Thanksgiving Activities to Try With Your Family

Looking for a fun way to spend Thanksgiving Day, or want to start some meaningful Turkey Day traditions? This mix of indoor and outdoor activities will bring your family closer together in the true spirit of the holiday. Our location in the Upper West Side gives you front row access to some of Manhattan’s best Thanksgiving activities.

Start with watching the Thanksgiving Parade. Families have enjoyed watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV since 1948 (with the parade first being held in 1924). Watching giant balloons, floats, and marching bands roll through the streets of New York City with your family is a cozy and magical way to start the holiday. You also have the awesome opportunity to see the parade in person – with us being right on the Upper West Side. Head over to Central Park West the night before the parade and watch as they blow up the balloons by the Museum of Natural History! The crowds are much smaller than the actual parade and it’s up close and personal to all your favorites as a kid.

For a fun outdoor activity try out a “Turkey Trot” Run or Walk. Everyone in your family can work up an appetite for your Turkey Day feast by participating in a community walk or run. There’s probably a “turkey trot” or two in our area, and the registration funds raised typically benefit a good cause. For New Yorkers, the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving Day at 9am, but with our proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park, there are tons of opportunities to plan your own.

One admirable way to spend Thanksgiving Day is serving food to less-fortunate families at a soup kitchen, church, or community center. If you can’t help on the holiday itself, look into ways your family can pitch in beforehand, such as collecting and sorting donated food or baking pies from the heart. Local “West Side Campaign Against Hunger,” is taking place November 22nd from 12:45-2:15pm, where you bring a frozen turkey and help “West Side Campaign Against Hunger” provide low-income families with turkeys for Thanksgiving! The event will take place at 263 West 86th Street (Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew) between Broadway & West End Avenue.

Thanksgiving on Manhattan’s West Side

This Thanksgiving, hang up your apron and head out in the city for your holiday dinner. Gather your loved ones and make reservations for a fantastic meal at one of our favorite restaurants on the west side of Manhattan!

Wallflower in the West Village has a delicious Thanksgiving menu, complete with kid’s options. This is the first year that the talented crew at Wallflower will be welcoming diners on Thanksgiving Day. Located on the corner of W. 12th and Greenwich Ave in the West Village, the Wallflower’s French-country inspired cuisine, creative cocktails and approachable wine list are a must try. The restaurant is a study in relaxed sophistication, an ideal destination for a fantastic Thanksgiving meal. It’s only a quick subway or taxi ride away from us here at The Sagamore. Wallflower is located at 235 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014. To make a reservation, visit their website at

This Thanksgiving you can also start a new tradition at Burke & Wills on the Upper West Side. Offering a classic, three-course holiday menu, with optional wine pairings featuring distinctively Australian labels, Burke & Wills offers authentic Australian cuisine, world class wines from the Southern Hemisphere, and cocktails by renowned mixologist, Greg Seider. The special Thanksgiving menu offers a choice of appetizers, entrees, optional sides and classic desserts; available from 12-9pm on November 26th for $50 for three courses or $70 with wine pairings. Burke & Wills is located at 226 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024. For reservations, visit their website at