Despite its reputation for its world class museums, art galleries, Broadway shows and shopping, New York City actually allows for all kinds of outdoor adventures. If you’re traveling with little ones in tow, get out and enjoy the fresh air at some of these kid-approved attractions.
This one-of-a-kind exhibition space on the second floor of The Shops at Hudson Yards is the perfect place to bring a curious kid. We particularly love Lost and Found, a kind of enchanted forest comprised of 90 monochromatic columns–some filled with a mix of sights and textures that invite little visitors to enter and explore.
Let the children discover a whole new (tiny) world this springtime at Times Square’s Gulliver’s Gate. Inspired by the beloved tales of Jonathan Swift, the 50,000 square foot display is a miniature replication of famous scenes from around the world. Tickets to catch the attraction on a specific day can be found here. Photo by @richiejayok via @abc7ny on Instagram.
America’s national pastime finds its home in NYC’s Yankee stadium. Even if you don’t consider yourself a mouth-foaming baseball fanatic, we know you’ll love all the energy, hot dogs and frothing beer while catching the game while the Yankees square off against visiting teams. Click through for information on how to secure your family’s tickets. Photo by @yankeestadium on Instagram.
Central Park is a great escape for the whole family, but your little ones will love exploring some of its playgrounds. A few favorites: Billy Johnson Playground, inspired by the landscapes of Central Park, was constructed of mostly natural materials—wooden climbing structures, stone bridges, and lush plants that shape and divide the space to create little nooks for hiding and seeking. And Hecksher Playground, the park’s oldest and largest (pictured above), which has giant rocks for rock climbing and water fixtures.
Part of The American Museum of Natural History, The Butterfly Conservatory is a wonderful chance for children to learn of the anatomy, evolution, ecology and conservation of these exquisitely beautiful insects. For ticketing and additional information, check out the Butterfly Conservatory website. Photo by @pip_music on Instagram.
NYC with Kids Looking for more kid-friendly activities in NYC? Check out the Roger Smith’s blog for more recommendations on where to explore in the Big Apple.