LOWER MANHATTAN

 

Gorgeous harbor & bridge views complement the mix of playgrounds, public art & unique experiences in the oldest part of Manhattan.

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EVENTS

Seaport Beach Fest

Play on a shorefront pop-up sand beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys in the historic Seaport. enjoy live music performances, pop-up bars and food trucks. Listen to buskers and a series of tribute bands singing summer beach tunes. See our guide to more fun, food and maritime activities in the Seaport.

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle 

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…

Sail Pioneer

See the sights of New York Harbor, the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner Pioneer. Grab a halyard to help raise a sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages, or a bottle of wine to…

Tall Ship Wavertree

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…

Tugboat Rides on W.O. Decker

Take an exciting 75-minute ride on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker. Explore New York Harbor with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island.

Tours depart at 1:15pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm. Advance reservations recommended.

For ages 10+. Access to W.O. Decker requires climbing angled…

Hester Street Fair Ice Cream Social

Eat a ton of ice cream from local and emerging businesses and vote on whose is your favorite while shopping a beloved tightly curated, wildly creative street fair, transported from the LES to scenic pier. Browse stalls with antiques, jewelry, art, vintage goods and local designers. Pick up local brews and  baked goods while grooving…

City of Water Day

Celebrate NYC’s long history as a port and water-bound metropolis in an annual celebration of the waters that surround us.  Enjoy the waterways, raise awareness about the risk we all face from sea level rise and climate change, and champion a resilient New York and New Jersey Harbor.

In Art at the…

Seaport Kids x Manhattan by Sail

Join Manhattan by Sail on their Clipper City ship for a kid-friendly 45-minute sail along the East River. While you take in the sights, sing along with Mr. Dan the Melody Man with everything from classic nursery rhymes to radio favorites.

Note: Tickets are $5 per person, and tickets are required for all passengers. All…

Hester Street Fair

Shop a beloved tightly curated, wildly creative street fair, transported from the LES to scenic pier. Browse stalls with antiques, jewelry, art, vintage goods and local designers. Pick up local brews and  baked goods while grooving to Live DJs.

See our guide to the happening Seaport District.

ART

Peace, Love & Happiness

Cheerful sculptures by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude have been moved to the edge of the East River, framing dramatic views. Climb inside a giant Heart, Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

Ziggy

Lounge and climb on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord by Hou De Sousa.

From Sea to Shining Sea

Experience light, color and architecture in two colorful plexiglass and steel houses by Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin on Pier 17. These houses are a part of the ICON series, a collection of public art works designed to make viewers reimagine the buildings and structures around them in a new way.

See our guide to…

EAT

Mister Dips Seaport

Get inventive burgers, fries, milkshakes & soft serve ice cream dipped in candy shells at this Seaport outpost of a quirky Williamsburg fave.

Monday-Sunday 11:30 am-10 pm

See our guide to the happening Seaport District.

The Greens

Book your own 10 ft. x 10 ft. mini-lawn for dining on a rooftop overlooking the East River. Features food & beverage for on-site purchase, cabana-style lounge chairs, sun umbrellas and an amazing view.

New reservation times released Monday mornings.

Reservations fees ($20/weekday lunch, $40/dinner & weekend brunch) not applied to dining bill. Free reservations availble for patio table.

PLAY

Imagination Playground

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.

FIDI

Eataly NYC Downtown

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…

Staten Island Ferry

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…

Dubuffet Sculpture

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

WTC Street Murals & Memorial

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

At the 9/11 Memorial, two 1-acre pools with the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States comprise the footprints of the Twin Towers, symbolizing the loss of…

Battery Playscape

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…

Greek From Greece Bakery &Cafe

Feast on authentic Greek pastries both sweet (backlava, kataifi, walnut cake) and savory (spinach pies & a variety of cheese pies) plus soups, salads, sandwiches, house-made Greek yogurt and more at this friendly bakery/cafe.

Art Walk at Brookfield Place

Look for works ranging in composition from oil on canvas to handmade ceramics throughout the 40-foot palms and glass decor in this shopping and office complex.

In addition to a permanent collection on view, new artists exhibit their work throughout the year. Right now see vivid & colorful art installations by Laci Jordan on the…

Nelson A. Rockefeller & Teardrop Park

Frolic on wide waterfront lawns and explore multiple playgrounds plus gardens, public art pieces, and a sheltered pavilion.

In Rockefeller Park, climb large jungle gyms with swinging bridges, netting, slides, poles and more. Ride a pedal-powered merry-go-round and dig in multiple sandboxes and a handicapped-accessible sand table. In warm weather, be sprayed by an elephant…

Le District

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.

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

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.

Seaglass Carousel

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…

NYCRUNS Firecracker 5K & 10K

Race around Gov­er­nors Island (which was instrumental in American Independence, serving as lookout in the New York Harbor). Take a whirl­wind tour of Gov­er­nors Island including old military outposts, bunkers, and even a Castle with amaz­ing views. Compete for the  three awards for ages 9 and under, 10-14 and other age groups.

See our guide…

One World Observatory

Elevators climb 102 stories in 47 seconds to the 102nd floor 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…

The Statue of Liberty

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.

At the Statue of Liberty Museum, explore the story of the Statue’s creation, her history, and her evolving meaning to people…

Smorgasburg WTC

Sample creative global treats from 10 vendors at an open-air food market flanked by colorful murals.

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program

Engage with a Skyscraper Museum educator to explore the principles of urbanism, architecture, and engineering through hands-on activities.

Free, but online registration required. Walk-in spots sometimes available.

play:groundNYC’s The Yard

Get creative at a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for kids to play, imagine and dream big.

See our compete guide to Governor’s Island.

SWAY’S BLOOM!

See 20-minute family-friendly, colorful, spirited performance exploring themes of earth and nature, community, transformation, individuality, and diversity, performed atop SWAY’s signature 14 foot sway poles.. Accompanied by an original soundtrack by Ania Reynolds, BLOOM! celebrates the ephemeral and simultaneously beautiful nature of life.

Pick from 3 performances a day at 12:30, 3:30 & 5:30pm.