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Top 9 Family Friendly Things To Do In New York City

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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.

10 Family Friendly Things To Do In New York City

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.

4. Spyscape

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.

New York Aquarium

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.

New York Botanical Garden

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.

Times Square

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.

The High Line

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.

Color Factory

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Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Gulliver's Gate went bankrupt and shut down over a year ago. Greedy management wanted to gouge the tourists, instead of letting people everywhere enjoy this destination that took hundreds of dedicated craftspeople from around the world to create. As founder I was both a culprit, and a victim. They fired me once they saw we'd pushed too hard to grab the money.

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of April 2021

We thought Gullivers Gate was only temp closed due to Covid and would make a rebound this summer. SOrry to hear it's not! We've removed it from the Times Square section