There’s tons of dozens of activities to do year round in New York City. As we move closer towards winter, holiday season, and in general colder temperatures, there are a few places you’ll want to stop by before it gets too cold!
The High Line
Built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of West Manhattan, the high line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. There is food, gardens, art and tours available on The High Line. While the elevated park is open year round, winter hours are shortened. If you’ll be too cold to walk The High Line in the winter, check it out now!
Union Square Park
Union Square is said to capture much of the city’s diversity. A visitor to Union Square can encounter break-dancers, musicians, street vendors selling homemade tchotchkes, and a plethora of dogs enjoying a lovely day. Union Square Park stretches from 14th street to 17th street and from union square east (fourth avenue/ Park Avenue south) to University Place. It’s easily access from the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, or R train to the Union Square 14th street station. To experience Union Square at its fullest, visit on a warm, sunny day.
Central Park is beautiful this time of year with the foliage at its full peak! Stretching 1.317 square miles, there’s endless opportunities to enjoy the park. Whether you take a seat on a bench and take in the day or climb to the top of the Belvedere Castle you can always find something new to explore. Check out the foliage in Central Park before the leaves fall!
If you’re worried that you’re going to miss the opportunity to experience New York City outdoors, don’t, there’s plenty to do once it gets cold out! Here’s some upcoming activities to check out during winter:
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Located at 59th Street and Central Park West (Columbus circle), the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is internationally known as one of the most elegant and beautiful places to complete your holiday shopping. Open from November 29th– December 24th, it’s the perfect place to shop for handmade gifts, jewelry and more!
It’s the heart of Christmas in Manhattan. The famous Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting takes place Wednesday, November 30th with live performances from 7-9pm (located between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues). There’s shopping, dining, and even The Rink At Rockefeller Center. The rink opened October 8th and remains open through April.
Bryant Park during the holidays includes ice skating, shopping, shows and more! The rink is open from October 29th– March 5th. It features free admission ice skating in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and other fun activities! The shops at Holiday shops at Bryant Park are open from October 29th– January 2nd and include more than 125 boutique-style shops.