The holidays are over and the decorations are coming down, but there are still plenty of January activities to keep you busy in New York City. Attend live sports events, go ice skating, visit museums, and dine at terrific restaurants. Some might consider the fading holiday crowds a plus.
Essential New York City Guide Tip for January
Dress warm! You will want to be sure to have a heavy coat, hat, scarf, and gloves. The average high for January is only 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). The city can get very windy and it may snow.
When: January 3-5, 2014
Where: Madison Square Garden
Cowboys in the middle of New York City are a rare sight, but that's exactly what happens every January when the Professional Bull Riders come to town.
During three days of competition at the annual Madison Square Garden Invitational, the top 35 bull riders in the world compete on the fiercest of bulls. The bucking bulls and talented bull riders put on a high-energy and very entertaining show.
Basketball and Hockey are two popular winter sports that are in full swing in January. Both offer plenty of action and excitement, making them perfect spectator sports. There are four professional teams that play in the New York area.
New York has two NBA teams. The New York Knicks play in Madison Square Garden, right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The Brooklyn Nets play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The two local NHL teams are the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers play in Madison Square Garden and the Devils play at Prudential Center, which is in New Jersey but accessible by public transportation from Manhattan.
Ice skating in New York City is a fun winter pastime and hard to beat for a special family activity.
The city's best rinks are located near some of the most beautiful and picturesque scenery of New York City. Take in splendid surroundings as you skate and twirl!
Three great New York City ice skating rinks:
January is a cold month and therefore a good time for being inside one of New York City's famous museums. There is quite a selection to choose from.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) is one of the foremost art museums in the world. The masterpieces at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) do not disappoint, and at the Guggenheim, the building itself is part of the attraction.
If you have kids, they are sure to enjoy the dinosaur bones and animal displays at the Museum of Natural History.