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Family Activities

Family Activities
Family Activities

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Traveling with the family? Family members of any age will find plenty of entertainment among the city's endless attractions and activities. In the warm months, visit NYC's parks, zoos, and botanical gardens, and you can even take a cruise around the island of Manhattan. Also, watch for any special parades and festivals going on. When it gets colder, venture over to the Wax Museum, see a show on Broadway, or spend the day at Chelsea Piers.

New York City | Family Activities

American Museum of Natural History
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • It's not everyday that you get to skulk among dinosaurs, stare a lion in the face, examine a 34-ton meteorite fragment named Cape York and trace your roots back to Cro-Magnon…unless you're visiting the American Museum of Natural History.
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Bronx Zoo
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Visit the vast plains of Africa, explore the hidden treasures of lush Asian jungles, or come face-to-face with an aardvark. At the Bronx Zoo, which features more than 4000 animals, guests can travel across the whole world without ever leaving New York City.
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Central Park
  • Central Park
  • Now seemingly as natural as the Hudson River, Central Park's 843 acres were not always indigenous to Manhattan; the park was actually designed and constructed over the course of 15 years, using 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil from New Jersey.
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Central Park Zoo
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Before the Central Park Zoo housed breeding programs for endangered species like the tamarin monkey and animal habitats like ones found in the wild, the Central Park Zoo's animals were cooped up in traditional black menagerie cages.
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Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Stop lollygagging through the hectic city streets. That's enough of your sightseeing tomfoolery. Take a break from the subway and the maps and the taxicabs and the "are we there yets" to simply have fun.
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Dylan's Candy Bar
  • Dylan's Candy Bar
  • You won't find Oompa Loompas or a chocolate river here, but you will find one of the biggest (and most creative) selections of candy in all of Manhattan and the world.
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Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…" This famous quote engraved on the Statue of Liberty has long welcomed immigrants to the U.S., but what else do we...
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FAO Schwarz
  • FAO Schwarz
  • FAO Schwarz gives Santa's workshop a run for its money. Acquired by Toys "R" Us in 2009, FAO Schwarz is nothing short of a toy lover's paradise.
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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
  • Next to the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and the New York Passenger Ship Terminal on Manhattan's Hudson River lies the world's largest naval museum, the Intrepid. Constructed in Newport News, VA, the Intrepid was commissioned in 1943 and served in the United States Navy for 31 years.
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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • It wouldn't be New York City without the rich and famous. Madame Tussauds New York, appropriately located in the flash and glitz of Times Square, gives you the opportunity to cozy up to your favorite celebs and bigwigs from today and decades past.
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New York Aquarium
  • New York Aquarium
  • Proudly displaying the tagline "saving wildlife and wild places," the New York Aquarium is a key component to a quintessential day at Coney Island.
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Sony Wonder Technology Lab
  • Toys "R" Us
  • Make believe no more: Toy heaven, or "The Center of the Toy Universe," really does exist. Wedged among the fluorescent hodgepodge of its big kid neighbors, Toys "R" Us Times Square dominates nearly a block at three stories high and 110,000 square feet.
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