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Child Friendly Attractions in NYC

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As big cities go, New York is one of the most child-friendly in the world today, offering a wealth of things to keep your kids happy, from playgrounds and movie theaters to toy stores and more. As far as major attractions go, there are plenty to choose from too. Help your children understand the sheer scope of the city by taking a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or a ride to the top of the Empire State Building, then plan days out to the most exciting attractions New York City has to offer children. Here are five of our favorites.

 American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West, at 79th St

Chances are, if your child has seen Night at the Museum, they’ve probably already nagged you for a visit to New York’s world-famous Natural History Museum. The most jaw-dropping and fascinating area of the educational institution remains the seemingly-endless dinosaur floor, which deserves a visit purely for the T-Rex that’s constructed from real dinosaur bones. Elsewhere, your little ones can explore the wild, the ocean and even space. Easily a full day of fun.

 Central Park

For parents in Manhattan, Central Park truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Cross Central Park and find 21 playgrounds to choose from, boat rides on the lake during the summer, the Trump ice rink in winter, the carousel, the magnificent zoo (complete with 130 species, petting area, sea-lion feedings, 4-D movie screenings and even classes) and the marionette theater at the Swedish Cottage. This 840-acre adventure has something for kids of all ages, no matter what time of year it is.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
550 Madison Ave

If you live with a budding techie who can’t keep their hands off your smart phone, tablet and laptop, be sure to take them to Sony’s Wonder Technology Lab in Midtown. It’s extremely interactive, educational but entertaining and, best of all, it’s free. Your kids can create profiles of themselves, learn how the internet works, play with a multitude of touch-screens, turn themselves into avatars and, on Saturdays, they can even catch a movie. The SWTL is best for older children, but chances are, parents might learn a thing or two as well.

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Liberty Island

As one of the nation’s most enduring and famous landmarks, the Statue of Liberty remains a great day out for kids. Whether you are taking in the magnificent views from a dock in Staten Island or embarking on a fun ferry ride across New York Harbor over to the lovely Liberty Island, your young ones will certainly enjoy our beloved 127-year-old iron lady and her 305-foot-high torch, will marvel at the sheer size of her feet and learn a thing or ten about why she’s there and what she symbolizes, as well as the rich history of Ellis Island.

 The Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St.

Since opening in 1978, the Children’s Museum has proved so popular, it now stands at 38,000 square feet and five floors of exciting exhibits that intermingle entertainment and education—often with plenty of interactive elements. Here, your kids can dabble in everything from hands-on pottery workshops and guitar concerts, to arts and science experiments, and the Museum is mindful of mixing up its features to keep regular visitors intrigued and happy. Suitable for kids of all ages.

Rae Alexandra contributed to the Gray Line New York entertainment blog on behalf of The Accolade at Bay Street Landing


*UPDATE* The Statue of Liberty Interior Will Open in On July Fourth Weekend

UPDATE: Due to the Superstorm Sandy, Liberty Island will be closed for the remainder of 2012.  Re-opening date TBD, per National Park Service.

UPDATE #2: The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will re-open on July 4th, 2013, per National Park Service. In the meantime, if you would like to see the Statue of Liberty, try a New York Harbor Cruise for some of the best views of Lady Liberty.

Since last October, the interior of the Statue of Liberty has been closed due to renovations.  Many tourists who come to New York each year want to climb to the top of Lady Liberty because it represents New York, America and Freedom unlike any other monument.  But for the past year they have been out of luck.

On October 28, the Statue’s 126th birthday, the interior of the Statue of Liberty will once again be open to the public!  Right now, Statue sightseeing has been limited to trips to Liberty Island and harbor cruises around the monument, but finally we will now be able to climb into the crown again.

Now that the Statue of Liberty is going to re-open, do you plan on making a trip?  Have you ever been before?  Let us know in the comments.


9/11 Tribute Package Discount

In honor of Flag Day, we’re taking $10 off of our 9/11 Tribute Package.  Take a moment and reflect with the package that includes:

  • National September 11 Memorial Admission
  • Ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • The New-York Historical Society’s museum Admission
  • Visit to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center
  • All Loops Tour for 72 hours of Hop-On, Hop-Off double-decker fun

Just enter the code JUNTRIBUTE at your checkout to get your $10 discount.  The discount is offered from June 11-17.

New Tour- Statue by Night Tour

Gray Line New York is a happy to announce the new Statue by Night Tour. Get a close up look at the Statue of Liberty as it glows through the night!

The tour includes a bus tour of the sparkling New York skyline and then you’ll board a 30 minute boat cruise and enjoy the sight of one of New York City’s greatest marvels.  For more details click STATUE BY NIGHT.

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FreeStyle New York Tour – NEW!

New tours from Gray Line New York! The FreeStyle New York tour offers 48 hours of hop-on hop-off double decker fun that includes the Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop, Brooklyn tours and a Night Tour. PLUS, admission to any THREE of the listed NYC attraction below:

  • Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building Observatory
  • Top of The Rock Observation Desk
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • Interpid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York Tour
  • The Tribute WTC Visitor Center
  • New York Skyride

Great sightseeing and tours at a Great Price! For more info, click FREESTYLE NEW YORK TOUR.