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Watch the birds in the aviary, hear the sea lions bark and feed the animals in the Queens Zoo petting zoo.
Admire the flowers, take a stand in the shade of the trees and smell the roses at the Queens Botanical Garden.
Rent a bike or pedal boat to explore some of the more than 900 acres of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Let yourself be splashed by the iconic Unisphere fountains.
Hop aboard the Carousel, Choo Choo, Frog Hopper, and other kid-friendly little rides in Fantasy Forest Amusement Park.
Ride one of the animals in the historic forest park carousel, show your strength on the high striker or win a prize in the ring throw.
Admire the outdoor art exhibits and take in views of the Manhattan skyline at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.
Discover a piece of Pepsi-Cola history at Gantry Plaza State Park. Cool off in the mist fountain and prepare your fresh catches on the cleaning table at the fishing pier.
Visit the land that has fed New Yorkers for over three centuries at the Queens County Farm Museum. Say hello to the animals and collect fresh produce from the farm stand.
Take a look at the city’s geological past in the wetlands, mud flats, grasslands and forest of Alley Pond Park, which sits on the site of a glacier-formed moraine. Visit more than 80 animal ambassadors and see the programs available at the park’s Environmental Center.
Head to the ball game at Citi Field. If you are lucky you will be able to see the apple home run in action.
Spot the tail of a whale or diving dolphins on a whale and dolphin watching cruise with American Princess Cruises.
Explore the vast shaded grounds of the Bronx Zoo. Climb aboard the Bug Carousel or climb high in the Nature Trek for a bird’s-eye view.
Admire the giant and whimsical sculptures by Yayoi Kusama on display at the New York Botanical Garden. Go on a scavenger hunt and witness story time in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.
Wind your way through the adventure ropes course or zipline on the Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure.
Catch a game at the iconic Yankee Stadium. Arrive early and enjoy a visit to the New York Yankees Museum before the game.
Spot the fish swimming in the water garden, admire the breathtaking views of the Hudson, and trek through the forest at Wave Hill. Family art projects take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Explore New York’s native forests and wetlands in the expansive Van Cortlandt Park. Take a walk on one of the nature trails, discover some of the five playgrounds or relax in the sun on the lawn.
Visit Groundhog Chuck and Friends at the Staten Island Zoo. Observe the bees in the apiary and say hello to otters, foxes, horses and leopards.
Take a peek at New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, one of the country’s two authentic Classical Chinese Gardens, and enjoy over a hundred varieties of roses in the rose garden at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden.
Take a guided weekend tour of historic Richmond to learn how New Yorkers lived centuries ago and make your kids thankful for modern conveniences.
Depart from the Greenbelt Nature Center to take one of the many hiking trails. Check the calendar of events for other nature center programs.
Built on the site of the infamous landfill of the same name, Freshkills Park, although still under development, has several areas open to the public. Visitors can climb the Schmul Park’s play equipment or cycle along the 3.2-mile New Springville Greenway.
Admire the Statue of Liberty up close from the adjoining grounds (it is currently not possible to enter Lady Liberty’s interior). Stop at Ellis Island on your trip and learn about the arrival of millions of immigrants to the United States.
Use your MetroCard to take the streetcar from the East Side of Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. Enjoy the green space of Four Freedoms Park or visit one of the historic sites located on the island.
Take in views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty while biking or walking the car-free roads of Governor’s Island. Enjoy art exhibitions, musical performances, mini-golf, zipline, playgrounds and more!
Take the 103rd Street walkway to Randall’s Island and enjoy 10 miles of trails for walking or biking. Check out the event calendar for details on story time, movie nights and other family events.