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5 Best Family Attractions in New York City

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If you’re planning a trip to New York, finding a great hotel like an InterContinental Hotels Group hotel is only one part of the process. You should also plan what family-friendly attractions you want to visit. These five attractions are some of the best that New York has to offer.

Bronx Zoo


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Neighborhood: Pelham Parkway

Underground: Pelham Parkway

At the Bronx Zoo, adults and children discover animals from around the world. Explore the wilderness of the African plains, jungles, and Madagascar. The Bronx Zoo also features various experiences for your family to enjoy. The four-dimensional theater lets you watch a 3-D movie with other sensory effects that make you feel as if you’re in the movie. Join in on a zoo quest, such as the Activity Trail, which teaches you to move like an animal.

American Museum of Natural History

Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Underground: 81st Street

The colossal American Museum of Natural History houses many exhibitions that teach young and old visitors about the world they call home. In the Human Origins and Cultural Halls, discover how humankind evolved and learn about different cultures, such as the Woodlands Indians. Gaze at the ancient fossils of dinosaurs and mammals of ages past. The Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls contain information and exhibits on minerals, meteorites, and rare gems.

New York Hall of Science

Neighborhood: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Underground: 11th Street

The New York Hall of Science allows your entire family to learn about science in a fun way. With 450 permanent exhibits and seasonal displays, there’s always something new to discover. Charlie and Kiwi teach children about the basics of evolution in an easy-to-understand format in Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure. Seeing the Light uses different exhibits to teach visitors how the eye works.

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Neighborhood: Lenox Hill

Underground: Lexington Avenue/59th Street

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory might not exist, but Dylan’s Candy Bar comes close to recreating it. With candy-themed seating and decor like cupcake tables and giant lollipops, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. The shop also sells apparel and gifts, such as cupcake hats, candy-themed pillows, and jewelry. If you’ll be in New York for a special event, such as a birthday, you can rent a party room at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Coney Island

Neighborhood: Coney Island

Underground: Stillwell Avenue

Coney Island is one of the most iconic attractions in New York. This classic entertainment destination features many special events throughout the year, such as magic shows, circus sideshows, and many more. You’ll find several rides and attractions at Coney Island, which are individually owned and managed. In the evening, you may catch a fireworks show. When you get hungry, make sure to have a Coney Island hotdog.

New York has a lot to offer, so make sure you get the most out of your trip. You can’t miss these five attractions, which are great for the entire family. Start planning your trip to New York today, and have a fun, family-friendly getaway.

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