Bowling alleys across the country have upgraded to appeal to kids and youth players, and New York City is no exception. Check out our list of the best bowling alleys for families in the New York metro area.
UPDATED JUNE 2016: What better way to cool off this summer than at the beach? Pack up your suits, towels, and sunscreen and head to one of these family-friendly sandy spots for a day full of sun, swimming, and sandcastle construction. There are many places to enjoy the miles of coastline in the New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Miniature golf promises a fun time for all. Here's a listing of putt-putt courses throughout the New York City area, including indoor and outdoor mini golf in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County.
Our guide features horseback riding stables in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, Connecticut, and the NYC suburbs of Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen County, NJ. Find where to take a riding lesson or pony ride near you.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2016: Looking for a great place to ice skate with your kids? We've rounded up indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, and the suburbs.
UPDATED AUGUST 2016: Find u-pick apple orchards and farms in the NYC area, including Long Island, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, that offer pick-your-own apples in the fall. In addition to apple picking, many of these farms also offer fun fall extras like hay rides, corn mazes, animal petting zoos, and apple cider pressing.
UPDATED FALL 2015: With Halloween on the horizon, October is the perfect month to take an adventure to the farms and fields for a little pick-your-own family fun. Spend a day in the pumpkin patch and bring home gourds small and large for painting, carving, and cooking. Many of the locations listed here also offer corn mazes, hayrides, and tons of other fall activities. Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change due to weather and demand. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms.
UPDATED DECEMBER 2016: Our skiing and snowboarding guide includes resorts and mountains just outside of the New York metropolitan area, to the slopes of Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Beginner lessons and kid-friendly slopes for new skiiers and snowboarders are readily available at most mountains.
Lend a little hand in your community, and make it a family affair! We've put together a guide to some places around the New York Metro Area that need your help, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Fairfield County, CT, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Volunteer opportunities are available for kids and adults alike - and remember, big or small, everyone has the power to make a difference!
Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
UPDATED JUNE 2016: Consult our comprehensive guide to amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Our guide to amusement parks covers all the excitement your family needs this summer all within reach of the New York Metro area.
Our guide includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You'll find details on each carousel, including its location, hours it's open, price per ride, and a description.
Before you battle the lines at the grocery or department store, consult our comprehensive list of Manhattan's seasonal markets, including greenmarkets, farmers' markets, and flea markets throughout the borough.
UPDATED JULY 2016: Find u-pick farms and orchards near NYC that offer pick-your-own berries, including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more in the summer and fall. Our list includes berry picking in New York state and Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Our list includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in Rockland County and Westchester County in New York as well as Bergen County, NJ. Get details on carousels in Bear Mountain, Rye, and West Nyack, NY, as well as nearby in Paramus, NJ.
This guide includes information on carousels and merry-go-rounds on Long Island, New York, including Farmingdale, Garden City, Greenport, Medford, and West Hempstead. We've included location, hours, price per ride, and a description for each carousel.
Take a trip with your family to a railroad museum or train exhibit in the New York City area, where young and old train lovers can ride trains and explore the scenic area aboard a train.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2016: A comprehensive selection of kid-friendly museums in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Fairfield County, CT, and beyond. Our museum guide features science exhibits, nature, transportation and technology innovation, and art exhibits; you'll find something for every member of your family.
UPDATED November 2015: We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes and sweets stops in Fairfield County, CT, where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea.
We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes and sweets stops in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ, where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea.
We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes on Long Island where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Suffolk and Nassau counties.
UPDATED: November 2015: We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes in New York City where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes in the New York metro area where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and the suburbs, including Westchester and Rockland Counties, NY, and Fairfield County, CT.
February-March marks the peak of the maple sugaring season. Here's where you can learn all about the history and process of making maple syrup throughout the New York area.