What to Do on a Rainy Day in NYC

Winter in spring bring unpredictable weather to New York. While a rainy day is never ideal, the city’s best luxury shopping, acclaimed dining and noteworthy exhibitions can be enjoyed indoors. Meaning unpleasant weather is no excuse for wasted time. Here’s our guide for where to go when it rains in New York City.

Check Out an Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

With the use of 21st-century technologies, scientists are revealing the unseen habitats of the oceans’ most mysterious animals. And mapping remote, inhospitable areas in unprecedented detail. Experience an ocean you’ve never imaged in Unseen Oceans at The American Museum of Natural History.

Shop and Dine at Time Warner Center

40,000 shoppers pass through daily for Diptyque candles, cosmetics from Face Stockholm, and Tumi travel essentials. There are several other luxury brands to visit (Coach, Michael Kors, Swarovski and the like), but save time for fine dining. The complex is also home to the Michelin 3-star Per Se and to Masa. The Japanese and sushi restaurant is also the most expensive in the city. For a quick bite, head downstairs to the roomy café at Whole Foods.

Channel Your Inner Italian at Eataly

If you have to be indoors, Eataly’s 50,000-square-feet of restaurants, food counters and cooking classes is sure to keep you busy. The renowned Italian marketplace offers authentic pasta, gelato and espresso—the perfect ingredients for ignoring inclement weather New York. And pretending like you’re under the Tuscan sun.

Check the Schedule at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Rain or shine, there’s always something going on at Lincoln Center. Home to the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, it serves as the city’s cultural hub.

Get Lost in Strand Bookstore

Famously known to have 18 miles of new, used and rare books, Strand Bookstore offers refuge from the elements. Once you find a comfortable nook in this three-floor shop, it’s easy to get lost in a book while the time flies by. If the rain continues, head just one block up to the Regal Cinemas in Union Square to stay dry while taking in one of the latest movies.

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