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17+ of the Best Family Friendly Activities in New York

New York New York City Insider Guides Family Travel
by Matador Creators Feb 12, 2017

Here’s our selection of kid friendly activities to do in New York.

Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

The High Line

 The High LineNew York, United StatesThe best and lovely path @ NYC. ☘️ #highline #chelsea #manhattan #newyorkcity #lovely #path

North Brooklyn Farms

 North Brooklyn FarmsBrooklyn, United StatesAwesome Bbq and green space on the East river! AND there’s a bike pump track Nextdoor if that’s your thing. Open til 8pm! #cheap-eats

Riverside Park

 Riverside ParkNew York, United StatesA four mile trail running alongside the Hudson River stretches from 72nd to 158th Street on Manhattan’s western side. It’s a great spot to come relax in the afternoon while people-watching and waiting for sun to set against the backdrop of the Jersey City skyline. #park #hiking #trail #waterfront

Yankee Stadium

 Yankee StadiumBronx, United StatesGo Yankees!!! But they lost
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Asbury Splash Park

 Asbury Splash ParkAsbury Park, United StatesKids like it, I’m told! Personally, I’d take them to the Silverball Museum every time. But this is still cool. #playground #waterpark

Silverball Museum

 Silverball Museum – Asbury Park, NJAsbury Park, United StatesTOTALLY WORTH IT. Basically a retro arcade — pay a cover and all games inside are free. Pong, old school skeeball, and a LOT of pinball. Best kid’s attraction in AP. Contender for best adult’s attraction. #arcade #pinball

The Doughnut Project

 The Doughnut ProjectNew York, United StatesI went to Dougnut Project with one goal in mind: settle the debate about “The Everything Doughnut.” In NYC, bagels are everything, so the idea of the Everything Doughnut is very tangible. And for only $3.75 you might actually give up bagels…because this donouhht is EVERYTHING. The mix of cream cheese frosting with garlic and seeds is the ultimate sweet and savory NY treat. Trust me. GO. #cheap-eats #donuts

Williamsburg Bridge

 Williamsburg BridgeNew York, United StatesTake a walk over Williamsburg bridge, take the ferry to Dumbo, lunch at Atrium and walk over the Brooklyn bridge back to Manhattan! #nyc #friends

Williamsburg Bridge

 Williamsburg BridgeNew York, United StatesTake a walk over Williamsburg bridge, take the ferry to Dumbo, lunch at Atrium and walk over the Brooklyn bridge back to Manhattan! #nyc #friends

East River Ferry

 East River FerryNew York, United States#ferry #nyc #eastriver #randallsisland

Botanical Gardens

 New york botanical gardenBronx, United StatesLovely place to hide in this big city, especially in spring/summer, when you can lay on the grass a whole afternoon if you want :) #parks

World Trade Center

 World Trade CenterNew York, United StatesEmotionally draining but truly fascinating seeing the bravery of these heroes. A deep and painful experience that enables to live life everyday as it’s last. Live actual recordings on telephones of those who spoke to their loved ones on the planes.
Images of the hijackers going through security.
Photos and being 70 feel below ground zero.
An amazing museum built where I signed my name with love ❤️ for those who died. Worth a one time visit! 28$ a ticket #free #free #history #gallery #statue

Bushwick Flea

 Bushwick FleaBrooklyn, United StatesQuaint little flea market in a pretty untouched neghborhood. Kind of pricey, but I found snazzy sunglasses for a decent price. Check out some street art on your walk from the L train!

The Hills on Governers Island

 The Hills on Governers IslandNew York, United StatesScenic spot on Governors Island that’s perfect for a bike ride, jogging with friends, or just a lazy Sunday picnic #park #photography #outdoors

Idlewild Books

 Idlewild BooksNew York, United StatesMy go-to spot when I want to fan the flames of my #wanderlust :) #bookstore #hideaway #calm #nyc #escape # #free #travel #worldliterature #literature

Long Beach

 Long Beach BoardwalkLong Beach, United StatesWho knew you could access a beautiful #beach just a short train ride outside #NYC?

The Mall and Literary Walk

 The Mall and Literary WalkNew York, United StatesCentral Park is a must visit spot on your New York itinerary, but instead of hitting the usual suspects such as the Strawberry Fields, try the Mall and Literary Walk instead. It serves as the gathering spot for the park’s pedestrian visitors, street performers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers.

Lower East Side Coffee Shop

 Lower East Side Coffee ShopNew York, United StatesThis is one of my boy’s go to spots for solid diner fare. Huge portions, friendly service and low prices, hard to beat. Oh, kids are welcome.

New York Aquarium

 New York AquariumBrooklyn, United StatesAlways fun, don’t miss the live seal show.

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