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Family-Friendly Amusement Parks, Play Spaces, Museums, & Planetariums in Manhattan

Family-Friendly Amusement Parks, Play Spaces, Museums, & Planetariums in Manhattan

The best spots to visit if you’re looking to play and have fun with the whole family in Manhattan

UPDATED May 2019: Looking for something to do with the family in Manhattan can be overwhelming. If you need something everybody will agree on, something affordable, and something local, we’ve got the answer for you! These family-friendly businesses, amusement parks, carousels, city parks, indoor and outdoor play spaces, museums, and planetariums in New York City offer plenty of options for families with kids of all ages to play, have fun, and explore. Plus, there are even some day trips perfect for families to spend some time out of the city. These family fun things to do are located across Manhattan, including locations in Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan, and Chelsea, as well as day trip destinations in nearby Bergen County, NJ.

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Amusement Parks & Carousels

354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ

The No. 1 Amusement Park in North Jersey is the perfect day trip destination! A magical amusement park and a pirate themed state-of-the-art water park features short lines, free parking, low prices, and awesome family fun. Ride the Scream Machine 360, our Ultimate New Thrill Experience this season! Bring your own food and enjoy our beautiful picnic grove. Safe, wholesome, family atmosphere is just minutes away. Open Memorial Day weekend, then weekends in June. Open daily, 10am-6pm from June 16–Sept. 3. Visit us on Facebook.

50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ

Come on down to Wild West City-the perfect place for a fun, unique, and educational day trip for all. We have a number of special events and shows that are sure to be hits with the entire family. Wild West City is a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events, and a frontier town re-creation. Featuring 22 different live action shows throughout the course of the day, we offer visitors the chance to “live” in the old west!

Indoor & Outdoor Play Spaces

353 West St., Pier 40, 2nd floor, Manhattan
Email klevy@hrpt.ny.gov

Celebrate 20 years of piers at Hudson River Park with our 20th Anniversary Summer of Fun season! From May–September relax, play, and explore with us in your west side backyard. Start the week off with Healthy on the Hudson fitness classes for every level, show your moves off at Sunset Salsa, bring the whole family together for movies and music at Hudson RiverKids and Hudson RiverFlicks, and cap it off by soaking in live music of all genres at Sunset on the Hudson on Pier 45 and Jazz at Pier 84. Details at hudsonriverpark.org.

Museums & Planetariums

103 Charlton St., New York

Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art museum that offers classes across a range of mediums. Taught by teaching artists, these courses encourage children to express creativity, develop an artistic voice, and build critical thinking skills. The after-school program features semester-long classes for ages 5-15. WEE Arts classes introduce toddlers to art, encouraging self-expression and socialization. Art Colony Day Camps are innovative art camps held during school breaks. CMA also offers free inclusive classes for children living with autism or disabilities. Learn more at cmany.org.

Travel & Destinations

460 Monadnock St., Troy
Email info@east-hill-farm.com

The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open year-round. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, milking the cow or goat, collecting chicken eggs, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children's recreation program, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hiking, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, water-skiing (July and August only), boating, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating. Rates include three home-cooked meals daily, and a bottomless cookie jar!

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