New York City Kids Summer Activities Guide
For some New Yorkers, the warm weather triggers a primordial urge to flee. But summer is an amazing season in the Big Apple. Families can take advantage of all the fun the city has to offer: beaches, pools, outdoor concerts and movies, boat rides, events and activities, much of it completely free, turning the town into one big summer-long fest—and we don't mean a "sweat-fest," either. There are a ton of ways to stay cool and enjoy summer in the city with your family.
Whether you're visiting New York City for the day, a week or hanging here with your kids the entire season, our Summer Fun Guide gives you everything you need know to have an incredible time with the kids.
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Summer Eating and Drinking Spots
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There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. There are a dozen merry-go-rounds in our great city, with one brand-new one slated to open later this year.
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As if the ferry ride itself isn’t enough excitement for your little one, there’s lots to explore on Shelter Island. Nestled between the two forks on the East End of Long Island, this 27-square-mile island boasts family-friendly activities, spectacular views and various wildlife creatures. Just a... read more