60 Things to do in New York City with Kids

September 2015: Sometimes called the capital of the world, New York City is home to more than just the Wall Street and Skyscrapers. This exciting destination is filled with history, shows, and fun activities.

Times Square

Times Square Flickr: MK Feeney

Times Square is probably the most photographed spot in midtown Manhattan, is a collage of lights, billboards, people, noise, music, taxis, and everything else that represents this amazing city...

Empire State Building

Empire State BuildingFlickr: Anthony Quintano

New York‘s famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan...

 

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New York Aquarium

New York AquariumFlickr: Official US Navy Page

As the only aquarium in New York City and part of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in the country, the New York Aquariumholds a special place in the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society - To save wildlife and wild places

Little Italy

Little ItalyFlickr: Sue Waters

Walking beside the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you're tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants surrounding you in Little Italy.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great AdventureFlickr: Sarah_Ackerman

Located in the town of Jackson in Central New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure has become the area's most well-known amusement park, especially due to its daring roller coasters. In 2005, Great Adventure introduced the tallest, fastest roller coaster on Earth...

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport
Free

Step back in history in New York's most colorful neighborhood, South Street Seaport – a twelve-square block landmark district of historic buildings, winding cobblestone streets and the impressive three-story glass and steel Pier 17 Pavilion.

Located on 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy..

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central TerminalFlickr: MTA

Grand Central Terminal is not just a tourist attraction, it‘s one of the world's busiest train stations used by over 150,000 commuters daily. Upon approaching it, you will see a triumphant facade featuring a fifty foot pediment with statues of Hercules...

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music HallFlickr: Ben Ramirez
Free

America‘s most popular entertainers have thrilled audiences at Radio City Music Hall since its doors opened December 27, 1932. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett to mention only a few of the celebrities and luminaries to grace...

World Trade Center Memorial

World Trade Center MemorialFlickr: Dov Harrington
Free

For many of us, the horrific events of September 11, 2001, will forever be etched onto our hearts and minds. None of us can forget the way we felt as we watched the Twin Towers fall, the mighty Pentagon in smoldering ruin, or the burnt stretch of

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan. It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its history as a center

The New York Hall of Science

TheThe New York Hall of Science is New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center. The Hall features more than 225 hands-on exhibits. Visit and explore the wonder and excitement of biology, chemistry and physics...

Greenwich Village

Flickr: Aurelien Guichard

Greenwich Village started as a farm area during the Colonial period. As New York City began to grow, it overtook this farmland. In the 1960‘s this area became known for its Bohemian lifestyle.

Federal Reserve New York

Federal Reserve New York
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Visitors will learn about the central banking functions that the Federal Reserve New York performs and see the Bank‘s vault of international monetary gold on the bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level.

Coney Island

Coney IslandFlickr: Juan Dorigo

Coney Island has been famous since the turn of two centuries. Come see the most unique spectacle in the city. In addition to the beach, Coney Island has an amusement area featuring the following: Astroland, Home of the World Famous Cyclone The New York Aquarium...

 

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Belvedere Castle

Belvedere CastleFlickr: hjjanisch

Belvedere Castle is perched on Vista Rock and is the second highest natural elevation in the Park, is Belvedere, Italian for panoramic viewpoint, offers visitors just that...

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab, one of just a handful of free museums in New York, houses four floors of wonderful hands-on interactive activities and exhibits, perfect for children‘s inquiring minds. Nevertheless, adults will love this technology...

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations HeadquartersFlickr: Brian Godfrey

The United Nations Headquarters is a a distinctive complex in New York City that has served as the United Nations‘ headquarters since its completion in 1952. It is located in on the east side of Manhattan, on spacious grounds overlooking the...

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn BridgeFlickr: Daniel X. O'Neil

Considered a brilliant feat of 19th-century engineering, the Brooklyn Bridge was a bridge of many firsts. It was the first suspension bridge to use steel for its cable wire.

Chinatown

ChinatownFlickr: Walter Rodriguez

Experience the Far East side of New York City by visiting Chinatown<. This suburb of the city has been inhabited by the Chinese for over a century.

George Washington Bridge

George Washington BridgeFlickr: Anthony Quintano
Free

The two-level George Washington Bridge (GWB) crosses the Hudson River between upper Manhattan (West 178th Street) and Fort Lee, New Jersey and forms part of Interstate Highway I-95.

Scandinavia House

Scandinavia House was created to share the ways of life of the Scandinavian countries. With that purpose in mind, Scandinavia House presents exhibitions and programs to enrich visitors understanding of these cultures and to tie strong liaisons.

Federal Hall

Here John Peter Zenger was jailed, tried, and acquitted of libel for exposing government corruption in his newspaper, an early victory for freedom of the press.

General Grant National Monument

This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, victorious Union commander of the Civil War, includes the tomb of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. A West Point graduate, Grant served in the Mexican War and at various frontier posts, before rapidly rising through the ranks during the Civil War.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion was built in 1799 as a country house by Archibald Gracie. The house went through several hands until 1896 when New York City appropriated the estate and, with 11 acres of ground, created the Carl Shurz Park.

Hall of Fame of Great Americans

The Hall of Fame of Great Americans at Bronx Community College, the original Hall of Fame in this country, is a New York landmark institution founded in 1900 to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on this nation‘s history.

Hall of Ocean Life

Come visit the blue whale in the Museum‘s beloved Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life. Current scientific research and cutting-edge exhibition technology combine to create a fully immersive marine environment with video projections, interactive computer stations, and newly restored ocean dioramas.

Herald Square

Herald Square was named for the New York Herald, a leading newspaper in New York City that was headquartered on 35th Street in an arcaded two story Italianate building designed by McKim, Mead, and White.

Lazer Park

The largest state of the art Laser tag arena in New York City, the exciting competition of BATTLETECH®, the ultimate virtual reality game, and the latest in video redemption prize games.

Lincoln Center

The 16.3-acre Lincoln Center complex, the world‘s largest performing arts center, is home to the 12 resident arts organizations listed below, representing the highest standards of excellence in symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education.

 

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Lincoln Tunnel

The Lincoln Tunnel is the world‘s only three-tube underwater vehicular tunnel facility. It provides a vital link between midtown Manhattan and central New Jersey, and forms part of New JerseyRoute 495. In New Jersey, this highway connects the tunnel with U.S. Routes 1 and 9, 3 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

Loeb Boathouse

The boathouse is located in the southeast section of Central Park. Here, visitors can explore the lake by taking a row boat or a real Venetian gondola. They can also rent a bike and enjoy a ride through this sprawling mix of winding paths, meadows, lakes, and ponds. They can take in the sight of dog walkers, kids playing softball, and joggers. This is a seasonal adventure, usually weekends and summer.

Symphony Space

America's only community-based arts organization with a nationwide audience, Symphony Space was founded in 1978 with a single event: a free, day-long concert titled Wall to Wall.

New York Water Taxi

Forget about hailing a cab on the hectic streets of New York City. Head for the water instead. New York Water Taxi, the City‘s newest waterborne transportation service, connects you to neighborhoods, parks and cultural attractions along the West Side, Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn waterfronts.

New York City Ballet

The New York City Ballet, one of the largest and best-known ballet companies in the country, performs many programs each year at Lincoln Center‘s beautiful New York State Theater. The brainchild of dancers Lincoln Kirstein and George Ballanchine, this ballet company has been in existence since the 1930s though it has changed quite a bit since then.

Victorian Gardens Amusement Park

This is a family amusement park featuring rides, games, food, face painting, storytelling, clowns and entertainment. Rides Aeromax: Soar to new heights in a four passenger crop duster plane. Riders are treated to spectacular views of New York City and the entire amusement park.

Pennsylvania Station

New York City‘s current Penn Station is a transportation hub embedded within the street- and underground levels of Madison Square Garden spanning 33rd to 31st Streets and 7th to 8th Avenues in New York City.

Ringling Bros. Circus

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages …Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® boldly beckons you to a cosmic convergence of comedy, courage and charisma -- the all new, pulse-pounding 133rd Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth!

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry, which is free, travels close to the Statue of Liberty on its route. It doesn‘t stop at the island, but offers a great view of the national landmark.

Tribeca Film Center

Co-founded in 1989 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, 3 the Tribeca Film Center was the first commercial space dedicated to housing film, television, and entertainment companies. It also presents film festivals and rents its space for offices, meetings, and screenings.

Roosevelt Island Arial Tram

The Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram was inaugurated in 1976. Its creation arose from a need for the Roosevelt Island residents to travel in a safe and fast way to the mainland. The trip will show you the most incredible vistas of the city in an incomparable 4- minute ride. - BACK OPEN

Vietnam Veterans Plaza

This plaza, near the South Street Seaport and within easy walking distance of Wall Street, is dedicated to the men and women who fought in the Vietnam War. The greenish, 14-foot high memorial was erected in 1985. Here, you will find letters, news clippings, photos and diaries from those who fought in Vietnam, and those who remember. It may not rival the monuments in Washington, D.C., but it is a moving tribute nonetheless.

Woolworth Building

The Woolworth Building is unusual among skyscrapers for having been financed in cash. Its owner was five and dime king, Frank W. Woolworth, who in 1910 commissioned architect Cass Gilbert to design a Gothic-style skyscraper to soar above City Hall Park on a full-block site on Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street.

World Financial Center

Located in Lower Manhattan‘s Battery Park City on the Hudson River, the World Financial Center is a unique focal point for private and public enterprises.

Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera presents the great tradition of grand opera, featuring today‘s foremost singers in spectacular productions with The Met‘s internationally acclaimed orchestra and chorus.

Frick Collection

A visit to The Frick Collection evokes the splendor and tranquility of a time gone by and at the same time testifies to how great art collections can still inspire viewers today.

Madison Square Garden

Since its inception on May 31, 1879, the Madison Square Garden has been the venue for thousands of national events such as concerts, tennis, boxing, ice shows, circus, horse/dog shows, and also it is the home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

New York Philharmonic

Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world.

Queens Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is the borough’s only professional orchestra and the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens.

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

St. Nicholas Cathedral is the main temple of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America. It has not only great religious importance, but is also valuable as a unique architectural monument in the United States‘ largest city.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the mother church of the Diocese of New York and the Seat of it Bishop. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership.

Castle Clinton

More than a dozen forts were built to defend New York Harbor at the time of the War of 1812. The Southwest Battery was constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan Island between 1808 and 1811

Noble Maritime Collection

Gracing the historic grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Noble Maritime Collection is a major catalyst for further advancement of the site, for volunteerism to improve community life, and for the preservation and study of art and maritime history.

Little Shop of Plaster and Pottery

Since 1992, Little Shop of Plaster & Pottery has been New York‘s largest (and we‘re told the best) craft house