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 cobblestones 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!

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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 musicals for kids 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 into clubs and bars (such as rooftops bars).

Below you will find a list with ideas for attractions.

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Child-friendly Attractions

Central Park Playground0 – 12 years1 – 2 hours
Bleecker Playground0 – 8 years1 – 2 hours
Union Square playground0 – 12 years1 – 2 hours
Madison Square playground0 – 6 years1 – 2 hours
Central Park Zoo2 – 16 years2 hours
Bronx Zoo2 – 16 years2 – 3 hours
Queens Zoo2 – 16 years2 hours
Prospect Park Zoo2 – 16 years2 hours
Coney Island: New York Aquarium2 – 16 years2 hours
Hop on Hop off bus tour0 – 12 years1 – 2.5 hours
Central Park rowing Boats4 – 121 hour
Empire State BuildingFrom 3 years2 – 3 hours
Top of the RockFrom 3 years2 – 3 hours
EdgeFrom 3 years2 – 3 hours
Times Square in the eveningALL1 – 2 hours
Roosevelt Island TramFrom 3 years1 hour
Brooklyn BridgeFrom 8 years1 – 2 hours
Jane’s CarouselALL2 – 3 min
Boat tour around ManhattanALL2.5 hours
Speedboat tour12 – 18 years30 min
Statue of LibertyFrom 6 years4 – 6 hours
Coney IslandFrom 6 years4 – 6 hours
Coney Island: Luna ParkALL2 – 4 hours
Governors IslandALL3 – 4 hours
Children’s Library1 – 12 years1 – 2 hours
Cinema on 42nd StreetFrom 4 years2 – 3 hours
Superheroes TourFrom 12 years3.5 hours
Museums & ExperiencesAgeDuration
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space MuseumFrom 3 years2 – 3 hours
American Museum of Natural HistoryFrom 2 years2 – 4 hours
The Metropolitan Museum of ArtFrom 6 years2 – 4 hours
Ripley’s Believe it or NotFrom 6 years1 – 2 hours
SPYSCAPEFrom 10 years1 – 2 hours
Madame TussaudsALL1 – 2 hours
Sports & ActivitiesAgeDuration
Cycling in Central ParkFrom 1 year2 – 4 hours
Cycling in DowntownFrom 1 year2 – 4 hours
Yankees (baseball)From 4 years3 – 4 hours
Knicks (basketball)From 4 years2.5 – 3 hours
New York City FC (football)From 4 years2 – 3 hours
Ice Skating (Oct – April)From 4 years1 – 2 hours
Bowlmor (bowling)4 – 18 years2 – 3 hours
The Lion KingFrom 4 years2 – 3 hours
WickedFrom 12 years2 – 3 hours
AladdinFrom 6 years2 – 3 hours
Harry PotterFrom 10 years2 x 2.5 hours
Gazillion Bubble ShowALL1-2 hours
Dylan’s Candy Bar5 – 16 years1 hour
Serendipity 3 (order frozen hot chocolate)6 – 18 years1 hour
Alice’s Tea Cup6 – 18 years1 – 2 hours
Pizza tour to Brooklyn8 years and uphalf day
Dinner CruiseFrom 8 years3 hours
Themed restaurantsALL1 – 2 hours
Woodbury CommonFrom 12 years6 – 8 hours
American Girl StoreFrom 4 years1 – 2 hours
Build-A-BearALL1 hour


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