Numerous activities and unforgettable experiences await families across the city. This five-day trip takes you to the best family-friendly spots in the five boroughs of New York.
Historic ships at the docks at the South Street Seaport Museum
The tour begins at the world-famous Rockefeller Center. Here you can take a tour of NBC Studios, meet dancers from The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and explore the many shops (including LEGO and Nintendo shops). Great photo opportunities await you on the Top of the Rock viewing platform! And how about a skating ride afterward? You can find souvenirs in M & M’s World, the Disney Store, or American Girl Place in Times Square. In the South Street Seaport Museum you can marvel at historic ships, some from 1885. Then it’s time for a first-class dinner at Il Brigante, a cozy Italian restaurant with absolutely authentic pizza.
Walk on the Coney Island
A stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge will delight visitors of all ages. Tip: Take a family photo with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Your children can let off steam in the playgrounds and the carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park and then cool off with delicious ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. A visit to Coney Island is the perfect way to end the day. Rides, games, and all kinds of food await you on this traditional New York boardwalk.
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The legendary Statue of Liberty as a photo opportunity as seen from the Staten Island Ferry
A trip on the Staten Island Ferry is a memorable family experience. The ships operate around the clock, 7 days a week. And best of all: the trip is free. Families looking for active relaxation can explore the Greenbelt Conservancy on Staten Island or the beautiful gardens at Snug Harbor. Children can let their imaginations run wild at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. The little ones can play huge board games, take part in artful activities, build houses and learn lots of interesting things about insects.
An interactive exhibit in the New York Hall of Science museum
For a family day out in Queens, head to the New York Hall of Science. And for a museum fresh air option, head to the Queens County Farm Museum, one of the state’s oldest and largest farms. Farm animals, gardens, and historical buildings await you here – all for free. For families who love sports, we recommend a New York Mets baseball game at Citi Field or a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.
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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is as colorful and varied as the surrounding Flushing district. With a total area of over 500 hectares, the park is 1.5 times the size of Central Park. The Flushing Meadows Corona Park was originally laid out for the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and was used again as an event site for the World Exhibition in 1964. Citi Field Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team, and Arthur Ashe Stadium regularly host sporting events and concerts. You can kayak, pedal boat, or play cricket and soccer with the locals at Flushing Bay. With the Queens Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, and the Queens Theater in the Park, the cultural aspect is not neglected either.
Directions: For a game of the Mets or a tennis match at the US Open, the quickest way to get to Flushing Meadows / Corona Park from Manhattan is to take metro line 7 to Mets-Willets Point, and there the signs for Flushing Meadows / Corona Park follows. Otherwise, you can get off at the 111th Street subway station and walk south to the entrance on 49th Avenue.
Impressive views of beautiful gardens and the Hudson River from Wave Hill
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The absolute highlight in this district is the Bronx Zoo, the largest urban zoological garden in the country. Here you can spend a whole day and observe a variety of interesting animals. Take a stroll through Wave Hill’s public gardens for wonderful views of the Hudson River. A visit to Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees’ record champions, is definitely not a bad idea. You can take part in a tour or treat yourself to the “Hands on History” experience, where you can hold Babe Ruth’s bat, Mickey Mantle’s glove, and many other baseball memorabilia in your hands.
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