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Things to Do in New York When It’s Raining

If you’re in New York, there are plenty of things to see – there’s the Empire State Building, and the iconic Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square. There is one thing that all these landmarks have in common: they are all best viewed whilst outside. This is great for most people, but what do you do if your luck runs out and the worst happens? What do you do if… it starts raining?

Handily, there are a number of great things to do and see in The Empire State that are okay whatever the weather, and we’ve spent the day compiling a few of the best of them. Rain or shine, these things will surely be worth your time.

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See a Show – for Less!

Broadway (and Off Broadway) is the best place in the world to see a great show, whether you prefer light hearted musicals like The Lion King or The Book of Mormon, or if you are more of a Stomp kind of person, or even if you prefer traditional stage plays like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The best thing to do on a rainy day is to show up at the ticket booth – tickets sold on the day of the performance are offered at lower prices: you might be able to save a whopping 50% on the advertised price! Seeing a Broadway show is truly something to experience, so it’s definitely worth a shot as you’ll save a small fortune, and have an unforgettable evening while you’re at it.

Get Some Exercise

Maybe this is hardly your idea of fun, and you’re about to ditch this article in favour of something a little more laid back. But stick with us – this is exercise with a difference! If you pop down to the Chelsea Piers you’ll stumble across the Sports and Entertainment Complex: so far, so ordinary.

But head inside and you’ll see something far beyond your typical gym and pool combo – this massive sports centre is all indoors, and has absolutely loads of activities on offer, from bowling and rock climbing to beach volleyball and ice skating. There are even yoga facilities to put your soul at ease, and a spa in which you can freshen up and unwind in after you’ve burnt off all those famous New York bagels!

A Night (or Day!) at the Museum

Take a cab down to the Upper East Side and you’ll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a museum famous the world over for its incredible collections of art through the ages. Going all the way back to the art of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the very best in modern American art, there is something for everyone here.

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There’s even a wing dedicated entirely to historic fashion trends – the Costume Institute has hundreds of pieces depicting the clothes people typically wore and how they changed as the centuries passed. Truly interesting stuff which is well worth the entire day you’ll need to get round.