Author: Miki Mo
5 Things You Can Do in New York on a Rainy Day

Of course you’re looking forward to your much awaited New York escape, and you’re repeatedly checking the weather forecast. But what do you know; all the weather channels forecast gray clouds and imminent rain. Well, don’t worry! Catching a rainy day in New York is no biggie, as the variety of activities you may engage in may actually rival the outdoor ones. This is your chance of exploring them and uncovering another side of the city. And who knows?

Things You Can Do in New York on a Rainy Day

Things You Can Do in New York on a Rainy Day – Image source:

The weather is unpredictable – perhaps the sun will eventually come out the following day.

A Broadway Show

Catching a Broadway show is a must-do in New York City. And if it’s raining, it’s even better. New York genuinely renders a daring, unparalleled set of theater performances, and Broadway has truly made a name for itself around the entire world. I mean, who hasn’t heard of Broadway? A day spent here is anything but wasted time! On the contrary – it’s a typical indoors New York experience you should not miss out on.

Broadway in the rain, NYC

Broadway in the rain, NYC – Image source:

Broadway presents a wide range of great plays – a mixture of adventurous, quaint plays and classic performances. The color and liveliness characterizing the work of the best playwrights in New York is mirrored in the authentic, sometimes daring acting. Perhaps you wish to choose a modern, avant-garde play, dealing with contemporary issues such as consumerism, feminism, politics, or you might find a classic play more appealing to your taste. Either way, it will be worth your time!

Visit Museums

If it’s raining cats and dogs, this is your chance to hit all New York’s important museums. You’ll need an entire week for doing that. Oh well, I’m guessing your plans are a little different. Perhaps the rain will finally stop – fingers crossed. However, do bear in mind that there are a few museums you must unquestionably pay a visit to, whether it’s raining or not.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art  1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States +1 212-535-7710 is one of the most iconic New York locations, being utterly imposing and stunning in quality and scale. It is best to come here in a weekday, in order to avoid the hustle and bustle which is typical during the weekends. If you are lucky enough to catch a less crowded day, you will truly get to admire the beautiful exhibitions of this spectacular, highly prestigious museum. Uncover the fascinating history of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and the unique features mirroring the authenticity of their culture. Get acquainted with African and American culture by wholly observing the themed exhibitions.
  • American Museum of Natural History Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, United States +1 212-769-5100 hosts the most stunning and oldest dinosaurs’ fossils in the entire world. You will undoubtedly become interested as you wander the halls of this highly-acknowledged museum. You’ll get to learn more about the evolution theory of the human species and identify various species of extinct dinosaurs. Dare to enter the vastness of the underwater world and discover the species of flora and fauna not only in New York, but in the entire world.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States is the perfect place for the art enthusiast. Here, you can relish the outstandingly bold collections exhibiting contemporary art. Submerge the avant-garde manifestations of art varying from Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist’s works. Uncover the characteristics unveiled in the fantastic works of famous, prestigious artists such as Picasso, Manet, Chagall and Burgeois. Does it sound like the perfect rainy day outing?
  • The Fashion Institute of Technology   227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, United States +1 212-217-7999 possesses one of the greatest and most splendid collections of clothing, accessories and fabrics in the entire world. Where else would you find such an unusual museum if not in New York? The collections include pieces dating from the 5th century till contemporary times. Apart from the permanent exhibitions, the museum features temporary collections of important designers who aim at pinpointing the importance of fashion in society.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s perfect rainy days refuges. It’s New York’s most outstanding point of arrival, also the world’s largest train station. Don’t get confused, it’s not just the place to catch a train. It has everything: fashion boutiques, delicious cocktails, a gourmet market, and an amazing architecture to gaze at. Don’t forget to lift your head and admire the enormous, spectacular astrological ceiling, you won’t be seeing that back at home.

Grand Central Terminal in the rain

Grand Central Terminal in the rain – Image source:

The architecture is simply gorgeous, the magnificent imposing columns, next to the sparkling ceiling, the vintage, beautiful chandeliers, smooth marble staircases and a gigantic, outstanding $10-million worth clock – all these contribute to creating a unique, beautiful location you should undoubtedly consider visiting.

West Balcony is the place to get a delicious, refreshing cocktail; the lavish, extravagant setting preserving a stylish, fanciful atmosphere to enjoy your drink in. Not bad for a train station, right?

Visit New York’s City Historical Houses

Some of New York’s historical buildings are even more outstanding indoors and are definitely worth a visit. For instance, Van Cortland House Museum is a beautiful, memorable setting as it was one of the mansions that sheltered the American Army during the Revolutionary War, including George Washington. Its interior is truly amazing; the rooms decorated and furnished in that old-fashioned manner were completely preserved. So, if you want to take a trip back in time, uncover the past by paying a visit to one of New York’s beautiful historical house.

New York City, Lower Manhattan

New York City, Lower Manhattan – Image source:

Madame Tussauds

If you notice that heavy clouds begin settling in the gloomy city, come by Madame Tussauds, in order to catch a glimpse of your favorite actor or singer. Does taking a selfie with Kate Winslet sound appealing? Or perhaps Obama is a more interesting choice. It’s fun, it’s something else, and if it’s raining, it’s even better! Do come by Madame Tussauds!

Bonus: Bowlmor Lane

So, if you only feel like having some fun and get crazy, the 50-lane bowling monster by Bowlmor Lane offers differently themed New York lounges to do just that. How does some Central Park themed bowling sound to you? Attractively enough?

Bowlmor Lane New York

Bowlmor Lane New York – Image source:

Or would you rather engage in some NYC laser tag activity in an enormous amphitheatre? What’s it going to be?

The setting is amazing, odd and peculiar; every room is differently furnished, a mixture of everything – just as New York itself. So, Bowlmor is definitely the right place to let go of your hair the New York way.

1 comment
  • 9 years ago, 3:05

    I like that you gave other suggestions for when it is raining.
    I wish that you would show a picture of each place also.
    Is there anyway to get information on the stuff or pictures.
    We are either coming this December or January of next year.
    Thank you for your loving suggestions

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