imagiNATIONS Activity Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses 251 Spring Street, New York, NY
$38-$45, $28/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

This truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit (now with a slide) is an all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. Well designed, thoughtful and, at over 20,000 square feet,  less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not…

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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Le District

Brookfield Place 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY
FREE

Mangez on freshly made croissants, crepes, frites and more delicious treats in a French shopping district within happening Brookfield Place. Take your treat to the terrace for a view of the French-in-origin Lady Liberty.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Ladurée Soho

Ladurée Soho 398 W Broadway, New York, NY
$4+

Escape to Ladurée's pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow - plus chocolate covered macarons, fancy French ice cream, macaron ice cream sandwiches, sorbets and more sweet treats. Get your treats to go or dine on casual yet sophisticated French fare including…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Greens

Pier 17 89 South Street Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
menu items $10+

Enjoy stunning views on a rooftop overlooking the East River. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Menu includes cheeseburgers, churros, shrimp rolls, salads and more. See our guide to Seaport.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Adrienne's Pizza Bar 54 Stone Street, New York, NY
FREE

Eat thin-crust square pies (plus classic round pies, salads, pastas and more) on indoor and outdoor seating overlooking historic, cobbled Stone Street at this casual yet classy pizzeria.

Suggested Ages:

MarieBelle

MarieBelle 484 Broome Street, New York, NY
FREE

Sip on thick, delicious signature hot chocolate made from pure cacao shavings instead of chocolate powder to go or in an elegant, antique filled Cocoa Bar. Choose from four different flavors; Aztec, Milk Hazelnut, Spiced Chocolate and White Chocolate. Bite size bonbons decorated with unique, colorful cocoa-based design and tins of hot chocolate shavings make…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Economy Candy

Economy Candy 108 Rivington Street, New York, NY
FREE

At this legendary family-owned LES sweets emporium, founded in 1937, shop over 2,000+ items, including international gummies, unique candy bars, a color-sorted jelly belly bar, chocolate covered graham crackers (with and without jelly), bacon and kale lollipops and so much more.  Also find unique toys, Pez, gifts and vintage trading cards featuring fan favorites from…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Seaglass Carousel

Battery Park Battery Place (State Street & Whitehall St), New York, NY
$6

Spin under the sea in an aquatic carousel in historic Battery Park. Sit within iridescent fiberglass fish that glide through a (covered) spiraling nautilus of glass and steel. LED color-changing lighting combined with “water effect” light projectors and oceanic music create a magical underwater atmosphere for kids of all ages. Purchase tickets at the carousel…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

New Museum

New Museum 235 Bowery, New York, NY
$18/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood. HIGHLIGHTS: ☁️ Great view from the top floor Sky Room. CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🪨 Evocative salvaged sculptures in Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces. 🔈  All-encompassing sonic experience

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

National Museum of the American Indian–New York

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

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum. HIGHLIGHTS: 🌽  Interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center 🪶 Comprehensive Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian CURRENT EXHIBITS: 👽 Site-specific comic-inspired Jeffrey…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Statue of Liberty

Battery Park Battery Place (State Street & Whitehall St), New York, NY
$26.25/adults, $16/ages 4-12

Take a ferry to Liberty Island, home of the iconic statue. After a lovely 15-minute boat ride with amazing views and no crowds. Walk among paved, stroller-friendly paths  and relax in shady grassy areas. Reserve tickets in advance to guarantee access to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal (crown tours not currently available) At the Statue…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$15/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5-17

Step inside history and explore an icon of New York City resilience. Learn the story of the grand 19th-century Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish immigrants who built it. HIGHLIGHTS: 🕍 In self-guided tours, experience life through the eyes of a newly arrived immigrant to New York’s Lower East Side 🕍 Free docent-led tours available…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Blue Man Group

Astor Place Theater 434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
$54.50-$102

Experience a unique, imaginative, multi-sensory worldwide hit where it all began, in an intimate downtown theater. Three bizarre bald blue men make music with innovative instruments and interact with each other and the audience without words in a fusion of comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party. Hard to explain and thoroughly entertaining for all…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

One World Observatory

One World Trade Center 285 Fulton Street Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
$44/ages 13 & up, $38/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 & under

Elevators climb 102 stories in 47 seconds to the top of the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in America at a symbolic 1,776 feet. Incredible views plus lots of interactive and digital features including immersive audiovisual experiences, a 14-foot wide circular glass disc with high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below and friendly…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Pickle Guys

The Pickle Guys 357 Grand Street, New York, NY
FREE

Try free samples of old-fashioned pickles, barrel cured from an old Eastern European recipe at this unique friendly LES spot. Rows of barrels features pickled turnips, pineapples and other items along with a wide variety of pickled cucumbers. They even have pickle-flavored cotton candy for sale. Or head next door to Doughnut Plant for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

NYC Ferry

Various Locations Throughout NYC, New York, NY
$2.75, Free/kids under 44 inches

Travel by state-of-the-art ferry to stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island along the East River and Hudson River. Indoor and outdoor seating. Charging stations, concessions, AC/heat and stroller parking available onboard. Travel time varies, from 20 to 60 minutes. Ferry frequency differs by stop; see the online schedules. Some family-friendly…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Place, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate NYC's rich vertical architectural heritage in a small but very cool stainless-steel space. HIGHLIGHTS: 🌇 A 36-foot long history of height from the pyramids to the present 🌇 Detailed mini-Manhattan models 🌇 Scale models of the world's tallest building CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🌇 Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan, 2000-2022 ⭐️ Join free, hands-on family…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wilson NYC Flagship

Wilson Soho 594 Broadway at Houston, New York, NY
FREE

Play in a 6,400-square-foot atrium in the new Wilson NYC Flagship store. Hit tennis balls, shoot hoops on an indoor court and test out products among cool design. In-store services include racket stringing, leather ball customization, and glove personalization. Monday-Saturday 11 am - 8 pm Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Tall Ship Wavertree

The Seaport Fulton & Front Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree with self-guided tours along a set route include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wyatt Kahn: Life in the Abstract

City Hall Park Broadway & Chambers Street Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
FREE

Seven monumental sculptures fabricated in Cor-Ten steel by New York artist Wyatt Kahn juxtaposes components abstract forms with “readymade” items like eyeglasses, clock, comb, hand, foot and other elements from domestic life. The artist translated seventeen line drawings into large welded steel blocks and arranged them in ways that suggest imaginative narrative compositions. Good for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Tin Building by Jean-Georges

The Seaport Fulton & Front Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Explore an array of culinary experiences at acclaimed chef Jean-Georges sprawling culinary destination located in lower Manhattan’s historic Seaport. The two-story waterfront building offers houses multiple restaurants with open kitchens, innovative retail concepts including an exquisite candy and gelato shop and an impeccably stocked market. Sit down at a variety of lovely restaurants, or browse…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Sloomoo Institute

Sloomoo Institute 475 Broadway between Broome & Grand Streets, New York, NY
$48

* Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Walk & crawl through an obstacle course with a vat of slime, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more. Turn into slime in a augmented reality glow-in-the-dark cove, smell dozens of scents and chill in ASMR booths. * Make an included custom…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wizard Tea & Potion Making

The Cauldron 47 Stone St, New York, NY
$44.99-$64.99/adult, $44.99-$54.99/child

A two-floor, wizard-themed bar and restaurant with indoor dining and outdoor terrace seating on the cobblestones of historic Stone Street hosts interactive experiences perfect for Harry Potter fans. Don a provided robe and use a hi-tech magic wand to cast a pouring spell to receive a welcome drink from the maw of a magical creature.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Beetle House NY

Beetle House NY 308 East 6th Street, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate Halloween year-round in a unique dining experience inspired by horror culture, magic and the artistic, literary and cinematic works of Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and many many more. In short, Halloween party with a Burtonesque feel, curated by Alfred Hitchcock, with a 90s goth band on stage…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream 558 Broadway at Prince Street, New York, NY
$25-$49, free/ages 2 & under

Explore a colorful pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors (plus a 3 story slide) that's fun for sweet lovers of all ages. Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms. Play in a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, jump or slide into a…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Cricket’s Candy Creations

Cricket’s Candy Creations 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY
$65

Craft edible candy art while immersed in a variety of candy-themed activities including Edible Slime Studio, Candy Kitchen, Lickable Fingerpaint Gallery, Chocolate Chamber and Accessories Arcade. Come home with five creative candy creations. Lots of fun for lovers of crafts and sweets. The experience takes approximately 60 minutes. In a large space with cute decor…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden 20 Wall Street, New York, NY
$33-$35, $25-$26/ages 6-16, free/ages 5 & under

Take an immersive 360-degree journey through the history and works of one of the greatest artists of the past century. Through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, enter the world famous artworks of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Elaborate installations and projections, combined with music, create rushing worlds of color and make the paintings come alive. Explore Monet's…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

The Seaport Fulton & Front Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Visit a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, at The South Street Seaport Museum. Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle's book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit crab,…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 8