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What to do in New York with kids

What to do in New York with kids

What to do in New York with kids

Wondering what to do in New York with kids? For children of all ages there is so much to see and explore. Some people think that New York is not a suitable city for children, but my two little kids love it here and there is always something to keep them occupied.

You needn’t be afraid to bring your children to New York: Manhattan has become very safe in recent years. Additionally, Manhattan is very pram friendly: all pavements have ramps, you won’t find any small cobble stones and many subway stations have a lift. Putting the pram in the back of a taxi is pretty normal too. So children: welcome to New York!

Personal Tips:

  • Are you planning on visiting attractions? Schedule a maximum of three a day.
  • Opt for a subway or taxi when you need to travel far.
  • Prepare your children for the long queues at attractions.
  • Combine visiting attractions with a (lunch) break. For example taking a boat tour is an attraction but also a moment of rest for the children.
  • Schedule ‘inside activities’ such as visiting museums, sports games, Broadway shows or shopping so that you needn’t always be outside if it is very hot or if it rains.
  • There is no hooligan culture in New York; visiting a sports game is fine for the children.
  • Have lunch outside whenever possible. In the park, for example, there are lots of exciting things to see – which is a lot nicer than eating inside in a hotel or a restaurant.
  • Consuming alcohol is prohibited for those under 21. This also means that those under 21 are not permitted in to clubs and bars (such as rooftop bars).

Below you will find a list with ideas for attractions.

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Child-friendly Attractions

Playgrounds Age Duration
Central Park Playground 0 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Bleeckerstreet playground 0 – 8 years 1 – 2 hours
Union Square playground 0 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Madison Square playground 0 – 6 years 1 – 2 hours
City Treehouse 1.5 – 8 years 1 – 2 hours
Zoos Age Duration
Central Park Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Bronx Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 – 3 hours
Queens Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Prospect Park Zoo 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Coney Island: New York Aquarium 2 – 16 years 2 hours
Attractions Age Duration
Hop on Hop off bus tour 0 – 12 years 1 – 2.5 hours
Central Park Boats 4 – 12 years 1 hour
Empire State Building From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Top of the Rock From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
Evening in Times Square ALL 2 – 3 hours
Roosevelt Island Tram From 3 years 1 hour
Brooklyn Bridge From 8 years 1 – 2 hours
Boat tour around Manhattan ALL 2.5 hours
Speedboat tour 12 – 18 years 30 min
Statue of Liberty From 6 years 4 – 6 hours
Coney Island From 6 years 4 – 6 hours
Coney Island: Luna Park ALL 2 – 4 hours
Governors Island ALL 3 – 4 hours
Children’s Library 1 – 12 years 1 – 2 hours
Cinema 42nd Street From 4 years 2 – 3 hours
Superheroes Tour From 12 years 3.5 hours
Museums & Experiences Age Duration
Gulliver’s Gate Miniature World ALL 1 – 2 hours
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum From 3 years 2 – 3 hours
American Museum of Natural History From 2 years 2 – 4 hours
The Metropolitan Museum of Art From 6 years 2 – 4 hours
Ripley’s Believe it or Not From 6 years 1 – 2 hours
National Geographic Encounter From 6 years 1 – 2 hours
NFL Experience From 6 years 1 – 2 hours
SPYSCAPE From 10 years 1 – 2 hours
Madame Tussauds ALL 1 – 2 hours
Sports & Activities Age Duration
Biking in Central Park From 1 year 2 – 4 hours
Biking Downtown From 1 year 2 – 4 hours
Yankees (baseball) From 4 years 3 – 4 hours
Knicks (basketball) From 4 years 2.5 – 3 hours
New York City FC (football) From 4 years 2 – 3 hours
Ice Skating (Oct – Apr) From 4 years 1 – 2 hours
Bowlmor (bowling) 4 – 18 years 2 – 3 hours
Broadway Age Duration
The Lion King From 4 years 2 – 3 hours
Wicked From 12 years 2 – 3 hours
Aladdin From 6 years 2 – 3 hours
Frozen From 6 years 2 hours
SpongeBob From 4 years 2.5 hours
Harry Potter From 10 years 2 x 2.5 hours
Food Age Duration
Dylan’s Candy Bar 5 – 16 years 1 hour
Serendipity 3 (order frozen hot chocolate) 6 – 18 years 1 hour
Alice’s Tea Cup 6 – 18 years 1 – 2 hours
Pizza tour to Brooklyn 8 years and up half day
Dinner Cruise From 8 years 3 hours
Theme Restaurants ALL 1 – 2 hours
Shopping Age Duration
Woodbury Common From 12 years 6 – 8 hours
American Girl Store From 4 years 1 – 2 hours
Build-A-Bear ALL 1 hour

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