American Folk Art Museum: Features a wide variety and most interesting collection of Folk Art. Exhibits are constantly changing.
American Museum of Natural History: The American Museum of Natural History Open in 1869. It hosts a revolving series of temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see.
Central Park Zoo: Contains more than 150 species and plenty of baby animals for the children to enjoy.
Children's Museum of Manhattan: Is an interactive museum designed for the children in mind and is a great place to visit for family outings.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum: The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience and speaks to the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island. It's well done interactive presentations and overall history is well worth the trip to the museum.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Housed on a retired World War II aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River, this floating museum holds some of the most iconic air, space and sea vessels in history including the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: Home to many of the world's leading music, dance and theater organizations, Lincoln Center is jam-packed with programming throughout the year.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: offers a wealth of medieval art, horticulture and architecture with expansive views of the Hudson River and gardens styled after plots from the Middle Ages. It hosts a vast and diverse collection of over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history.
Museum of Modern Art: The Museum of Modern Art is the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art. MoMA has a diverse collection and has something for everyone, including kids.
New York Historical Society Museum: No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Historical Society Museum where four centuries of history, art and artifacts tell the story of American through the eyes of New York.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum which pays homage to all those who lost their lives and those responders who tried to offer assistance on that fateful day. The displays are very moving and may be emotionally troubling for some.