“April showers bring May flowers” could not be more true for the weather we are experiences in the tri-state. I just came back from a business trip out in Las Vegas and going from 80 degree sunny weather to 30 degree rainy days is dreadful; I know #firstworldproblems!
1. Go for a spin on the SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
Let your inner kid free at this Little Mermaid reminiscent carousel. The carousel is open 7 days a week from 10am until 10pm and each ticket cost $5. A little tip, take a good look at the platform of the one you want to get on. If it is on a circular grid, that SeaGlass will go up and down and pivot. If it is not, the SeaGlass will stay still the entire ride.
2. Catch a new Broadway or Off-Broadway Play!
We all know unless you know someone or are willing to shell out thousands for tickets, you are never going to see Hamilton. Luckily there are so many new Broadway and off-Broadway shows for you to see.
As for Off-Broadway, I’ve recently gone to see The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical but of course, there is the all time favorite of Off-Broadway shows: Avenue Q. Jump on todaytix.com and see what you can see last minute at a discount.
3. Check out the Whitney Museum Biennial Exhibit
“the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.”
Plus they have a great rooftop portion for when it stops raining!
4. Shop at the Canal Street Market
The Canal Street Market has curated a community experience between retail and food vendors and their customers. They are located at 265 Canal Street and open Mon – Wed: 11AM – 7PM, Thurs – Sat: 11AM – 8PM and Sun: 11AM – 6PM. You can check out their vendors before hand but it’s more fun to just show up and check out everything in person.
5. Try Rock Climbing or Bouldering
It’s a sport that I’ve fallen in love with about a year and a half ago and it’s catching on like wildfire in the city. It first started with Brooklyn Boulders and with their success, I’ve seen many more bouldering places open in the city. Although in the summer, I would always recommend DUMBO Boulders (where I am in the photo above) but since this is a what to do when it’s raining post, I would recommend finding a bouldering place near you and trying it out, otherwise, go to Brooklyn Boulders and have fun!
It’s a great way to meet new people and get into a new activity. If you have never been rock climbing before, start by bouldering. It’s where you are without a harness but you are never more than maximum 20ft off the ground and when you jump down, you are jumping onto a “crash pad” or a really cushioned platform.
& 1 more for good luck!
6. Watch a movie at an IPic Theatre
Located at 11 Fulton Street in South Street Seaport, the IPic Theatre is your ultimate luxury experience for watching a movie. With a premium plus seat, you get full service delivered direct to your seat from a full menu of food and drinks, including alcohol, served to your seat to free popcorn.
Just a tip, if you are going to an IPic Theatre, might as well go for the premium plus seats. They are much more expensive than your regular movie ticket however, for the plush and private recliner seats and full service, it is definitely worth it.
Do you have a favorite activity to do on a rainy NYC day? Sound off below!