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Top Five Reasons to Visit Manhattan Over Presidents’ Day

Visit Manhattan over presidents day.

It may be the middle of winter, and you may be dreaming of summertime plans with warm weather and relaxing long weekends. While that is still a few months off, with Presidents’ Day coming up, you can treat yourself to a long weekend right now and give yourself and your family a cold-weather respite.

With fine dining, great shopping, and tons of cultural activities, there’s no better place to indulge in three days of freedom than in Manhattan. So hop on a train, drive in, or give yourself a staycation in the Big Apple.

Top Five Reasons to Visit Manhattan Over Presidents’ Day

Here are the top five reasons to visit Manhattan over Presidents’ Day weekend. Trust us; the founding fathers would be pleased.

By Candice Shaffer of 57 Ocean, Brickell Flatiron, Skyline Tower, 830 Brickell, Hillrose28

A Winter in Central Park

In the center of town lies one of the most magnificent public spaces in the world — Central Park. Here outdoor activities aren’t relegated to the spring and summer but are possible year-round. When the ground is covered in snow, the park transforms into a fairytale-like wonderland where children of all ages can get out and play.

A horse carriage ride through and around the park is the ideal way to appreciate its gleaming beauty as you glide amid snow-touched trees listening to nothing but the clip-clop of hooves. The more adventurous can grab a sled and zoom down the hills. There is even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Transport yourself to the Alps for an afternoon and take in a marionette show at the Swedish Cottage. After all of this fun, there’s nothing like grabbing a hot chocolate on the Upper West Side as you take in the neighborhood’s gorgeous architecture in buildings like the Gilded Age charm of The Astor, an NYC landmark on 75th Street. 

Break the Ice (or Just Skate on It)

You can find an ice skating rink almost anywhere during the winter season. But there is no rink more iconic than the one in Rockefeller Center. Visitors and residents alike love to lace up skates and try their best to slide without falling.

It’s a must-do that even the most jaded New Yorker relishes. Rockefeller Center isn’t the only place to practice toe picks. There are rinks in Central Park, Bryant Park, and even a small one at The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District.


The holidays might be over, but this is New York City, where the shopping never seems to end. A walk down 5th Avenue is the perfect stroll for those with a sartorial bend.

From Bergdorf Goodman to Saks, you’re sure to find that late-season winter coat you need or an outfit for all the springtime fun just a few months away.


No country has as much to offer for the gastronome as NYC. Manhattan’s streets are filled to the brim with places to grab a nosh — whether you prefer 5-star dining or a sleeves-up experience as you slurp on soul-warming ramen.


The winter can do a number on your body, skin, and your overall well-being. This Presidents’ Day, make your days off a time to relax and recharge any of the Manhattan spas. Find your bliss with a massage or facial, or spend a while in one of the latest trends in spa treatment: infrared saunas.

See a Show

Broadway is synonymous with New York City. And thanks to a bevy of world-class productions of musicals, concerts, and plays, you’ll have more than enough opportunity to take it all in.

The weekends are great for seeing a show, thanks to matinee showtimes. Whether you’re traveling with children and are looking for Broadway shows for kids or something more for adults, you will find something on the weekend.

Visit Manhattan Over Presidents’ Day

We hope you enjoyed these top five reasons to visit Manhattan over Presidents’ Day weekend. Do you have more tips about visiting NYC? Let us know in the comments!

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