The Top 26 Indoor Group Activities To Escape The Rain In NYC

Tired of canceling plans every time it starts pouring?

Looking for the perfect indoor group activities in NYC to keep the fun going even when the weather isn’t on your side?

Your search endeth here.

As a premier NYC escape room with experience hosting family outings, friends’ catch-ups and special events like team-building and birthday parties, we have an idea of the kinds of experiences New Yorkers are looking for.

Based on our insight, here are the top 26 indoor group activities in New York.

Visit the Met…The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met Museum NYC

Possibly the most cliched suggestion ever? Hardly worth visiting this blog post for?

That being said, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art remains a prime indoor activity in New York, and a great way to escape the rain.

Their Central Park campus offers numerous opportunities to dive deep into history with the Egyptian art collection and the Temple of Dendur, beautifully set against a reflective pool. 

You can also wander through halls showcasing Greek and Roman art, and don’t miss the Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing, now a magnificent sculpture court.

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Take a guided tour of Grand Central Station

Grand Central Tour

Here’s the deal about Grand Central Station – no matter how many times you might have passed through it, it’ll never cease to amaze you. The crowds, the sounds, the architecture – it’s a whole different feeling altogether!

Which is what makes taking a guided tour of the entire complex such a great group activity on a rainy day in New York City.

Dive deep into the history of this Beaux-Arts architecture masterpiece, marvel at the intricate designs, and maybe even grab a bite at the legendary Oyster Bar.

It’s not just a station; it’s an experience waiting to unfold.

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Test your wits at BrainXcape Escape Room

BrainXcape Escape Room

Forget all about the pouring rain outside as you seek to spot clues, figure out what they mean, and work out how to solve a mystery…even as a clock ticks down.

That’s what you can expect from us here at BrainXcape.

Perfect for groups of 2 to 10, we’re an ideal setting for catching up with family and friends, or doing some team-building with coworkers, and the perfect indoor group activity in NYC!

Our escape games

  • Rikers, 1932: Trapped in Manhattan’s notorious Rikers Island prison in 1932, you must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and plan a daring escape before the guards catch you.
  • The Haunted Hotel: Venture into The Grange, a haunted hotel in Manhattan, to unravel its supernatural mysteries and escape before becoming its next eternal resident.
  • Game of Gold: Dive into a magical realm to find the mythical Tree of Life, navigating through enchanted forests and ancient castles while battling dark forces.

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Head for the Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream

Wondering where to indulge your sweet tooth on a rainy day in NYC? Dive into the Museum of Ice Cream in SOHO and rediscover the joy of being a kid. 

From unlimited ice cream treats in various forms to a world-famous sprinkle pool, this place is a vibrant wonderland of immersive installations. 

Learn about ice cream’s rich history across 12 multisensory exhibits and connect with loved ones through delightful activities. 

And if you’re looking for a unique venue, they even offer private events and group bookings!

Delve into additional articles of ours about escape rooms and various pursuits to enjoy in and around New York City.

A great place in NYC to take your kids on a rainy day!

But what if you’ve got kids in tow? No worries! The Museum of Ice Cream isn’t just for the grown-ups. 

It’s a haven for children, especially on those wet NYC days. 

Let them slide down a thrilling three-story indoor slide, dive into the iconic sprinkle pool, and munch on a variety of ice cream treats. 

With installations that are both fun and educational, it’s the perfect spot to keep the little ones entertained and learning, all while staying dry!

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Explore The Morgan

The Morgan

Looking for lesser-known rainy-day things to do with your loved ones in NYC?

Then gather your group and go for an exploration of Morgan Library and Museum!

Nestled in the heart of the city, this gem began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. 

Beyond its vast collection of illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings, the Morgan Library & Museum stands as an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, reflecting America’s Age of Elegance. 

Over the years, it has expanded, offering visitors a blend of historical and modern architectural marvels, making it a must-visit spot on a rainy day.

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Explore the Map Room at the New York Public Library!

NY Public Library Map Room

Cartography. That’s what the study of maps is called.

May not draw a lot of attention on LinkedIn, but should be a fascinating way to spend a rainy afternoon in New York!

The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library is a treasure trove for map enthusiasts. 

Established in 1898, it boasts over 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries. 

From global scales to local city maps, it’s a journey through time and space, right in the heart of the city.

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Go Wow at Meow Parlour!

Meow Parlour

Cats and coffee sounds like a fascinating way to spend a day when it’s raining cats and dogs outside, doesn’t it? And that’s exactly what Meow Parlour is all about!

Whether you’re in the mood to simply relax with some feline friends or considering adopting a new furry family member, this establishment has got you covered. 

Not only can you enjoy the company of adorable cats, but you can also support their non-profit efforts dedicated to cat welfare.

So gather all your cat-loving friends and hit up Meow Parlour next time it’s pouring!

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Stroll through Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market, housed in the renovated Nabisco factory, is a food lover’s paradise. Which makes it a great place to visit with your gourmet friends in NYC.

Sip on a rich brew from Ninth Street Espresso as you explore specialty stores, from the fresh seafood delights at Lobster Place to the extensive wine collection at Chelsea Wine Vault. 

Don’t forget to stock up on Italian essentials at Buon Italia. 

And if the rain takes a break, the High Line awaits, offering a serene experience minus the usual crowd.

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Go rock-climbing at The Cliffs (seriously, it’s indoors)

The Cliffs Rock Climbing

Ever wanted to challenge your friends on who’s got the strongest quads? At The Cliffs, you can do just that! 

With over 1,400 rock climbing routes, they offer a mix of top-rope and bouldering suitable for every skill level. 

Plus, if you’re looking to stretch out after a climb, they even have yoga classes and a full fitness area. 

With locations across NYC, including Gowanus, Harlem, and Long Island City, escaping the rain has never been this adventurous!

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If you’re looking for a less physically taxing and more thrilling experience, consider these scary NYC escape rooms!

Enjoy an afternoon tea at The Palm Court

Palm Court Afternoon Tea

Ever dreamt of sipping tea like royalty on a drizzly NYC day? The Palm Court at The Plaza has been the city’s go-to for a classic afternoon tea for over 100 years. 

With a design inspired by Central Park’s verdant beauty, this iconic spot boasts ceiling-high palm trees and a mesmerizing stained-glass dome. 

Dive into rounds of sweet and savory delights, all while soaking in the ambiance of a timelessly elegant setting. 

It’s the perfect indoor activity to escape the rain and feel fancy!

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Drop in at The Bean on Broadway for a coffee

The Bean Broadway Coffee

Of course, if tea ain’t your thing, you can always head for The Bean on Broadway for a spot of coffee and catching up.

They pride themselves on not having burnt coffee, pretentious staff, annoying coffee names, or boring elevator music. 

Instead, they offer free WiFi, an awesome atmosphere, and a range of treats, both vegan and not-so-vegan.

By the way, do they call themselves “The Bean” as a reference to coffee beans? We don’t know – if you do, give us a shoutout on Facebook revealing the secret to us!

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Make a beeline for Joe’s Pizza Broadway

Joe's Pizza Broadway

Do you think any list of things to do in NYC – whether it’s raining or not – is complete without at least one suggestion for a pizza place?

Us neither!

So, there you have it – escape the rain with some steaming pizza at Joe’s Pizza on Broadway!

Pair it with their house salad and a Snapple for a satisfying meal!

Pro tip: It could just be us, but the choice of toppings can really make a heck of a difference. So you can pretty much go eenie-meenie-mynie-moe when choosing the pizza (they’re all GREAT) – but take your time selecting the toppings.

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Learn the art of weaving patterns at the Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center Weaving

Here’s a suggestion – match the steely color of the skies outside with a steely resolve to pick up a new & artistic skill.

Sounds good?

Then gather the gang and head for the Textile Arts Center to to spend a rainy day!

They offer a plethora of textile-related activities, from dyeing and sewing to machine knitting and even lace making. 

Dive into their Adult Classes and Youth Programs, or simply get inspired by the local and international textile artists featured in the TAC Gallery.

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Go ice skating at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Sky Rink Chelsea Piers

Gather your friends and head to the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers for a cool adventure indoors. 

It’s the perfect group activity for drizzly days in New York. 

Plus, they offer fantastic deals like buying ten Freestyle 10-Packs and getting one free. 

So, lace up those skates, bring your crew, and enjoy a day of gliding and twirling!

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Hunt for old books at The Strand

The Strand Old Books

Do you like being in the company of old books and literary treasures? Team up with your book-loving friends and head for The Strand. 

This Greenwich Village institution boasts over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books. 

Dive into topics from occult to philosophy, and even snag quirky literary gifts like the Shakespeare insult mug. 

And don’t forget to check out their famous dollar carts outside; your next favorite read might just be waiting!

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Some of these books would be excellent to give as presents. And if you’re seeking alternative ideas, check out an escape room gift card.

Raise to toast to live music at Fraunces Tavern

Looking for a cozy spot to enjoy live music on a drizzly NYC evening? Fraunces Tavern, New York’s oldest and most historic bar, offers more than just a trip down memory lane.

From the soulful tunes of the Jackie West Jazz Trio to the high-energy performances of Lauren Geber Marquez & Friends, there’s always something to get your feet tapping. 

Nestled in the heart of the city, this National Landmark building isn’t just about history; it’s about creating new memories with friends, one song at a time. 

So, why wait? Head over, grab a drink, and let the music wash away those rainy-day blues!

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Take cooking classes at Eataly

Eataly Cooking Classes

Ever nursed dreams of becoming the next Rocco DiSpirito? Dive into the world of Italian cuisine at Eataly NYC Flatiron! 

From crafting the perfect cocktail at Bar Milano to hands-on pasta workshops at Il Pastaio di Eataly, there’s a culinary experience waiting for you. 

And for wine enthusiasts, their guided wine tastings are a must-try. Escape the drizzle and embark on a flavorful journey!

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A lot of New Yorkers love taking cooking classes to celebrate their birthday. Looking for something a little more thrilling to mark the occasion? Consider an escape room birthday!

Go bowling at The Gutter

The Gutter Bowling

Looking for a cozy spot to hang out with friends on a rainy day in NYC? Dive into the vintage vibes of The Gutter! 

With its American craft beer, delectable pub fare, and vintage bowling lanes, it’s the perfect place to escape the drizzle and have some fun. 

Whether you’re in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, there’s a Gutter location waiting for you. 

So, lace up those bowling shoes and let the good times roll!

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Head for the Full Circle Bar for some skee-ball

Why let a downpour dampen your spirits when you can roll back in time? Head over to Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the home of Brewskee-Ball.

Dive into the fun with their Skee-Ball LIVE lanes, grab a refreshing brew or a delightful frozen drink, and let the good times roll. 

If you’re up for more, try your hand at Five Hole Cornhole. 

And hey, if you’re feeling competitive, they’ve got a league you can join!

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Enjoy indoor golf at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers Indoor Golf

Golf – the sport of Presidents, and that gave rise to legends like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Rory McIlroy.

Next time it’s raining, make it your sport as well with a visit to Chelsea Piers.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just looking to try something new on a drizzly day, their state-of-the-art facilities are sure to impress. 

So, why let the rain dampen your spirits when you can swing away in style?

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Experience the natural world at the New York Botanical Garden Conservatory

Botanical Garden Conservatory

Imagine being able to see everything from exotic rainforest plants to majestic desert plants – all under one roof!

Actually, you don’t have to imagine…as that’s what’s on offer at the Botanical Garden’s Conservatory.

While the conservatory undergoes restoration projects every couple of decades, the collections beneath it are ever-evolving and thriving. 

Dive into the newly designed palm collection, which not only showcases the history of tropical plant research at NYBG but also emphasizes the significance of the palm family. 

From palm diversity to conservation efforts, there’s a story behind every leaf waiting for you to discover on a drizzly day in NYC.

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Rejuvenate yourself at AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths

Looking for a serene escape from New York’s hustle and bustle? Nestled in the heart of TriBeCa, AIRE Ancient Baths offers an oasis of tranquility. 

Housed in a beautifully restored 1883 textile factory, this spa promises an unforgettable journey through sensations. 

Dive into various baths with water at different temperatures, reminiscent of Roman, Greek, and Ottoman traditions. 

It’s not just a spa; it’s a unique atmosphere of relaxation waiting for you.

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Head for the Oculus (We’re looking at YOU, TikTokers and Instagrammers)

The Oculus

Ever thought of capturing the perfect shot for your social media feed on a rainy day in NYC? The Oculus is your go-to spot! 

Not just a hub for subways and the World Trade Center PATH station, it’s a shopping and entertainment paradise with stores like Apple, UGG, and H&M. 

Experience the vibrant scene of art and musical performances, and make sure to capture those Insta-worthy moments that’ll make your followers swoon.

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Laugh like you’ve never laughed at The Comedy Cellar

Comedy Cellar

With all that’s been going on around us over the last few years, we could all do with a laugh. Not a little giggle, mind you, but a deep belly laugh.

And that’s exactly what goes on at The Comedy Cellar.

With shows every single day, and standups of the caliber of Keith Robinson and Robert Kelly performing, this is a great place to unwind with family, friends, coworkers, and other loved ones.

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For couples – Do a double date at Nitehawk Cinema

Hit up your couple friends for a double date at Nighthawk Cinema! 

Ever thought “dinner and a movie” was too clichéd for a date night? Well, Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is here to change your mind. 

Dive into a cinematic experience like no other, with tableside food and beverage service inspired by the films you’re watching. 

From fresh, local ingredients to special guest Q&As, Nitehawk ensures every rainy day is an opportunity to make movie-going special. 

And hey, who said clichés couldn’t be fun?

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Apropos of nothing really – we can’t give you any tips right now for the double date – but we CAN give you some tips to crack escape room games!

Play video games, old-school, at Chinatown Fair Arcade

Chinatown Fair Arcade

Like keeping things old-school when it comes to video games? Love all those familiar sights and sounds?

Then take this down as your ideal rainy-day destination in NYC – Chinatown Fair Arcade.

Dive into a world of nostalgia with classics like Dance Dance Revolution and Mario Kart Deluxe. 

Whether you’re racing against time in Maximum Tune 5 or battling zombies in The Walking Dead, there’s something for everyone. 

And hey, if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at their ticket games and snag some of the best prizes in Chinatown Lower East Side Manhattan! 

Perfect for a family fun day when it’s pouring outside.

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Practice your forehand and backhand at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club

Roosevelt Island Racquet Club

Ever wondered whether you were destined to be the next Roger Federer? Here’s your chance to prove it – a visit to the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club with your group.

The club boasts 12 HarTru tennis courts, all heated and air-conditioned for year-round play. 

Whether you’re a member or just dropping by, you can enjoy their mid-court lounge and even get a workout in with their new exercise machines.

And the best part? It’s just a ferry, subway, or tram ride away, with free onsite parking if you decide to drive!

Website: Visit their website.

Ready to plan your New York City outing when the weather is less than ideal?

Rain or shine, New York City always has exciting indoor group activities to offer. If you’re keen on an unforgettable escape experience, we at BrainXcape have got you covered. 

Gather your team, select your mission, and step into a world of mystery and challenge by choosing to book a game with us!

Aug 16, 2023 | Escape Room

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