Activities In New York For Kids

New York, a city with abundant activities

New York abounds in activities not only for adults but for children as well. Kids can enjoy numerous outdoor pursuits and visit many educational attractions that spark their interest in the arts, science and nature. No matter what time of the year, New York has something to offer active and curious children to keep them busy and entertained.

Outdoor Recreation

New York has an endless list of outdoor recreational opportunities. Whether families choose mountains, lakes or beaches, New York’s state and national parks are filled with outdoor activities for the entire family. Kids can swim in the children’s wading pool, enjoy a picnic or take a walk on trails in Saratoga Spa State Park. In 16,212-acre Finger Lakes National Forest, children can walk on trails, camp, go fishing, horseback ride and view wildlife. Children will also enjoy boating, rafting and tubing in Lake George.

Saratoga Spa State Park

19 Roosevelt Drive

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

518-584-2535

saratogaspastatepark.org

Finger Lakes National Forests Headquatrers

5218 State Route 414

Hector, NY 14841

607-546-4470

fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/fingerlakes/f_home.htm

Lake George

lakegeorge.com

Amusement Parks

Families can spend a day at the Adventure Racing Family Fun Center in Queensbury and play in the game room, challenge friends to a game of laser tag or paintball, go rock climbing, and ride indoor bumper cars and go-karts. Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course in Bolton Landing offers tree-top adventures with six courses, over 100 obstacles, zip lines, rope bridges, swings, slides, nets and ladders. In Farmingdale, kids can go on more than 30 rides in Adventureland. From April through October, Amparo Family Fun Center in Liberty lets kids enjoy six paintball fields, a paintball target range, an inflatable bounce house, a mini-golf course, a T-ball practice range, arts, crafts and birthday parties.

Adventure Racing Family Fun Center

1079 Route 9

Queensbury, NY 12804

518-798-7860

gocartslakegeorge.com

Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course

35 Westwood Forest Lane

Bolton Landing, NY 12814

518-494-7200

adirondackextreme.com

Adventureland

2245 Broadhollow Road Route 110

Farmingdale, NY 11735

631-694-6868

adventureland.us

Amparo Family Fun Center

2807 Route 52 W.

Liberty, NY 12754

845-292-2386

myspace.com/amaprofuncenter

Animals

Animal lovers can visit Adirondack Animal Land in Broadalbin to see more than 500 animals and take a safari ride. Guests view exotic animals at The Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville where children can also bottle-feed baby farm animals, go on pony and train rides and enjoy shows. At the American Museum of Natural History in New York, children can learn through exhibits in the Dinosaur Hall, Hall of Biodiversity, Hall of Planet Earth, Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium.

Adirondack Animal Land

3554 State Hwy. Route 30

Broadalbin, NY 12025

518-883-5748

adirondackanimalland.com

The Animal Farm Petting Zoo

296 Wading River Road

LIE Exit 69

Manorville, NY 11949

631-878-1785

afpz.org

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park W. at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024

212-769-5100

amnh.org

Museums

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has a play area for toddlers and educational exhibits that teach children about world cultures, history and science and nature. See live animals and a collection of 30,000 historical artifacts. Children’s Museum of the Arts displays children’s artwork and has a performing arts venue. The museum also offers programs that introduce children to art-making tools and workshops for creating art. Children will also enjoy interactive exhibits and virtual, multisensory technology and view restored aircraft and submarines at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11213

718-735-4400‎

brooklynkids.org

Children’s Museum of the Arts

182 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10013

212-941-9198

cmany.org

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W. 46th Street and Twelfth Ave.

New York, NY 10036

intrepidmuseum.org