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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SEAPORT

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.

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.

Open Mon-Sun 11:30 am-10 pm.

See our guide to the happening Seaport District.

Pumpkin Arch

Take a fall photo with a cool pumpkin arch made up of real orange pumpkins, fall leaves, and twisted vines framing the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of options for food and treats including Malibu Farm, Ssam Bar, Carne Mare or Mister Dips.

See our guide to the Seaport District.

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.

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.

Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham

Celebrate the incredible work of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham in an immersive exhibit. Part of New York City’s cultural fabric, Cunningham photographed both everyday people and famed personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anna Wintour, and Andy Warhol on the streets of Manhattan, as well as at fashion shows and society events,…

Tall Ship Wavetree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. 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 platform…

Seaport Trick or Treating & Hester Street Fair

Come dressed in your Halloween best at a Halloween-themed edition of eclectic Hester Street Fair . Snack on crispy empanadas and other local treats while perusing themed antiques, jewelry, and vintage garments. Also shop locally grown fall produce, hot cider and baked goods from over 100 New York regional farmers and small-batch food producers at…

Fall Foliage Cruise

Admire New York’s autumn foliage and panoramic Manhattan skyline view including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and more iconic spots framed with fall colors from the Hudson River with the interesting stories narrated by a live tour guide.

Includes open-air outdoor with panoramic views and heated indoor seating. Hot dogs, pizza etc available for…

Seaport Halloween Block Party

Paint pumpkins with the South Street Seaport Museum (12 – 4pm), enjoy face painting (1 – 3pm) and listen to live music sets with trick-or-treating for the kids and mysteriously refreshing treats available at Garden Bar for adults (12- 5pm).

The pumpkin arch makes a great costumed photo-op.

See our guide to the happening…

FIDI

Dubuffet Sculpture

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

Eataly NYC Downtown

The downtown 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 weekend kids cooking classes.

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.

XO World & XO Play

See two new monumental sculptures as part of a world-wide installation calling attention to the need for peace, love, and inclusion for the 40th Anniversary of World Peace Day.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Enter a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story, 360-degree projections of the Van Gogh’s most compelling works.

* In addition to a spacious central area where Van Gogh’s works stretch floor-to-ceiling while van Gogh quotes are broadcast, the experience includes separate galleries that chronicle his life, technique, and influence through informative panels,…

Governors Island

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island is now open year-round! Lots of room to roam and play on this 172 acre former military post.

* Relax in Hammock Grove’s cozy hammocks (and say hello to sheep), find breathtaking 360-degree views in The Hills and camp out in Adirondack chairs at Picnic Point. Throughout the island find historic architecture…

Memento Mori

Larger than life skeletons transform the visitors of Brookfield Place through augmented reality in Memento Mori, an interactive installation by Gabe BC.

Receive a Halloween treat from the concierge at 230 Vesey Street when you post a picture of your experience on social media tagging @BFPLNY (while supplies last). The spook-tacular gift includes a BFPL…

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.

Capacity reduced to 33%; not…

La Pizza & La Pasta a Colori

Experience the world of food and color at Eataly’s immersive restaurant space designed in collaboration with the Color Factory. Under a kaleidoscopic canopy, explore a diverse array of tints and tastes, from the rich golden hue of farm-fresh eggs to the emerald green of fresh DOP basil and beyond.  Ceiling installation “Somewhere Out There”…

Pixar Putt

Play 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Onward, The Incredibles, Coco, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Inside Out, Up and Soul at a pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience

Tickets only available online.

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…

Smorgasburg WTC

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

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes.

Stroll through the expansive pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home in exchange for a small suggested donation. Programming includes free, Halloween and autumn-inspired arts and crafts activities, story-telling, live…

Young Sprouts Gardening, Chess & Park Play

From 2:15-2:45 join, join an introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults.

From 3-4 pm, enjoy creative play and fun outdoors with challenging games and drills for all levels. Skill-building sessions focused on balance, coordination, and awareness. Closed-toe shoes required.

From 2:30-4 pm, play drop-in chess (ages 5 and up,…

Canstruction

Architects, engineers, and students compete to build structures made out of unopened cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest. Help out by bringing cans to the exhibition’s collection station.