Indoor Golf at Chelsea Piers
Who says a little rain can keep you from golfing? Hit a few balls under the safety of cover at Chelsea Piers! The "course" has four floors and 52 stalls, and has been featured in a number of films. If you come during off-peak hours - before 4 p.m. or after 10 p.m. - you can beat the crowds and get a better deal on golf balls.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a rainy day is the perfect time to do it. Located on the east side of Central Park, the Met dates back to 1866 and covers 5,000 years of culture and art. The museum has some amazing artifacts and paintings, and is always hosting an intriguing traveling exhibition. Try to visit in the morning so you can beat the crowds - the museum opens at 9:30 a.m.
Clearview Cinema's Ziegfeld
If rainy days put you in the mood to watch a movie, why not catch a film at one of NYC's historic movie houses? Clearview Cinema's Ziegfeld is one of the last ones standing in Manhattan, and its opulent red carpeting and golden architecture will seemingly transport you back in time.
Hungry? Head to the Chelsea Market. This gastronomic wonderland is packed with all different types of shops and restaurants serving food that spans the globe. Whether you're in the mood for Italian, baked goods or some top-notch sushi, chances are that Chelsea Market has something to quell your appetite. You can even take a wine tasting class at the Chelsea Wine Vault.
Underground Tour of the Fed
Descend 80 feet below the bustling streets of NYC as you tour the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. You'll need to book a ticket in advance, but it's well worth it. Approximately one-fourth of the world's gold is stored in the New York Fed's massive underground vaults, and on the guided tour you can learn about the Fed's role in the economy and setting monetary policy.
New York Public Library
After a long day of exploring some of the best rainy-day spots in the city, cozy up with a good book at the New York Public Library. The famous location in Bryant Park has some breathtaking architecture, not to mention an astronomical number of books, and as one of our Manhattan budget attractions, it won't cost you a dime. If you prefer bookstores to libraries, take a trip to the Strand Book Store on Broadway - it's the sole survivor of NYC's once-robust Book Row.
While you may not automatically think "bowling" when you picture the Big Apple, the Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square offers some of the best bowling in the city. Not only does it have 50 unique lanes, but Bowlmor also boasts a collection of lounges and a restaurant with stadium seating. It may not be romantic, but it's a heck of a lot of fun.
While you're in Times Square, why not catch a Broadway show? New York City is famous for its theater, and you won't want to leave without seeing a performance or two. Although the shows can be on the pricey side, the TKTS discount booth in Times Square sells day-of tickets for some of Broadway's most popular shows for as much as 50 percent off.