10 Top-Flight Sights for Kids and Families in NYC

New York is a city for movers, shakers and kids. And who moves and shakes as much as children? Kids have the energy to keep up with the frenetic pace of New York, even if the same level of activity can bring an adult to their knees.

Twp of the best places to take your kids are the majestic and incomparable Bronx Zoo the American Museum of Natural History. Watch them gasp at the sheer size of the gigantic 122-foot Titanosaur that recently moved in and brontosaurus skeleton, in the world's largest dinosaur collection. They can even join a sleepover complete with fossil finding by flashlight and cots for the kids who want to live out the movie Night at the Museum. 

It is also a must for every family to take a stroll through Central Park and hop a ferry to Staten Island. Grab a hot dog from one of the many vendors, find a grassy patch and enjoy the oasis. Let your kids run free, go to the zoo or fly a kite. Central Park is huge so make sure to enter near the attractions that are on your family's must-see list.

Carousels bookend the city at Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. 

Below we have created something of an itinerary linking one neighboring institution with another such as the New-York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History, located at the same subway stop overlooking Central Park. 

One word of advice: anchor sightseeing with a lunch stop ... kids are much more likely to step inside a museum and be receptive to an educational experience if they know rewards and respites are ahead.

Opened seven days a week, the two-floor official museum of the FDNY occupies a renovated 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse at 278 Spring Street in Hudson Square, west of SoHo. The museum is home to a renowned collection of fire-related art and...  Read More

Mo math, mo problems. Literally. We are sure that when you mention the idea of going to a math museum with your kids, they aren't going to be super excited. That will quickly change once they spend an afternoon at the Museum of Math. This is not...  Read More

Overlooking the western rim of Central Park, this neoclassical structure guards some of the oldest artifacts associated with the city of New York. It was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum and has been at its present location since 1908....  Read More

"Touch everything" at the New York Hall of Science located inside NYSCI's original exhibition gallery, constructed for the 1964-65 World's Fair. Bordering Flushing Meadow Park, the NYSCI is located in Corona,Queens the same neighborhood as the...  Read More

Subways have been through a grand evolution and in some older stations, there were even electric chandeliers (as in Moscow now). Located in downtown Brooklyn, the museum is an homage to the Iron horse or the NYC subway system and the people who...  Read More

Upper East Side

Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues,...  Read More

"I'm bored," said no kid ever at the Children's Museum of the Arts. This nonprofit brings hands-on art programming to young artists from 10 months to 15 years. Kids can get their hands dirty with a variety of mediums, including a clay bar,...  Read More

One of the first public aquariums in the United States, the New York Aquarium has heard the "oohs" and "aahs" of kids and adults for more than 100 years. In the 1950s, the aquarium moved permanently to Coney Island and now spans over 14 acres of...  Read More

One of the world's largest natural history museums with more than 33 million specimens and exhibits, the AMNH educates and entertains visitors, keeping them busy for quite some time. It would seem impossible to top the already-existing exhibits...  Read More

Themed exhibits include Wild Asia with free-roaming tigers; Jungle World, an indoor Asian tropical rainforest; The World of Darkness, a look into the nightlife of nocturnal creatures; Himalayan Highlands with endangered snow leopards and red...  Read More


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