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Summer activities for kids in New York City

Our guide to summer activities for kids and families in NYC, including free events, attractions, outdoor destinations and holidays.


There's nothing more exciting than summer in the city for New York City school children. After school breaks for the year, NYC is full of free summer activities for kids—everything from outdoor concerts at places like Madison Square Park to special family-themed SummerStage events. Read through our guide to summer activities for kids to find the season's best free events and festivals, plus must-visit summer attractions for kids (Governors Island!), great outdoor activities (beaches in NYC), the best city pools and more. We also have the scoop on the city's best summer camps for kids. Happy summer!


Summer events for kids

  1. Hudson River Park Battery Park City to 59th St, at West Side Hwy
  2. Sun Sep 7 - Sun Sep 28
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  1. Albee Square DeKalb Ave, between Fulton St and Bond St
  2. Thu Sep 18
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  1. Greenwood Park 555 Seventh Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 11215
  2. Sun Sep 28 - Sun Oct 26
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Science Playground

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Summer attractions for kids

Governors Island

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Governors Island
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The High Line

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Washington St at Gansevoort St to Tenth Ave at 30th St
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Luna Park (at Coney Island)

  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 1000 Surf Ave, (at 10th St), 11224
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Yankee Stadium

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1 E 161st St, (between Jerome and River Aves)
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Swimming pools for families

  1. Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Furman St, (between Clark and Pierrepont Sts)
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  1. Barretto Point Park, (Tiffany St at Viele Ave)
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  1. Central Park, (enter at W 110th and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave))
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McCarren Park Pool

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. 475 Lorimer St, (between Bayard St and Driggs Ave)
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More summer fun

  1. 25 W 52nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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  1. 768 Fifth Ave, at Central Park South, 10019
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