Things to do in New York with kids
It’s New York! No, we don’t mean New York City - there’s a whole state out there for kids! As much as NYC is incredible with the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, and definitely worth a visit, that’s only the beginning!
Did you know that Adirondacks State Park is BIGGER than Glacier, Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone COMBINED? Yep! How can you go past the iconic Niagara Falls? Did you think New York had some incredible caverns to explore? Just check out Howe Caverns, Garnet Mine or Secret Caverns - and that’s just the beginning!
There is even water adventures to be had with attractions like Tall Pine River Adventures and family fun adventure in nature with Bear Mountain. If indoor adventure is what you’re looking for, New York has that too! Chelsea Piers, Funplex Funpark and the world’s tallest indoor ropes course with Palisades Climb Adventure!
Long Island has the white sands, Saratoga has incredible history….mountains, forests, water ways and adventure….all in The Empire State!
I heart NY indeed!
Not only a huge theme park for all ages, but a water park too! Great family fun in New York State for the whole family, with some rides that break records!
Fun midway rides, with mini golf, bumper boats, slides and more fun on the shores of Sylvan Beach! Great family fun for the kids - with ghost tours too!
Kiddie rides, family rides and thrill rides all waiting at this fun New York amusement park, with events, entertainment, and plenty of family fun!
Thrill rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of family rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.
Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!
Boardwalks, beaches, rides....iconic Coney Island has something for the entire family, with the fun Luna Park too! One of the best Amusement Parks in New York.
A family fun amusement and watermark overlooking Lake Ontario filled with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows and a whole waterpark for every one to enjoy.
Utica Zoo is an AZA accredited zoo in New York, yet with over 200 animals from all around the world! From the cuddly to the fierce, complete with petting zoo, playground and more!
Explore all things ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, with feedings, shows, and wonderful creatures of the ocean ready to be explored!
Fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and year round fun, adventure and history in Buffalo!
Seneca Park Zoo is a family fun experience, with exhibits including the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.
More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!
Hundreds of animals, most from the rescue program, at this New York zoo, as well as playgrounds, puppet theater, a train AND a FREE pony ride!
Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.
Over 1,000 animals to enjoy at this New York farm, with hay rides, pony rides, mini golf and two inflatable playgrounds...just to name a few!
32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!
Binghamton Zoo in Ross Park offers a conservationist zoological experience with naturalistic enclosures home to animals from all over the world!
The world's largest urban zoo with world-class exhibits featuring massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, inquisitive gorillas & more at Bronx Zoo!
Animal fun, train rides, fun events, and a famous fall festival, all at this great family farm experience in New York State!
Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at the only public Aquarium on Long Island, with Shark Dives, tropical fish, stingray feeding & more!
Explore a fun zoo and game farm with hundreds of animals, both exotic and indigenous, with plenty of interactive areas for kids too!
A great New York Aquarium with over 8,000 animals from all over the world, and great conservation learning experiences too!
A beautiful zoo with a feel of a national park, in Flushing, NY. Naturalistic settings offer great animal experiences, all native to the Americas.
Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!
The biggest “little” zoo in America, the Staten Island Zoo showcases more than 1,100 animals nestled in a beautiful eight-acre park. One of the top things to do in New York with toddlers.
14 acres of animal fun at Wild Animal Park wth domestic & exotic animals, plus feedings, birthday parties & more in New York State!
From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe in Central Park!
Youngsters can meet a host of domestic and exotic wildlife from all around the world at Prospect Park Zoo! - A great idea for things to do with toddlers in Brooklyn
Tours, safaris and sleigh rides to take you over 2 miles of trails with new animals and unexpected sights at every turn. Unpredictable and exciting for children in New York State!
Enjoy New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splash-tacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, storybook characters, to even a circus!
Cool down in New York at this fun water park, with over 35 water slides and attractions at Water Slide World!
3 fantastic and very different slides, a giant varying wave pool, whole family white water rafting, and a smaller kids' section with 6 smaller waterslides, a dozen water cannons and a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket!
Water fun for the family in New York State with pirates, aliens, and even dinosaurs with the thrills, waves, drops and splashes you LOVE over summer!
Waterpark fun in New York, great for all ages - especially those little ones! Amazing family fun for your day out to cool you down!
Family fun in New York State with water park attractions, as well as go-karts, mini golf, zip lines, game room, and lots of things to do with kids!
A fun and family friendly day out in a natural setting, with rivers, slides and thrills all in the one fun New York water park - including the worlds longest water park zip line!
The Police Museum gives visitors an insider's look at the history and traditions of the largest police force in the country. Kids can test out sirens used in an NYPD patrol car, take their friend's "mugshot" in a police line-up.Baseball fans will di....
The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum honors and celebrates the history of baseball & iconic players, with exhibits to inspire and educate
Staten Island Children's Museum features interactive exhibits & creative workshops offer with hands-on fun that nurture children's curiosity & creativity.
Explore Earth and its prehistoric past—from the tiniest trilobite to the mighty mastodon—through displays, hands-on fun, fossils, & science-inspired art.
A fun Manhattan children's museum spanning 5 floors of discovery and learning, with experiences for kids in arts, sciences & humanities!
Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. It features your favorite "monsters" and creatures - and there is no turning back!
The Strong National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play, & one of the largest history museums in the US!
One of the world’s most extraordinary art collections with changing exhibitions and permanent masterpieces. An inspiring and educational trip for those cultural kids!
Fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment!
Through innovative multi-media technology, Jewish history, values and culture come to life with child friendly hands on exhibits, and even a miniature golf course.
Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!
Explore every facet of glass with more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, hands-on science areas, and watch live glass demos! Free admission for kids!
New York science fun with more than 450 interactive exhibits, teaching kids all about the STEM subjects, whilst having a great time!
A cultural family day out in New York State with exhibits and collections covering all forms of art, photography and artifacts that reflect the wonderful history of New York.
A collection of amazing artifacts from a rich aerospace and military history - including helicopters and rockets. A fascinating museum for kids in Niagara Falls, New York.
A great cultural resource for those kids interested in the art world. Works from contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are featured - as well as greats from Dali, Picasso, Warhol...and many others!
A fascinating and fun look at the life of L. Frank Baum, as well as fun artifacts from all things "The Wizard of Oz" related!
An art museum with a difference. Spend the day reading comics and looking at cartoons in this fun New York museum with a range of fascinating exhibits
A creative, unique and interactive way for kids to enjoy and learn about art around New York City.
A fascinating Syracuse museum where science is learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight simulators, planetarium & IMAX theater!
Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant construction zone The Imagination Playground!
Fun for the whole family as you come face to face with your favorite stars of music, film, sport, and history! Be a celebrity in New York City!
Kids can explore the history of the carrousel production industry and try out the vintage rides! Super fun!
Interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and natural science specimens - great child friendly place to visit if you're searching for fun things to do in Brooklyn
A journey into the world of art in this Syracuse art museum, with American sculptures, paintings, drawing and ceramics.
Kids of all ages can experience the mysterious, the weird and the wonderful at this NYC museum of worldwide oddities! One of the finest places for kids if you're looking for fun family things to do in New York.
An eye opening and moving experience at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City - on the site of the WTC. Great idea for things to do with kids in New York.
Explore 121 acres and 40,000sq ft of exhibitions near the Blue Mountain, with indoor and outdoor learning and activities for kids!
Queens County Farm Museum, from 1697, occupies NYC's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland & is the only working historical farm in the city!
A look into the life of one of the richest men in the world at this fascinating museum, mansion and planetarium!
Kids can be inspired at this fascinating children's museum of the arts in New York City, with art exhibitions, workshops and camps.
The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the USA devoted to urban public transportation history!
The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art & Jewish culture from ancient to modern times.
It's all about sea, air & space at this New York museum, dedicated to history, science and service - all related to the aircraft carrier "Intrepid"!
New York's American Museum of Natural History has 45 permanent exhibition halls including Dinosaur Halls, Ocean Life, & Human Origins!
A fun and interactive museum showcasing what makes the East End special, with emphasis on those who call it home! Great learning experience for kids in New York!
Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children!
An interesting museum featuring exhibits that have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some!
With a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art, you know New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is a fabulously creative day out!
An iconic New York museum, the Guggenheim features special exhibitions & smaller galleries devoted to Impressionism through contemporary art.
Embark on a voyage through time & experience the life of Staten Island's first inhabitants, the Lenape!
The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge of the ceremony. The Centennial Time Capsule was sea....
250 hands-on exhibits inside and plenty more outside at Sciencenter, with science based play and learning, plus mini golf too!
Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups with exhibits covering a range of topics to educate and grow!
Fascinating permanent and temporary exhibitions, collections and programs showcasing the diversity of the Native people of the Americas in New York City
A multi-level indoor playground for kids of all ages, with slides, tunnels, and a ball blasting arena! Indoor New York fun for those active kids!
Great parties, themed bouncing and open bounce sessions at this New York State indoor play center for kids of all ages!
Kids n Action offers a wide range of real and adventurous indoor rides for all ages, including an indoor roller coaster!
Kids can bounce, climb, explore, slide and most importantly JUMP on larger than life inflatables in this fun and colorful New York State indoor play center!
Indoor bounce fun in Brooklyn, with open bounce sessions and super fun birthday parties! A great day out for those active little ones!
Indoor inflatable fun in Hamburg with Bounce Magic, with one admission for all day play!
Indoor fun in Buffalo with Bounce Magic, where kids can jump, slide & bounce all day for one admission fee!
An exciting indoor activities spot in Rockland County, Turtleboo has soft play, rides, arcade, ballocity and more!
Open play bouncing and birthday parties at this fun New York indoor play center, with bounce houses, gym and toddler area
Fun indoor play on Staten Island with imaginative play, 3 levels of play structure, kids village, rock climbing, and more! Great for younger kids.
A fun, colorful indoor playground and arcade for kids inc. 3 levels of mazes, tunnels and slides. One of the really fun activities for kids in New York.
An indoor children's play and learning center offering innumerable charming features ideal for kids under 8. Expect to stay all day!
Enrichment programs, parties, and camps provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, exercise their imaginations, learn, play, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks.
Bouncing inflatable fun in this colorful and playful indoor bounce fun zone in Cicero, New York!
Fun, safe and entertaining indoor inflatable playground for kids up to 11 years of age. With open bounce and birthday parties!
Kids aged 3 to 12 can immerse themselves in this fun indoor LEGO based play center, with rides, soft play and 4D movies! Great LEGO fun in New York!
Great open play in New York State with tunnels, slides, treehouse play, towers, bouncers and preschool play areas!
Open bounce fun, themes, and birthday parties galore at this New York State indoor bounce center!
Great kids fun in New York State with Tiki Action Park, with go-karts, mini golf, and arcade, and so much more!
With more sporting options than hours in a day, Chelsea Piers is a great idea for the energetic family!
The centerpiece of Bryant Park's winter season, the 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events and activities. Runs end of October to mid January.
Bounce the day away with this New York State indoor trampoline park, with open jump, foam pits, dodgeball, basketball, and so much more!
7 acres of challenging aerial forest park perfect for those active kids over 7 years! Bridges, ropes, zip lines all make up part of this canopy adventure in Long Island.
A super collection of fun activities for the whole family, including Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, and Rock Climbing!
Combat fun with lasers at this great Laser Tag center for those active kids in Syracuse!
When you think of New York in the winter time, you can't go past the iconic outdoor ice skating experience in Central Park. A great experience for the whole family.
All things baseball at America's first and only kids' baseball training camp that was designed with the entire family in mind!
Snow fun in New York where the kids can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and fun events!
New York's own Surf City Family Fun Center has a ton of fun activities for kids to spend the day with, including Go Karts and batting cages, as well as a large indoor play center.
Offers a selection of varying inflatables from obstacle courses, slides and mazes to classic bounce houses and character specials.
About the Sullivan County Visitors Association: The SCVA is a membership organization established in 1997 to promote the Sullivan County Catskills as a tourism destination.
Casual, tournament and event racing reaching up to 45mph for adults and approximately 20mph for kids. Rev those engines in Buffalo!
Mini golf and an arcade at the fun family entertainment center in Buffalo! Teddy bears too!
An indoor aerial adventure at the world's tallest indoor ropes course!
Let imagination and creativity run wild at this New York craft studio, with a walk-in craft section, and seasonal workshops!
One of the seven natural wonders of the world? Yes please! Experience the spray and magic of Niagara Falls, which also form the border of USA and Canada. Great family fun!
264 acres of nature refuge waiting to be explored in Buffalo, New York State. Nature trails, snow shoe adventures, and lots of wildlife!
The largest state park in the lower 48, this amazing 6 million acre park in Northern New York gives families an amazing outdoor adventure!
The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread for all ability levels.
We offer many opportunities to learn about energy in a fun setting. You can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity using our Van de Graaff generator.
Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths allow visitors to enjoy self-guided tours to view the beautiful waterfalls, dark pools and one of New York's largest pot holes. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with....
A huge national historic site full of nature's treasures, with a special section for kids to get hands-on, including a colourful sensory garden!
Riverside Park is over 330 acres of beautiful parkland in New York City, with playgrounds, water features and walking tracks.
Expore 83-acres of park-like setting, with gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals!
A great New York state park with hiking, biking, and ski trails. With a zoo, museum, ice skating and swimming, it makes for a very fun family day out!
A relaxing and nature filled day out for the kids on this 33-acre nature center with trails, animals and indoor environmental education center.
Incredible nature adventures in New York State with 81 acres of great outdoors to explore, a museum, elevated tree top walk, canoeing and animals!
Step back in time as you walk the nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Descend hundreds of feet and walk the natural stone walkways within the Chasm and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. Take a scenic raft o....
Tours and rentals to see New York City in style - and by bicycle! Great guided tours for those wanting to learn more about this great city!
Tour starts with a brief overview of the Organization and its structure, with the main part consisting of a visit to the primary council chambers. Multi media exhibits and photographic displays help keep it accessible for younger visitors.
Unique adventurous air boat tours across the everglades of Florida - with amazing wildlife (and kids to drive the boats themselves!)
Enjoy a one-hour behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the World's Most Famous Arena. - Madison Square Garden!
Family fun adventures on the Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers for you perfect outdoor adventure! Canoes, kayaks, nature, fun, even camping - what a great New York State family day out!
FREE self guided tours with loads of hands on educational fun learning about power, exciting demonstrations and workshops, plus visit the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River!
Go behind the scenes of your favorite tv shows and movies! This is a bus tour with plenty of outdoor stops, and even includes some tasty treats along the way.
Experience the grandeur of New York in style with these cruise tours, with magnificent views of the world's best skyline and a close-up view of Lady Liberty.
Explore Central Park in style with this bike rental company, offering rentals AND tours! One of the best fun family activities in New York.
Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight while flying past the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and many more of New York City's most captivating sights. Fun for the whole family and educational too. Children under 2 years of age and un....
Go behind the scenes at the largest indoor theater in the world, right in New York City at Radio City Music Hal!
Find out what on earth wild parrots are doing in Brooklyn? Join Steve Baldwin on his scheduled tour of Brooklyn where you can find out all you ever wanted to know about Brooklyn's parrot population!
A food-tastic tour through the streets of Brooklyn taking you to the city's best pizzerias! A food frenzie on your family day out in New York City!
Super fun helicopter tours of Niagara and Horseshoe Falls with amazing views!
High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.
Scenic train tours and experiences in New York with this passenger railway with occasional special tours for the family!
The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York's legendary Catskill Mountains.
We offer numerous cruises on our 3 cruise ships that range from 1 hour to 4.5 hour trips and take you around the different parts of Lake George. Visit our website for more information.
Explore the LARGEST cave entrance in the East, waterfalls, gorge, lighted caves, guided adventure tours with a cave float, gemstone mining, Frisbee golf, climbing walls, dino digs, crystal quest & gold rush mines, Adirondack memories museum, PBS vide....
Kids can learn how to find their own Garnet gemstones, as well as learn all about the history and geology of the mine. Are you ready to hunt for treasures in New York State on your family day out!?
Discover the wonder and mystery deep underground, with Howe Caverns - and amazing natural wonder in New York State. Tours, zip lines, ropes course, and lots of adventure!
A fascinating and historic cave and boat tour in New York State, with mining history and geology as you explore the historic Erie Canal.
A fascinating journey into a prehistoric passageway that used to host American roadside travellers and explorers way back in 1928 and beyond! Tours available which finish at an 100ft waterfall!
Explore vast halls of military heritage and history at the largest inland naval park in the USA!
That iconic attraction everyone must go and visit in NYC - the Statue of Liberty. One of the really fun family things to do in New York with kids. Hold that flame high!
Immerse the family in nearly 2,000 acres of history at the fascinating Fort Ticonderoga! With living history programs and activities, as well as a fun corn maze!
A century ago, BBG's founders had the vision to transform a city ash heap into a premier botanic garden in the heart of the borough. Since the Garden first opened its gates to the public, it has been a vibrant place for education, research, world-cla....
At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island. Loads of great boat tours a....
Recreated mid-1800s village focused on the Erie Canal, which offers packet boat and narrow gauge train rides. Among the buildings such as a church, one room school, tavern and other buildings are a Museum of Cheese in a former cheese factory, a carr....
Home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels: Stationary, Training, and Workhorses.
The Empire State Building 86th floor observation deck offers impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the AMAZING New York City!
Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.
The history of the park's building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched roof surmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like m....
Step out of the modern visitor center into the recreated world of 1804, where you can stop at the Ojibwe encampment and learn how the seasonal living of the Ojibwe changed when Europeans arrived.
Montauk Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark commission by George Washington. Features an interesting museum & opportunity to climb the tower
A historical (and FREE!) family day out experience in New York at the Fort Stanwix National Monument that played a vital role in US history.
Experience live theatre in a place that gives a voice to the wonders of childhood, where kids can be entertained, enlightened, and amazed!
Will amaze your whole family with Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.
Puppetworks has been a holiday tradition at Macys (Herald Square) since Macys built a puppet theatre especially for Puppetworks.
ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a sport! Two teams of professional comedians compete for laughs and points, using suggestions from you!
A fun, bright, and safe Indoor Playground for kids up to 5 years old, with weekday unlimited play time!
Kids over 7 years can enjoy these fun real-life adventure games to solve puzzles, find clues and escape!
KIds can take a nostalgic ride on the vintage carousel, play mini golf, ride the tilt-a whirl, enjoy the go-karts & bumper boats or watch kids have fun on the many kiddie rides.
Sports Center, Fun Center, Batting Cages and turf field. Sports Academy has an amazing after school program for the Victor School District, offers great Cheer and Gymnastics lessons and teams, has a 3,000 sq foot turf field, batting cages and a foam....
Farm fun with slides, hayrides, trike tracks and more in New York State!
Aimed at kids under 48", eatures include the Candy Cane Express Train, kiddie rides, elf experiences and Santa himself.
Create family memories with an old-fashioned twist at this throwback to the Wild West in New York State!
48 state of the art bowling lanes in Staten Island, where the family can enjoy laser challenge, cosmic bowling, parties, and pool tables!
Family fun with an 18 hole, indoor Monster themed, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf in New York!
Magical fun just for those little ones, with kiddie rides, trains and forest adventure!
It's animal time! Kids can stroll through the historic farm, visit with the cute animals, and enjoy nature on this New York farm with the family.
From roller-coasters to go-karts, to live entertainment and boardwalk games, beachfront Coney Island in New York has it all!
Over 22 thousand feet of playspace featuring 30 play and learn interactive exhibits from painting and performing to dentist's surgery, ambulance and emergency room, giant bubble and story garden.
Features include mini golf featuring the world's longest hole; bungee jumpster ride; climbing wall; water combat game; aeroball and batting cages.
40,000 feet of amusement park for the mind in Syracuse, with educational entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits that spark the imagination!
Discover New York from 70 stories up! The high-speed shuttle sends you racing to the sky to enjoy dazzling multimedia history exhibits the city's only crystal-clear, 360 view point.
The theatre was at one point the United States' largest theatrical screen measuring 100' by 80'.
Fun, thrilling and entertaining ride based in the iconic Empire State Building- kids will love flying over the city!
Escape Room Long Island give the family a chance to find clues and solve puzzles, to complete the challenge and escape!
A state of the art fire safety learning center located in Rockefeller Center which offers classes and demonstrations in fire safety with hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations!
Cozy, lakefront camping on Lake Ontario, with RV sites, camping sites and a marina to enjoy the lake from!
A family friendly RV park in New York State farm country, with boat rentals, nature trails, fishing, and day camping!