New Yorkers are more than eager to embark on their annual pilgrimage to the city this holiday season, and with such a plethora of fascinating activities available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Don’t let the daunting task of planning your itinerary overwhelm you! We’ve assembled a list of seven must-do New York City experiences that will help get your holiday adventures off to a flying start.
Take the Coney Island Polar Bear Swim
If you’re seeking a quintessential New York City outing during this festive season, look no further than Coney Island’s iconic Polar Bear Swim!
Coney Island may be best known for its well-known amusement park, but it is also home to one of the country’s most beloved beach traditions – the annual Polar Bear Swim. This exhilarating swim event sees swimmers brave icy waters in an effort to successfully reach shore while avoiding the icy coldness of their environment.
Despite what might seem like a daunting task, don’t let that deter you! Just take my word for it and head down to the city’s renowned seaside locale – along with a group of friends or family members – so that you can immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience!
See a Show or Two at the Broad Stage
For the ultimate Broadway experience, nothing compares to attending a show at The Broad Stage. This exceptional venue has been praised by local and international critics alike as one of the most memorable live music experiences that can be had in NYC!
Broad Stage is located in the stunningly designed lobby of the James L. Dolan-owned AMC Lincoln Square Theater, which opened in 2012 with world class acoustics and exquisite design. Its recent expansion into its own performance space, complete with state-of-the-art technology, has made it an ideal location for any show requiring a more intimate setting while still remaining accessible to those who prefer a more spacious stage experience.
Attend Santa’s Grotto
At Santa’s Grotto in Central Park, children can enjoy a magical experience that combines live reindeer and elves with the famous jolly man himself – all under the careful supervision of one of those adorable colonial-style redcaps.
For an additional charge, children can meet Father Christmas himself at his grotto located within the famed vacation spot. For small children who are apprehensive about interacting with strangers or simply have yet to master etiquette when meeting people new; having partaken in one of the most renowned experiences in New York City is certain to instill confidence and provide an opportunity for comprehension before venturing forth into the world!
Visit the American Museum of Natural History
For an immersive experience into the world of science and culture, journey to this renowned institution. Unveil the mysteries of nature at its birthplace in New York City, with an array of exhibits highlighting everything from meteorites to a life-sized replica of Mount Everest!
The American Museum of Natural History is situated in Central Park, near the Grand Army Plaza stop on the F Train. The museum is open daily from 9:00AM – 5:00PM; admission costs $20. For more information about visiting as well as obtaining tickets prior to departure – visit their website!
To savor the ultimate experience in exploration, choose between Discovery and all-inclusive VIP access. Alternatively, take a guided tour or hop aboard a docent-led bus; alternatively these options are also available! Last but not least don’t forget that before venturing out you may wish to purchase an Express Pass which will expedite your entrance process.
Stop in at High Line Park
At the pinnacle of Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, your eyes will be drawn to a verdant expanse of greenery hidden away from view in one of New York City’s most densely populated areas.
In November 2003, a section of abandoned elevated rail line was transformed into a spectacular open-air park. Over the past decade there have been efforts to revitalize the space and keep its grandeur apparent.
Removable panels allow for visitors to traverse the trail on foot or by bike; meanwhile, revelers can playfully enjoy this lush sanctuary with an array of activities including live music performances and food trucks.
Take a Break from Shopping at Grand Army Plaza
For an alternative to the bustling streets of Midtown, consider visiting the tranquil setting of Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. This idyllic plazamart boasts a plethora of vendors as well as a myriad of activities on offer such as live music performances while food trucks provide mouthwatering options for patrons’ lunches; all accompanied by ample space for relaxing and taking in the sights!
On any given day one can find hundreds of people occupying this central location, which makes it a great spot for getting out of the bustling city. On Sunday afternoons during summertime, there are also numerous free concerts that take place here where musicians from all over perform; this provides an ideal opportunity for residents to escape their altercations with relative ease!
Walk Across One of the Most Famous Bridges in New York City
In addition to its renowned art deco design, one of New York City’s most celebrated structures is undoubtedly the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge–one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
The impressive structure spans 9,260 feet (2,800 m) across the Narrows between Staten Island and Brooklyn, offering travelers a captivating view over Manhattan.
Unsurprisingly, it has been featured in numerous film productions and commercials; as well as being the namesake for one of the most celebrated neighborhoods in America – an ode to its imposing profile.
Its distinctive profile can be viewed from several vantage points along this walk across the bridge, which takes you farther than any other pedestrian path on Long Island.
If you’re eager to savor and relish the holiday season, take advantage of New York City’s many offerings. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to attending a ballet performance at Lincoln Center, there are plenty of opportunities in December for those who choose to partake!