With the warm weather approaching, the season for family vacations is upon us – time to grab the kids, pack the car and hit the road! The question is: where should you go to share those ultimate experiences with your family?
…”kids, we’re headed to New York City!” The Big Apple offers countless experiences that can even entertain those between the ages of 5 & 15 – score!
Location: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Open daily (through Nov.6th), this unique zoo is home to animals from all over the world, from American alligators & bison to Canadian lynx, with a wide variety in between!
In addition to the animals and numerous hands-on exhibits, you and your family can enjoy an array of activities (not only fun but educational too) like their “Conservation Quests” and even join in feeding the zoo’s sea lions (check schedule for feeding times)!
Location: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
This 585-acre public park is the perfect spot for the ultimate family picnic, offering not only multiple grilling stations and picnic areas but those classic scenic views you’ve been dreaming of!
Be sure to snag a color-coded map that’ll take you through 4 different nature trails, each with their own hidden beauty! Enjoy the lush green trees & plants, bird-watching stations and even waterfalls!
Location: Multiple location along 10th Ave. below 30th St.
This is a public park with a unique twist – it was built over a historic freight line and sits 30 feet above Manhattan’s West Side, offering a bird’s-eye view of both river and city!
With numerous access points, wheelchair accessibility, shops and family events, there’s enough fun for everyone to enjoy (and you’ll be sure to find a spot to take that perfect family photo)!
Location: Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan
Cost: $12.50 – 22
Not only is this considered an NY icon and offers amazing exhibits, it also has a planetarium, an IMAX Theater and its own dinosaur wing! Talk about impressive!
Of course, you can’t visit a museum without checking out the gift shops and restaurants – finding that perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit is a must!
Location: Broadway and 46th St., Manhattan
Take your little Mickey & Elsa fans to explore the Times Square Disney Store or Hershey’s Chocolate World (now I have your attention)! Here you and your family can customize your own Hershey bar wrappers and can even submit a message that’ll be shown outside on the store’s scrolling marquee!
Cost: $9-13 for tours, Mets games prices vary
Here your little slugger can not only practice their swing but can also check the speed of their pitch on the ‘Kiddie Field’ (where you’ll also find a dunk tank and an area for pictures with Mr. Met)!
The fun doesn’t stop there – wind back down with a stroll through the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum!