NYC’s vibrant performing arts scene is a thrilling way to experience a different culture or way of life. Broadway, opera, and dance give you a glimpse into this other world, but there are so many other New York activities that can enrich and enhance the experience. Just as a sommelier can suggest the perfect wine to pair with your dinner, consider these suggestions for New York activities to pair with our newest Broadway Collection shows.
SpongeBob SquarePants + New York Aquarium
If you’re a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants and the rest of his marine friends, plan a trip to the New York Aquarium. The citizens of Bikini Bottom will come alive in this undersea double feature. Spend the day at the oldest continually-operating aquarium in the United States (since 1896!) by getting up close and personal with the sharks, eels, stingrays, and more. Then see them sing and dance in SpongeBob SquarePants, the new Broadway musical.
The Metropolitan Opera + The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An evening at the Met Opera is the most glamorous way to travel the world - with a glass of champagne in hand, of course. Pair that with the ornate intimacy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - like their gorgeous collection of Japanese sculpture, painting, and artifacts before seeing Madama Butterfly. Check out 18th Century Spanish textiles before seeing La Nozze di Figaro, 19th Century French paintings before seeing La Boheme, and the stunning Temple of Dendur before seeing Thaïs. No matter which opera you’re seeing that evening, the Met Museum has art to accompany it.
Come From Away + 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Come From Away tells one inspiring story of how the world came together following 9/11. Learning about the humanity of people whose lives were touched by the tragedy, you’ll want to hear more stories from that day. Before the show, spend some time in quiet reflection at the beautiful 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The museum strives to put the events of 9/11 into context and provides a space to better understand what happened that day. After that, celebrate the tenacity and joy of the human spirit at Come From Away.
NYC Ballet + Capezio Flagship Store
Before you see a New York City Ballet production, take a quick detour to the one-stop shop for all aspiring dancers: the Capezio flagship store at 51st Street and Broadway. This is the epicenter of the New York dance community and is a must for the aspiring dancer / athlete in your life. Get outfitted in pointe shoes and other dance equipment for when inspiration strikes after your performance. This year’s NYC Ballet season features favorites like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, along with many groundbreaking new works.
Escape to Margaritaville + Shake Shack in Madison Square Park
If you think the relaxing island lifestyle of Escape to Margaritaville is nowhere to be found in the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, think again. New York might not have white sand beaches or a tropical climate, but you can find a place to unwind if you know where to look. Head to Madison Square Park, just twenty blocks from the Theatre District, and kick back. Sunbathe, listen to the local musicians, and engage is some of the city’s finest people-watching. Best of all, you're just steps away from the original Shake Shack. Chowing down on a Shack Stack while relaxing in Madison Square Park provides a whole new meaning to “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
Frozen + Disney Store in Times Square
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to Frozen on Broadway, then you need to see the jaw-dropping wonders of the Disney Store, right in Times Square. With thousands of plush toys, NYC-themed merchandise, and an enormous interactive castle, this is the stuff of any Disney lover’s fantasy. They have toys and costumes from all of your favorite Disney movies, including tons of goodies from the world of Arendelle. After playing dress-up as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff, see them come to life on stage at Frozen on Broadway.
The Band’s Visit + Miss Ada Restaurant
Before seeing the new musical The Band’s Visit on Broadway, head to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood for a sumptuous Israeli dinner at Miss Ada. Just a 20-minute subway ride from the Theatre District, Miss Ada captures the tastes and smells of the remote Israeli town where the musical takes place. Chef and owner Tomer Blechman uses local and seasonal ingredients to create a unique blend of flavors. Between the cuisine of Miss Ada and the gorgeous score of The Band’s Visit, you’ll be instantly transported to the warm breezes of the Mediterranean.