Hop on the ferry from Brooklyn or Manhattan to Governors Island before noon on weekends and it's free. Photo by Mommy Poppins
Hop on the ferry from Brooklyn or Manhattan to Governors Island before noon on weekends and it's free. Photo by Mommy Poppins

50 Free Summer Activities for Toddlers in New York City

New York City is chock-full of exciting summer to-dos for its youngest citizens. Visiting the sprinklers at your local playground, cooling off at one of NYC’s best FREE swimming pools for younger kids, or hitting a destination sandbox can be enough to make your toddler’s day. But when you and your littles are ready for some summer adventure, here are 50(!) FREE things to do with toddlers this July and August.

We've already put together a list of 100 Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer for kids of all ages, but the suggestions that follow are tailored just for little kids. (Looking for additional inspiration? Check out our Summer Fun Guide, Event Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide.)

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Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3
Granite Terrace
Brooklyn, NY

Mulberry Street Library
10 Jersey Street
New York, NY 10012

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Pier 17, South Street Seaport
89 South Street
New York, NY 10038

Midland Beach
Midland Beach
Staten Island, NY

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
421 East 61st Street between First & York Aves
New York, NY 10065

IKEA Brooklyn
1 Beard Street
Brooklyn, 11231

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10011

Unisphere
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY

Madison Square Park
Madison Ave. and 23rd St.
New York, NY

The High Line
Between 15th and 16th Streets
New York, NY

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Hearst Plaza
New York, NY

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pebble Beach
Brooklyn, NY

King Manor Museum in Rufus King Park
150-03 Jamaica Ave
Queens, NY

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Meadow Lake North
Queens, NY

NYC streets
Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets
New York, NY

Highland Park
Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street
Queens, NY

Highland Park
Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street
Queens, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The High Line
Between Gansevoort and 16th Streets
New York, NY

Brooklyn Bridge Park
99 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY

FEED DUMBO
55 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Urban Farm
20 Randall's Island Park
New York , NY 10035

Governors Island’s Nolan Park
Building 11 and 14
New York, NY

Fort Greene Park
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Myrtle Ave., De Kalb Ave. bet. Washington Park and St. Edward's St
Brooklyn, NY

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park Battery Park City Access Battery Place
New York, NY

Pier 25
N Moore St Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10013

Fort Greene Park
Myrtle Ave., De Kalb Ave. bet. Washington Park and St. Edward's St
Brooklyn, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3
Granite Terrace
Brooklyn, NY

Staten Island Chidren's Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Madison Square Park
Farragut Lawn on 26th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Broadway Boulevard
on Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY

Union Square Park
Broadway To 4 Ave., E 14 St. To E 17 St.
New York, NY

Riverside Park - PIer 1
West 70th Street
New York, NY 10023

pier 62
143 11th Avenue Hudson River Park
New York , NY 10011

Aguilar Library
174 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029

Prospect Park - Picnic House
Brooklyn, NY

Hudson River Park
Pier 46 Cross at Charles St.
New York, NY

Abby's Lawn, Fort Tryon Park
Meet on Abby's Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace.
New York, NY

Bryant Park Carousel
40th street between 5th and 6th avenues 7 to 5th avenue or B, D, F, M to 42nd street
New York, NY 10018

Bryant Park
6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
New York, NY

Industry City
274 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232

West Harlem Park
125th Street and Marginal Street West Harlem Piers
New York, NY

West Harlem Park
125th Street and Marginal Street West Harlem Piers
New York, NY

Industry City, Innovation Alley
51 35th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3
Brooklyn, NY
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