Let’s start this list with the one you’ve probably already heard about, but it’s just THAT worth visiting. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful. They’re a great place to connect with nature within the city. Check their website HERE because they frequently have events [ranging from special festival to artist installations].
If you’re a chocolate lover, the Raaka Chocolate Factory isn’t to be missed. They offer factory tours and chocolate classes. All of their chocolate is certified organic, kosher, non-GMO, as well as gluten and soy free… and they’re vegan! They also source responsibly and use fair trade practices. Even if you don’t love chocolate [how??] the experience is fascinating and you might just walk out of Raaka as a new proclaimed chocolate lover. Visit their website HERE.
Talk about a cool space that teaches you to do cool things. The Gowanus Print Lab, located in Brooklyn offers screen printing classes for both kids and adults. No experiences required— just come with a creative spirit and willingness to learn. If you’re looking for an unusual activity for your weekend in NYC, this one is sure to be fun and you’ll even learn a new creative skill! If you’re a NYC local, they offer multi session classes to help you fine tune and master your new creative outlet. Visit their website HERE
Another fun creative and unsual active to do in NYC— visit La Mano Pottery and make a mug or bowl! If you’re visiting, they offer two hour intro classes, and if you’re local and want to go more in depth, they offer 8 week courses. You can learn how to build pottery by hand or on the wheel. No matter what class you take, with their helpful instruction, you’ll walk out with a beautifully crafted piece of pottery and a big smile. Visit their website HERE
If you love to eat, Smorgasburg is not to be missed. It’s an amazing open air food market packed with a variety of food vendors. Don’t worry if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free, there’s plenty of options for you as well! The market is open Saturday’s in Williamsburg and Sunday’s in Prospect Park from March 31st thru the end of October. Find all the details on their website, HERE , and don’t forgot to bring your own straw, cup, and utensils to lessen your waste while you enjoy!
If you love fine dining, this one is for you! The Natural Gourmet Institute trains amazing chefs. These chef’s in the making put together amazing Friday night dinners at a prix fixed cost of $49 for a 3 course meal. The dinners are always vegetarian and often vegan and/or gluten free. The menus are listed on the website so you can ensure you’re excited about [and able to eat] the meal they are offering. The Institute also offers cooking classes to the public— we highly recommend those as well! More information HERE
Last but not least, the Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History is a beyond magical experiences. Whether you’re an adult, a young adult, a teen, or a child, this is for you. Educational, fascinating, and fun, this activity checks all the boxes and we are sure you’ll walk out of the experience wanting to do it again! Learn more on their website HERE