Most visitors to New York City are there for the big sights, the shopping or the clubs. But the city offers far more than only these things. It is a dynamic hub of creative energy, a centre for art and inspiration. If you are looking for the kind of peace found under a palm tree on a deserted powder-white beach, then NYC may not be for you. But if you are looking to find your inner self amidst the artistic and innovative workings of this most fascinating of cities, then New York holidays offer the chance to be inspired and reinvigorated. Here are five ways to feed your inner muse in the Big Apple:
Explore the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
Wander along the meandering paths of the Azalea Garden, an area of striking colour and beautiful textures, from the soft pink of spring-flowering rhododendrons through the vivid tones of summer and the plum colours of autumn. Or visit the Herb Garden, with its aromatic, silver green herbs and gentle, restorative energy. At the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden you can find over 4000 rose plants, while the Rock Garden is a sanctuary of woodland and alpine plants, with a cascading waterfall and tranquil pond. The Garden houses regular exhibitions on topics such as medicinal and edible plants and particular garden styles.
Check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Whether you want to catch a show, admire contemporary dance performances or participate in a musical theatre or creative writing workshop, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has it all under one roof. There are also music-inspired talks and stand-up comedy performances, while professional and graduate dancers and actors can take part in a variety of master classes.
Take a meditation or holistic living class
Many places in New York offer free or low-cost classes on subjects related to holistic living. Check out the New York Open Center for classes on spiritual enquiry, meditation, hypnosis and shamanic healing, as well as soap making, herbal medicine, massage and reflexology. Classes range from evening workshops to certified courses.
Take a tour at the Guggenheim
One of New York’s most iconic structures, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is internationally renowned for both its architecture and collections. A range of special exhibitions and projects unfold throughout the year, and there is a busy calendar of tours, talks and discussions from artists and critics. There are also regular performances and film screenings. The jewel in the heart of New York’s cultural crown, the Guggenheim’s modern art collections cover various styles, from abstract and Surrealist to Impressionist, Minimalist and Conceptual.
Visit the Socrates Sculpture Park
An outdoor art gallery, the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens combines the function of a public park with that of a museum. Various sculptures and multi-media installations can be viewed on a wander around this free institution, while the programme of public events includes tours, farmer’s markets, yoga, dance and outdoor film screenings. There are also wonderful panoramic views of Manhattan.
Bio: Aaron Carter is a travel addict who loves to write and relax in exotic destinations. He gets a particular thrill from finding great budget holiday packages.