Indoor Things to Do in NYC in the Winter

Indoor Things to Do in NYC in the Winter
New York City can be a bitter place during the winter. However, this does not mean that visitors must remain in their hotel rooms hiding under the covers. For those bold enough to make the trip, New York rewards visitors with many indoor options to choose from even during the coldest days of winter.


Take the subway out to Brooklyn and practice your rock climbing technique. Powerplay offers Brooklyn's first indoor rock climbing facility and is open to all skill levels, including beginners. Prices for climbing sessions are reasonable and include supervision, harness, footwear and instruction as necessary. The climbing wall has different routes to choose from and also offers a 180-degree ceiling overhang. Note that the schedule changes at Powerplay from time to time, so check with the facility before departure. For those visitors with children, Powerplay is first and foremost a children's facility. There are numerous activities to keep the little ones happy while you are busy climbing faux rocks in the next room.

432 Third Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-9880


Head north to the Bronx for lessons in English-style equestrian riding. Located in Van Cortland Park, the Riverdale Equestrian Center offers the closest stables to Times Square. Though the center is known for its miles of outdoor trails, winter visitors will find a warm, international-size indoor arena upon arrival. The center has adult and youth programs to choose from and welcomes learners and the experienced alike. Lessons can be had for as little as a half-hour or can be bought in packages. Run by two former Olympians, the center's stables house quarter horses, thoroughbred mixes, appaloosas and also ponies for children 7 years and older.

Riverdale Equestrian Center
Van Cortland Park
West 254 Street & Broadway
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 548-4848


After all that rock climbing and bouncing around on top of a horse it may be time to relax for a while. The Russian & Turkish Baths, located in the East Village, are an ideal place to do so and have been calming New Yorkers since 1892. Visitors arrive, pay a fee, change into a robe and slippers and then take their pick of the bathhouse options. Start by building up a sweat in either the Turkish or aromatherapy room, the redwood sauna or the authentic Russian Sauna. After you're hot and dripping with sweat, jump into the ice-cold pool or Swedish shower before repeating the process. A restaurant and rooftop deck are also available. For something refreshingly different, try the platza treatment, where oak leaves are bundled and steeped in hot water with olive oil soap before being softly slapped against your body.

Russian & Turkish Baths
268 East 10th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 674-9250

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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