New York City is a great place to explore with your little adventurers. There are many fun things to do in New York with toddlers. The city’s towering skyscrapers, neon lights, and chaotic streets will capture the imagination of both young and old. J and I have been to New York many times with J. We love spending time together in this city of dreams!
Here are the best things to do in New York with toddlers:
Central Park is Manhattan’s most significant green space. Little adventurers will have no trouble deciding what next to do. We love climbing over the Alice in Wonderland statue, going to summer storytelling sessions at Conservatory Water, row boating at Loeb Boathouse, and riding the vintage horses on Central Park Carousel.
We love to take toddlers on a stroll along the High Line. It is an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan below. The High Line was originally a railway line. It is now an elevated walkway and public park that runs up the West Side of Manhattan. The walkway offers some of the most spectacular views of New York’s skyline. Our favorite picture of the Empire State Building is the High Line, which rises above the city rooftops.
This is the ideal spot to enjoy some people-watching coffee or ice cream and take in the unique street art and sculptures that line the route. In addition, the Highline route has an industrial theme playground that toddlers will love.
The Highline runs around the Vessel, a 16-story, gold honeycomb structure.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry connects Manhattan with Staten Island. It is an excellent choice for toddlers. You can enjoy stunning views of Lower Manhattan, downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty during the 25-minute ferry ride. The best part is that it’s completely free to take the ferry. Also, the 25-minute journey is long enough to keep a toddler’s interest.
To get the best view of the Statue of Liberty, stand on the right side of the deck when you travel to Staten Island or on the left when you return to Manhattan.
Coney Island, Brooklyn’s hidden gem, is vibrant, colorful, and full of fun. It has a beach, boardwalk, arcades, an aquarium, an amusement park, and an aquarium. A sandy beach is an excellent place for toddlers to play, dip their toes into the Atlantic Ocean, and explore the playgrounds. The legendary Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and the Kitsch souvenir shops are just a few of the highlights.
We also enjoyed the Dona Zita Mexican stand on Bowery, where we had the best tacos in NYC. It’s a carnival vibe that is infectious and gives you a sense of time gone by. A Coney Island afternoon feels like a vacation on the beach from Manhattan. It is one of the top things to do in New York City with toddlers.
Roosevelt Island Tram
The tram ride takes just 4 minutes and departs at 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. It offers stunning views of Manhattan as well as the East River. A round trip costs $4, and toddlers will love the novelty of a cable-car ride.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is an excellent place for toddlers to hang out with their grown-up friends. It is full of artists, musicians, sunbathers, and performers. The dancing fountain is a bonus in one of the city’s most lively spots. We enjoyed watching the cute NYC dogs go for their afternoon walks, listening to classical music, and laughing at Colin Huggins’ grand piano playing.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a favorite place to take toddlers, whether walking or biking. As you travel towards Manhattan, the iconic bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. The views from this bridge are breathtaking. It’s bustling with people, including cyclists, commuters, runners, and walkers. Sunset is the ideal time to cross the bridge for night-owl toddlers as the city lights twinkle at night.
Surrounded by massive skyscrapers, Bryant Park perfectly balances city life and park life. You will find a variety of activities in the park, including intense chess games and open-air movies, exercise boot camp, juggling classes, and even open-air movies. In addition, Bryant Park’s Le Carousel is located in the park. It plays French classical music and spins!
Times Square is synonymous with New York City. Its captivating mix between neon lights, giant billboards, and chaotic crowds will captivate toddlers in NYC. The best vantage point for Times Square is from high above the crowds at one of the many bars and restaurants that offer a bird’s-eye view.