Things to do on your weekends in NYC that DON’T involve drinking
We don’t (always) need alcohol to make life fun.
Thank you for proving my entire team wrong that “no one’s ever gonna click this post.” Sure, most New Yorkers agree that a little booze never hurt to liven things up, and I’m not one to argue that. But next time you need a break from your consecutive weekends of double-fisting drinks because you weren’t sure whether you wanted a beer or wine (or just, because), I suggest planning one of these more wholesome activities for your friends:
$~$$$, $10-$200 per person |
check their website for hours
CHELSEA 203 W 20TH STREET
91 E 3rd Street
If you’re into Japanese culture (or just feeling artsy), you’ll never want to leave this place. As an anime and manga nut, this is one of my personal favorites. Resobox offers classes in everything from the arts to food, including manga drawing, bonsai, flower arranging, and rice ball dessert making (onigiri). Best of all, some of the best classes range from only $20-$40!
2 Hours pass: $44, All day pass: $64 |
4 East 34th Street
(between 5th and Madison Avenue)
Want to see what all the fuss surrounding VR is about? Try the VR World Experience to venture into the future of gaming. The venue offers 50+ VR games and experiences that are sure to make you wish it’s not just virtual.
Pro Tip: Each person can sign up for only one game at a time in the electronic queue, so you might think it’d be difficult to try all the games you want in under 2 hours. But keep in mind that for 2 player games, one person is able to sign up for two players, so be strategic with a friend! Have one person sign up for the most popular two-player games in advance, and then use the other person’s wristband to switch off on all the 1 player games together while you wait.
Weekends and Holidays
May 18 to Oct 14, 2019 | 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Tue, Wed, and Thu Evenings
Jun 18 to Sep 12, 2019 | 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Hudson River Greenway,
New York, NY 10013
Just another reminder that living in New York City doesn’t mean you have to pay for everything you do. Soak in the sun along the Hudson River and enjoy scenic views of the Freedom Tower, Manhattan, and New Jersey. For novices, make sure to check out Pier 96’s free classes in kayaking and paddleboarding!
$$, $10-$50 per person |
Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm – 12 am
Fri, Sat 12pm – 2am
Chelsea Piers – Pier 60
New York, NY 10011
Bowlmor has become one of our go-to venues for “team-building” (or maybe just a good reason to get out early on a Friday afternoon). Ways we’re able to justify it?
Good food and drinks? Check. Team bonding through (somewhat) healthy competition? Check. Intermissions for talking and mingling? Check. Arcade &Laser Tag? Gutter bumpers for those who aren’t so… physically in tune? You know it!
$$, $35pp |
Mon-Wed 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm – 1:30 am
Sat 10:30 am – 1:30 am
Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Release the inner beast with Kick Axe Throwing! This one’s perfect for groups, as there’s a lodge-like lounge bar at the center with drinks & foods available for purchase. Chill out, relax… but when your turn’s up, get ready to throw out ALL your stress! And yes, we get it, resisting a beer or two in this atmosphere may feel impossible, so we’ll give you a pass.
Pro tip: At the Brooklyn location, get 50% OFF bookings on Monday – Wednesday from 12:00pm-3:00pm . Use Round Robin to post and find a crew that’s free at that time!
Children under 12: Free
Students (12+ with ID)/Seniors (65+ with ID): $8,Adults: $15 |
Tue through August 27, 2019 | Open until 8:30 p.m.
Tue, September 3–24, 2019 | Open until 8 p.m.
(On other days, the garden closes at 6 pm)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Take a break from your busy schedule and come enjoy what nature has to offer! You can enter at any time (latest 30 minutes before closing) and stay through the evening for the breathtaking sunset views of the garden. Food and drinks, including seasonal cocktails, are available for purchase inside. Don’t forget your bug spray!
$$, $25~52pp, depending on the activity |
47-11 Van Dam Street,
Long Island City, NY 11101
Activity highlights: Paintball, Laser tag, Archery Tag, Escape Room. VR Games, Zombie Experience (Escape Room + Shooting)
Get your adrenaline pumping outside of Barry’s with extreme sports and games over in Long Island City. With this endless roster of games and activities, we guarantee there’s something for everyone here. Check out the link below for pricing details for each activity.
Pro Tip: You can book private games for parties of 6+, but make sure to call ahead. Those that are planning to invite your classmates or coworkers – mention it when you call or visit the special pricing page to get discounted school and corporate pricing.
Any personal favorites that aren’t listed here? Let us know!