If you're visiting New York City with a toddler or preschooler, these are great places to check out on your vacation.
1. American Museum of Natural History
Rainy Day Friendly! From the famous dinosaurs to the Living Sea exhibit, young children will be enthralled by everything from fossils to gems. The museum also offers activities and programs specifically for families and children, including story hour and science and nature programs.
2. Bronx Zoo
With over 4,000 animals to visit, the Bronx Zoo is a great place for children of all ages. The bug carousel, children's zoo and camel rides are sure to be a hit with young children (additional charges apply).
3. Central Park
4. Children's Museum of Manhattan
Rainy Day Friendly! Frequently changing exhibits at the Children's Museum of Manhattan are interactive and engaging for young children and primarily book-themed. During the summer the "City Splash" exhibit offers an outdoor water-play area (bringing extra clothes and/or a towel encouraged).
5. Brooklyn Children's Museum
Rainy Day Friendly! Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created specifically for children when it first opened in 1899. The Totally Tots exhibit is specifically geared toward children five and under, and features interactive experiences to promote literacy and development.
6. New York Aquarium
7. New York Hall of Science
Rainy Day Friendly! More than half of the 400 exhibits at the New York Hall of Science are hands-on, which is a great way for children of all ages to learn about science. The Science Playground features fun exhibits on balance, sound and more.