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

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

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

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

Sharks

American Museum of Natural History West 81st Street & Central Park West, New York, NY
$28/ages 12-65, $16.50/ages 3-12, $21.50/students & seniors

Get up close with dozens of life-sized models of spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood sharks. Go inside the jaw of an megalodon, see fossils, touch models of teeth, hunt like a hammerhead and more in touch-free interactive displays. Take a photo inside a giant jawbone and turn yourself into a shark on augmented reality screens.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo Fifth Avenue at 60th Street Upper East Side, New York, New York
$13.95/ages 13+, $8.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo. * Watch crowds of penguins and puffins swim and waddle in the  indoor Polar circle. * Warm up with colorful birds and playful monkeys in an indoor rain forest. * Look for snow leopards, cute red pandas,…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Met

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY
$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls, and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals to all ages. HIGHLIGHTS: 🏺 Gorgeous Greek and Roman Galleries 🎨 Must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY
$16/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic 'pens,' in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. HIGLIGHTS: 🎨 Create and go inside digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room 🌀 Rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement CURRENT EXHIBITS:…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Guggenheim

Guggenheim 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY
$25, $10/students & seniors , free ages 12 & under

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum with an iconic spiral. HIGHLIGHTS: 🖼 Impressionist & Modern masterpieces  by Degas, Gauguin, Picasso, Kadinsky & more. CURRENT EXHIBITS: ꩜ New Yorker cut-outs in  Alex Katz: Gathering 🧵 Elaborate installations and textile works in Nick Cave: Forothermore ⭐️  Pick up…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY
$18/adults, free/ages 18 & under

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries. HIGHLIGHTS: ✡️ Centuries spanning, thematically grouped Scenes From the Collection CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🏙  Pop-art & groovy fashion in New York: 1962-1964(closes Jan 8) ⭐️ Pick up Kids Gallery…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History West 81st Street & Central Park West, New York, NY
$28/ages 12-65, $16/ages 3-12, $22/students & seniors (suggested)

This giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders delights lovers of animal & nature of all ages. HIGHLIGHTS:  🪐 Rose Center for Earth and Space 🐋 94-foot-long blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life 💎 Sparkly Halls of Gems and Minerals,🦖dinosaur fossils galore CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🦈 Interactive Sharks ☄️ Planetarium Show 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society 70 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, NY
$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum. HIGHLIGHTS: 🇺🇸 Hand-on Children's History Museum on the bottom floor 🔆 Digital design-your-own Tiffany lamp 🎥  Multi-media films New York Story and We Rise CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🚂 Tracks and detailed figures galore in

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Ancestor

FREE

Artist Bharti Kher connects New Delhi and New York City with this nearly eighteen-foot-tall bronze universal mother figure, an enlargement of a miniature assembled by recomposing broken clay figurines. This colossal sculpture reflects Kher’s cross-cultural identity and her appreciation for India’s rich material culture. Every meaning-laden detail and distressed surface of the original hand-crafted object…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wake Up, Daisy!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Central Park, West 79th Street & West Drive, New York, NY
$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months

The historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is back in action with modern take on Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes and music tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 9

Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink Central Park East 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
$15-$25/adults, $10/ages 11 & under, $11/skate rental

Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink, back under new management. One of the bigger rinks in the city with an incomparable view of tress & skyscrapers. * Lockers available for $7/day in the newly renovated Clubhouse. Group and private lessons available. 🎟 Adult admission is $9 less on Monday-Thursday…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Soul On Ice Winter Skating Party

Wollman Rink Central Park East 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
$15

Join a community event where friends, family, colleagues and neighbors come and skate with Figure Skating in Harlem or cheer them on from the sidelines. Enjoy music demonstrations by FSH girls, special performances, food from Melba’s and lots of fun. Tickets include 2 hours of skating and skate rental. All proceeds fund award-winning education and…

Suggested Ages: All

Recurring

Pop Up City Skate Concerts at Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink Central Park East 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
$15-$25/adults, $10/ages 11 & under, $11/skate rental

Watch innovative ice dance at performances by Ice Theatre of New York at Wollman Rink. Included with rink admission.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly