What Ages Get in Free to NYC Museums, Zoos, Amusement Parks

Kids, Toddlers Get in Free to New York City Institutions

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

Brooklyn Children's Museum
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Children's Museum of the Arts
Staten Island Children's Museum

Free Under Age 2

American Museum of Natural History
Museum of Mathematics
New York Botanical Garden
New York City Fire Museum
New York Hall of Science
New York Transit Museum

Free Under Age 3

Bronx Zoo
Central Park Zoo
Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
Museum of the Moving Image
New York Aquarium
Prospect Park Zoo
Queens Zoo
Rye Playland
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
Staten Island Zoo

Free Under Age 4

Discovery Times Square
Historic Richmond Town
Statue of Liberty – includes ferry ride

Free Under Age 5

New-York Historical Society and the Dimenna Children's History Museum

Free Under Age 6

Empire State Building
Top of the Rock
Wave Hill

Free Under Age 12

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
El Museo del Barrio
Guggenheim Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters

Free Under Age 17

Museum of Modern Art

Free Under Age 18

Whitney Museum of Art

Free Under Age 19

Museum of Arts and Design

Free Under Age 20

Brooklyn Museum
Museum of the City of New York

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.

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Originally published in July 2013.