MUSEUMS and ZOOS in New York City, New York
We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for New York City:
Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch)
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NEW YORK CITY, NY
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, open daily 10am-5:45pm (Fri and Sat 10am-8:45pm), admission $. (212) 769-5100. Naturemax Theater information (212) 769-5650.
Hayden Planetarium, 81st Street and Central Park West, part of the American Museum of Natural History, open Monday-Friday 12:30pm-4:45pm, Saturday 10am-5:45pm, Sunday noon-5:45pm October through June, Monday-Friday 12:30pm-4:45pm and Saturday-Sunday noon-4:45pm during the rest of the year. Admission $. (212) 769-5100.
The Children's Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
Museum Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Admission: $. (212) 274-0986
Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, open Wednesday-Friday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday and holidays noon-5 p.m. Admission $. (718) 735-4400.
Statue of Liberty National Monument, ferry service from Battery Park daily on the half-hour 9:30am-4:30pm Memorial Day-Labor Day, at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm the rest of the year, $$. Statue is free. (212) 269-5755, (212) 363-3200.
Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation, on the Coney Island boardwalk, open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5:45pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 10am-5pm the rest of the year. Admission $$. 718-265-FISH.
Staten Island Children's Museum, in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, open Tueday-Sunday 10am-5pm, July-August; noon-5pm the rest of the year. Closed January 1, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $. (718) 273-2060.|
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