Traveling to New York with young kids and wondering what to do? Have no fear! Tripping is here to give you the best child-friendly destinations in the Big Apple!
Central Park is an obvious choice for this list. With its countless number of playgrounds, statues, fountains, and fields, kids will never want to leave this adored Manhattan destination. One of the many highlights of Central Park is Victoria Gardens, a traditional amusement park that features rides, face-painting, and other games. Other favorite landmarks in Central Park among children are the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the Wildlife Center.
Coney Island is an amusement park and beach destination in south Brooklyn that was first established as a mini-vacation getaway for busy New Yorkers in the late 19th Century. Today, visitors from all over the world come to Coney Island to ride one of America’s oldest wooden roller-coasters, play its many arcade games, and swim in the Atlantic Ocean. And, of course, visitors can’t leave Coney Island without eating at the original world-famous Nathan’s hot-dog stand. This is one New York destination your whole family won’t want to miss.
The Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in America, is one of the most family-friendly destinations in all of New York. Come here to explore 265 acres of exhibits featuring 650 species from all over the world. Some popular attractions among children are the zoo’s carnival rides, daily penguin feedings, and camel rides! Nowhere else in New York will you find a place that takes you so far away from city life.
Governors Island, located a half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan, is a former Revolutionary War base that is now mostly used for recreation and leisure purposes. Kids will love the island’s artist-designed mini-golf course as well as its open grass fields, parks, and picnic areas. During the summer months, the island offers plenty of arts and crafts classes as well as kayaking opportunities and small theater performances. From the ground up, Governors Island was designed with kids in mind. You’d be missing out if you don’t add this slice of heaven to your travel plans.
New York Hall of Science
Built in 1964 in Queens as part of New York’s World Fair, the New York Hall of Science is one of the oldest and most-visited science museums in the United States. Though this museum will be fascinating to all age groups, kids will especially love this museum because of its interactive exhibits. From the “Sports Challenge” area to the innovative “Design Lab”, kids will be able to get hands-on with science to stimulate their imaginations. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to make an educational and fun experience for your kids!
This post was written by Hogan Bradford, Tripping Blogger.