New York for Kids

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New York's ever-changing mix of restaurants, bars, theater and other nightlife may make it the ideal playground for adults--but it's also a great destination for you to explore with kids of all ages.

Photo: Entrance to F.A.O. Schwarz. By Daniel Morris.

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Day 1 - New York City


Begin your kid-friendly Big Apple extravaganza in Central Park, where kids can ride the old-fashioned carousel, visit the small but charming zoo, and (depending on the season) go ice skating. Afterwards, take them for lunch (and some of the famous frozen hot chocolate) at Serendipity 3. Continue to spoil them with a trip to the city’s most famous toy store, FAO Schwarz.


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Central Park

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Location:

Central Park Driveway
The Central Park Conservancy
New York City, NY 10022

Phone:

+1 212 310 6600


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Central Park Carousel

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Location:

64th Street
New York City, NY 10019

Phone:

+1 212 879 0244


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Central Park Zoo/Tisch Children's Zoo

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Location:

830 Fifth Ave
(in Central Park)
New York City, NY 10153

Phone:

+1 212 861 6030


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Wollman Rink

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Location:

62nd Street
Central Park
New York City, NY 10019

Phone:

+1 212 439 6900


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Serendipity 3

Location:

225 East 60th Street
(between Second and Third avenues)
New York City, NY 10022

Phone:

212 838 3531


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FAO Schwarz

Location:

767 Fifth Ave
At 58th St
New York City, NY 10153

Phone:

+1 212 644 9400


Day 2 - New York City


For one of New York’s most kid-friendly attractions, head out on the 7 train from Times Square or Grand Central to 111th Street in Queens to visit the New York Hall of Science. After a long day of interactive exhibits, head back to Manhattan and down to Madison Square Park for a burger and frozen custard at another New York institution, Shake Shack.


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New York Hall of Science

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Location:

47-01 111th Street
(at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park)
New York City, NY 11368

Phone:

+1 718 699 0005


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Shake Shack

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Location:

Near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park
New York City, NY 10010

Phone:

1 212 889 6600


Day 3 - New York City, Brooklyn


Another day, another kid-friendly borough: head to Brooklyn’s Coney Island for a walk on the boardwalk and a hot dog at Nathan’s Famous. Older kids might enjoy the thrills of a ride on the rickety Cyclone roller coaster at Astroland Amusement Park, while young sports fans will love seeing a minor-league baseball game in the fun atmosphere of Keyspan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.


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Coney Island

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Location:

1208 Surf Avenue (Post)
(Along Long Island Sound)
New York City, NY 11224

Phone:

+1 718 372 7099


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Nathan's Famous

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Location:

1310 Surf Avenue
Coney Island
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone:

1 718 946 2202


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Astroland Amusement Park

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Location:

1000 Surf Avenue
(Corner of West 10th Street)
New York City, NY 11224

Phone:

+1 718 372 0275 / +1 718 265 2100


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Keyspan Park

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Location:

1904 Surf Avenue
Coney Island
New York City, NY 11224

Phone:

+1 718 449 8497


Day 4 - New York City


Just because you haven’t shelled out for tickets to The Lion King, you can still give your kids a Broadway experience. Line up at the TKTS booth in Times Square for tickets to one of the many matinee shows; matinee tickets (same-day only) are on sale Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Get there early! Afterwards, it’s a short walk to John’s, one of the city’s most popular pizzerias.


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John's Pizzeria

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Location:

260 W 44th St
New York City, NY 10036

Phone:

1 212 391 7560


Day 5 - New York City


On your last day, take the uptown 2 or 5 train to the E Tremont Ave-W Farm Square stop and head to the Bronx Zoo. Make sure to visit the Children’s Zoo and its collection of interactive exhibits. For one last great family meal, check out Gramercy’s Blue Smoke, for upscale barbecue and other comfort food (macaroni and cheese and homemade potato chips with blue cheese dip, to name just two options).


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Bronx Zoo

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Location:

Fordham Road
Bronx River Parkway
New York City, NY 10460

Phone:

+1 718 367 1010 / +1 718 220 5100


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Blue Smoke

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Location:

116 East 27th Street
Between Park & Lexington Avenues
New York City, NY 10016

Phone:

1 212 447 7733


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