Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is here! New York City's big seasonal attractions open on Saturday, including local beaches, Governors Island and Victorian Gardens in Central Park. Plus, if it reaches 80 degrees, the city's destination playground sprinklers might be on, too.
While beaches and playgrounds are open all summer, events like Fleet Week ship tours, a Fort Greene dance fest, Governors Island Family Fun Day, Memorial Day in Prospect Park and the final days of Brooklyn's kiddie ride extravaganza at the Kings County Fair are on tap this weekend only.
Thinking about a last-minute getaway? We've pulled together great family day trips on Long Island and Westchester, as well as our favorite nearby beaches like Fire Island's Ocean Beach and those a bit farther down the Jersey Shore. You might also try one of the nearby water parks or amusement parks, many of which open for the season on Saturday—there are more than a dozen new rides and thrills arriving at some of our favorite parks in 2016! Also, don't forget that many local farms in the greater NYC area are open for strawberry picking with the kids, beginning this weekend.
Read on for our best bets for Memorial Day weekend events for kids in NYC. More family fun can be found in our Event Calendar, Spring Fun Guide and just released Summer Fun Guide.
However you spend the three-day holiday weekend, we hope you have a blast!