8 Amazing Rainy Day Activities In New York City

friends bowling on a rainy day

There are days dedicated to vegging out, scavenging the fridge for food, and binge watching Netflix until there is nothing left to watch. We call those days- rainy days. Not every rainy day has to end up like this. New Yorker’s know when it rains, it pours but that doesn’t restrict us from going outside.  This just gives us an excuse to explore new venues, check out new food markets, explore new exhibits or even attend a Broadway show.  Get out of the house and enjoy these rainy day activities like the rest of us! 

sushi at Uma Temakeria, a vendor in Gotham West Market
Sushi at Uma Temakeria; photo: courtesy Gotham West Market

Food Markets

Besides being a reflection of old NYC and a popular nightlife area, Hell’s Kitchen is the home of the unique Gotham West Market.  Labeled “heaven on Earth” by New York Magazine, the day & night market accommodates several vendors and restaurants with communal dining areas. Need a savory sushi burrito, big bowl of ramen, or a delicious ice cream cone pre-Saturday night partying? You and your friends can visit the stands of Uma Temakeria, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Ample Hills Creamery, and more shops before 11pm or midnight (depending on which place). We’ve definitely never tasted anything like the Breakfast Ramen!

Another warm foodie refuge is the prestigious Hudson Eats, located at Brookfield Place. Load up on a hot broiled bagel from Black Seed Bagel, a lean and healthy chopped salad from Chop’t, affordable farm food from Dig Inn, and an exceptional grilled cheese sandwich from Little Muenster. Whether you’re going healthy or not, there’s a meal for everyone! We begged Little Muenster to share their recipes, but no luck.

Escape the Room NYC game
Photo: courtesy Escape the Room NYC

Game Rooms

Rainy weather is also a great opportunity to gather your family/friends/coworkers and ignite your competitive side. Escape the Room is absolutely a top choice for mystery solvers. You only have sixty minutes to find hidden objects, unravel clues, and complete puzzles to earn your freedom and escape from a locked, themed room. The victory doesn’t come easy (most participants are hindered by the time limit), but you’ll still have a blast! Escape the Room has different games in Midtown as well as the Lower East Side, but make sure to reserve beforehand. The Rec Room is a ‘hoot’ for anyone who dreads the 80’s era; we’re glad to have tried it!

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 offers more than just bowling.  Shoot some pool or embrace your inner child and challenge a friend to a game of  laser tag.  Test your limits on the ropes course or become a ping pong champ for a night. Did we mention the arcade games or the NY-style comfort food (try the Coney Mega Dog, it’s 2-feet long)? There’s something for everyone, so put your game face on and have fun!

poster of Broadway musical Hamilton
Photo: courtesy of Hamilton – Official Broadway Site

Broadway Shows

Critics are raving about Hamilton, and everyone we know loved it! Not to mention, it won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album! If you want to brush up on your knowledge of American history while listening to invigorating tunes, hurry up and get your tickets (seats are limited)! The musical about Alexander Hamilton was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, and made its Off-Broadway debut back in February 2015. After the tickets kept selling like hot cakes, the show transferred to Broadway in 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. History enthusiast or not, you’ll get a kick out of this outstanding play. Bonus: You get to see George Washington, King George III, and Thomas Jefferson in action!

Another play worth mentioning is the groundbreaking Fun Home! Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® (one for Best Musical), the musical is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, and depicts her life with her dysfunctional family at three different ages. Throughout the play, you’ll notice how Alison’s family members connect with each other in the most unusual ways. Ultimately, this is a heartwarming production families will relate to, so we recommend booking seats for your next family day.

Entrance of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC


NYC is never short on museums, and there’s always new exhibitions and events to explore. The Met‘s Vigée Le Brun exhibition showcases ninety paintings and pastels of the remarkable 18th-century French painter. If you are fascinated with Marie Antoinette’s era you will appreciate Nasreen Mohamedi’s work, which presents the global scope of modern and contemporary art, as well as draws upon a wide range aesthetics (including Indian classical music and poetry). There are so many other shows, so choose which ones appeal to you from the website. In case you want to explore the whole museum, head over there bright and early.

On the other hand, those who connect more with contemporary art will be on cloud nine when they visit MoMa. In fact, the museum’s evolving collection has about 200,000 works by more than 10,000 artists! Each week is a whole new set of art programs, and behind-the-scenes conversations with today’s art visionaries. A personal favorite is the 1987 piece, Blue Vase with Nasturtiums, by Judy Pfaff. Modern art lovers: who has glanced at their collection?

Which activity are you doing on the next rainy day? As always, we are awaiting your comments on Facebook or Twitter.

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