Things to Do in NYC at Night


One of New York City’s nicknames is “The City that Never Sleeps.” The city buzzes all night long with fun things to do, from outdoor adventures to Broadway plays. While spring and summer nights are temperate, New York can get quite cold in the winter, so bring appropriate clothing for nighttime activities.


Just being in New York City at night can be enough. Its bright lights, bustling streets, smells wafting from all kinds of restaurants and music flowing from jazz clubs mix together for the complete New York experience. You can top off an evening stroll with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, where the observation deck doesn’t close until 2 a.m. every night of the year.

Food Tour

New York is home to unique local cuisine and international foods. There are lots of restaurants that are open late; check the NYC Food Guy for four from West Village to East Village that feature New York pizza, falafal, Belgian fries and classic New York hot dogs. Don’t forget to balance your meal with a side salad.

Night Boat Cruise

See the city at night on the New York City Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Adirondack. This cruise departs from Pier 62 and lasts two hours. You sail near Ellis Island, Liberty Island and its Statue of Liberty, and see breathtaking views of the Big Apple’s city lights at night. The tour includes a moderate amount of alcoholic beverages and soda. Food is not served, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic.

Sporting Events

Catch a night game with one of the city’s professional sports teams: the New York Knicks and Liberty basketball, Yankees and Mets baseball, Metro Stars soccer and Islanders ice hockey teams.


There are bowling alleys all around New York City, from Ball Park Lanes in the Bronx to Bowlmor Lanes Greenwich Village. Bowling is a fun, active and affordable alternative to a more expensive restaurant or movie.

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