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National Museum of the American Indian - New York One Bowling Green, New York, NY
FREE

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

Suggested Ages: All

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship 1601 Broadway at West 48th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme's Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery Amsterdam 351 Amsterdam at West 77th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option). Other options include sour…

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Eataly NYC Downtown

Westfield World Trade Center Oculus 185 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
FREE

The 40,000 square feet  outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes. Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality…

Suggested Ages: All

Conservatory Gardens

Conservatory Garden Fifth Avenue between 104th & 105th Streets Upper East Side, New York, New York
FREE

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm. Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Angelina Paris NYC

Angelina Paris NYC 1050 6th Ave at West 40th Street, New York, NY
$4+

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903. Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Alice’s Tea Cup

Alice’s Tea Cup 102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
$5+

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 225 E 60th St, New York, NY
$16.95+

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Max Brenner

Max Brenner 841 Broadway at East 13th Street, New York, NY
$5+

Select from nine hot chocolates - Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more - at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to fo, gift or to eat on site. Salads, paninis,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Dumpling Galaxy

Dumpling Galaxy 42-35 Main Street, Flushing, NY
FREE

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

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Gilded Lady Mural

236 Fifth Avenue 236 Fifth Avenue at West 28th Street, New York, NY
FREE

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Jim Henson’s World

Museum of Moving Image 36-01 35th Avenue at 37 Street, Queens, NY
Free with museum admission

Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Robert

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Entrees $19-$34

This modern American restaurant atop the Museum of Arts and Design has breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle with chic, colorful decor. Kid-friendly options (at adult prices) include pasta, burgers & house-made ice cream. Tue–Fri 12 pm–8 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–9 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

XO World & XO Play

One World Trade Center 285 Fulton Street Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
FREE

XO WORLD (outside One World Trade Center) features a giant globe and 12 foot “Jack” from the game of Jacks (the “X” with crossed arms attached to the spoke to represent love). Created by Daniel Anderson, an internationally recognized artist inspired by children’s natural acceptance of others regardless of race, gender, age, or religious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street, New York, NY
$20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

Explore the greatest city in the world at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages. HIGHLIGHTS: ✨ Dangling light installation above the spiral staircase 🌆 Multimedia New York at Its Core 🪧 Inspiring Activist New York

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Freeman Alley

Freeman Alley Freeman Alley between Bowery & Chrystie, New York, NY
FREE

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find 'rugged clandestine colonial American…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Dubuffet Sculpture

Fosun Plaza 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY
FREE

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

Suggested Ages: All

Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal 4 Whitehall Street, New York, NY
FREE

Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minute trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour). Masks required. For a quicker trip, take the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Arthur Avenue

Arthur Avenue 2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY
FREE

Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with a variety of food vendors, filled-to-order cannolis and old-school atmosphere (including elderly gentlemen hand-rolling - but not smoking - cigars . We love the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, eggplant parm and roasted peppers at Mike's Deli; order in advance by phone to skip the often long line. Other great…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Hippo Playground

Hippo Playground, Riverside Park Riverside & 91st Street, New York, NY
FREE

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

Suggested Ages: All

Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground

Madison Square Park Madison Avenue & 24th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Toy soldiers welcome kids to this brightly colored playground featuring water fountains, tire-swings, water-spouting alphabet blocks, turrets, slides, and a large water wheel in the northeast corner of charming Madison Square Park..

Named after Officer Moira Ann Smith, the only NYPD policewoman to be lost on September 11, 2001, the playground stands as a loving tribute to this community hero and mother.

Suggested Ages: All

Battery Playscape

Battery Park Battery Place (State Street & Whitehall St), New York, NY
FREE

Explore a new playground with five ecology zones—Bluff, Marsh, Dune, Meadow, and Riverbed– in resilient design, post-Superstorm Sandy when the park survived the full force of the 15-foot storm surge and became a focal point of sea level rise. Lyrical patterns of water illuminate the portal, fence, and custom seating. Daylight filters through the punctuated…

Suggested Ages: All

Levain Bakery NOHO

Levain Bakery NOHO 340 Lafayette Street at Bleecker Street, New York, NY
FREE

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this Noho outpost of the legendary UWS bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in four flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

High Line

Gansevoort Plaza Ninth Avenue at Gansevort Street, New York, NY
FREE

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. * Lots of nature, art installations & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line. * Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis and pedestrians below the 10th Avenue overlook at 17th…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Dominique Ansel Workshop

Dominique Ansel Workshop 17 East 27th Street, New York
FREE

Pastry legend Dominique Ansel's newest shop is a celebration of croissants,  located inside the pastry production kitchens in Flatiron. Stop in for a taste of all different types of croissants and breakfast viennoiserie - pain au chocolat, ham & Gruyère, Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores Danishes, Pistachio Swirls, Raspberry Riz au Lait Cubes, Brown Sugar DKA…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground at Burling Slip Front Street &  South Street, New York, NY
FREE

This magical interactive, transformable playground lets kids create their own play space with sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips. Great view of the East River. Near lots of cool public art. Bathrooms available.

Suggested Ages: All

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

J.J. Byrne Playground 4th Street between Fourth & Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, Brookyln, New York
FREE

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons. A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

Suggested Ages: All

Bel Ami

Bel Ami 30 East 68th Street at Madison, New York, NY
FREE

This small, authentic French café and patisserie tucked away off Madison Avenue serves delicious, not-too-bitter hot chocolate, plus delicious pastries, sandwiches, macarons, hot chocolate and more. Limited seating among cute decor in a pretty historic district

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Gantry Plaza State Park/Hunter’s Point Park South

Hunter's Point Park South Hunters Point South Park Queens, Long Island City, New York
FREE

Visit two Long Island City playgrounds within walking distance of each other set in a large riverside oasis with spectacular Manhattan views. Lots of places to climb and spin (and splash in the summer) at the playground at Gantry Plaza State Park with a cushioned rainbow floor and groovy design. Stroll along the park's four…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery 189 Spring Street between Sullivan & Thompson, New York, NY
FREE

French bakery Dominique Ansel has delicious classic and post-modern pastries and specular seasonal desserts like hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow flower, frozen s’mores and milk in a chocolate chip cookie cup. If you see a line down the block it’s probably for a cronut, the rightly famous croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry with flavors that change…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Domino Park

Domino Park 15 River Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Find cool design and amazing bridge/Manhattan views at a large waterfront park on the site of a former Domino Sugar factory. * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Zucker Natural Exploration Area 31 East Dr, Brookyln, NY
FREE

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

Suggested Ages: All

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Playground for All Children Pelham Bay Park

Playground for All Children 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY
FREE

This playground is one of several throughout the city aimed at providing a recreation area that all children, able bodied and disabled. Colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs, textured pavement and Braille signs to help guide the blind, and swings are accessible to all.

All can explore a fun spray shower, a natural area with accessible boardwalk and activity stations, a shallow pond with wetland plantings, a sensory corner, adjustable basketball hoops, bleachers with shade covers, benches, game tables, picnic tables and more.

Suggested Ages: All

Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde, New York, NY
FREE

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

Suggested Ages: All

Essex Market

Essex Market 88 Essex St, New York, NY
FREE

Sample fresh, affordable, and high quality food and other items from 40+ small businesses in this Lower East Side fixture. Shop vendors with individual stories and distinctive personality for delicious treats like cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, cheeseburger empanadas from Dominican Cravings, ube ice cream from  L.E.S. Ice Cream…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 13

Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

Hex & Co 2871 Broadway at West 112th Street, New York, NY
$10/unlimited gaming

Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites. Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Shopsin’s

Essex Market 88 Essex St, New York, NY
FREE

This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled everything from s'mores and mac n'cheese. Lots of savory, extravagant egg, sandwiches etc. options also. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait). The owner…

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Belvedere Castle

Central Park, Belvedere Castle Mid park around 79th Street Upper West Side, New York, NY
FREE

One of the most iconic features in Central Park, this miniature castle is located atop the huge rock outcrop known as Vista Rock, the second highest natural point in Central Park. The whimsical structure, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869, provides the highest and best views of the Park and the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Cathedral of St. John the Divine & Peace Fountain

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street Upper West Side, New York, New York
$5 suggested donation

The largest Cathedral in the world, built in 1892, is open for visitors  Monday-Friday 9:30 am–3 pm and Saturday–Sunday 9:30 am-5 pm. Timed tickets strongly encouraged. Explore rotating art exhibitions that span centuries, celebrating the creativity of 17th century weavers to modern painters and everything in between. 48 relief panels on the giant bronze…

Suggested Ages: All