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Family Activities in NYC

The Best Things to Do For Every Season

There are many benefits to traveling to New York City, but the greatest part is the magnitude of nearby attractions available all year round. When you stay at Hotel Wales, you're placed in the culture center of the world with adventure located at every corner. Whether you’re in town for an entire week or a quick getaway, your itinerary is going to fill up quickly. Hotel Wales is a great starting point for holiday festivities, performances in the park, international sporting events, and other can’t-miss New York City moments, no matter when you visit.

After exploring the Upper East Side with our neighborhood guide, plan your visit around our picks for the most cultural family activities in NYC.


Intrepid Summer Movie Series

Skip the multiplex and set up a picnic blanket for an outdoor film screening. Summer movie nights are hosted in locations throughout the city, but perhaps the most interesting place to watch your favorite classics or a recent release is on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Guided tours of these historic vessels are also offered prior to showtime.
Ongoing through August 5, 2016, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue

Shakespeare in the Park

Central Park provides the backdrop for this season’s productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida. Line up early or enter an online raffle for free tickets to these annual public performances of the works of William Shakespeare.
Ongoing through August 14, 2016, Central Park, 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue Entrance

Jazz Age Lawn Party

This prohibition-inspired soiree on Governor’s Island requires a little craftiness and a lot of imagination, with eager partygoers known to sport their best Roaring Twenties-inspired costumes. This lively throwback of epic proportions features an abundance of food, drinks, and even a Charleston Dance Competition.
August 13–14, 2016, Governor’s Island – Colonel’s Row, Clayton Road

2016 US Open

High profile tennis players from around the world head to Queens to compete in this intense tournament at the famed Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tickets should be purchased in advance for this sporting event, where celebrities can often been spotted in the crowd supporting their favorite athletes.
August 29–September 11, 2016, Arthur Ashe Stadium, 124-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11368


Stargazing on the High Line

Stare at the stars at one of New York’s most recent and elevated cultural milestones. The High Line offers guests high-powered telescopes to witness rare celestial sights. Go for a romantic walk and enjoy dinner and delectable treats on this historic freight rail line, where art installations and beautiful gardens meet.
Every Tuesday, April through October, dusk to 30 minutes before park closes, The Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Fall Foliage in Central Park
Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Central Park because of the fall foliage. Capture the blend of magnificent oranges, reds, and purples created by the changing leaves. Whether you’re on Cherry Hill looking at the lake or viewing the Westside skyline, you’ll be amazed by the beauty.

Broadway Productions

Broadway is the home to world-class productions. From classics, Chicago and An American in Paris to new originals, Wicked and Hamilton, theatrical fun awaits for the entire family. This fall, Broadway welcomes back beloved revivals, Cats and Singin’ in the Rain. While Lion King and Aladdin musicals are a must-see for anyone of all ages.

Kite Festival

Venture to Brooklyn for an exuberant time at the Kite Festival. Kids and adults enjoy this outdoor gathering at Harbor View Lawn while watching kites soar above the Manhattan skyline. Get creative and make your own or take advantage of the kites available for purchase.
September 10, 11 AM-3 PM, Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, NY

Open House New York Festival

Have you ever wanted to explore New York’s most important, private buildings? The annual Open House New York offers visitors exclusive access to some of the most extraordinary buildings in town. Between each trip, there are tours, talks, and meet-and-greets with the people who designed and build these historical and contemporary landmarks. Start planning today; there are over 300+ locations across all five boroughs.
October 15 & 16, Event Guide & Locations

Boo at The Zoo

Every weekend in October, the Bronx Zoo host Halloween activities. In addition to witnessing the zoo’s creepy crawly animals, including bats, owls, and leopards, enjoy magic shows, spooky stories, costume parades, and musical hayrides. Don’t forget your costume! Children under age 12 wearing costumes go in for free.
Weekends in October, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Become part of the 3.5 million people who line the streets to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. Every Thanksgiving Day, this 2 1/2 mile march through Manhattan’s streets are filled with colorful balloons and floats representing our country’s best pop culture and brands. Scope out for celebrities and bands in the most spectacular holiday celebration in the world.
November, 25, 2016, 9 AM, Starting at 77th Street & Central Park West