Baby, it’s cold outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun in the great outdoors with the kids this winter. Need ideas? Check out our favorite winter activities in and around NYC, which will get you gliding and sliding right into the spring thaw. From winter hikes and skating rinks galore to hitting the slopes and breaking for the ultimate hot chocolate, here are the best things to do with kids this winter in NYC. (Need some tips on how to embrace the cold? This story on NYC Forest Schools in NYC can help!)

Snow Tubing

L.L. Bean

January is really when snow tubing gets going in the NYC area. 

Click here for our favorite spots!


Manhattan Forest School

Hit the trail—in NYC proper or upstate and beyond. 

We recommend these spots for winter hikes with kids!

Ice Skating

Industry City

There are all kinds of rinks in NYC, from iconic and crowded to lesser-known with a bit more room to glide. 

Find your rink match here!


Stowe Mountain

Hit the slopes at one of our favorite NYC-area ski resorts!

Try Curling

Angelito Jusay

You don't even have to leave the city to give this winter sport a try, which you can do in Midtown at Bryant Park's Curling Cafe & Bar. It's "iceless" curling (on faux ice) and your reservation includes a heated dining dome, food and drink (hot chocolate, chicken tenders, etc.), and a dedicated curling lane for 90 minutes of play. 

Family Packages for on to four guests are $250 and $475 for five to eight guests. 

Bryant Park 
42nd Street and Sixth Avenue


Lisa Schorr

Geocaches (little treasures hidden in public all around the world) are still there, even in the snow! Click here to read about how to start searching in NYC! 



The classic winter activity of slopes, a slippery surface and gravity. 

Click here for all of our favorite NYC sledding hills! 

Drink Some Hot Chocolate

When you're ready to warm up, try one of the best hot chocolates for kids in New York City

Eat Some Fondue

Angela Pham

And if you're hungry, why not indulge in the wonderful comforting cheesiness of fondue. These are our favorite spots for fondue with the family in NYC!

Get Outta Town

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Hit the road and head to one of our favorite winter road trip destinations from NYC! 

—Mimi O’Connor

feuture photo: iStock


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