Top 10 Things to Do in NYC During Marathon Weekend

At Our Hotel Near the Finish Line

Thousands of people make the trip to Manhattan during the New York City Marathon, and the Americana Inn, an NYC hotel near the marathon finish line, is centrally located to offer comforting accommodations in the center of the action. With the big race on Sunday, there is still plenty of time to explore all that the city has to offer, and we have you covered with our top ten best events and attractions happening in New York during marathon weekend. 

Public Faire

Opening in November, Public Faire is a seasonal addition to Bryant Park's winter village located right down the street from the Americana Inn. This fine-casual eatery serves an array of seasonal pastries, sandwiches and snacks and is perfect for both grabbing coffee before a day of exploring the city and sipping wine to unwind at the end of a long day. 

New York Road Runners Race Tour

This four-hour tour follows the entire race across all five boroughs from the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island to the finish line in Central Park. Run by New York Road Runners, this tour is the best way to experience every aspect of the grueling, thrilling race. 

The Knicks

A few blocks south of the Americana Inn lies the legendary Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Knicks. The Knicks' season begins the week before the marathon, and the basketball team is playing the Phoenix Suns Friday, November 3rd and the Indiana Pacers Sunday, November 5th, the perfect way to relax and celebrate after the race. 

Fall Forrest Weekend at the Botanical Gardens

The New York Botanical Gardens are a magnificent oasis in the Bronx and the best place in the city to see the trees change colors. Every weekend in autumn, the gardens host Fall Forrest Weekend, featuring canoe rides, live bird demonstrations, and guided tours.  

Flag Football Championship Festival

On Saturday, November 4th, the city-wide flag football championship will be held in the Bronx. Borough champions will participate in playoff style games resulting in one Citywide Champion for each division. With special guests, performances, and free treats for the kid, the Flag Football Championship Festival is a relaxing way to spend your day before the marathon. 

Bryant Park Ice Rink

Staying at the Americana Inn in the fall means a stop at the Bryant Park Ice Rink, located just around the corner from our hotel. Opening the week before the marathon, the Bryant Park Ice Rink is a completely free and unique way to skate under the towering buildings of Midtown. 

Bear Mountain Circle-Line Cruise

A cruise that travels along the Hudson River while live polka music blasts and beers pour, the Bear Mountain Circle-Line Cruise celebrates Oktoberfest in style. With the last cruise of the year on November 12th, you won't want to miss this unique and fun way to experience autumn in New York. 

The New York City Comedy Festival

Stick around a few days and check out the largest comedy festival in New York. Starting Tuesday, November 7th and spanning five days, the NYCF features acts from the hottest comedians in the world, including Chris Hardwick, Nick Offerman, and Iliza Shlesinger.

The Big Apple Circus

See hilarious clowns, thrilling acrobats, and more at the Big Apple Circus. Located at Lincoln Center and featuring three shows a day, the Big Apple Circus is fun for the whole family. You won't want to miss the famous seven person tight-rope pyramid. 

Randall Island's Foilage Walk

Located in the east river with views of both Manhattan and Queens, Randall's Island is the perfect place to see autumn foliage against striking backdrops. With guided tours along the waterfront, Randall's Island is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day before the thrill of the marathon. 

The Americana Inn is committed to making your NYC marathon hotel stay as enjoyable as possible, so do not hesitate to ask our staff for more recommendations.