Indoor & Outdoor Play

Best play spots for kids including New York playgrounds, NYC parks & botanical gardens for families, city carousels, play spaces, libraries & indoor activities

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25 best playgrounds in New York City

We’ve rounded up our favorite 25 playgrounds and ranked them in order of excellence

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Free outdoor movies for NYC kids

Pack a picnic and folding chairs and head for these amazing parks rooftops

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Carousels in New York City

Let the kiddos take a ride on a horse, unicorn or even a gigantic grasshopper

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Attractions

The best mini golf in NYC

Our picks for the best free and cheap mini golf NYC has to offer

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The best summer movies for kids

Visit a wonderfully air-conditioned theater and check out the best new films

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Indoor activities for kids

Museums

NYC museums: The best exhibits for kids right now

These are the NYC museums that every Big Apple kid should see before they hit five feet

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Sport and fitness

Kids' fitness centers in NYC

Forget P.E. class. It's time to adventure out to these amazing fitness centers

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Yoga for kids in NYC

These yoga classes for kids will help channel their energy into graceful poses

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The best laser tag in NYC

Did we mention it's always a great time to play laser tag? 

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More indoor activities for kids

NYC beaches, swimming pools and more

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NYC beaches for families

It doesn't truly feel like summer until there's sand between your toes! Head to NYC's best beaches to build stellar sandcastles and chill on the beach

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Swimming pools for kids in NYC

Families can always count NYC's public swimming pools for a cool escape

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Water parks near NYC

From slippy slides to lazy rivers, these amusement parks won't disappoint

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Splash parks for kids in NYC

Low-key splash parks and water playgrounds are perfect for your mini city kids

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Free kayaking in NYC for families

You'll be glad to know that your family can get afloat right in NYC

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More outdoor activities for kids

Hiking, camping near NYC and more

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Hiking trails for families in NYC

Set out on one of NYC’s coolest hiking trails with the kids for an afternoon fun

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The best NYC parks for families

NYC parks are a great place for socializing, picnicking and playing with the little ones

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Public gardens for families in NYC

Have you stopped to smell the flowers lately?

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Children's gardens in NYC

These adorable gardens are made just for the little ones

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Best kids fishing spots in NYC

Catch-and-release fishing is more common in NYC than you might think—why not give it a shot?

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The best camping near NYC

Book a campsite, borrow a tent and do some stargazing at these neat campgrounds

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Outdoor restaurants and other eats

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The best farmers’ markets in NYC

Kids might reconsider their aversion to veggies when they meet the farmers that grow them

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Pick your own fruits and vegetables near New York City

Pick your own fruit and veggies with our guide to all the pick your own you can handle

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The best spots for picnicking in NYC with kids

Take the kids picnicking in NYC parks 

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Restaurants

The best kid-friendly outdoor dining in NYC

There's nothing like a meal outside in the sunshine on a beautiful day

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