The Best Things to Do in NYC for Kids

The Best Things to Do in NYC for Kids
Though largely an adult sort of place, New York City is well-suited to entertain children. While just walking downtown through the skyscrapers can be fun for most kids, the city provides much more in the form of numerous recreational areas such as Central and Prospect Park. There are also educational opportunities at facilities like the Sony Wonder Technology Lab and the Bronx Zoo for explorers of the natural world.


While every other tourist in New York City is standing in line for the Empire State Building, you can take the kids to South Street Seaport. Board the Pioneer for a sale around upper New York Bay. Originally built in 1885, this restored schooner sails weekly with groups of up to forty passengers. It's a much nicer way to view the skyline. Contact the museum regarding educational programs that are frequently offered. Fill up your bellies dock side afterward with a stop at one of the many restaurants that line both the pier and historic Schermerhorn Row.

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 748-8786


Strap the kids in. Buckle up yourself before taking a helicopter tour of the city. Laugh with glee as you and your child fly by the Statue of Liberty while the rest of the tourists are waiting in a four hour line to step inside. Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours offers a few different options. These include short rides along the Hudson River to the bay, a tour of Manhattan, longer tours of the five boroughs including flying over Central Park and also night tours.

Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
West 30th Street & 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10004
(212) 967-6464

Coney Island

Kids occasionally need a place where they can run until they drop. After a few hours of monuments, tombs and museums, it is every parent's duty to reward her child. With this in mind, catch the subway out to Coney Island for some fun at the beach. Besides the surf, Coney Island is famous for the Cyclone, a creaking, wooden roller-coaster with a monster first drop facing the ocean. It also has the boardwalk, full of amusements and eateries and Keyspan Park, home of minor league baseball's Brooklyn Cyclones. Brooklyn natives still haven't forgiven the Dodgers for packing and moving off to California so visitors can expect a passionate crowd.

Coney Island
1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 372-5101

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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