Things to Do on a Rainy Day in NYC

Things to Do on a Rainy Day in NYC

Relax indoors on a rainy day. (©iStock)

Even if it’s raining out, there is a silver lining: there are so many great things to do around New York City when the weather isn’t cooperating! Here are some suggestions to keep you busy while you’re in town during bad weather. (For more suggestions, check out the full article on 

Visit a Spa

You may not even have to leave your hotel to escape bad weather by enjoying some quality indoor time at a spa! For example, the exclusive Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula New York in Midtown West offers clients who book two hours of treatments access to a gym, indoor pool and sun terrace. Check with the front desk at your hotel to see if there are spa opportunities at your hotel and if they take same-day reservations.

There are also stand-alone spas throughout the city, most requiring booked appointments, so be sure to call ahead or go online in advance. Eve in Greenwich Village has nail service, custom facials, waxing and electrolysis. Kiehl's Spa 1851 on the Upper East Side offers body treatments and healthy skin services, including signature brows, lashes and waxing. 

Shop 'Til the Rain Stops

Go on a shopping spree to dozens of high-end retail establishments without having to step foot outdoors between shops! New York City is home to several luxury shopping destinations that offer the best of the best when it comes to apparel, accessories, technology and self-care. The Shops at Columbus Circle offers breathtaking views of Central Park and has everything you need from Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods, Swarovski, Bouchon Bakery and even an exclusive lounge for MasterCard holders. Upscale dining options at The Shops at Columbus Circle include Per Se and Landmarc.

The southern tip of Manhattan has two great indoor shopping centers. Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place has upscale apparel shops include Burberry, Hermes, Saks Fifth Avenue and others. Among restaurants like Parm, Mighty Quinn's Barbeque and Umami Burger, there is a Starbucks Reserve Bar and an authentic French marketplace called Le District. Nearby, Westfield World Trade Center is located inside the Oculus in the Financial District. This architectural wonder, new to the city in 2016, boasts an Apple Store, Eataly, John Varvatos, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Lady M Confections, Moleskine, Shake Shack and more. 

Take in a Theatrical Performance

Last-minute tickets may not be available for every single show in town, but you can definitely get tickets to something a couple hours before a show is slated to start. For day-of tickets to Broadway shows, the best options are to visit the box office of the theater where the show you want to see is running, check out what tickets are available at the TKTS Booths in Times Square, Lincoln Center, South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn, or use the TodayTix app on your smartphone to see if there are any tickets left for that day’s show. TodayTix also lists some Off-Broadway, dance and orchestral performances, but contacting a box office in person or by phone the best way to inquire if there are any seats left for that day. 


See a theatrical performance, like "The Lion King" (©Joan Marcus)


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