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Snow day activities in NYC: Central Park sledding, museum trips and more

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 from your responsibilities to enjoy the snow and wintry weather.

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

Go sledding

When it snows, there's one great thing to
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When it snows, there's one great 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 awesome sledding spots here.

Sip on something warm

After wandering around in the snow, enjoy a
Photo Credit: Renaissance New York Times Square

After wandering around in the snow, enjoy a much-deserved warm drink. Try a unique take on the classic hot chocolate at Renaissance New York Times Square (pictured) or head to these cafes for tea time.

Take advantage of the igloos

Yes, it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean
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Yes, it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't still eat and imbibe out there. Many New York City venues, bars and restaurants offer heated outdoor space in heated igloos, yurts and tents. From 230 Fifth's many lit-up igloos to Nowaday's heated yurts and mobile sauna, there are a number of options to consider when you want to go out.

Get cultured at a museum

A day off from responsibilities gives you the
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A day off from responsibilities gives you the opportunity to finally hit up that museum exhibit you've been eyeing for months or newly opened exhibits. Head to the Brooklyn Museum (pictured), The Met and more to get your art fix. Here's a list of the best ones to check out right now.

Take a spa-cation

Queens' favorite house of relaxation, Spa Castle, has
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Queens' favorite house of relaxation, Spa Castle, has a Manhattan outpost called Premier 57 (115 E. 57th St.). It's a good way to get warm, really warm, when outside is nasty. A day pass, which is $75, give you access to hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms and a swim-up bar. Other features include a sleeping room and a cafe.

Plan a trip

It's a good time to break up the
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It's a good time to break up the winter monotony by planning a trip. We suggest a jaunt to the Berkshiresor to any one of these divine locales.

Shop for summer clothes

You're still bundling up in your winter coat
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You're still bundling up in your winter coat now, but shopping for bathing suits and light, summer clothes is a good way to forget the snow is falling. Let your imagination wander to the warmer months, and start stocking up online.

Eat at a new restaurant

One of the best times to try a
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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.

Organize and spring clean

If you don't want to go out, now's
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If you don't want to go out, now's a good time to get your apartment in order. Throw out anything you haven't used or worn in the past year, things that you don't love, and scrub and sanitize places that need some attention. It will be nice in the spring and summer when you have more room and don't have to worry about thoroughly cleaning.

Kick Axe Throwing

Work up a sweat by throwing some axes.
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Work up a sweat by throwing some axes. Kick Axe Throwing (622 Degraw St. in Gowanus) lets you throw axes... and drink. For 75 minutes and $35, you can learn from an "ax-pert" how to throw like a lumberjack and sip on beer, wine or a malt beverage and enjoy pizza or a "high-end" Pop-Tart. Just be sure to wear close-toed shoes -- you don't want to ruin a good time. Or, if you'd rather be in Florida rather than walking through a winter wonderland, try Royal Palms (514 Union St. in Gowanus). For $40 an hour for a group of four (or more), patrons can play on 10 shuffleboard courts in the warehouse-like space while a DJ plays music. The bar also has signature cocktails, which are all named after famous shuffleboard players.

Get cozy at a fireplace bar or restaurant

What's better than cozying up next to a
Photo Credit: The Fillmore Room

What's better than cozying up next to a fireplace on a snowy day? There are plenty of bars and eateries in the city that have one, so head to The Fillmore Room (pictured), Art Bar, SakaMai and more to warm up on a cold day.

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