Family Voyage in NYC
At The Benjamin Hotel, we have created a curated list of family activities for kids of all ages in New York City for you to discover.
Designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, it is the most-visited urban park in the entire country. Central Park has some amazing pockets of fun like the historic carousel near south of strawberry field. You can enjoy the ride or take a ton of pictures here. There’s also the Belvedere Castle which was recently renovated and is a big hit with the kids. Or if you are looking for a zoo for a little one the Central Park Zoo has bird, penguins and a feeding section which will keep them entertained. Insider Tip: there are multiple food options in the park to get snacks one by the boat pond (enter on 72nd and 5th) and the other just north of strawberry fields.
Closest entrance to hotel on 59th and Fifth Avenue
Distance from Hotel: 1 mile or a 20 minute walk
The Natural History Museum
Home of many scavenger hunts and the world’s largest collection of dinosaurs. That’s got to get the attention of your tots. Collect the Kids’ Guide and get ready for a fun-filled day. Head to the Discovery Room where kids from 5-12 years get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific research and check out specimens and rare artifacts. Also, don’t skip the Hayden Planetarium. It’s one of the best in all of America and a New York City Iconic museum. Insider Tip: There is a shake shack around the corner if your kids love burgers!!
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024-5102
Distance from Hotel 2.2 miles or a 45 minute walk
Roosevelt Island and Tram
This is one of those vintage modes of transport you don’t see everywhere that offers unique views of New York City. Once you get there, you can explore Southpoint Park next to the river or head towards the North Point Lighthouse. Insider tip, you can use a metro card and the tram runs every fifteen minutes.
E 60 St &2 Av, New York NY 10022
Distance to hotel .2 miles
PJ Clarke’s offers traditional American pub food and burgers, but still stands out amongst the rest in the city and is not to be missed. The den of beef may be known for its burgers—including The “Cadillac” made with double-smoked country bacon and American cheese—but you won’t go wrong with steak frites, baby back ribs, or a country-style chicken pot pie either. Great sliders suited to make kids of all ages happy.
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
If you feel like exploring something indoors, here are another five floors of fun called the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to the rescue. Here you will find interactive exhibits that allow children to dance and perform but also snag in a quick story and other low-key activities. It’s right next to Central Park so you always have the option of heading out if it turns out to be a pleasant day.
212 W 83rd St
New York, NY 10024
Distance from hotel: 3 miles