Snow day activities in New York City

The weather in the city can get pretty frightful in the winter, whether it's snow, sleet or sub-zero temperatures.

But with a stroke of luck, the chilly climate can give you a day off to enjoy the snow and wintry weather.

Venture out -- or stay in -- to make the most of a snowy day in the city.

Go sledding

You can never be entirely sure what the upcoming storm will amount to in terms of inches of the white stuff, but when it snows, there's only one thing to do: Go sledding. If you're brave enough to venture outdoors, grab a sled -- or your garbage can lid -- and head to one of the many beloved sledding hills in the city for some high-speed fun. Check out Central Park (pictured), Prospect Park, and more NYC Parks-approved sledding spots.

Catch up on the season's shows

Rather stay inside on a chilly day? Take the time to catch up on that show you've been meaning to watch. Check out what's new on Netflix to binge-watch your way through any blizzard.

Get cozy at a fireplace bar or restaurant

What's better than cozying up next to a fireplace on a snowy day? Though there are few among us who actually have working fireplaces in their apartments, there are plenty of bars and eateries in the city that do. Head to The Fillmore Room (pictured), Art Bar and more to warm up on a cold day.


Sip on something warm

After wandering around in the snow, enjoy a much-deserved warm drink. Try a unique take on the classic hot chocolate at these city spots, or head to these cafes for tea time. After the clock strikes 5 p.m., sip on a warm cocktail at Eataly's winter pop-up Baita and more local bars serving up hot alcoholic beverages.

Shop for summer clothes

You may need to bundle up in your winter coat right now, but shopping for more bulky clothes will just remind you of the frigid weather. Let your imagination wander to the warmer months, and start stocking up online for summer clothes instead.

Eat at a new restaurant

One of the best times to try a new or popular restaurant is when the city shuts down due to bad weather. Fewer people venture outside, and restaurants are often desperate for guests. Take this opportunity to visit one of the eateries listed in our recent openings roundup.

Plan a romantic getaway

It's cold and depressing in the winter, so why not plan an escape? Head out of the city to one of these nearby romantic destinations.

Get cultured at a museum

A day off from work gives you the opportunity to finally hit up that museum exhibit you've been eyeing for months. Head to the Brooklyn Museum (pictured), The Met and more to get your art fix.