6 Group Activities to Do in NYC
Going out to dinner or catching a flick alone is part of life in New York City. It’s not always easy to coordinate everyone’s schedules and plan an outing together – and often enough, there’s nothing more pleasant than lunching solo and enjoying one’s own company. But as much as we love independent outings around the Big Apple, some things are better with friends. Here are six fun group activities to do in NYC.
One of the best things about NYC is how every neighborhood has its own unique history. Grab a group of friends and get to know Gotham better with a walking tour, whether it’s close to your own nabe or an area you have yet to explore. Big Onion Walking Tours offers a fantastic catalogue of options including Brooklyn Bridge walking tours, walks around Harlem with an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance, and a multi-ethnic eating tour on the Lower East Side.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Looking for something different from the classic “dinner and a Broadway show?” Truffles hosts a murder mystery dinner theater complete with musical performances, a tasty menu, and an interactive experience filled with hilarious surprises.
Who says scavenger hunts are for kids? Get out and explore New York in a completely different way with a Secret City scavenger hunt. Locations include Grand Central Terminal, the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If your boss is cool, you may even want to suggest a scavenger hunt as a “team building day” for you and your co-workers.
All around the country, escape rooms are becoming an increasingly popular group activity – but for thrill-seekers (and scary movie fans), NYC’s escape rooms are pretty epic. Komnata Quest has escape room experiences catering to couples and large groups alike, and you can choose from a variety of themes such as mystical mazes, creepy hotels, and haunted houses. The more friends you bring, the less freaked out you’ll be.
Karaoke Night (Gagopa)
Everyone should experience a karaoke night in NYC at least once. If you’ve got a bit of stage freight, Gagopa in Koreatown has private rooms you can book with your friends. The best part: It’s BYOB. Pack your favorite wines, spirits and mixers, and you’ll feel confident enough to attempt that Mariah Carey ballad in no time.
From bowling alleys to driving ranges, Chelsea Piers is the ultimate spot for sports-oriented group activities in NYC. While Chelsea Piers offers organized leagues for kids and adults, you’re welcome to drop in to try your hand at gymnastics, ice skating, rock climbing, batting cages, and more. On Friday nights, you can even enjoy a relaxed session of golf along with an open wine and beer bar.