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7 Fun Things to Do in New York City Before a Broadway Show

Bryant Park Holiday Shops 2

Finally got tickets to a Broadway show and want to plan a fun day around it? With everything from one of a kind parks with breath taking views to top notch art museums, here are seven fun things to do in New York City before a Broadway show.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink

Bryant Park is just a short walk from all the Broadway theaters and there is so much to do here! In the summer, you can play board games by the carousel, challenge someone in ping pong, check out the art cart or just relax on the lawn. In the winter, you have the holiday shops and the only free ice skating rink in New York City.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library Reading RoomP.C.: yelp, Clay M.

Behind Bryant Park, is the main branch of the New York Public Library, the Stephen A Schwarzman Building. It is honestly more like a museum. There are tons of art and even fascinating exhibits throughout this historic building. Plus you have to check out the Rose Main Reading Room which is a landmark in itself and it is also where the Ghostbusters movie was filmed!

Hudson Yards

The Vessel Hudson YardsP.C.: yelp, Katie D.

On the West Side, the Hudson Yards is also within walking distance from all the Broadway theaters. There are a bunch of interesting shopping and dining options here. You can also check out the Vessel and walk along the High Line, both offer great views of New York City.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern ArtP.C.: yelp, Mira S.

New York City is renowned for its world class museums and the Museum of Modern Art aka MOMA (11 W 53rd St) is nearby. It’s huge and is now open again after its latest expansion. You just never know what you will stumble upon.

Shop at Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue are both known for its shopping! There is something for everyone. During the holidays, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is on display and you can go ice skating in their world famous rink. The shops on Fifth Avenue will also have their famous holiday windows on view. It will definitely put you in the festive mood!

Get Lunch or Dinner

Burger & Lobster Po Boy Lobster Roll

New York City is a foodie’s dream! Every cuisine is represented and there are great steakhouses, seafood restaurants, burger joints and more! Some of our favorite restaurants close by include Burger & Lobster (132 W 43rd St), Carmine’s (200 West 44th St) and Pio Pio (604 10th Ave).

Taste of Mulberry Street Tour

Taste of Mulberry Street Tour

Finally a fun thing to do in New York City before a Broadway show is our Taste of Mulberry Street tour! Explore the history and diversity of Mulberry Street and taste some delicious churros, pizza, French cheeses, pasta, Chinese desserts and more! It is a great way to visit Chinatown, Little Italy and Nolita when you are short on time.