Attractions for Kids in New York City

Attractions for Kids in New York City
Visiting New York with children is an adventure for even the most rugged parents. The Big Apple is packed with active things for kids to do year round. From the waterways of the Hudson River to the wilds of Central Park, many families are surprised by the variety of recreational activities that NYC has to offer.

Urban Kayaking

If you forgot to pack your kayak, get in touch with The New York City Downtown Boathouse. It has three Hudson River locations: Pier 40 at Houston Street, 72nd Street in Riverside Park and Pier 96 at 56th Street. It's one of the few New York kayaking companies that welcome children on tours. It also happens to be completely free and run by volunteers. The company's mission is that everyone has access to New York's beautiful waterways.

Downtown Boathouse Inc.
241 W. Broadway
New York, New York 10013
(646) 613-0375

Steve's Adventures for Kids

Kids age 6-10 can spend the day at Central Park with Steve, enjoying hiking, rock climbing, orienteering, playing ball games, finding bugs, learning to identify birds, climbing trees, spotting nutritious foods and tying mountaineer knots. The program is a breath of fresh air for city kids and a fun way to explore the diversity of Central Park.

Steve's Adventures for Kids
68 Bradhurst Ave.
New York City, New York 10039
(212) 862-6085

Sailing Program for Kids

Since 2005, the Atlantic Yachting Company has been teaching two-week sailing courses for children age 9-15 during the warmer months. The program was chosen by the Daily News as one of the top 100 things to do in the summer. Children learn teamwork, communication and knot tying. As important members of the crew, they gain confidence and enjoy the Hudson river and surrounding waterways. If it rains, they head to the Museum of Natural history to learn about the history of sailing. The boats are modern, clean and well-maintained, and safety is a top priority.

NYC Summer Sailing Program for Kids
79th Street Boat Basin
Riverside Park, New York, New York 10024
(212) 518-4604‎

Chelsea Piers Rock Wall

Chelsea Piers is a year-round indoor sporting center for children and adults. It has a 30-foot indoor rock-climbing wall as well as gear and equipment for guest use. In addition to rock climbing, it has bowling, baseball, basketball, boxing, dance, gymnastics, golf, ice hockey, sailing, running, ice skating, soccer, figure skating, volleyball and yoga. The weekly schedule varies throughout the year, so the company advises visitors to check the online schedule for availability and scheduled classes.

Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex
Pier 62
Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
(212) 336-6500‎

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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