Castle Clinton National Monument

Located in Battery Park, this historic open-air fort was built to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812 and was renamed Castle Clinton in 1821 to honor onetime mayor and governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Having served as an opera house, immigration center, entertainment complex and aquarium, it now offers guided tours and an exhibit room devoted to key periods in the monument’s history. Castle Clinton is also the departure point for ferries to the Statue of LIberty.

Daily 7:45 am-5 pm


Center for Architecture

Architectural movements are explored through seminars, films and exhibitions.

Hours: M-F 9 am-8 pm, Sa 11 am-5 pm

Galleries admission: Free

Center for Cuban Studies

Paintings, drawings, sculpture, posters, prints, books and more by Cuban and Cuban-American artists, as well as lectures, films and Spanish classes.

Gallery hours: M-F 11 am-7 pm, Sa noon-6 pm

Admission: Free

Center for Italian Modern Art

The nonprofit organization, founded in 2013, seeks to advance public understanding and promote scholarly research on modern and contemporary Italian art through annual exhibitions and cultural programs

Oct. 19, 2018-June 15, 2019: “Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi and Carrà.”

Hours: F & Sa 1-6 pm, guided tours at 11 am and 2 pm.

Admission: $10

Center for Jewish History

Five major entities of Jewish learning are housed in this museum, including the American Jewish Historical Society and the Leo Black Institute. The center holds over 100 million archival documents, 500,000 library volumes and exhibitions culled from tens of thousands of works of art.

Hours: Su 11 am-5 pm, M & W 9:30 am-8 pm, Tu & Th 9:30 am-5 pm, F 9:30 am-4 pm

Admission: Free

Central Park

Stretching from 59th to 110th streets and between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West, the popular urban paradise—New York City’s backyard—spans 843 lush acres containing woodlands, lawns, gardens, paths and the Central Park Zoo. And, if you are in the mood for romance, try a horse-drawn carriage ride around, or through, Central Park.

Central Park Zoo

Snow leopards, penguins, sea lions, red pandas and more make their home in Manhattan’s largest park.

Hours: April-Oct.: M-F 10 am-5 pm., Sa-Su 10 am-5:30 pm Nov.-March: Daily 10 am-4:30 pm

General admission: $13.95 adults, $10.95 seniors (65+), $8.95 children ages 3-12

Total experience (includes main zoo, children’s zoo and 4-D theater): $19.95 adults, $16.95 seniors (65+), $14.95 children 3-12

Chelsea Piers

This multisport, 30-acre waterfront facility features two indoor ice-skating rinks, an indoor swimming pool, a golf driving range, gymnasium, weight-training room, track, batting cages, the largest rock climbing wall in the Northeast and a full-service spa for men and women. Hours/prices vary.

Chelsea Waterside Park

Two and a half acres overlook the Hudson River and include a children-friendly water park, open fields, a dog run and basketball court.

Children's Museum of the Arts

The nonprofit organization takes a hands-on approach to introducing children to the arts. Exhibitions of adult and children’s artwork are designed to inspire discussions between young and old.

Hours: M noon-5 pm, Th-F noon-6 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm Closed on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Admission: $12 adults & children, seniors (65+) & Th 4-6 pm pay what you wish, children under 1 free


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