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NYC’s 8 Best Activities And Things To Do When It Rains

June 13, 2013 10:30 AM

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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

More: NYC’s 8 Best Rainy Day Bars & Drinking Spots

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

500 Madison Ave. at 55th St.
New York, NY
(212) 833-8100

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.

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio

34 W. 15th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-9070

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.

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The New York School of Burlesque

440 Studios
New York, NY

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.

New York Aquarium: Queen Angelfish (credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

New York Aquarium: Queen Angelfish (credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

The New York City Aquarium

Surf Avenue and West 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY
nyaquarium.com
(718) 265-FISH

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.

USS Intrepid

USS Intrepid (Photo: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY
(877) 957-SHIP (7447)

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.

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Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

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.

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The Strand Book Store

828 Broadway at 12th St.
New York, NY 10003-4805
(212) 473.1452

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.

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Bowlmor Lanes

222 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 680-0012

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.

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