Living in New York City allows us to enjoy the city as locals but also play tourist from time to time. It is amazing the number of kid-friendly places for families to visit in New York City, New York.
As a very casual guide, I put together our family’s top three places to go:
Central Park has been called a lifesaver for local families; imagine what it can be for tourists with kids! This is not your regular park with a playground; it has so much to offer: ice-skating rink amusement park, a Marionette Theatre, an Egyptian-themed playground, a famous carrousel and did I mention a zoo? The Tisch Children’s Zoo is a plus to your trip, and for extra excitement, you can experience a 4D Theater and educational programs for visitors. If you are not familiar with the park or the zoo, your kids may recognize it from the Madagascar movies or Enchanted.
You can plan an entire day at Central Park, picnic included; we usually shop for bread, fruits and cheeses at the Whole Foods at Shops at Columbus and find a spot at the Park to start our adventure with a nice picnic.
The space gives the city much needed trees and sprawling green lawns. If you do cannot spare all day, it is a nice pause to any field trip around the city.
Between Fifth Ave and Central Park West from 59th St to 110th centralparknyc.org
The High line
This one is a MUST. You should definitely visit the High line. In a few words, this is a historic railroad turned public aboveground park. Full of seasonal activities for children and families, this location offers a unique “elevated” experience of NYC.
From this one-mile walkway, you will see the Hudson River and iconic Manhattan buildings. The kids have lots of fun with the local artists and musicians performing along the way, the water displays and glowing pathways.
Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.10011
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, colloquially “the Met”
One of the few spots in the city where your family could spend an entire day and see only a portion of the facility. We recently visited The Met and were a bit nervous about bringing our young children but were amazed of how engaged they were! We visited a bit of each section, the Met is quite large and it is impossible to see in only a couple of hours but I felt we accomplished so much!
Among the permanent exhibitions that children enjoy are the Arms and Armor Hall and the Temple of Dendur; our little girl was enchanted with Degas ballerinas and our boy could not get enough of the paintings from the revolution. The shop is always a favorite for us!
Workshops for kids help introduce little ones to different works of art; The Museum also hosts family days on select days. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, https://metmuseum.org)