Over the past several months I’ve featured a lot of my travels around New York City on the blog. I love living in NYC, especially in the spring and summertime, and have really enjoyed exploring the city all over again with my daughter. New York City is a big place and with so much left to explore, I figured I would compile a list of my favorite summertime activities to enjoy in NYC with kids, making it easier to find everything in one place; you’re welcome 🙂
Highlights: Rockefeller Park Playground, located in downtown Manhattan, is an awesome New York City destination for children of all ages, with multiple sand boxes, swing sets, jungle gyms, and sprouting water fountains in the summer; you can’t beat this spot. The beautiful park lawn is the ideal location for a picnic, to kick a soccer ball or watch the sail boats on the Hudson River. Visit Le Pain Quotidien or newly opened Hudson Eats for breakfast, lunch or dinner nearby.
Lowlights: Rockefeller Park can be very crowded, windy and has limited shade. Be prepared for all three if you plan to spend the afternoon.
Highlights: The Brooklyn Bridge touts AMAZING views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jane’s Carousel, and Smorgasburg for a full day of summertime activities in Brooklyn.
Lowlights: Shade is very hard to come by on the bridge, come prepared with sunscreen, hats, and lots of water!
Highlights: Depending on the season and what’s in bloom, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in all of New York City. The vast grounds are the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll, a run around the green lawns, or lunch in the outdoor cafe.
Lowlights: Outside food and picnicking is discouraged; packing a lunch for small kiddos should be ok, but you might be restricted to the cafe area while eating or drinking. To preserve the main lawns, blanket use and chairs are restricted and/or prohibited.
Highlights: In the summer, Pier 25 morphs into a kid’s dream; giant tipping water cans, sprouting fountains, and sprinklers turn this playground into a full fledged water park. Aside from the isolated water area, Pier 25 also features sand boxes, a jungle gym, swings, a mini golf course, a soccer field, volleyball court and a skateboard park. Check out seasonably-open Blue Marble ice cream for a sweet treat (located next to the skate park).
Lowlights: On a hot day, Pier 25 is swarming with kids of all ages. Go early in the morning with small children to avoid getting run over by the older crowd.
Highlights: Shopping for a healthy and fresh meal has never been easier than with a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket. Involve the kids in picking out produce, talking to local farmers, and as a treat, visit neighboring Evelyn’s Playground to blow off some steam.
Lowlights: The farmers market can be very crowded on the weekend, visit during the week or early in the morning to avoid the throngs of locals and tourists.
With so many activities to choose from, visiting NYC with kids can be a bit overwhelming. If you happen to visit during the summertime, the above activities, destinations, and eateries are perfect for families with children of all ages. Enjoy!