New York City is FULL of attractions for kids and adults of all ages, from science exploration to unique exhibits and one of a kind stores. Here are our 8 top family friendly activities in New York.
1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an educational institution featuring the legendary Intrepid aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise and some of the world’s fastest jets and missile submarines. All ages can enjoy simulators, guided tours and educational demonstrations.
2. Central Park Zoo
Central Park Zoo comprises 7 acres in Central Park, Manhattan. The zoo is open every day of the year and features three major biomes: The Tropic Zone, Temperate Territory, and the Polar Circle. From tropical birds, to snow leopards, grizzly bears, and one of the nation’s largest colonies of Antarctic penguins, there are animals to enjoy in every season. They also have the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a playful adventure for our younger family members who’ll encounter goats, sheep and some of the world’s most unique ducks, and of course the only cow who calls Manhattan home!
3. New York Aquarium
With its location on the beach at Coney Island, and it's work to practice conservation locally, the New York Aquarium has a unique role connecting people to wildlife. Tickets are discounted if purchased online in advance.
4. New York Disney on Broadway- Behind the Magic Experience
Go behind the scenes and experience the magic of Disney on Broadway at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Learn the history of the building as you discover what goes into making shows such as “Aladdin,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Lion King.”
5. Natural History Museum
This fantastic museum is so big it can't be covered in one day! The dinosaurs and giant blue whale are the biggest draws. Check out the discovery room where kids can hunt for animals in a replica African Baobab Tree. For a real adventure, check the schedule for the next Night at the Museum sleepover for families, with comfortable accommodations and featuring a midnight fossil hunt, films, and other fun activities to keep the kids entertained.
6. Dylan's Candy Bar
Think Candy-land come to life, with a giant lollipop tree in the centre, candy patterns on the walls and embedded in the stairs. Dylan’s Candy Bar claims to house over 7,000 confections making it one of the largest selections of candies anywhere and enough sweet stuff to satisfy the wildest cravings
7. Children's Museum of Art
This museum is perfect for families to explore art through exciting exhibits and gives the little one’s chance to experiment with art materials such as, clay, sound and animation. The fine art studio is open for anyone to paint, draw or sculpt a take-home art work.
8. Nintendo World
Paradise for fans of Wii or Nintendo games, this store offers the chance to try out all the newest games and find a host of unique souvenirs, including hard-to-find plush characters. The second floor is a mini-museum displaying every console and character ever created, a great nostalgia trip for older kids (and many parents).