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Winter Fun in the Seaport

Manhattan-Financial District

Whether it's the beginning of fall or the end of Winter, this guide is a great way to beat the winter blues. My kids love ice skating and who doesn’t love ice cream - cold or not it’s always a good day for ice cream. If you aren’t on permanent parent duty this little outing also makes a great date or “date night”.

Blake B.Blake B.

Blake is a native New Yorker and an upper east side mom of three young children. On the weekends, she is often exploring new neighborhoods with her family taking in the sights and experiences the city offers.

Hole in the Wall CafeRestaurants & Cafes
Australian-owned coffee shop serving up comfort food and small plates
(212) 602-9991website
15 Cliff St, New York, NY 10038

Start off at Hole in the Wall, it’s a terrific little Australian inspired cafe (open until 5pm) with a focus on healthy, hearty food items and specialty coffee. You can’t go wrong with any of the scrambles and toasts they offer. They are all delicious. The setting is cool, clean and simple and it will have you wondering - Are we still in FiDi?

Winterland Rink Pier 17Parks
Winer ice rink
(212) 732-8257website
Pier 17, New York, NY 10038

Now to the main event, Pier 17. The ice rink at Pier 17 is on the roof which makes for fun adventure and gives you a great view of Brooklyn and the downtown skyline. There are a ton of different activities and lessons that kids can take, everything from skate lessons, to curling, to broomball, and fitness classes. It’s a fun a way to spend a cold day in the city.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice CreamIce Cream
Housemade ice cream (including vegan varieties) with area-sourced ingredients
(917) 261-6376website
224 Front St, New York, NY 10038

After all the ice sports you can handle you will be just a block from one of the best ice cream shops in the city, Van Leeuwen. They have several shops around the city and this one does not disappoint. I will say their vegan Mint Chip is some of the best Mint Chip we’ve ever eaten (dairy or vegan). Try it!

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