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


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

Staten Island Botanical Garden

Over 20 gardens located on 53 lush acres. Garden Grounds: Daily dawn-dusk. Free. New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden: Nov 1-Mar 31, Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr 1-Oct 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, free children under 12.

Staten Island Children's Museum

Interactive exhibitions, such as Great Explorations and It’s a Dog’s Life, and creative workshops foster youngsters’ natural creativity and curiosity.

Hours: Tu-Su noon-5 pm

Admission: $6 general admission, grandparents on Wed & children under 1 free.

Staten Island Ferry

Though its primary function is serving as a commuter ferry, visitors can take it round-trip to experience stunning views of New York Harbor. Best part: It’s free! Departs weekdays every 20 minutes during rush hours and every half hour nonpeak, weekends every half hour.


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