Things To Do In New York City With Kids

Family Days Out In New York City

We were worried about New York being overwhelming, with all the hustle and bustle of City life, in one of the most famous cities in the world, but New York, New York…it’s a wonderful town!

There is just so much to do here, that you simply won’t be able to get it all done in a day trip.


  • Not on the list below, but definitely worth a quick stop if you’re in the area. The Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, and the Charging Bull.

Best Things To Do With Kids

10. Fifth Avenue

Visit Fifth Avenue in New York for a fantastic shopping experience. But be prepared to spend big, as designer brands, mean big price tags for kids clothing.
The underground Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

An amazing (and expensive) shopping district. Worth it for a look, but don’t let the kids touch anything. I mean ANYTHING!

9. Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Station in New York, as featured in the kids movie 'Madagascar'.
Grand Central Terminal in New York.

One of the worlds most famous train stations (other than maybe King’s Cross and platform 9¾), it is majestic and a must visit…even if it’s just to take a photo and to say you’ve been there!

8. The Vessel

Climb the iconic Vessel staircase in New York with kids, or take the lift up to the top.
The Vessel Staircase in New York is a sight to behold. Both from above and below.

Yep. It’s a staircase. Yep. You use them nearly every day.

But look at it!!! This may not be for everyone, but for those who like their instagram…this is for you!


  • Book early to ensure access.
  • Kids under 6 go free.

7. The Roosevelt Island Tramway

A brilliant experience for the whole family. Take a ride through the New York skies.
The Roosevelt Island Tramway ‘flying’ through the New York skyline.

Another ‘instagrammable’ moment, but it’s one the kids will love. Unlike your typical city trams, this one soars you through the air above the city buildings and traffic.


  • Up to three children 44-inches tall and under ride for free.

6. Times Square

Lined with fantastic coffee shops, glowing billboards and a vibrant nightlife, Times Square is a fantastic stroll for families.
View down to Times Square.

So…there isn’t much here…but you’ve all heard of it. An area lined with coffee houses, grab yourself a hot chocolate and a bagel, and enjoy your stroll through one of the worlds most well known locations.


  • Visit in the evening, when the lights make the area even more impressive.

5. Central Park

Central Park is full of family activities and fun, and is a must on your visit to New York with kids.
Central Park in the winter.

The is SO much to do in Central Park, you could easily have a day or two spent right here.

Perfectly located in Manhattan, and right next to subway stations, Central Park is easy to get to, and even easier to enjoy.

From the zoo, to the fountains, and the boathouse, Central Park is much more than just your ordinary park.

What’s more is that you will have seen it already on so many movies, that you’ll instantly feel a certain familiarity with it.


  • Try to visit between April to June, when the trees and plants are in bloom, but the crowds haven’t yet arrived.

4. Statue of Liberty

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a fantastic day out for families when in New York.
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island.

A spectacular structure and symbol associated not only with New York, but with America as a whole across the world.

Sure a visit to a theme park will fill you with a day of excitement and fun, but a visit to the Statue of Liberty will leave you with a ‘bucket list’ memory for the rest of your life.


  • Go to the Island. You can see it from a distance, but you really need to experience this up close.
  • Children under 4 can access the ferry and statue for free.

3. The Empire State Building

A family day out at the Empire State Building, will give you views over New York like no other.
View over New York from the Empire State Building.

Although it is no longer the world’s tallest building, it is still one of the most iconic.

Although the views over New York are spectacular in the daytime, seeing New York in the evening brings about a greater appreciation for the city, it’s skyline, it’s lights, and it’s amazing night life.


  • Avoid street sellers offering tickets on the street, especially offering ‘skip the line’ tickets. They’re not real.
  • Kids under 6 go free.

2. Broadway

Take your kids to visit a magical Broadway Show in New York City. A great family day out.
The Lion King on Broadway in New York.

Go and see a show! If you’re in New York, then seeing a show on Broadway is a must. No matter where you’ve been in the world to watch shows, the quality you’ll find on Broadway is absolutely outstanding.

1. American Museum of Natural History

Kids (and adults alike) absolutely love the American Museum of Natural History.
The American Museum of Natural History.

WARNING: If you are excited to go and see this place because of the movie ‘Night At The Museum’ (as we were), don’t hold your breath. That museum the movies shows is simply a movie set, and the entrance to this one is not at all like the movie.

That being said, this place is MASSIVE, and has lots for everyone no matter what your likes or tastes.

Situated overlooking Central Park, it makes for a great day out exploring the vast collections from worldwide history.


  • Try to stay until midnight, because the exhibits come to life! (Just kidding).
  • Infants (under 2) go free.

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