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5 Ways to Make the Most of a Rainy Day in New York City

by Adam Guy

Rain, rain, go away! What do you do, besides get wet, when it rains during your trip to New York City? Do you bail on your existing plans? Hunker down in your hotel? NO WAY! Here are 5 ideas for things to do to when it rains in the city:

Brooklyn Bridge on a rainy day

Grab a raincoat or umbrella and tough it out

Tour guests

You are here to experience New York City in all its forms. Sometimes, rain can add unexpected and romantic atmosphere to the day. Don’t have an umbrella, you say? Fear not! The moment raindrops start to appear, countless vendors with umbrellas will magically appear on every street corner.

Visit a museum

Expect crowds, especially at the MET. But there are nearly 150 museums in NYC. Do a bit of research before your trip and make a list. I’m a fan of the Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn, Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and the Morgan Library and Museum in Midtown. There’s even a free Skyscraper Museum near the Battery in downtown.

Transit Museum

Enjoy a salt room

Yes, it’s a thing. It’s meant to give you a relaxing and healing experience and improve breathing. Check out these places: Body Mind Salt and Esoterra.

Explore subway art

You can pretty much get anywhere underground. Why not hop from subway station to station and discover the amazing artwork? A few stops of note: Times Square, Lincoln Center, 9th Ave and 14th, 6th Ave and 23rd, 50th and 7th, 59th and Lexington, Prince Street… The list goes on.

William Wegman's dogs in the 23rd St. stop on the F subway line
William Wegman's dogs in the 23rd St. stop on the F subway line

Create your own food tour

NYC has many food halls that feature mini-versions of the city’s best restaurants. Three of note: Urban Hawker (Singaporean), Time Out Market in Dumbo, Tin Building by Jean-George in South Street Seaport, Urban Space at 570 Lexington.


By the way, I give tours in the rain and snow! I’ll bring an umbrella or hand warmers for you and your group. We’ll strategically weave in and out of places to have some “dry off” moments. Rain makes for a different experience, but not a lesser one.

How about joining me on your next visit? I Know A Guy NYC Tours (me) provides private full and half day walking tours for families and small groups in amazing neighborhoods across the city. We’ll explore, laugh, stop for treats, learn about the neighborhoods, and take loads of photos.

Find out what you can expect from a day out with me by reading the Google reviews from those who have survived and lived to tell about it. (HA!) Then reach out to me at so we can discuss which adventures will be best for your family or group.

You can get ideas and tips for your trip by following I Know A Guy NYC Tours on Facebook or Instagram, too!


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© All photos by Adam Guy


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