If you’ve booked a trip to NYC during the winter months, we’d like to encourage you to explore the unique beauty of Central Park, blanketed in snow. Get outdoors, and get active on the park’s many trails, or enjoy the comfort and warmth of a theater seat—the choice is yours. Either way, don’t let the cold keep you from explore one of the city’s most beloved landmarks.
Visit the Zoo
Managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the zoo is open year round, so you can admire any critters that aren’t taking long naps for the winter. Plan on seeing sea lions, penguins, snow leopards, and seals. When the trees are barren and the skies are gray, there’s nothing better than heading to the zoo, and watching the animals come to life.
See a Show at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Central Park’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater has operated since 1947. Master puppet makers and puppeteers bring shows to life year round, with interpretations of childhood favorites, like Hansel and Gretel, Gulliver’s Travels, and Sleeping Beauty. This February, check out their performance of Yeti, Set, Snow!
Go Ice Skating
Check out Wollman Rink or Lasker Rink if you’re looking to channel your inner Michelle Kwan in NYC. If you’re hoping for that quintessential New York City experience, though, we’d nudge you towards Wollman. With the city skyline as a backdrop, it’s perfectly twinkly and romantic for you and a date. Both rinks have rental facilities, and nominal fees.
Wollman Rink (East Side, between 62nd and 63rd Streets)
Lasker Rink (Mid-Park between 106th and 108th Streets)
Build a Snowman
If you’re traveling with kids and they’re Frozen fanatics, chances are, they’ll ask you if you’d like to build a snowman. Pick a large space, like the Sheep Meadow, and indulge in some lighthearted play. A vacation in NYC often includes art, music, theater–all kinds of activities that stimulate the heart and mind–take some time to unwind by moving your body, as well!
Walk or Run Without the Crowds
Central Park is one of our absolute favorite spots for long walks or runs. Come wintertime, the pathways see significantly fewer people. Enjoy the same beautiful views, but without the crowds.