how they were part of the way the churches were decorated for services back then. There still was that Pagan influence in the way the church was run.

    We talked about how the museum was decorated and how the ideas for decorating came about, the museum pieces that were influenced by the holidays and the story of the Magi and how the beginnings of Christmas were established. It was a really interesting talk. The tour guide gave detailed accounts of the protocol of the holidays during that time. Things seemed to loosen up by the Middle Ages.

    The staff of the museum did a nice job decorating the museum for the holidays and it looked very festive. I also got to see the "Hunt of the Unicorn" tapestries and go outside onto the terraces and admire the views on this beautiful warm afternoon.

    It was a great visit.
    Written 31 December 2022
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  • FlyGirl C
    Kitchener, Canada83 contributions
    This was a moving experience. The museum is well laid out and informative. There are also guided tours and audio guides available. Entry is timed by reservation and it was an efficient process.
    Written 22 December 2022
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  • mark dobson
    5 contributions
    One of the world's great collections - a greatest hits of old masters - on show in a gallery for the only time while its home is refurbished. A brilliant experience - these paintings just glow. Not to be missed!
    Written 29 October 2022
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  • TRAVELwTEENS
    Florida4 contributions
    After taking the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, we travelled across to Ellis Island. I thought we would be there max 30 minutes but the teens actually enjoyed it. In particular, they were captivated by the Through America’s Gate exhibit on the second floor. It showed via photos and artefacts the step by step process that immigrants were taken through to qualify for citizenship or be deemed an “undesirable alien” and face deportation. This included a medical examination, legal examination and potentially a hearing of special inquiry. The exhibit highlighted the living conditions, and the raw emotion of the immigrants in a very vulnerable time of their lives. The teens also enjoyed the Research Center where we found the immigration records for a great grandfather who landed on Ellis Island in 1914. Ellis Island captures the beautiful diversity of ethnicity and culture of immigrants entering NY whilst also acknowledging mistakes of the past. A must see.
    Written 4 January 2023
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada494 contributions
    The Morgan is a melange of library/landmark/museum/historic site and music venue. Upon entry, I went past 2 stone lionesses and admired the beauty of a floor to ceiling rotunda with a semicircular Aspe depicting Roman mythology. I felt like I was stepping back in time to the Italian Renaissance.

    The East Room of the Morgan is one of the great library spaces of the world. I relished the masterpieces like the early Gutenberg Bible and other celebratory pieces. Other prized works are kept in the West Room's solid steel vault. The light wood embedded in a darker wood of the architected bookcases are as precious as the books they are commissioned to store.

    In addition to the ton of books and exquisite architecture, the Morgan also hosts valuable paintings and sculptures such as Rossellini's bust of the Christ Child. My favourite painting was The Little Prince Taking flight. There is a marvellous store with a multiplicity of books reflecting the exhibits as well as other museum keepsakes.
    Written 11 January 2023
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