During the school year, family time can be hard to find. Thank goodness summer is officially here! Enjoy the season with the best summer activities for kids, outdoor activities for kids and more. Plus, don't forget—there are plenty of activities that you'll love just as much as the pint size crowd...here are a few below!
The sounds of taxis and trains have become wonderful white noise living in the city, but why not step outside for some fresh air? Outside our beloved grid are mountains, lakes and scenic national parks just waiting to be visited. Our summer weekend getaways are great for long weekends, while our summer day trips from NYC are perfect for quick trips out of town.
There’s plenty of opportunity to cool off during hot summer days when you’re willing to get wet ’n wild with the kids. Drop by the coolest splash parks and water parks to get appropriately drenched. If you’re aiming to stay a little dry but still enjoy the water, check out free kayaking in NYC.
Everyone loves berries, especially when they’re straight off the bush! Just a quick ride away from the city, there are plenty of berry farms just waiting for you to visit. Grab plumppick your own blueberries and pick your own strawberries near NYC with our guides
Pack a bag with toys, books, towels and plenty of sunscreen—you’re headed to the beach! At least we hope you are. These NYC beaches are a spectacular place to kick back and relax, plus your kiddos will love digging holes, burying themselves in the sand and starting their shell collection.
With great options like Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park, it’s hard to say no to a spin on some vintage carousel horses. If you’re looking for a wilder ride, hop over to the Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo to zoom around on a praying mantis, ladybug and more.
Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its super cool landmarks and destinations. Who cares if they’re a little touristy? These family attractions in NYC won’t disappoint. Who could be bored with giant dinosaur fossils at the Museum of Natural History or gazing into the classics at the Met?
Feel the wind in your hair by ferry or speedboat travel on the Hudson! You can go for a splash-filled adventure on the Shark or a milder ride on the IKEA ferry. If you just want the joy of being on a boat, well, that’s easy. Maybe it’s time to book one of these family cruises.