A city filled with romance, New York is always a favourite among local and international tourists alike. But the moment rain starts pouring, NY loses all its sparkle.
The good news is that you don’t have to stay inside the confines of your room when New York weather turns crappy all of sudden. Here are some of the best things to do in NY on a rainy day:
Unleash the Foodie in You
Sunny or not, food is and will always be on most people’s agenda. During weekends, brunch is the most in-demand meal although several restaurants also offer all-day menus. This means you can grab something to bite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or anytime in between.
If you are craving some delectable Italian menu, Lupa in South Village can satisfy your taste buds from morning to evening. For more upscale dining, Gramercy Tavern got your back. Depending on your preferred vibe and your budget, you can enjoy your dinner or lunch in the tavern or restaurant. Just take note that the tavern is more casual and since reservations are not accepted, brace yourself for some waiting time.
Another great option is Lafayette which serves a variety of menus and is open all day. They also offer an in-between midday lineup if your stomach growls after lunch, but it is still too early for dinner.
Go Museum Hopping
The city of New York serves as the home to cultural institutions. However, when it is pouring outside, the American Museum of Natural History is the best place to spend your time in. Tap into the astrologist and scientist in you as you admire the permanent exhibitions like the Hall of Primitive Mammals, the Hall of Dinosaurs, and the astonishing Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Exciting seasonal and temporary exhibits are also shown in the museum such as the acclaimed Butterfly Conservatory and the National Parks Adventure. You can stay out of the rain for hours here since the museum is open from 10 in the morning to 5:45 in the afternoon every day.
Other nearby museums you can visit include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the New York Historical Society.
Watch a Matinee Performance
For rainy weekends, Off-Broadway, Broadway, Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater, BAM, and Carnegie Hall all offer a plethora of entertainment options for visitors and locals alike. Whether you are into live jazz, opera, or classical ballet, you will never regret being indoors.
If the rainy weather continues into the night, this is even a more wonderful reason to watch another performance. Just make sure you grab your tickets right away to secure your seats before they run out.
Go Shopping at the Strand Bookstore
If bookstores sound boring to you, the Strand will surely change the way you look at bookstores for the rest of your life. You don’t even have to be a bookworm to enjoy the place. The moment you step inside, you will find it impossible to leave empty-handed after you browse its 18 miles of new, out-of-print, used, and rare titles!
The next time you find yourself in New York on a rainy day, don’t miss out on trying these activities and have the ultimate NY fun in the rain!