15 Things To Do in New York On a Rainy Day

The Empire State Building

Come rain or shine, no visit to New York is complete without going to the top of the Empire State Building. There are 102 floors and going up in the elevator is something quite astonishing!  The Empire State Building is in the center of Manhattan and you’ll know you are there because everybody walks around outside looking up. There are two observation decks, the 86th floor, and the 102nd floor, and you’ll get 360-degree panoramic views of New York including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. There’s a ‘Dare to Dream’ exhibit on the 80th floor, shops, restaurants, cafes and an educational center.

Address: 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118

Phone: (212) 763-3100

Museum of Modern Art

Prepare to be inspired, there are always extraordinary exhibitions here. The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan with one of the world’s biggest contemporary art collections. There are paintings and installations from around the world, including some of the most well-known names. Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Monet, Manet, Warhol. Wear a good pair of walking shoes; the museum is large and is, in fact, an architectural delight. There are a few cafes and restaurants and depending on your budget you can enjoy Italian food at Cafe 2, coffee and cake at Terrace 5, or a full-on French meal at The Modern. Spend time too at the bookstore and the gift shop which has a great selection of souvenirs. Suitable for all ages.

Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 708-9400

Email: groupservices@moma.org (groups only)

The Ringling Brothers Circus

This is the last year that The Ringling Brothers Circus is going to be performing so no matter what the weather, buy tickets for you and the kids. They’re one of the greatest traveling shows on earth and this year they’re on an intergalactic adventure that no child or teen can resist. There are unicyclists, contortionists, acrobats, trapeze artists and well, intergalactic aliens. The circus opens on 12 May and is on for just ten days so you don’t want to miss this one. It’s on at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale so book, plan and make an outing out it.

Address: Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hampstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 1153

Phone: New York City Theatre (888) 985-4662

The American Museum of Natural History

You may think you’re going for just one hour but you need a whole morning or afternoon. You will find dinosaurs, a 94-foot blue whale, vast underwater worlds including the most incredible jellyfish, displays of ancient mummies and then also art, music, space shows, dinosaur walks, interactive displays on flora and fauna, butterflies and pretty much anything and everything to do with American history.  The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation is astonishing, the Planetarium is brilliant and it is a good idea to plan your visit, book in advance and get a map once you’re there. Rain outside? Who cares!

Address: Central Park West and 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 769-5100

Madame Tussauds

Walking through Times Square is fabulous with hundreds of people milling around, bright neon lights, huge billboards and huge skyscrapers. If the weather is bad though, take refuge in Madame Tussaud. The wax museum is so much fun and you can spend hours meeting your favorite celebrities or sports stars and politicians. Take your pic with Serena Williams, shake President Barack Obama’s hand or do a dance with Britney Spears. Some of the displays are interactive, currently, there is a Ghostbusters Show as well as an extraordinary gorilla animatronics display and you will laugh and marvel at how realistic everything is. Great cafe and of course a shop for memorabilia.

Address: 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Phone: (866) 841-3505

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