In 2013, Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This March, GCT hosts many free special events.
Murray’s Cheese has been in Grand Central Terminal for 10 years. To celebrate, it has free daily tastings, 3-7pm in Grand Central Market.
March 1-9 sample cheese and meat, including artisanal American salamis.
1. The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Housed in a gorgeous Phillip Johnson building, the Museum of Art is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Jackson Pollack and Georgia O'Keefe.
The free museum has an interactive gallery for kids up to age 8, with art projects, books and a model of the museum that kids can decorate. The museum is connected to a Victorian mansion, Fountain Elms, filled with period furniture and housing the museum’s café.
2. Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art
The Wellin Museum, on the campus of Hamilton College, opened in 2012. The small museum offers free guided tours by student docents on Saturdays. Admission is always free.
3. Union Station
Check out the architecture highlights of historic Union Station. The marble columns rival those of NYC’s Grand Central Terminal. The station serves Amtrak, regional bus lines, and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The station is across the street from The Children’s Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology.
4. Fort Stanwix National Monument
Fort Stanwix, in Rome, has an interactive visitors’ center and ranger-led tours, all free. You can see how soldiers lived during the French and Indian War – but note that the fort is neither heated nor air conditioned (the visitors center is comfortably climate controlled). If you are interested in cannons, the rangers might offer a demonstration.
Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks is offering a promotion in March in which kids stay free and can participate in many indoor and outdoor family activities for no charge.
While normally reserved for guests over 12, the entire family can enjoy spending true quality time together at The Lodge. A month full of activities are available for tots, teens and adults, including cooking fun family meals taught by Chef Nathan Rich and snowball throwing and snowman building contests.
Eating lunch in a park in NYC is not so unusual – even in January. On New Year’s Day, it was 53 degrees in New York, and my kids and I went for a family bike ride, in t-shirts. But the day I had lunch in the park, it was 14 degrees. I haven’t lost my mind- I was at Park Here, a pop-up indoor park, open till February 15.