Best outdoor activities for kids
Think you know Central Park? Think again! There is so much to explore throughout the 843–acre playground for New Yorkers of all ages. Rent a boat from the boathouse, send a sailboat across the Conservatory Water, catch an outdoor storytime and pay a visit to the Central Park Zoo (for starters). Exploring your options for fun outdoor activities for kids? Your little ones will love spending a day at this iconic NYC location.
Thanks to the fantastic zoos in NYC, most of which are backed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, families have the opportunity to see animals from across the globe without ever leaving the city. From the massive Bronx Zoo (one of the largest in North America) to the petite Central Park Zoo, these family attractions invite kids to learn about numerous species through storytimes, art activities and hands-on interactions with nature (outdoor activities for kids your whole crew will love).
Walk the High Line, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or head uptown to the New York Botanical Garden to see (and smell) the best flowers in town. It's a beautiful way to spend the day, plus you can always sign your crew up for exciting outdoor activities for kids.
New York's literary scene is booming with activities for little ones. Not only can children attend a storytime at the bookstore, but outdoor venues such as Bryant Park and Central Park offer kids the chance to hear their favorite stories in the backdrop of NYC's most beautiful spaces.
There's so much to enjoy in New York City, and thankfully not everything comes with a hefty pricetag. There are plenty of free classes for kids that cover a wide range of topics. NYC Parks across each borough offer a variety of fun outdoor activities for kids, so take a look at the offerings before spots fill up.
NYC is home to some pretty amazing parks, many of which come equipped with equally amazing playgrounds. The outdoor activities for kids seems endless—jungle gyms, monkey bars, sandboxes, the list goes on and on. At these inclusive NYC playgrounds, all children are welcome.
Whether you're keen to hop on a ceramic horse, zoo animal or bug, these carousels can deliver. Some are old, some are newand each offers its own unique (and beautiful!) experience for NYC kids.
Get in on the very best mini golf NYC spots with your tots, kids and tweens (even teens!) to get competitive on some astroturf. Here in the city, we have teeny golf courses that offer many a mini-sight to behold, including tiny windmills, caves kids can walk through, statues and quirky plastic animals.
There are plenty of NYC restaurants that embrace the little ones (and all the potential catastrophes that go along with them). These outdoor restaurants are a great fit for you and the whole brood.
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