Free Admission for NYC Kids to Top Attractions: Museums, Zoos, Amusement Parks and More
How's the old adage go? The best things in life are free. But for families in NYC, that may sound like crazy talk. From housing to classes to entertainment, everything here seems to cost so much money... or does it?
The fact is, there's plenty of FREE fun for kids in New York City. But even top family attractions that charge entry fees, like museums, zoos and amusement parks, offer no-cost admission for children under certain ages. And those savings can really add up, especially when you have preschoolers.
So, inspired by a popular post on our Los Angeles site, we decided to make a list of when the freebies end for kids at New York City's best family destinations, from tourist hot spots like the Statue of Liberty to all of the children's museums. Yet another reason to wish that your children could stay young forever!
Note: The cut-off ages imply that once kids reach that age, they no longer qualify for free admission, and some places may ask for proof of age. Looking for a 100% FREE outing? Check out our roundup of no-cost admission hours at NYC museums.
Free Under Age 1
Free Under Age 2
Free Under Age 3
Central Park Zoo
Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
Museum of the Moving Image
New York Aquarium
Prospect Park Zoo
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
Staten Island Zoo
Free Under Age 4
Free Under Age 5
Free Under Age 6
Free Under Age 12
Free Under Age 17
Free Under Age 19
Whitney Museum of Art (currently relocating)
Free Under Age 20
Free Under 36 Inches
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park – children under 36 inches tall enter the park for free with a paid adult, rides cost extra
If you know of FREE admission for kids to other NYC attractions, please leave the details in the comments.
Originally published in July 2013.