Events and Activities

Top 10 Things To Do Indoors in New York City (when it's too hot outside)

Ok, New York city in the summer can get hot and humid, we know. Good thing we have AC on full blast at FotoLab Studio all throughout summer. So when the NYC weather isn't cooperating, the team at FotoLab Studio has included their top picks below. From artistic endeavors to thrilling adventures, here are our top 10 indoor activities in NYC guaranteed to keep you entertained, engaged, and cool.

1. Discover the American Museum of Natural History

Location: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Description: Explore the wonders of the natural world with exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to space exploration.

Secret Tip: Don’t miss the Hayden Planetarium Space Show for an immersive experience.

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2. Unwind at the Aire Ancient Baths

Location: 88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

Description: Inspired by ancient Roman, Greek, and Ottoman traditions, this spa offers various baths and treatments.

Secret Tip: Book your session in advance, as it’s a popular spot for relaxation.


3. Catch a Broadway Show

Location: Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Description: Experience world-class theater productions in the heart of the Theater District.

Secret Tip: Check for same-day discount tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square.


4. Visit FotoLab Self-Portrait Studio

Location: 401 Franklin Street, Suite 1505, Houston, TX 77201

Description: Capture your best moments at FotoLab, a self-portrait studio where customers use a clicker to take their own photos with professional backdrops, lighting, and camera. It’s a fun and creative way to get stunning photos.

Secret Tip: Make sure to ask for what special props FotoLab has in store, they switch them out monthly!

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5. Relax at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Location: 80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

Description: Indulge in a variety of spa treatments with breathtaking views of the city.

Secret Tip: If you're up for it, make sure to check out, The Office, Mandarin Oriental's secret speakeasy


6. Learn at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Location: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Description: Explore the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, and various aircraft and maritime exhibits.

Secret Tip: The simulators offer a thrilling hands-on experience.


7. Play Games at Barcade

Location: 148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Description: A bar with a wide selection of craft beers and classic arcade games.

Secret Tip: Visit during happy hour for drink specials and less crowded game time.

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8. Go Bowling at Frames Bowling Lounge

Location: 550 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Description: A modern bowling alley with a lounge, bar, and billiards area.

Secret Tip: Check their website for special events and daily discounts.


9. Experience VR at VR World NYC

Location: 8 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

Description: An immersive virtual reality experience with a variety of games and simulations.

Secret Tip: Go on weekdays to avoid the crowds and have more time in the VR experiences.


10. Get Creative at Paint 'N Pour

Location: 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Description: Enjoy a fun painting session with a drink in hand, guided by an instructor.

Secret Tip: No painting experience needed – just bring your creativity and have fun.

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New York City weather can be very fickle during the summer. No matter if you are from out of town or a local, there are plenty of of indoor activities to keep you cool and entertained. Whether you want to snap self-portraits to create lasting memories at FotoLab or delve into painting and drinking activities, the city promises something delightful for every person.

FotoLab is New York's First Self-Portrait Studio. Capture memories with your loved ones. Book us for your birthday or company event!