New York City is a lively, popular vacation destination for people of all ages. For families looking to visit with children, the question of how many child-friendly attractions exist may come up. The answer, you’ll be happy to hear, is plenty. Here’s 10 suggestions for your itinerary children are sure to enjoy.
1. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan
You can’t get much more child-friendly than a children’s museum, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is no exception. Currently operating under limited capacity, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan features interactive exhibits such as Inside Art, an exhibit featuring the work of 11 artists that children can interact with in various hands-on ways.
2. The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is a time-honored museum in New York City. Operating for 150 years, this museum features a variety of exhibits including dinosaur skeletons, giant-screen films, and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show. Currently operating via timed entry and reservation only, check out their website for more information on planning your visit!
3. Central Park
Another classic New York City staple, Central Park consists of over 800 acres filled with walking paths, playgrounds, and the Central Park Zoo. Families looking for a memorable experience are sure to find it, as the park also offers horse-drawn carriage rides and bike rentals.
Another interactive museum, Spyscape offers a unique twist: it’s geared towards testing its visitor’s spy skills. Also known as ‘The Home of Secrets’, this is sure to make a memorable experience for your budding detective. The museum features experiences such as the chance to try your hand at slipping through security lasers, as well as a collection of spy memorabilia, making it a unique and interesting destination for family members of all ages.
5. The Bronx Zoo
Noted as one of the largest zoos in the United States, the Bronx Zoo features a variety of animals, as well as unique experiences. In addition to hosting over 8,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo also offers attractions kids will love, such as Nature Trek, an obstacle course offering a bird’s eye view of the park, and a bug-themed Carousel.
6. New York Aquarium
The Bronx Zoo isn’t the only place to see some stunning animals – the New York Aquarium also showcases a variety of unforgettable animals, including jellyfish, several species of sharks, and hundreds of fish.
7. New York Botanical Garden
For families looking for a serene and still unforgettable experience, check out New York Botanical Garden. Featuring a variety of gardens throughout a sprawling 250 acres, the New York Botanical Garden also offers some interactive exhibits, such as their Drop-In Garden Activities, that are sure to entertain young children.
8. Times Square
No list discussing places to see in New York would be complete without mentioning Times Square. While the popular square may be a little too loud for families with very young children, it is also home to a variety of attractions sure to interest slightly older children, including Madame Tussauds New York.
9. The High Line
The High Line offers a truly unique way of viewing the city. A 1.4 mile long “linear park”, guests can traverse a path that winds through New York City and features several gardens as well as artwork.
10. Color Factory
Kids and parents alike will love the Color Factory, an interactive museum featuring fantastical, colorful, interactive exhibits. Featuring rooms that look like an Instagram photo come to life, the Color Factory is also a wonderful place to get some amazing photos.
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