New York Aquarium

More than 8,000 marine animals representing 350 species live in replicas of the ocean at this family-favorite attraction in Coney Island.

Thru May 25, 2018: Daily 10 am-4:30 pm (last entry 3:30 pm)

May 26-Sept. 1, 2018: Daily 10 am-6 pm (last entry 5 pm)

Admission: $11.95 ages 3 and up, children 2 and under free

New York Botanical Garden

Miles of impressively lush gardens and walking trails, educational programs, free tours and a hands-on children’s adventure garden offer an escape from the city.

Hours: Tu-Su 10 am-6 pm. January-February: Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm

Grounds-only admission (New York City residents only): $13 adults, $6 seniors (65+)/students, $3 children 2-12, children under 2 free.

New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

Enclosed behind the Meandering Cloud Wall, the garden is a veritable journey over fishponds, through pavilions, in between bamboo plants and into a peaceful teahouse. Apr. 1-Oct. 31: Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, children under 12 free. (Tickets include admission into Snug Harbor’s Connie Gretz Secret Garden.)

New York City Fire Museum

Fire-related art and artifacts, including pre-Civil War fire engines. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adults, $5 seniors/children under 12, under 2 free.

New York City Police Memorial

The names of officers who died in the line of duty are featured on a granite wall. Open-air, 24-hrs. Free.

New York CityPASS

The discount pass provides prepaid access to six New York City attractions:

• Empire State Building

• American Museum of Natural History

• The Metropolitan Museum of Art

• A choice between Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• A choice between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

• A choice between the National September 11 Memorial & Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

New York Hall of Science

Although designed primarily for children, this hands-on learning center appeals to the scientist in everyone. Visitors explore biology, physics, chemistry and technology through more than 450 permanent exhibitions. 

Hours: M-F 9:30 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm

Admission: $16 adults, $13 seniors (62+)/college students/children ages 2-17

New York Public Library

Exhibits covering literary, historical, philosophical and fine art themes are on view at the nation’s most famous library, the block-long Beaux Arts Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Hours: M, Th-Sa 10 am-6 pm, Tu-W 10 am-8 pm, Su 1-5 pm

Admission: Free

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Collections and exhibits pertaining to all aspects of the performing arts, including dance, music, recorded sound and theater, reside in the heart of Lincoln Center.

Hours: M & Th 10:30 am-8 pm, Tu-W, F-Sa 10:30 am-6 pm 

Admission: Free

New York Skyride

This 30-minute, virtual simulator gives an exciting aerial tour of the city and over 30 of its sights. Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $42 adults, $37 seniors (62+), $33 children 12 and under.


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