National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Within the original footprints of the Twin Towers are two massive pools consisting of 30-foot cascading waterfalls and parapets, on which are inscribed the names of nearly 3,000 victims from the 9/11 attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, as well as the Feb. 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing. Adjacent to the memorial is a museum detailing the history and impact of 9/11 by means of recovered artifacts and multimedia displays.

Memorial Hours: Daily 7:30 am-9 pm

Memorial admission: Free

Neue Galerie New York

The elegant town-house museum is dedicated to 20th-century German and Austrian fine and decorative art and design by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix and others.

Hours: Th-M 11 am-6 pm

Admission: $22 adults, $16 seniors (65+), $12 students, first F of the month 6-9 pm free. Children under 12 not admitted; children 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult

New Museum

Boasting seven levels of gallery space, this museum explores contemporary cutting-edge art in a variety of mediums by American and international artists.

Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-6 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm

Admission: $18 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students, under 18 free, pay what you wish Th 7-9 pm

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


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