It’s well into winter so that most likely means, a lot of snow and frigid temperatures. With that being said, there’s still plenty of things to do in February in New York. This guide will list our recommendations for February. Even though it can be bitterly cold with a lot of snow, NYC in February still provides plenty of activities. In this article, we provide you some of the best things you can do here in February.
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The absolute best things to do in February in NYC
1. February 2nd: Experience The Super Bowl Hype
The Super Bowl is usually held in February and NYC, just like the rest of America, goes crazy during the days leading up to it. In the US, this event is the sporting highlight of the year. The halftime show is of the very best and every year, big names like Bruno Mars or Beyonce perform during the halftime show. If you’re looking for a nice bar on this night check out Bill’s Bar & Burger in the Meatpacking District and other sports bars in the area.
2. NYFW – New York Fashion Week FW20 (February 6th – February 13th)
This is probably one of the most interesting things to do in February in New York. Whole streets are closed off and intersections become catwalks. It’s one of the biggest fashion events of the year. For a week, twice a year, influencers, celebrities, editors, photographers and fashionistas from all over the world will make their pilgrimage to New York City to see the new collections from their favorite designers and brands. You can find more information about fashion week and photos of the events last season here.
3. February 22nd: Pictures Under the Palms
In February, you’ll have the opportunity to see Pictures Under the Palms at Brookfield Place, Lower Manhattan. It’s a free movie that the venue sets up. Stop by early to make sure you get a good spot around 5:15 PM. The free, cozy cinema seats include popcorn in the lobby the Brookfield Place. At 7:00 PM the movie starts.
4. Winter Jam in Central Park (February 1st – Free)
On February 1, 2020, there will be a day in Central Park on the Bandshell along 72nd Street where snowboarding will be free of charge. Included is a cute winter market with hot drinks and delicious food. This annual event is suitable for all ages and a great experience. The fact that you can snowboard in the middle of New York City is amazing.
5. February 14: Valentine’s Day in New York City
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in New York is something very special because Americans celebrate this day very differently than in Germany. Usually, restaurants have special offers, special menus and the whole city is decorated with hearts.
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6. Check out a museum in New York
The wintry season is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really does not lack the choice. The Guggenheim Museum on Central Park alone is an architectural masterpiece. The Museum of Natural History is also worth seeing. Here, you’ll see dinosaur skeletons, aborigines, and many other historical creatures. Located on Central Park West, it’s always a good idea for a museum outing. In 2019 the Museum of Modern Art was reopened after a long period of renovations. You should definitely go check it out, it is one of the best museums in NYC.
7. A Walk in Wintry Central Park (free)
It’s the middle of winter in February and walking through Central Park in the cold is still magical. If there’s snow, it’s even more amazing. If you want to be more adventurous, start in Harlem and walk down Central Park towards Midtown. Too often we catch ourselves starting on Fifth Avenue at the Plaza Hotel in Central Park. There is so much more to explore than just that part of Central Park.
8. Black History Month
Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month in February in NYC. There are many ways to show your appreciation for African-American culture. Head Uptown and explore Harlem and its one of kind soul food restaurants. Harlem will be filled with music events, movie screenings, spoken word performances, and fun parties during Black History Month in New York City.
9. Ice Skating in Some of The Most Famous Ice Rinks in the World
Ice Skating is definitely one of the things to do in New York in February. Here are our top 3 ice rinks in Manhattan.
The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center offers a memorable experience in a great setting in front of the city’s most famous Christmas tree. Expect to wait to get into the rink and is considered and one of the most popular to New Yorkers. Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Streets (More about the ice rink can be found here). Cost: $ 9.50- $ 19, skate rental $ 8.
The Pond in Bryant Park invites you to ice skate during the Holiday season. Address: Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Street. Cost: Free, skate rental $ 12.
Thousands of New Yorkers and tourists flock to the world’s most famous ice rink: The Wollman Rink in Central Park. For a New York fan, this is probably the number one to-do list during the winter season in New York. Address: enter the park at 59th and 6th Avenues or 59th and 5th Avenues (More about the rink can be found here). Cost: 6-18 $, skate rental $ 8.
10. Restaurant week in NYC until February 9th
There’s still time to explore the best restaurants during Restaurant Week in NYC. Catch some really good deals and enjoy a great lunch or dinner on a budget. NYC Restaurant Week is a semiannual promotion that celebrates fine dining at an affordable price in the Big Apple. All restaurants who are participating offer three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced lunch and/or dinner.
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What Sports are on in February?
The NHL is On
The NBA is Midway into the Season
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