It is the city that never sleeps. That’s a great reputation for twenty-somethings looking to party until the sun comes up. Not so great if you’re heading to the Big Apple with your family. But let’s not be silly, New York City has something for everyone, families included. Here are five of the top attractions, you may not have heard of, that the city has to offer that will be a joy for kids and parents alike.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, has been a project in the works for a long time. It is finally opening and it should not disappoint. The center’s director, Suzanne Youngerman, has been scoping out acts and planning shows for years and everyone is thankful for that. The BAMfamily program has shows suitable for toddlers all the way up to teenagers. Take a look at the schedule and take the family out of Manhattan for the night and out to Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
This 85 acre park sits right on the water giving it the backdrop of downtown Manhattan and the New York Harbor. While you enjoy the coffee and the sites, the kids will be enjoying the playground. There is giant sandbox with dome shaped climbing pieces and an area called the Water Lab where kids can jump around onto different stones and splash in the water.
For the majority of the year baseball is being played. New York City is home to two teams, the Yankees and the Mets. This gives you double the chances to see a game. Both stadiums are less than five years old and are some of the most aesthetically pleasing stadiums in the league. There is no better way to spend an afternoon with the family than at the ballpark. You can head out either to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or out to Citi Field in Queens to catch a game.
This little paradise of an island is a great escape from the non-stop action of NYC. Just a free 10-minute ferry ride away from Battery Park or Brooklyn, Governor’s Island is a great budget day activity. There are loads of free activities for kids ranging from parks to mini-golf. There are hardly any cars on the island so look out for the sound of bicycle bells as you stroll around the island. There are delicious food trucks for you to dine at and there is always almost some type of festival going on to keep you occupied. It could be 1920’s or circus themed, you’ll just have to show up and see!
The High Line
One of the coolest attractions that Manhattan has to offer is The High Line walk. This is a field path that was built on abandoned rail tracks that course above the city. You and the kids can walk along flowers, bushes, and look for bugs as skyscrapers stand across from you and yellow cabs drive underneath you. This is a surreal experience that everyone should have!