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Family Activities in NYC

Attractions and More for the Whole Family

Planning a trip to the city? Don’t leave the kids behind! The five boroughs host a variety of fun-filled activities that you and the kids can enjoy together. Whether you’re looking for museums, zoos, or amusement parks, there a number of family activities in NYC that will keep your vacation rolling.

Hotel Wales provides premier access to the best family attractions in NYC. Kid-friendly shopping at American Girl Place and the Nintendo World Store is just a few minutes away in Midtown, while the Central Park Zoo provides hours of enjoyment for the family, showcasing a diverse selection of animals from around the world. Many of the city's museums provide all-ages opportunities for education and learning, with plenty of fun thrown in for good measure. 

Along with the number of nearby family-friendly activities in the Upper East Side, Hotel Wales offers spacious accommodations (including family suites) and standout dining that are sure to make the whole family happy.

Consult the map below for more information on the best family activities in NYC.

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

Located walking distance to Hotel Wales you will find 92nd Street Y which is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. In addition, the 92Y’s May Center is your place for expanded fitness, health, sports and swim destination.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter I 102 West 73rd St. New York, NY (212) 799-3006 1.61

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II 156 East 64th St. New York, NY (212) 486-9200 1.61

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter III 220 East 81st St. New York, NY (212) 734-4TEA 0.89

Alice’s Tea Cup has three magical locations in the Upper West & East Sides, where your special princess can host a tea party for two, three, or twenty! These storybook cafes are always a great treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

American Girl Place 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017 (877) 247-5223 2.26

Play games, shop and even have a birthday party!

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West & 79th Street New York, NY 10024 (212) 769- 5100 1.13

Showcasing spectacular sights of prehistoric animals, marine life, space exploration, and much more, the American Museum of Natural History is sure to leave the whole family breathless. Awaken your inner child at the Fossill Halls, where you and the kids can find life-size skeleton replicas of a tyrannosaurus rex, apatosaurus, and other dinosaurs. When you’re done with the dinos, don’t forget to check out the Miilstein Hall of Ocean Life for the whopping 94-foot-long blue whale model. With all these and more, the AMNH stands out as one of the best family attractions in NYC.

Eloise at the Plaza Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019 (888) 850-0909 1.77

At the colorful Eloise at the Plaza shop, your child can don their brightest pink frock and play in the Plaza just like the Plaza’s most famous resident. Kids can try on outfits in The Fashion Room, enjoy storytime in The Reading Room, and even try afternoon tea!

Empire State Building 350 5th Avenue New York, NY 10118 (212) 736-3100 3.06

New York’s most iconic building is also one of the best family activities in town! Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is best place for you and your family to feel the heart of New York. Jet up to the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor for an astounding view of the city that is sure to leave your kids in amazement.

M&M World 1600 Broadway New York, NY 10019 (212) 295-3850 2.57

M&M World is the sweetest destination in the city. Offering dozens of different colored M&Ms, as well as gifts decorated with those cute M&M characters, this Times Square attraction is perfect for kids and adults with a big sweet tooth.

Nintendo World 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (646) 459-0800 2.41

Located in Manhattan's historic Rockefeller Center, Nintendo NY is your very own Warp Pipe into the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond! With 10,000 square feet of dedicated gaming goodness spread over 2 floors, you can check out new and exciting titles headed to Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld systems, while also scratching that itch to pick up exclusive memorabilia featuring your favorite selection of gaming superstars!

Rockefeller Center 45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10111 (212) 332-6868 2.23

This New York landmark has something for everyone. For TV buffs, the NBC store is loaded with memorabilia, and you can take tours of the SNL and Tonight Show sets. The Top of the Rock Observatory gives you an eye-opening view of the whole city. In winter, the plaza turns into a famous ice rink, where kids can take their first steps on ice.

The Art Farm in the City 419 E. 91st Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-3117 0.67

This eco-friendly and organic indoor petting zoo (the only one in NYC!) helps teach your children about nature, animals, and the environment. They have a menagerie of animals, including bunnies, chinchillas, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, birds, and more!

IT’SUGAR 1542 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (212) 289-2010 0.51

Founded in 2006 by Jeff Rubin, IT’SUGAR is a modern day playground dedicated to immersing its customers in content that they just can’t keep to themselves. IT’SUGAR was created to satisfy a universal sweet tooth and provide a variety of bold merchandise with tongue-and-cheek attitude.

The SWEET SHOP NEW YORK CITY 404 East 73rd Street, New York. NY 10021 (212) 960-8685 1.55

The Sweet Shop NYC, is the design and creation of Kelly “The Candyman” Jaime and his wife Glyn, the husband and wife team who created the shop. Both are self-proclaimed candy buffs and have curated the amazing and never ending variety of sweets! Specializing in retro, nostalgic and hard to find candies, handmade chocolates, licorice, artisan ice cream, gelato and desserts.

Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St. New York NY. 10014 (212) 274-0986 5.11

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists.

The Little GYM 207 East 94th Street, New York. NY. 10128 (212) 787-1124 0.42

The Little Gym of Upper East Side offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.

Dylan's Candy Bar 1011 Third Avenue, New York NY 10065 (646) 735-0078 1.91

Visit the flagship location on New York City's Upper East Side! Discover where it all began with 3 iconic floors of candy deliciousness.

Lego Store Rockefeller Center 620 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10020 (212) 245-5973 2.25

The Lego Store aims to inspire children through unique playful learning experiences and to play an active role in making a global difference on product safety while being dedicated promoters of responsibility towards children.

Conservatory Water East Side from 72nd to 75th Street, New York NY 10022 (212) 310-6600 1.76

The conservatory Water is popular with families and children because of the famous climbing sculptures, the story-telling programs, the model boats, the cafe, and the site in the children's classic Stuart Little. An ornamental pond was constructed as a reflecting pool for a glass conservatory, but when the plan for a structure was abandoned, the water body became the popular model boat pond, inspired by those in Parisian parks.

Central Park Zoo 64th Street and Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021 (212) 439-6500 1.59

Animal lovers rejoice! One of our picks for fun things to do in NYC, the Central Park Zoo houses wildlife from all over the world for you and your family to enjoy. From polar bears to sea lions, red pandas to monkeys, your children are bound to find their favorite animals here. In May, come to welcome the zoo’s newest arrivals, grizzly bears Betty and Veronica for a fun, family-friendly evening!

Mid-Manhattan Public Library 455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 (212) 340-0863 2.71

Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Branch contains The New York Public Library’s largest circulating collections in the heart of Midtown

Lucky Strike 624-660 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 (646) 829-0170 3.63

Experience 26 premium bowling lanes, 11 competition ready billiards tables, live music from local DJs, and our legendary food & drink menu, Lucky Strike New York offers a smorgasbord of activity to satisfy any taste.

Disney Store 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 (212) 626-2910 2.74

Disney Store's New York, NY location offers the latest in official Disney merchandise, including Disney toys, clothes and Disney collectibles featuring everyone's favorite characters including Mickey Mouse, the Disney Princesses, Fairies, Buzz Lightyear, Pooh and many more.

Winter Village at Bryant Park 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (212) 768-4242 2.7

The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities.

The Craft Studio 1657 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (212) 831.6626 0.31

The Craft Studio is fun, safe, and provides a welcoming environment where kids and adults alike are free to be creative.

Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd), NY, 10128, USA
Phone: (212) 876-6000