New York City is a well-known location for tourist attractions and vacations, but there is more to this part of America than just its City. The whole State boasts many beautiful and exciting locations, making it the perfect destination for families with children. Here are the top 8 family attractions to interest and educate the kids, within the across and across the whole state.
Allegany State Park
With more than 65,000 acres of forests, Allegany is the largest state park in New York. There is so much to see and do here; miles of hiking trails, scenic drives, and nature trails. There are large lakes with boating available, and naturally formed caves to explore along the trails. It is best to spend a few days exploring this huge area, and there are campsites and cottages available.
Formerly known as Fort Carillon, this 18th Century fort has a rich history. It has been attacked and abandoned in the past, but became property of the New York State in 1785, and has been on a watchlist of Natural Historic Landmarks since 1998. It is now a tourist attraction, offering great family fun in the Adirondacks, with an early American military museum and research centre. There are many special events and re-enactments, so check their calendar when planning your visit.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is specifically targeted at children, with the aim to educate and inform them of others and the world they live in. They have a variety of exhibitions and programs, focusing on different cultures and parts of the world, and can be a really day out for kids of all ages.
American Museum of Natural History
This museum is based in New York City, and is famous worldwide for its scientific and cultural projects. The exhibitions here will interest and excite all children; ranging from dinosaurs, the human body, and America’s national parks.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
This Academy of Music (also known as BAM) is the perfect destination for creative children. With a variety of programs and workshops, it is world-renown for being the home of many artists and performers. There are many shows and works on; with dance, opera and film there is something for everyone here.
Coney Island is popular for both adults and children. With an amusement park, aquarium, beaches, and food stalls, it’s a fun day for the whole family.
Statue of Liberty
If you’re visiting New York City, a visit to this iconic landmark is a must. Built to remember the American Independence Day, Lady liberty stands on the harbour front to welcome migrants towards America.
The Catskills are New York’s second most popular destination, and are home to Howe Caverns. There are regular tours which take families deep underground into these magnificent caves. flashlights and headlamps are given out, and you are able to explore the many passageways and formations. The Catskill Forest Preserve is also home to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, with horse-riding, biking and skiing all available.