Things to Do in New York City When It Rains

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See the main room at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
See the main room at the UN Headquarters in New York City. (Image: united nations main room, new york city image by Albo from Fotolia.com)

New York is one of the East Coast’s largest cities. Visited by millions from across the country and world, New York City has a never-ending supply of attractions to keep tourists busy. However, the region often gets rain in the winter months, which can put a cramp in your vacation. Luckily, many of New York’s attractions are indoors, so you can enjoy your vacation on rainy days without getting wet.

Go to a Museum

New York is home to dozens of museums, from the famous to the unknown. Consider visiting the Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art if you want to see the best-known museums. Depending on your interests, consider visiting one of New York’s lesser-known museums, such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Television and Radio or the Museum of Jewish Heritage. New York has plenty of museums to occupy your time while you wait for the rain to pass.

See a Show

Known as the country’s ultimate theater district, Broadway has dozens of hotels and shows for visitors to choose from. Popular shows such as Wicked, Chicago and Mamma Mia! are often booked far in advance, but you can score last-minute tickets at a reduced rate provided you don’t have a show preference. Look for tickets on Broadway’s official website, or ask at the box office to see what is available.

UN Tour

Located in New York, the United Nations Headquarters sits on 18 acres from 42nd to 48th Street and from First Avenue to the East River. The UN complex offers guided tours, which explore the UN’s history, structure and composition, as well as information on the building itself. On the tour, you’ll also see gifts donated from UN Member States and the General Assembly Hall. In this hall, the 192 members of the organization meet to discuss global issues. Each guide at the UN Headquarters is knowledgeable about the workings of the organization, as well as current happenings within the UN.

Visit the Library

Officially dedicated in 1911, the New York Public Library is a large, imposing building filled with history and architectural interest. The building holds over 20 million books, with branches in Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. The main library offers free tours of the building and its exhibitions with a knowledgeable guide. The library requires that groups of 10 or more visitors schedule their tours in advance.

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