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!)
January is really when snow tubing gets going in the NYC area.
Hit the trail—in NYC proper or upstate and beyond.
We recommend these spots for winter hikes with kids!
There are all kinds of rinks in NYC, from iconic and crowded to lesser-known with a bit more room to glide.
Hit the slopes at one of our favorite NYC-area ski resorts!
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.
42nd Street and Sixth Avenue
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
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
Hit the road and head to one of our favorite winter road trip destinations from NYC!
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