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Take Your Family To The Brooklyn Waterfront

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Here is why You need to come to Brooklyn: You’re visiting New York City with kids and you need something a little quieter (face it: less completely insane) than Times Square. Museums offer some calm, but your kids are unlikely to last more than half an hour in the Met and it’s just too hard to explain why they can’t climb on the Brancusi’s at MOMA.  Take a tip from local parents and hit the outer boroughs.  Brooklyn is hip and cheap and it offers lots of activities that will please kids and parents alike (sometimes at the same time).

The places mentioned in this video:


DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

How to Get there:

Subway. Take the A or C to High Street or the F to York Street. Both are the first stop in Brooklyn.


Admire the views of the skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from Fulton Ferry Pier, or Brooklyn Bridge Park.


There are toddler playgrounds on Pier 1 at the Northern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 5. Pier 6, for preschoolers up to age 12 is at the south end, near the beach volleyball courts. It has a “water lab,” for summer splashing, giant slides, tarzan swings, funky climbing structures and an enormous sand play area for the under-5 set. The first time I saw it I wished I was a kid again.  Halfway in-between is an outdoor summer roller rink on Pier 2, with great prices and views but not the best floor. kayaking and nice walking paths. Around the bend from Pier 1 is the alluring Jane’s Carousel

On weekends you can catch a free five-minute ferry to Governor’s island here.  From GI catch take a second quick ferry across to Manhattan. Wave to Lady Liberty on the way.


Real thin-crust New York style pizza at Grimaldi’s, gourmet chocolate at Jacques Torres and ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or Ample Hills (Tiny Traveler dreams about their ice cream). Shake Shack has opened an outpost as has Luke’s lobster (the lobster rolls are pricey; the crab rolls are a better deal). Almondine is a yummy yummy bakery. And the Bridges is a reliable pub.

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