The Best Indoor Adventures in New York City: A Guide for Rainy Days

Are you looking for something to do on a rainy day in New York City? From museums to catacombs, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night or an exciting adventure, here is a guide to some of the best indoor adventures in New York City. For something cheesy and nostalgic, head to Skee-Ball-themed bar in Williamsburg. This bar is built with old Skee-Ball machine parts and a television in the front plays live action on the three ramps in the back.

Enjoy cheap and cheerful beer with a small selection of standard faucets complemented by 40 canned beers stored in ice-filled coolers behind the bar. If you're looking for an adventure, try indoor climbing at Brooklyn Boulders. With more than 22,000 square feet of rocks and large scale climbing walls, even Spider-Man wouldn't be bored. Introductory classes are offered several times a day for aspiring Peter Parkers. Explore 11 different habitats without venturing beyond the Bronx in this Victorian-style greenhouse. Walk between the surrounding rainforest and desert areas until you find the perfect temperature. For book lovers, The Strand is a must-see.

With 29 miles of books, The Strand has an enormous collection of more than 2 million volumes at discounts. Discounts for critics are in the basement, while rare volumes are hidden upstairs. If you spend enough time here, you can find just about anything. The Map Division at the New York Public Library is another great place to explore. With 450,000 sheets of maps and 16,000 atlases in the collection, there are maps of the German Army from World War II and more than 20,000 maps of New York.

A gigantic map of the 1782 British headquarters used during the Revolution shows fortresses, hills, ponds and a small settlement under a wall at the tip of Manhattan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also worth visiting. With 11 and a half acres of Central Park, the Met is the ideal place to be entertained in bad weather and is surprisingly easy to negotiate. Visit the north wing of the ground floor to see the Egyptian art collection and the glass-walled atrium that houses the Dendur temple. For something truly unique, visit The Paley Center for Media. Home to an archive of more than 150,000 radio and television programs, you can search the database for your favorite episode of I Love Lucy, Seinfeld or Desperate Housewives. If you're looking for something more low-key, try Nabe's Arcade Bar.

In this noisy old school game room, joystick lovers huddle around everything from Ms. Pac-Man to high-definition games like The King of Fighters XII. Most games cost a dollar per turn; some cost as little as 25 cents. When you're tired of playing Dance Dance Revolution, relax your sore feet at one of Nabe's many back and foot massage centers. You'll be walking around New York City a lot, so make sure you have shoes that keep your feet dry and comfortable. For music lovers, New York City's music scene is hard to beat. From restaurants to museums, skating rinks to a subway ride, there are plenty of places to listen to jazz music. Loved by locals and visitors alike, The Strand Bookstore is one of New York City's most iconic bookstores and one of the best places to spend rainy days in New York.

For an exciting indoor activity in New York City, try indoor skydiving at iFLY New York. If you have something big to celebrate (prices are high and waiting lists tend to be long), I highly recommend renting a pool table at Shark's Pool Club. Even if you're not very good at it, it's one of the best things you can do on a rainy day in New York. Founded in 1950, The Lincoln Center houses some of New York's most iconic venues such as The Metropolitan Opera House, The New York Philharmonic and The New York City Ballet. It also houses The American Ballet School, The Julliard School of Music and The Film Society. Catacombs are most commonly found in European cities such as Paris and Rome but you can also discover these underground tombs in New York. Visit The National Museum of American Indians which is a Smithsonian museum with locations in both New York and Washington DC. At this museum you can discover exhibits about New York's past, important events and notable New York residents. This is a collection of small bronze statues at the 14th and 8th Street station that represent a fairytale version of life in New York.

So if you're looking for an unforgettable date night experience in NYC this would be the place to do it.

Grace Hanisch
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