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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
Adventureland
Adventureland

245 Broad Hollow Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11735   Directions

(631) 694-6868

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Thrills and attractions await the whole family at Adventureland. This amusement park features rides like the Hurricane Coaster, bumper cars, Pirate Ship, bungee jumping, a ferris wheel, and a multitude of children's rides. While you're here, you can also participate in carnival game favorites and an arcade.

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

Central Park W at 79th St
New York, NY 10024   Directions

(212) 769-5100

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Explore the exhibits and attractions at one of the world's largest museums, the American Museum of Natural History. The museum is home to over 32 million artifacts, and the various exhibitions are encompassed within 25 buildings, including 46 permanent exhibit halls. The kids will love learning about the secret lives of dinosaurs, the mysteries of space, the wonders of the human body and much more.

Astoria Park
Astoria Park

19th St
Queens, NY 11102   Directions

(212) 639-9675

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Enjoy outdoor activities as a family at Astoria Park. Spending a day outdoors in the city will prove to be tons of fun as you play tennis, let loose on running trails, relax in the pool, play bocce ball, and watch the kids take over the playground. You and your family are sure to have fun enjoying the attractions at one of New York City's oldest parks.

Battery Park
Battery Park

New York City, NY

(212) 639-9675

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Battery Park faces the beautiful New York Harbor from the southern tip of Manhattan. Visit this park to see various monuments and attractions like The Sphere. The Sphere was located at the center plaza of the World Trade Center at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The sculpture was damaged but not destroyed and now serves as a memorial along with an eternal flame that burns to honor those lost. The Sphere is located at the northern end of the park but will be moved to its original location upon the completion of the National September 11 Memorial.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

29-19 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11105   Directions

(718) 274-4925

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Enjoy a beer at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Opened in 1910, the Bohemian Hall is now the last original beer garden in all of NYC. The garden offers beers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and the United State of America. While you're fueling up on delicious brews, try something from the menu; the hall serves Czech and Slovakian cuisine and some American favorites.

Bronx Zoo
Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460   Directions

(718) 220-5100

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Take a walk on the wild side as a family at the Bronx Zoo. Around 4,000 animals live here in what is considered to be the nation's largest metropolitan zoo. The 265-acre park is home to a variety of exhibits and attractions that house animals like lions, zebras, tigers, elephants, giraffes and many others.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225   Directions

(718) 623-7200

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Stroll through the gardens of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see over 10,000 species of plant life thriving in the city. The BBG sprawls over 52 acres near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Park Slope neighborhoods. The garden is occupied by the Steinhardt Conservatory where the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum is located. The conservatory features three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house and an art gallery. Fans of flora and fauna will appreciate the attractions in bloom here.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

New York City, NY

(212) 504-4115

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When you're in NYC, you can't miss the world-famous attraction that is the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was completed in 1883, making it one of the oldest suspension bridges in the nation and an essential piece of the city's skyline. The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, extending 1,595.5 feet over the East River. It is equipped with six lanes to accommodate vehicles and a walkway along the centerline for pedestrians and bicycles.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

334 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201   Directions

(718) 802-0603

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Get an up-close look at the Brooklyn Bridge while you hang out at the 85-acre, waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The park stretches across the waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges on land that was overlooked and inaccessible for decades. Although the park is still under construction, the Pier 1 and Pier 6 sections are open to the public – meaning you can enjoy beautiful views of the city right next to the bridge. The park is set to be 66% completed by 2013.

Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213   Directions

(718) 735-4400

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The kids will love exploring the interactive exhibits and attractions at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There are over 30,000 artifacts housed in the museum, including interesting natural science items such as minerals, fossils, and preserved creatures like mammals and birds. There's much to learn at this fascinating and engaging museum.

Bryant Park
Bryant Park

1065 Ave of the Americas
Manhattan, NY 10018   Directions

(212) 768-4242

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Spend some time as a family, hanging out in Manhattan's Bryant Park. There's lots to do here, like strolling through the various gardens, observing the number of sculptures located in the park, letting the kids take a ride on Le Carrousel, ice skating on Citi Pond during the winter, playing chess, checkers and backgammon near the Fountain Terrace, or dining at one of the many on-site eateries. A day of family fun at Bryant Park is one of the best ways to unwind together in NYC.

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St
New York, NY 10025   Directions

(212) 316-7540

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The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The church and must-see attraction is located in Manhattan's Morningside Heights on Amsterdam Avenue, and is the fourth largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral is nicknamed St. John the Unfinished due to it's on-again, off-again construction processes throughout the years from laying down the cornerstone in 1892 until renovations after a 2001 fire were completed in 2008. Former Mayor Ed Koch once said jokingly, "I am told that some of the great cathedrals took over five hundred years to build. But I would like to remind you that we are only in our first hundred years."

Central Park
Central Park

14 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022   Directions

(212) 310-6600

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Central Park is one of New York City's best known landmarks, so visiting here with your family should be a shoe-in on your list of attractions to see. The park is home to several man-made lakes and ponds, walking and recreation trails, two ice-skating rinks, a wildlife sanctuary and many other natural amenities. Other must-see sights you can experience as a family include The Belvedere Castle, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the Central Park Zoo.

Central Park Zoo
Central Park Zoo

64th St & 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065   Directions

(212) 439-6500

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Get a look at some of nature's most wild creatures in the middle of the Concrete Jungle and explore the attractions at the Central Park Zoo. The zoo provides habitats for animals like lemurs, snow leopards, peacocks, and polar bears. While visiting with the kids, be sure to explore the special area of the zoo made just for them, the Tisch Children's Zoo.

Children's Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton St
New York, NY 10014   Directions

(212) 941-9198

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Take a look at some art that the kids will appreciate at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Over 2,000 paintings and drawings have been amassed from all over the globe to complete the museum's collection. The museum is also home to 19 rare pieces created by children during the 1938 Works Progress Administration Children's Art Project under President Roosevelt. These pieces showcase New York City's style, architecture and landmarks of the 1930's as only a child would see them.

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Ave
Manhattan, NY 10174   Directions

(212) 504-4115

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You may have seen the famous Chrysler Building in some of its small-screen and silver-screen appearances like the Saturday Night Live Coneheads skit, the Futurama cartoon, and movies like Deep Impact, Godzilla, Armageddon, Fantastic Four, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Spiderman, among others. But these cameos don't show this building true justice, and nothing compares to seeing the historic Chrysler Building up-close. The building, completed in 1930, is considered to be one of the finest buildings in New York City and was recently ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

City Treehouse
City Treehouse

129A W 20th St
New York, NY 10011   Directions

(212) 255-2050

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Let the kids have fun exploring and playing at the City Treehouse. Interactive play areas aim to engage and educate small visitors through fun activities that stimulate the mind and inspire the imagination. These activities also encourage social interaction and creativity. This is the ultimate destination for busy little kids who love to learn!

Classic Harbor Line
Classic Harbor Line

62 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011   Directions

(212) 627-1825

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Take in the sights of New York City on a harbor cruise with the Classic Harbor Line, where you can choose from cruising on a classic Schooner or the more elegant Luxury Yacht. The company offers a variety of tours that will showcase views of the Lower Manhattan Skyline, Ellis Island, Governor's Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more.

Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle

848 Columbus Cir
New York City, NY 10019   Directions

(212) 639-9675

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Be sure to get a glimpse of a true New York City landmark and see the famous Columbus Circle. Located at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South and Eighth Avenue, the monument at the center is the point where distances to and from the city are officially measured. The famous sculpture attraction is a marble statue of Christopher Columbus perched on top of a 70-foot granite column, decorated with bronze accents representing Columbus' ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Coney Island
Coney Island

1208 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224   Directions

(718) 372-5159

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The family fun never ends when you're hanging out at Coney Island. The famous Brooklyn destination is home to a variety of attractions that everyone in the family can enjoy. A few places to experience while you and the family visit Coney Island include 12th Street Amusements, Kiddie Park, The Cyclone roller coaster, the New York Aquarium, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, and the Boardwalk.

Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar

1011 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10065   Directions

(646) 735-0078

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"Like a kid in a candy shop" takes on a whole new meaning when you visit Dylan's Candy Bar. From licorice to lollipops, toffee to jelly beans and everything in between, you're sure to find an old favorite or a new obsession here. Plus, the kids will love the sugar rush!

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458   Directions

(718) 881-8900

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The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is located in the Bronx, NYC and is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of Poe Park. Edgar Allan Poe is responsible for works like The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum. Fans of literature will appreciate this attraction.

Ellis Island Museum
Ellis Island Museum

17 Battery Place
New York, NY 10004   Directions

(212) 344-0996

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Visit the Ellis Island Museum to see if any of your ancestors can be found on the "Wall of Honor," a partial list of the immigrants who entered the country through the island. Other exhibits include: Hearing Room, Peak Immigration Years, the Peopling of America, Restoring a Landmark, Silent Voices, Treasures from Home and Ellis Island Chronicles.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10118   Directions

(212) 736-3100

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See the world-famous landmark and renown New York City icon that is the Empire State Building. You and the whole family will be in awe as you take in the view of NYC from the observation deck. Be sure to take a look at the Dare to Dream exhibit on the building's 80th floor.

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