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

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

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

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:

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage

Governors Island Governors Island, New York, NY
FREE

Enjoy sea­son­al activ­i­ties, fes­tive win­ter lights, games and food and drinks along­side warm­ing fire pits. Explore win­ter arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming amid a sparkling dis­play of hol­i­day lights and a his­toric Coast Guard-era fire truck photo-op. Play lawn games like corn­hole, can jam and giant Jen­ga. ⛸ Spin on a 5,000-square foot outdoor skat­ing rink…

Suggested Ages: All

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY
$20-$22/60-minute session, $5-$8/skate rental

Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly. Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15 ($20 on weekend). Sign up for one hour sessions. Private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons available. Eat at an array of yummy…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

Hall des Lumières 49 Chambers St, New York, NY
$30, $15/ages 5-16, $75/family of 2 adults & 2 kids, free/ages 4 & under

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese painter Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Be immersed in his iconic works, projected on marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of a historic former bank using unique, cutting-edge mapping technology, synchronized to an original soundtrack. The first exhibit…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Pulse Portal

Brookfield Place 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY
FREE

Explore Davis McCarty’s iridescent installation, Pulse Portal, on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Walk around the gemstones or through the dichromatic archway and view the rainbow palette of colored shadows that move throughout the day powered by sunlight. Pulse Portal is built from NASA developed materials where colors transform as the angle of the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Twilight Winter Bird Stroll

Governors Island Governors Island, New York, NY
FREE

Meet the win­ter birds of Gov­er­nors Island with NYC Audubon. Near­ly 240 bird species have been spot­ted on the island, which pro­vides excel­lent habi­tat all year round.  Dis­cov­er all of the bird life the island has to offer this win­ter. The group will meet at 3pm at Sois­sons Land­ing. Free with reg­is­tra­tion;

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Recurring

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

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

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses. See our guide to the Seaport.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show

Governors Island Governors Island, New York, NY
FREE

Join an excit­ing after­noon of live ice carv­ing from skilled ice artists. Enjoy every­thing the Win­ter Vil­lage has to offer and help choose the win­ner at the end of the event. Food available for purchase includes Lit­tle Eva’s sea­son­al menu, with warm drinks and new takes on clas­sic com­fort food like brats, veg­an chili,…

Suggested Ages: All