3 Things To Enjoy in New York City This Thanksgiving Holiday

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There are many open-spaces and activities to enjoy in New York (unfortunately, bowling is not featured on this list). Though, other reliable options are!

Have Dinner in The City! 

Despite the holiday, there is available dining in New York; as long as you make a reservation early, seating shouldn’t be an issue! 

Here are some popular NYC restaurants known for their holiday hosting:

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Ice Skating in Central Park!

Many people have their cinematic NYC moment at this skating rink! Wollman Rink in Central Park is open on Thanksgiving Day—along with all 7 days of the week surrounding this holiday. 

Do note, the ice rink may get crowded with people of all ages and skating experience; there is a wait-line, but it moves at a steady pace while staff readily equips skaters with everything they’ll need. Skaters are welcome to purchase their tickets online as well as bring their own equipment.

When it comes to money, pricing ranges from $10-$35 per person depending on age and accommodation. Although cash was the only form of payment in the past, updates have been made; onsite ATMs are no longer necessary considering the box office is a reliable destination which accepts cash AND credit/debit card payments!

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The event lasts about three hours on Thanksgiving Day, starting at West 77th Street & Central Park West and eventually arriving to Macy’s in Herald Square (A.K.A. the largest department store in the US). It officially begins at nine in the morning but arriving three hours early may guarantee you a perfect view. 

You could join about 50 million viewers at home, too. The live broadcast begins at 9:00 AM and could be enjoyed on NBC or Peacock streaming.

Pro tip? The balloons are typically inflated on Wednesday from 12-6 PM in the streets surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. You could view the balloons being blown up by finding a seat in this Upper West Side area. 

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