The South Street Seaport, one of New York City's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, is in the midst of a huge transition. Pier 17, although currently closed, is being redeveloped into a massive, multimillion-dollar, high-end retail and dining destination with a rooftop event space. (Target completion date: sometime in 2017!) But even though that part of the Seaport isn't accessible at the moment, there are still plenty of things for families to do, see and experience in this popular downtown Manhattan neighborhood.
A pair of exceptional play spots, including the Imagination Playground, an under-the-radar maritime museum, boat tours, landmarked buildings, a public pier with gorgeous views and a few FREE outdoor festivals make the Seaport a great place to visit this summer with kids—whether you're a tourist or a local.