New York is a playground of fun – so even when it rains, there are millions of things to do and places to go. Here is just a short list of some of the best activities for a dreary day in the Big Apple. For even more suggestions on ways to while away a rainy afternoon, check out our latest picks by clicking here. By Sherry Mazzocchi
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
If you’re with children, there can be few things more discouraging than Midtown Manhattan in a downpour – but there are some fun havens. The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is the perfect place for children who like to play with new things — or grown-ups who consider themselves curious. Kids wander around the exhibits and learn about technology and digital devices — like seeing first hand how robots work and learn about animation. The free, four-story interactive technology and entertainment museum is fun for all. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates.
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Do rainy days make you want to curl up in something soft? If so, joint a knitting group or take a class at Lion. This cozy Chelsea store has one of the best selections of yarn in the city and can teach even the most inexperience how to knit. They even offer special male-only knitting events.
Rainy days inspire all kinds of indoor adventures. At this school, learn the fine art of the peel, the shimmy and the bump and grind. Not so adventurous? Take classes in self-confidence. Their Pink Light Burlesque program also offers free classes to breast cancer survivors.
The New York City Aquarium
Surf Avenue and West 8th Street
Help support a resurgent Coney Island. After suffering extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy, the New York Aquarium has partially reopened for the spring. This includes Glover’s Reef; exhibits in Main Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration. With inexpensive rates, this Brooklyn attraction can make the perfect stay-dry activity. Just hop on the F or Q train to West 8th Street in Coney Island.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Feeling cooped up? Take a guided tour of the USS Intrepid, the Concorde or get a feel for what life is like on the USS Growler– a cruise missile submarine. Best of all, later in the summer visitors will be able to get a closeup of the space shuttle Enterprise.
Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh or take an Australian wine tasting class at the Chelsea Wine Vault.
The Strand Book Store
The Strand is the sole survivor of the city’s famous Book Row–which once boasted 48 bookstores from Astor Place to Union Square. Today, the offer a visitor 18,000 miles of new, used and rare books. Their staff is probably the most knowledgeable in the city–so if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for–chances are they will.
Bowling in Times Square? Yes! The revitalized Bowlmor includes 50 lanes with seven unique lounges and an excellent restaurant with 29 HD screens and four levels of stadium seating. It’s a sports extravaganza.