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Top 8 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In NYC On New Year’s Eve

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New York City is probably one of the most iconic places to spend new years eve, thanks to the world-famous Times Square ball drop. If you’re looking for some less touristy and more off-the-beaten-path ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the big apple, though, this is the list for you! Here are 8 off-the-beaten-path things to do for New Year’s Eve.

Top 8 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In NYC In New Year's Eve

1. Harbor Lights Cruise

Sail into 2023 – literally! There are several groups that are offering New Year’s Eve cruises on the Hudson River, and this can be a fun and out-of-the-box way to start the new year. Circle Line Cruises, for example, is offering a new year’s eve party cruise that features an open bar and a live DJ.

Harbor Lights Cruise, new year's eve

2. NYRR Midnight Run

Another unique way to start off the year can be running! This may not be the option for everyone, but avid fitness enthusiasts and runners may enjoy this option. New York Road Runners is hosting a midnight, 4-mile race on New Year’s Eve. Information about registration is available online.

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NYRR Midnight Run, new year's eve

3. Coney Island’s Luna Park

If you’re willing to head a bit further from the Manhattan area, Coney Island’s Luna Park offers some family-friendly fun to lead up to the New Year. You can look forward to games, rides, and plenty of delicious food. And because Luna Park is also open during the day, this can be a great option if you’re looking to fill your final day of 2022 with plenty of fun events or hit some bars later that evening!

Coney Island's Luna Park, new year's eve

4. Fishbowl Bar Lounge

Head over to Dream Midtown to enjoy a 5-hour open bar at Fishbowl NYC. This unique event space features mini bowling lanes, vintage arcade games, and of course, an actual fish tank, making it the perfect lively setting to see out the year at. The New Year’s Eve event is set to run from 9 pm to 4 am, with the open bar running from the start of the event until 2 am. Tickets are available online.

Fishbowl Bar Lounge, new year's eve

5. Soho Grand Hotel Masquerade

If you’re looking for a spectacular yet sophisticated way to spend New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to check out Soho Grand Hotel’s Black and White Masquerade Ball. Entering its 13th year, this ball is set to feature music, hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of champagne. The dress code is black tie, as well as masquerade-style eye masks, and tickets can be booked online.

Soho Grand Hotel Masquerade

6. Frame’s Bowling Lounge

Here’s another event that isn’t just your typical nightclub and open bar. Frame’s Bowling Lounge, as the name might tip you off, features 28 bowling lanes, as well as a bar and lounge area. Their new year’s eve celebration features an open bar as well as a live broadcast of the ball drop – a great choice for those who’d still like to watch it but aren’t looking to stand out in the crowded Times Square.

Frame's Bowling Lounge

7. 230 Fifth’s Rooftop Bar

Say goodbye to 2022 while overlooking the gorgeous expanse that is New York City! 230 Fifth’s rooftop bar is the perfect place to spend new year’s eve. Their current event plans include an open bar from 9 pm to 1 am, live DJs, and 2 dance floors. Tickets and tables can be booked online.

230 Fifth's Rooftop Bar

8. Glitz And Glam At The Copacabana

If you’re looking for a lively, eclectic party feel, head over to the iconic Copacabana nightclub. This iconic nightclub has had a number of locations over the years, with its most recent rendition being located in Hell’s Kitchen. The club’s new year’s eve celebrations are currently set to include an open bar as well as a buffet and live entertainment, including a New Year’s Eve “ball drop” featuring an aerialist.

Glitz And Glam At The Copacabana

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