Top 5 Things to do in Washington D.C. This Winter Season!

(1) Inauguration Day 2021

Mark your calendars! On January 20, 2021, the new commander-in-chief will be sworn in on the West Lawn of the U.S.Capitol. Tickets to the ceremony are completely free, but must be applied for by contacting your local official in the office of your Congress members. Community leaders and volunteers are usually given priority so please explain that if you have any experience!

There will be limited seats this year, so please sign up as soon as you can! If you are not able to get a ticket, the National Mall usually puts up large screens for spectators to watch.

When you’re in town, you can rent one of Unlimited Biking’s bikes to easily get around and avoid having to find parking! Helmets, locks, bike bags and maps are included with each rental.

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2021 Presidential Inauguration Tickets for Swearing-In & Inaugural Balls

(2) Segway or Bike Tour Around the National Mall

During your time in Washington D.C, as a local or a tourist, the Sites by Segway Tour and Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour offered by Unlimited Biking are unique and fun ways to see the different monuments, memorials and museums that the National Mall has to offer. Visit places such as the National Monument, World War II Memorial, Capitol Hill, Tidal Basin and more! You’ll roll into the best places that D.C. has to offer- in style!

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(3) Visit the National Christmas Tree!

Every night, at sunset, the National Christmas Treein Washington DC turns on and turns off promptly at 10PM Sunday-Thursday and 11PM on Friday and Saturday. While the tree lighting this year was not live, you can watch it online here!

The America Celebrates site is free to visit and open to the public December 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Hours are 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and 10:00am-11:00pm Friday and Saturday.

National Christmas Tree - President's Park (White House) (U.S. National  Park Service)

(4) Visit the Holiday Markets downtown!

In front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the downtown Holiday Market is an outdoor shopping village that is already currently open! It will run November 20th until December 23rd from 12PM until 8PM.Enjoy some roasted coffee, mini-doughnuts and more!

See here for more information.

Guide to DC's Downtown Holiday Market | Nov. 22-Dec. 23, 2019

(5) Artechouse-Crystalline: A Submerge

This experience is open until February 28. 2021, and takes viewer’s on an adventure around Pantone’s Color of the Year: Classic Blue. The color was selected as the “hue to sustain us during a time of change,” which is more applicable than ever.

ARTECHOUSE is open from Monday to Thursday from 12PM-8PM and Friday to Sunday from 10AM to 10PM. Please view here to get tickets.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Best Things to do in New York City This Winter 2020-2021

(1) Take a Horse and Carriage Ride Around Central Park 

One of the most iconic and romantic things to do this holiday season, take a Horse and Carriage Ride around Central Park. Ride past all of the major areas including Bethesda Fountain, Balto Statue, Bow Bridge, and more! Great for couples and families!

Central Park Sightseeing is offering short and long rides available for reservation here.

Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM

 

(2) Ice Skate at Rockefeller Center

One of the best activities to do around the holidays is ice skate in the rink at Rockefeller Center. Visit the shops in the center, the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and enjoy a meal in the nearby shops. Perfect for couples, families, and friends!

Book your ticket here.


Alternatively, if the Rockefeller rink is too busy, visit the Wollman Rink in Central Park, with spectacular views of the city.

Keep a look-out for one new build coming, the William Vale is building a rooftop rink that is coming soon!

(3) Visit the Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

The Dyker Lights are going up again! Started over 40 years ago, the hill between Bensonhurst and Borough Park, the neighborhood between 7th and 14th avenues, 65th street, and the Belt Parkway is famous for its Christmas Holiday decorations.

Enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood and feel the holiday spirit!

(4) Visit the Empire State Building

With brand new renovations, and a completely revamped experience, the Empire State Building boasts a world-class view of New York City. Visit during sunset – and see the sun go down along the Hudson River! As a fun-fact, the Empire State Building’s antenna gets hit by lightning roughly 25 times a year!

Book tickets here.

(5) Take an Online Cooking Class

Stay in the warmth of your home and develop one of the best skills one can learn for themselves- cooking! Check out Sur La Table, located right in Midtown Manhattan, and one of their virtual learnings for just $29!

With a constantly changing menu, pick from amazing dishes such as homemade lasagna, homemade tiramisu, holiday tamales, beef bourguignon and more!

(6) Drink Hot Chocolate or a Cocktail in an Igloo Bar

Head to 230 Fifth Avenue for some night time fun. See spectacular night views of the city, including the Empire State Building, all while enjoying a nice drink with friends or your loved one!

Open from 3PM-10PM.

(7) Take a Guided Bike Tour around New York City

Bundle up and take a guided bike tour around New York City! In one of the best ways to see Manhattan, join Unlimited Biking for a 3 hour guided bike tour from Harlem all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge! Start from just north of Central Park, and get a ride through the iconic Central Park, down the Hudson River, past Times Square, Chelsea and Chinatown, all the way to Wall Street, ending at the Brooklyn Bridge location where guests can get cozy and rest up before maybe walking across the bridge.

Book here!

A Tandem Ride for Two – Happy Valentines Day!

New York City may be one of the most romantic destinations in the world, which is why it is the perfect city to spend the day with your sweetheart on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! Except, the big dilemma remains every year: Where to go? What to do? What would make this year even more special?

For those with an adventurous heart, a bike ride along the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and, of course, Central Park is a classic option to spend the day. With this wonderful warm winter we’ve been having, there is no better way to explore this lovely city has than by bike.

Of course, it is also about the stops, so here we have gathered some of the most popular spots couples visit on this amorous day:

  • the 2020 Times Square Valentines Heart, perfect for a selfie
  • the American Museum of Natural History’s annual event called “Romance Under the Stars” in its Hayden Planetarium
  • Ice Skating at Wollman Rink or Lasker Rink inside Central Park
  • Bow Bridge, an iconic proposal spot for many,
  • Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, or a meal at the Boathouse overlooking the Lake
  • The Empire State Building, for breathtaking views of NYC

As for sweet treats and chocolates to share and gift to your special someone, shops like The Sweet Shop, Li-Lac Chocolates, Mariebelle, M&M’s World, Max Brenner and Hershey’s Chocolate World are great stops for a lively sugar rush!

At Unlimited Biking we equip you with all you’ll need to sweep ‘em off their feet on this very special day, so don’t forget to stop by to grab your ride, or give us a call at 212.749.4444 to book in advance for this sweet day!

Already Biked the Brooklyn Bridge? Now Ride the Manhattan Bridge!

NYC has over 2,000 bridges but if you aren’t a commuter, then you’ve most likely only heard of one NYC bridge: the Brooklyn Bridge. To be fair, the Brooklyn Bridge is iconic; it was, arguably, the greatest feat of engineering in the nineteenth century. But if you only visit the Brooklyn Bridge during your trip to New York, you’re missing out. One other bridge definitely worth riding over is the Manhattan Bridge. Like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge spans over the East River to connect the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, but that is where the similarities end. Read on to discover what makes the Manhattan Bridge a unique ride.

What to expect on your ride:

Compared to the Brooklyn Bridge, your ride on the Manhattan Bridge will be a breeze. Since the bridge isn’t a go-to tourist attraction, you won’t be competing for space with a crushing crowd of people. In fact, bikes have their own designated lane on the bridge barrier from the pedestrians. A couple of quirks of the Manhattan Bridge might make your ride less-than-idyllic, however: the B/D/N/Q subway lines use the bridge to cross between Brooklyn and Manhattan, so be prepared for some rumblings from the trains every few minutes. Also, the Manhattan Bridge gives you stellar views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, that view is somewhat obscured by the bridge’s chicken wire fencing.

Photo opportunities:

A little known fact, a ride over the bridge provides a great photo-op of the NYC skyline, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge. 

To get this must-have shot, ride over to Washington Street between Water Street and Front Street. If you angle your camera just right, you’ll get the Empire State Building in the background, too!

Things to Do:

While you’re in the area, don’t forget to explore the neighborhoods of DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. You can take a boxing lesson at Gleason’s Gym, shop at Empire Stores, or spend some time at Jacques Torres’ chocolate paradise. In Brooklyn Heights, you’ll find even more cute boutiques, as well as kayaking and more outdoor fun at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

On the Manhattan side of the bridge, you’ll find the ever-bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, where there’s great shopping and great food. Be sure to stop at the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else; walk along Canal Street and browse the never-ending supply of gods; and visit the Museum of Chinese in America where you’ll get context on the neighborhood as well a s the diverse stories of Chinese immigrant communities across the US. 
Ready to take a ride over the Manhattan Bridge? Visit any of our Unlimited Biking locations and we’ll get you set up with the perfect set of wheels for your day of exploration. And if you want to know even more about the Manhattan Bridge and the NYC’s many other bridges, book our Bridge Delight bike tour, where you’ll get to know the city through four of its bridges.