4 Fun Indoor Activities to Enjoy in New York City

New York City is an exciting place to enjoy all year round. Even when the weather’s colder or rainy, it’s a wonderful time to check out some great indoor activities that this city has to offer, from indoor sports to enjoying a bit of history and culture.

New York City is an exciting place to enjoy all year round. When the weather gets colder or rainy, it’s a wonderful time for NYC residents to check out some of the many great indoor activities that this city has to offer. From indoor sports to enjoying a bit of history and culture there are plenty of venues in New York to welcome one inside out of the cold and elements to enjoy a bit of fun.

Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex

The huge 28-acre sports village that spreads across three piers on the Hudson River offers plenty of choice of indoor activities. Practice your golf swing indoors in a full swing simulator at the Golf Club. One of the top destinations for ice skating in NYC, the indoor Sky Rink is open all year for skating while taking pleasure in the views of the Hudson River. Check out the Sports Center to try their rock climbing wall, indoor sand volleyball court, and indoor pool. Throw in the Bowlmor bowling club, and you’ve got an amazing range of choices for a day (or days!) of indoor fun. Don’t forget to save some time for relaxation with yoga and a treatment at the spa.

62 Chelsea Piers #300 | 212.336.6666 | chelseapiers.com

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library locations are open across New York City for a host of quiet indoor activities. Among the most famous libraries in the world is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located in the center of the city. Take a step inside to enjoy the library’s unique activities. Relish the vast collection of art, prints, and photographs, as well as separate in-depth divisions devoted to history and genealogy, rare books, English and American literature, as well as a map division. The library features wonderful exhibitions, while the children’s center offers special indoor activities for kids.

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street | 917.275.6975 | nypl.org

The Gutter

Leave the kids at home and head to Brooklyn for an afternoon or night of indoor fun at the Gutter, “a bar with a bowling alley.” At this 21-plus establishment, you can grab a bowling ball along with a choice of 12 craft brews on tap. Gutter’s eight original wooden lanes, rescued from an Ohio bowling center, add ’70s vintage bowling excitement. Want even more entertainment? Check out the Spare Room, where bands play live music, too.

200 N 14th Street, Brooklyn | 718.387.3585 | thegutterbrooklyn.com

New York Historical Society Museum & Library

The New York Historical Society is a perfect destination for history buffs seeking indoor activities in New York City. Founded in 1804, it’s the oldest museum in NYC. The mission of the museum is “to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City,” as well as “to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.” In addition to its exhibits, the museum hosts events and activities for everyone — they recently launched “The Pinkertonian Mystery,” an immersive and interactive theater event in which kids can solve a crime inspired by actual historical events.

170 Central Park West | 212.873.3400 | www.nyhistory.org

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