For travelers shepherding kids through New York City, the trip can quickly become an expensive adventure if every activity has a price tag. The good news is that there are many free events, activities, and amusements to fit into your fun-filled, kid-friendly schedule!
With more than 250,000 objects, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is one of the largest repositories of design in the world, and is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspect...2 East 91st Street
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is the premier contemporary art museum in New York City and among the most important internationally. Dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group shows define key moments in the development of contemporary art, reflect the global nature of art toda...235 Bowery (Prince Street)
The Metropolitan Museum is extraordinary in scope and size, and a visitor to this world-famous museum should plan on staying the entire day. In formation since 1870, the Metropolitan Museum's collection now contains more than three million works of art from all points of the comp...1000 Fifth Avenue (82nd Street)
From the hustle of the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the bustle of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, much of New York’s dazzling vibrancy and energy emanates from this area stretching from Times Square to Central Park South. Packed with theaters, tourist attractions and tall offic...42nd Street at Broadway
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan. It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its history as a center of Catholic life in this country. About The Church The...460 Madison Ave (bet. 50th and 51st Streets)
New York's extraordinary railroad station, designed in Beaux-Arts style by Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore, was constructed from 1903 to 1913, improving on the earlier Grand Central Depot (a massive glass-and-iron train shed, opened 1871). It is perhaps best approached from Park...100 East 42nd Street (Park Avenue South)
The majestic Beaux-Arts building, flanked by the two famous marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, has been the heart and soul of the New York library system for nearly a century. Begun in 1902, the library at the time became the largest marble structure ever built in the United S...Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. Stroll around the newly renovated Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and you'll find yourself tra...1000 Washington Ave.
The world's largest Gothic cathedral, St. John the Divine has been an extraordinary presence in New York since the first cornerstone was laid in 1892. Construction foundered after World War II, and not until the leadership of the Very Rev. James Parks Morton did building continue...1047 Amsterdam Ave (at 112th Street)
New York’s waterways are once again thriving, and aside from the profusion of new ferry services, this old reliable standby still plies the water between Staten Island and Manhattan around the clock every day of the year. Best of all, it has been free of charge since 1997. Take a...Whitehall Terminal, Lower Manhattan (State Street)
The International Center of Photography, or ICP, is a museum, a school and a center for photographers and photography. ICP's mission is to present photography's vital and central place in contemporary culture, and to lead in interpretation of issues central to its development. IC...79 Essex Street (Delancey Street)
Located in the Forbes Magazine headquarters, the Forbes Magazine Galleries are a primary source of inspiration for The Forbes Collection, and include exhibits of the fabled Fabergé Easter eggs and jewelry, toy boats, miniature soldiers, presidential manuscripts and fine art. ...60 Fifth Avenue (at 12th street)
After its completion in 1929, William van Alen’s 77-story Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building at 925 feet for just a brief period. A proposed redesign of the Bank of Manhattan tower threatened the Chrysler Building by a mere two feet, so Walter P. Chrysler hastily ...405 Lexington Avenue (bet. 42nd and 43rd streets)
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution that promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. They also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. The i...30 Irving Place (bet. 15th and 16th Streets)