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Getting Out

Getting out with kids in NYC, from the best playgrounds and New York neighborhoods to day trips from New York and family vacation ideas.


Playgrounds for kids in NYC

Billy Johnson Playground

The coup de grace here is the 45-foot-tall, carved-granite slide that awaits in the playground’s leafy back.

  1. Central Park
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Imagination Playground

The most buzzed-about playground opening in recent memory was this kid hub designed by David Rockwell.

  1. Financial District
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J.J. Byrne Playground

Along with state-of-the-art equipment, the playground features interactive panels that share themes of farming and the Revolution.

  1. Park Slope
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Moira Ann Smith Playground

The newly dedicated Moira Ann Smith playground is named for the only female NYPD officer to perish on September 11.

  1. Madison Square Park, (between 24th and 25th Sts)
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Pearl Street Playground

In addition to swings and slides, the spot has an oyster-shaped sand-and-water play space.

  1. Lower Manhattan
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Pier 6

Amenities here include Water Lab, a stone-strewn area with water underfoot to splash in.

  1. Brooklyn Heights
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Playground for All Children

Built in 1984, this Queens playground is designed to accommodate children with and without disabilities.

  1. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens
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Union Square Playground

The playground is best known for its gleaming hemispherical dome.

  1. Union Square Park, (between 16th and 17th Sts)
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Best New York neighborhoods for families

Lower East Side for families

Famous candy stores, historic museums and some of the city's best food abound in this downtown nabe.

Gramercy-Flatiron for families

Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace or grab a cup of hot chocolate in this iconic and historic neighborhood.

Harlem for families

Take a walking tour of this historic and soulful area including stops at Red Rooster Harlem and the Apollo Theater.

Financial District for families

Find the National Museum of the American Indian and beautiful playgrounds on your tour of this downtown nabe.

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Family vacation ideas

Weekend trip ideas

After searching the Northeast high and low, we came up with ten itineraries, from the urban playground that is Baltimore to a baseball-minded trip to Cooperstown, for NYC-based families.

Cruises leaving from the NYC area

Four of the biggest cruise lines now have a ports of call in New York or New Jersey.

Theme park vacations

There's opportunities to meet favorite characters and try out roller coasters at these amuseument parks.

All-inclusive resort vacations

Plan an escape any time of year to one of these all-inclusive resorts.

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Events for kids by date

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