About Suzanne R
Lives in Brooklyn, New York
Since Jul 2010
25-34 year old female
I'm a bicoastal gal, with parts of my heart (and life) in both New York and San Francisco. I travel to connect, to explore, and to be amazed. To me, the best trips include: places with a fascinating history, natural beauty that leaves me speechless, off-the-beaten-path gems, local food/designers/vendors, and a handful of accidental adventures. (I also adore a good ghost hunt or historical reenactment.
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Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
What's not to love about giant store filled with life-size stuffed animals and just about every toy imaginable? Plus, you can bound around on that enormous piano like Tom Hanks did in "Big" (then take them home and watch the movie!)
You'll like it for the expansive (and stunning views of the bridges, Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan skyline. The kids will like it for its uber-cool playground, a 1.6 acre space featuring a "Water Lab" (with jets, a water channel, and smooth boulder rocks), "Slide Mountain" (a climbing structure with fast slides), "Sandbox Village," (the biggest sandbox in Brooklyn replete with pioneer-village) and "Swing Valley" (with swings, Tarzan ropes, and six-seaters).
The only theater in the city devoted to kids, this off-Broadway spot has a lively schedule of puppet shows, musicals, dance performances, and storytelling sessions.
The revered AMNH is a must-visit in New York. Situated on right on Central Park, the stately (and enormous) building houses a scientific playground, with gems and dioramas and, of course, that famous dino skeleton.
You will wait in line at the famed dessert spot, but the kids will love the experience once inside. Decor is fanciful and feels a like part old-fashioned ice cream parlor, part Mad Hatter tea party, and the menu offers American standbys like burgers and hot dogs. But let's be honest: You came for the dessert, and dessert you shall have.
It may be a bit of a trek to Staten Island, but for history lovers, Historic Richmond Town is a fun destination (plus an opportunity to say you've hit another borough!). The living history museum features more than 30 original historic structures, plus many artifacts, photographs, and archival collections dating back to the 17th century. Kids will love interacting with the "townspeople" and exploring New York's oldest continuously working farm.
This outdoor oasis is a great place for the kids to run and for you to escape the throngs of the city for a bit. It offers vast green spaces and some of the best Statue of Liberty views to be had. Plus, there is a sculptural mini-golf course.
The extravagant transit hub is awe-inspiring for visitors of all ages. There is something incredible about staring up at that zodiac ceiling amid the buzz of people around.
This vast and lovely children's bookstore is revered by New York parents and kids for good reason. It's warm and welcoming, with a wide selection of books, including some out-of-print titles. The seating area with its throw pillows just screams "sit and read here," and the famous Oz section exhibits original kid-lit illustrations.
It would be hard to have a family guide without mentioned Central Park, a veritable fairyland for children and adults alike. There are countless playgrounds, plus boating (both model and real) and a fantastic zoo.