January 02, 2013
Plan a Family Friendly Visit to NYC this January
New York City is a lively city that attracts tourists throughout the whole year. Although visiting New York City in January won't offer the warmest weather for your trip, you'll still find plenty to do with your family. From a quiet afternoon in a warm museum to an exciting Broadway musical, New York's beauty will still shine through the dreary winter weather.
On a cold and snowy January day, New York City's museums offer a comfortable and warm haven. The collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ranges from ancient Greece artifacts to recent creations from modern artists. This stunning and large museum is even home to an ancient Egyptian temple. Art fans can see paintings from Johannes Vermeer and Claude Monet. Children may especially enjoy seeing the medieval suits of armor in the Department of Arms and Armor.
If you and your family love to spend time learning more about the natural world, a visit to the American Museum of Natural History will satisfy you. At this museum, you can stroll through exhibits dedicated to dinosaurs, rocks and outer space. Ocean enthusiasts will enjoy examining the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. This exhibit features a huge model of a blue whale, completely suspended from the ceiling.
Your family can enjoy an afternoon of ice skating in multiple spots throughout the city. On the rink at the famous Rockefeller Center, your family will share the ice with tourists from around the world. You can also head to the well-known Central Park for two more skating rinks to enjoy. As you skate, you'll enjoy impressive views from the surrounding park and city. Skate rentals are available at both the Wollman Rink and the Lasker Rink in Central Park. After you finish ice skating, you and your family can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from a street vendor or local cafe.
With the proper winter gear, including a warm coat and hat, you and your family can brave the cold temperatures to check out some truly impressive views of New York City. The observation decks at the Empire State Building are open every single day of the year, regardless of the weather. In January, you might have a chance to see the city under a beautiful blanket of sparkling snow.
See a Show
From musicals inspired by classic novels to new spins on favorite movies, your family can find any number of entertaining shows to watch on Broadway. Thanks to the low number of tourists who brave New York's winter weather, you'll have an easier time getting into the most popular shows. If you can spare some time, you might even get to meet a Broadway star after the show ends.
In January, you can catch a few special annual events in the city. The Martin Luther King Jr. parade features participants from all over the city, including marching bands and floats. New York Restaurant Week offers a particularly tasty treat for tourists. During this special week, you can experience the culinary delights from many different restaurants at fixed and affordable prices.Categories: Attractions