Attractions

SculptureCenter

The internationally recognized cultural organization is New York’s only nonprofit institution to champion contemporary sculpture in all its forms. While there is no permanent collection, the center commissions new works and stages temporary exhibitions of works by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad throughout the year. 

Hours: Th-M 11 am-6 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Admission: $5 suggested donation, $3 students

SeaGlass Carousel

Battery Park was the original home of the New York Aquarium (now located in Coney Island), and the park honors that history with its newest family-friendly attraction, a $16 million carousel that blends art, architecture and music into a magical underwater environment and experience. Within a monumental glass and steel pavilion, shaped like a nautilus shell, 30 fiberglass fish, lit by LED lights and as large as 9.5 feet wide and 13.5 feet tall, spin and swim. Each ride lasts approximately 3.5 minutes.

Hours: M-F 11 am-7 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-8 pm

Spring 2018: Daily 10 am-10 pm

Shady Ladies Tours

This tour group offers two tours: the Shady Ladies Tours and the Nasty Women tour. While the Shady Ladies tour looks at art that focused on courtesans and royal mistresses (covering the period from Ancient Greece to belle epoque Paris), the Nasty Women tour highlights art that included feisty, path-breaking women in history who became a subject of fascination for artists, which runs the gamut from a female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt to Georgia O’Keeffe and Gertrude Stein.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Eighty-three acres house several gardens and Greek Revival buildings containing art galleries, theaters and a library.

General grounds & botanical garden: Daily dawn-dusk

Galleries: $5 adults, $4 seniors (65+)/students, children under 12 free

Gardens: $5 adults, $4 seniors (65+)/students, children under 12 free

Galleries & Gardens: $8 adults, $7 seniors (65+)/students, children under 12 free

Socrates Sculpture Park

Located on the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens, and with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop, this family-friendly public park is home to an ever-changing selection of large-scale contemporary sculptures and installations.

Hours: Daily 10 am-sunset

Admission: Free

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Four floors of family fun and interactive multimedia exhibits.

Hours: Tu-Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm

Admission: Free, reservations recommended

South Street Seaport Museum

New York City’s history as a world port and place of commerce is explored through photographs, paintings, historic ship models and a variety of other sea-related memorabilia. In the summer months, visitors can go fishing on the museum’s Pioneer schooner and learn maritime skills.

Hours: W-Su 11 am-5 pm

Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors/students, $6 children 6-17, under 5 free

Spyscape

The interactive experience includes a museum of spy artifacts, such as an original Enigma machine from WWII, and immersive spy challenges, such as encryption, deception, surveillance, hacking and special ops. Through testing their spy skills (risk-tolerance, brainpower and personality), visitors are assessed as to which spy role best suits them, from agent handler to cryptologist to intelligence analyst to spymaster. 

A typical visit lasts approximately 1.5-2 hrs, and is recommended for adults and teens.

Open: M-F 10 am-9 pm, Sa & Su 9 am-9 pm, last entry 7:30 pm

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

One of the nation’s largest gothic-style cathedrals, located in the heart of Midtown, is a center of Catholic life.

Masses daily.

Hours: Daily 6:30 am-8:45 pm

Admission: Free

St. Paul's Chapel

Known as the spiritual home to New Yorkers and rescue workers in the months following Sept. 11, 2001, this historic chapel, completed in 1766, is where President George Washington worshipped on his Inauguration Day in 1789. Episcopal Church services on Sunday.

Church and churchyard: Daily 10 am-6 pm

Admission: Free

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