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.
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 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.
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 24, 2016, 9 AM, Starting at 77th Street & Central Park West
Breakfast with Santa Claus in NYC
Breakfast with Santa Claus in NYC is available at 10am on November 25, November 26, and December 17, 2016. Join the Jolly Old Elf himself for breakfast in Times Square at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill on 42nd Street!
Bryant Park Winter Village
Once the 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and over 100 shopping kiosks and food vendors open for business, this means that Christmas in New York has officially arrived. The holiday market opens its doors starting Saturday, October 29. The Holiday Shops will be hawking seasonal gifts through January 2, 2017. The Rink and Public Fair will run through March 5, 2017.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The 2016 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30 at Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.