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Thanksgiving Weekend Activities in New York

Spending a holiday weekend in a city like New York is an ideal opportunity to head out and experience something different. Whether you want to burn off the turkey and pumpkin pie or watch a new Broadway show, here are a few things you can do when everywhere else is either packed or closed.

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating rinks are opening all over the city. This Thanksgiving weekend, go outside and embrace one of the best winter activities! Luckily, New York’s top ice skating rinks will be open over Thanksgiving.

Go for a Run or Bike Ride

Forget about having to double-check opening hours of businesses or attractions and spend the weekend outside. New York has excellent routes that can be explored on foot or two wheels.


Exploring the many running routes in Central Park is a great way to appreciate New York’s oasis from a different perspective. The most popular and picturesque route is the 1.58-mile Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track that loops around the Reservoir. Those of you who prefer longer distances, go for the 6.02-mile Central Park Drive loop.


Cyclists can opt to pick up a bike at CitiBike stations — there are a few less than a block from the Royalton New York! By getting a Day Pass ($12), you can use the bike for as many 30-minute rides as you want in a 24-hour period. Some of the most popular routes are the Hudson River Greenway, but you can also choose one of the Central Park routes (make sure they allow bikes).

See a Broadway Show

Believe it or not, Broadway won’t completely close on Thanksgiving weekend. Consult the Thanksgiving week performance schedule before choosing which play or musical to see. If you want something very special, go to The Shops at Columbus Circle on November 26 for a performance of Broadway Under the Stars.

If all else fails, then book a room with a fireplace at the Royalton New York and snuggle up with a cozy movie in front of the fire. Our fireplaces can be lit once temperatures hit 45°F and under. Take a look at our special offers and get the best hotel deal in NYC.