Top 10 Things to Do in NYC this Marathon Weekend

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More than 50,000 runners compete in the New York City Marathon, a five-borough endurance test that unites the entire city. Visiting New York for the marathon can be overwhelming, but as one of the most convenient and accommodating hotels near the NYC marathon finish line, the Pearl Hotel is committed to helping you get the most out of your visit. Below are the best events and attractions happening in New York during this marathon weekend.

Motorcoach Race Tour

For spectators who want to experience every aspect of the race, New York Road Runners offers four-hour motorcoach tours that follow the entire marathon. Starting in Staten Island and winding through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, the tour ends at the finish line in Central Park, only a twenty-minute walk from the Pearl Hotel.

Fall Forrest Weekend at the Botanical Gardens

Every weekend this fall the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx allows you to immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. An easy train ride from the Pearl Hotel, the Botanical Gardens ensures an unforgettable autumn experience featuring a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River, live bird demonstrations, and guided tours.

Grand Bazaar

The largest curated weekly market in NYC is only a short distance from the finish line. Every Sunday in the Upper West Side, local artists, designers, and vintage dealers sell one-of-a-kind art, antiques, and handmade jewelry. With delicious artisanal food stands lining the corners, the Grand Bazaar is a one-stop destination for dining and shopping.

The New York Philharmonic

This marathon weekend, the New York Philharmonic is honoring the works of Leonard Bernstein at Lincoln Center. Experience music like you've never heard it before with "Bernstein and Rhapsody in Blue," a three day show spanning November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th that promises to be infectiously melodic. 

Wollman Skating Rink

A short walk from both the marathon finish line and the Pearl Hotel, Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park opens up just days before marathon weekend. The largest outdoor rink in Manhattan, Wollman Rink allows guests to skate under the skyline while still surrounded by the gorgeous foliage of Central Park. 

Bear Mountain Circle-Line Cruise

Oktoberfest extends into the first weekend in November on Circle-line's Bear Mountain cruise. An excursion that starts in Manhattan and cruises up the scenic Hudson River to Bear Mountain, the boat trip is the perfect way to see the beauty of New York in the fall. With Oktoberfest menus and beers on the ship, it is sure to be a day to remember. 

The MoMa's Club 57 Exhibition

A walk down the block from the Pearl Hotel , the Museum of Modern Art is a must-see for anyone staying in Midtown. This November, the MoMa will be showcasing "Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983," an exhibition highlighting the art of the early club days in New York.

Randall Island's Foilage Walk

One of the best kept secrets in New York, Randall Island is a vibrant oasis in the middle of the city. With guided tours along the waterfront and one-of-a-kind views of the city, Randall's Island is a relaxing way to compliment the excited frenzy of the marathon. 

The BAM Next Wave Festival

Every fall the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts the Next Wave Festival, an avant garde festival featuring works from around the globe. On Marathon weekend, BAM will be showcasing State of Siege, Albert Camus’ 1948 choral play about a government takeover, and Buffer, a sophisticated performance art dance piece. 

The Big Apple Circus

Looking for something to do with the entire family? The Big Apple Circus returns to New York this November. With classic clown acts, exhilarating acrobatics, and a thrilling horse show, the Big Apple Circus has something for everyone and is only a fifteen minute walk from the Pearl Hotel at Lincoln Center. 

Looking for even more recommendations? The helpful staff at our NYC marathon hotel is ready and excited to help you make the most out of your marathon weekend.