What are some of your favorite inexpensive/free things to do in or near the theater district? Seeing two shows tomorrow and, aside from dinner, I'm always at a loss for what to do in that 3-4 hour window between the matinee and evening. Figured I would open it to suggestions!
1. Bring a book and read at the Citizen M hotel2. Shop at Delphinium Home3. Go home (not an option for all)4. Walk on/around the High Line, depending on weather5. Eat somewhere further away, like DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn
broadway86 said: "What are some of your favorite inexpensive/free things to do in or near the theater district? Seeing two shows tomorrowand, aside from dinner, I'm always at a loss for what to do in that 3-4 hour window between the matinee and evening. Figured I would open it to suggestions!"This is probably specific to sewists and crafters, but I love poking around the Garment District. The wool section of Mood Fabrics is so much more quiet than the hustle and bustle of Times Square.(Yes, this is bad for my wallet, but so is drinking overpriced cocktails).
Inexpensive is subjective but here are a few suggestions--Movie theaters on 42nd St--Shopping--Check out Hudson Yards (depending on weather)--Gulliver's Gate--Madame Tussaud's --Grab a nice leisurely dinner
It is tough to squeeze in something to do plus eat between 5pm and 8pm on a Saturday. I usually just go to a nice restaurant to eat dinner.Assuming you eat quick, here are some ideas:Museums - Go up to the Guggenheim. This museum closes at 8pm on Saturdays. 5pm-8pm is pay what you wish but you can skip this long line of people waiting for "free" tickets if you are willing to pay regular admission. Rockefeller Center - Go ice skating, eat at the shops, or go up to the top of the rock. Empire State Building is a similar option.Grand Central Station - Take a tour of the train station and eat in an area away from the crowds (not times square)Parks - Central Park and High LineShopping - I like to check NYC sample sales for the unique day I am in NYC. I went to an Escada sale last winter and bought stuff at 90% off before hurrying to see my evening show.Other activities - escape room NYC, virtual reality game, get a massage, go to the public libraryEdit: Oh on a Wednesday, definitely try to schedule a free tour of United Nations or a free tour of the Federal Reserve (if you are off from work anyway).
I was under the assumption this was a day trip sans hotel, but YES if you are staying, go take a nap in the hotel! The second act of your second show will thank you.
New York Public Library is free. You can just wander and enjoy the rooms, architecture and exhibits but you can also do some research in whatever subject you are interested in. On my last trip I spent a few hours looking at vintage travel advertisements in one of the research rooms. Of course if the weather is nice, I love relaxing in Bryant Park as well.
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