Below is a listing of many attractions that are open during January and February’s winter break. Please call or email in advance of your trip to confirm the list information (prices, hours, location, etc.). Though we tried to be as inclusive as possible, it is impossible to include every attraction within the New York area.
New York CityPass tickets are booklets with discounted tickets to the following listed attractions in New York City. They’re available for purchase online at www.citypass.com/city/ny, or at any of the participating locations for use at the American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cloisters, The Guggenheim Museum, and your choice of a Circle Line sightseeing Cruise or a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Cruise. During the Winter Special, CityPass is valid from now to March 31. Youth (12-17), $54 ($93.50 value); Adults, $74 ($134 value). For children under 12, it’s cheaper to buy tickets at the individual attractions, but you will have to wait in line to do so. CityPass booklets are also available for Philadelphia and Boston at www.citypass.com.
Where: 820 Main Street, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27, Rte. 8-25 Ex. 3)
Contact: 203-331-1104; www.barnum-museum.org
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday;
Tues.-Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun., Noon-4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; College Students, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors, $5
Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum contains collections of material related to the career of P.T. Barnum (1810-91). The museum is a resource for information about the Barnum family, the building of the circus, and the larger history of Bridgeport.
Beardsley Zoological Gardens
Where: 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport (I-95 Ex. 27A)
Contact: 203-394-6565; www.beardsleyzoo.org
Hours: Daily, 9 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-12), $9; Adults, $11; Seniors, $9
36 acres of exhibits, ranging from North American mammals to exotic rain forest animals. Picnic area, gift shop. Wild Wednesdays in January include free carousel rides for every child.
Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Where: 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Contact: 203-372-3521; www.discoverymuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., Noon-5 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children (5-8), $7; Students, $7; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7
Explore the world of Animatronics and visual effects in the exciting new How to Make a Monster exhibit, featured through January 25th.
Bush-Holley Historic Site & Visitor Center
Where: 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob/ Greenwich (off exit 4)
Contact: 203-869-6899; www.hstg.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Gallery, Tues.- Sun., Noon-4 pm;
Tours are only on weekends between Noon and 4
Admission: Children under 6, free; Students, $4; Adults, $6; Seniors, $4; Groups of 10 or more must make reservations at a rate of $4 per person
Learn about the history of the Bush-Holley House, from the Colonial-era family that lived there through the art colony that grew there.
Where: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton (I-95 Ex. 86)
Contact: 800-343-0079; www.ussnautilus.org
Hours: Closed Tuesdays;
Weds.-Mon., 9 am-4 pm; Ship closes at 3:45 pm
Admission: Free; Groups of 25 or more should call 2 weeks ahead for reservations
The Nautilus was the first nuclear powered submarine, shattering all submerged speed and distance records. It was the first ship to cross the North Pole, in August of 1958.
Where: Bridge & Thames Streets, Groton (I-95 Ex. 85N/86S)
Visit the USS Flasher Submarine Monument, the USS Croaker Submarine Memorial, Fort Griswold State Park, and the Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Tower.
Mark Twain’s House
Where: 351 Farmington Avenue at Woodland Street, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 46)
Contact: 860-247-0998; www.marktwainhouse.org
Hours: Museum, Closed Tuesdays; Mon., Weds.-Sat., 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sun., Noon-5:30 pm;
Historic House, guided tours only; Last tour at 4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-16), $8; Adults, $14; Seniors, $12; Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
The Mark Twain House is a National Historic Landmark, 19-room, Tiffany-decorated Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived with his family.
Where: 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic
Contact: 860-536-1216; www.dpnc.org
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Children uunder 13, $5; Adults, $8; Seniors, $5
The Nature Center is a mix of a wild-life sanctuary and education center. Be sure to check the calendar on their website for special events in January and February.
Where: 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic (I-95 Ex. 90)
Contact: 860-572-5955; www.mysticaquarium.org
Hours: Daily, Entry 10 am-4 pm; Aquarium closes at 5 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults, $24; Seniors 65 and over, $21; Group rates available for 10 or more with reservations; Tickets can be validated for 3 days
With a Discovery Lab, Sea Lion Shows, Immersion Theater, and much more!
Mystic Seaport Museum
Where: 75 Greemanville Avenue, Mystic
Contact: 888-9-SEAPORT (732-7678); www.mysticseaport.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 6, free; Children (6-17), $9.50; Students with valid ID, $13; Active Military, $13; Adults, $15; Seniors, $13; Validated tickets may be used for a 2nd consecutive day; Group rates are available; tickets may be purchased online
Mystic Seaport features a museum, a 19th Century village, and a Preservation Shipyard. Highlights include a presentation on February 19 about a submarine that mysteriously disappeared in 1942.
New London, CT
Where: 625 Williams Street, New London
Contact: 860-443-2545; www.lymanallyn.org
Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;
Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 1 pm-5 pm;
Admission: Children under 12, free; Students, $7; Adults, $8, Seniors, $7
Lyman Allyn Art Museum works include European paintings as well as contemporary works by American artists. The Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic exhibit, highlighting the work of Walter Wick (photographer of the I Spy books), will be featured through Jan. 26.
U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Where: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London (I-95 Ex. 83; I-395 Ex. 78)
Contact: 860-444-8511; www.uscg.mil/hq/cg092/museum
Hours: Closed weekends through January 10;
Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4:30 pm
One of the nation’s four military academies. Visitors Pavilion features a multimedia show on cadet life as well as collections of recruiting and propaganda posters, art from World War II, and swords, uniforms, and accoutrements.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Where: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk (I-95 Ex. 14N/15S)
Contact: 203-852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org; Group reservations call between 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm;
IMAX films: Daily, call for schedule.
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8.50; Adults, $10.50; Seniors, $9.50;
IMAX Admission; Children, $6; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50; Tickets may be purchased online
Seal feedings take place 3 times a day; Winter Creature Cruises sail Jan. 4 & 18 and Feb. 1 & 15. IMAX Theater features the Grand Canyon Adventure, and Wild Ocean.
Where: 151 Brookdale Road, Northern Stamford
Contact: 203-322-6971; www.bartlettarboretum.org
Hours: Daily,8:30 am-Sunset;
Visitor’s Center, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Arboretum, free;
Gardens, Adults, $6; Weds., free
The 91 acre property features 15 acres of lawns and formal gardens, 10 hiking trails, and 3 acres of wildflowers. Private tours may be arranged by calling the office, extension 15.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Where: 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
Contact: 203-322-1646; www.stamfordmuseum.org
Hours: Bendel Mansion and Galleries, Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-5 pm;
Heckscher Farm, Daily, 9 am-4 pm;
Nature’s Playground, Daily, 9 am-5 pm (weather permitting);
Animal Embassy, Closed Mondays; Tues.-Sun., 10 am-2 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; Students (18+) with valid ID, $6; Adults, $8; Seniors (65+), $6;
Planetarium, Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children 5 and up, $2; Adults, $3
Pets in America exhibit is open through Feb. 1; visitors are encouraged to contribute their own images and stories, although actual pets are not allowed. Weekends in January and February, the museum will be making their own snow for sledding and snow fights.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Where: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst
Contact: 413-658-1100; www.carlemuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., Noon-5 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; Youth (1-18), $5; Student with valid ID, $5; Teacher with valid ID, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors (65+), $5; Family (2 Adults & 2 Youths or 1 Adult & 3 Youths), $20
Current exhibitions include Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children’s Books, Selections from The Art of Eric Carle, through January 25, and Petra Mathers: Lottie’s New Friend. 80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be on exhibit starting February 10.
Where: 290 Wood Road., Braintree
Contact: 781-848-2300, www.f1boston.com
Hours: Hours of Operation, Sun., 9 am-10 pm; Mon.-Thur., 9 am-11 pm; Fri.-Sat., 9 am-Midnight;
Racing Hours, Sun., 9 am-10 pm; Mon.-Thur., Noon-10 pm; Fri., Noon-11 pm; Sat., 9 am-11 pm Admission: To race at F1 Boston all drivers must be over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license in order to obtain an F1 Boston Race license. Day License, $10.00; Annual License, $25.00; Competition License, $40.00; Track, $28.00; Reservations recommended
With racing and billiards, F1Boston is a better suited to the older kids. By older kids, we may mean adults.
Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston
Contact: 617-226-6666; www.boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp
Hours: Daily tours, 10 am-3 pm, every hour on the hour
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-15), $6; Adults, $8; Group tours available for groups between 10 and 50 people
Tour Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Curt Schilling, Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, and Carl Yastrzemski. Tour features a 40 minute interactive video.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (Boston CityPass)
Where: Columbia Point, Boston
Contact: 866-JFK-1960; www.jfklibrary.org
Hours: Daily, 9 am-5 pm; Last Introductory Film at 3:55 pm
Admission: Children under 13, free; Youth (13-17), $7; Students with valid ID, $8; Adults, $10; Seniors (62+), $8
The JFK Museum not only is dedicated to JFK, his records, and his memory, but to addressing current issues with the open style JFK was known for.
Photo Tours of Boston
Where: Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Freedom Trail, Boston
Contact: 617-851-2273; www.photowalks.com
Hours: Beacon Hill, Mon.-Tues., 10 am;
Back Bay, Weds.-Thur., 1 pm; Sun, 10 am;
Tues., Fri., Sun., 1 pm
Admission: Youth (10-17), $12; Adults, $25;
Back Bay only, Youth (10-17), $15;, Adults, $30;
Advance purchase required; Tickets available for purchase online
Novices to experts will enjoy these walking tours of Boston with information about the city and tips on photography. Private tours, group tours, customized tours, and scavenger hunts are available by special request.
Skywalk Observatory (Boston CityPass)
Where: 800 Boylston Stret, Boston
Contact: 617-859-0648; www.topofthehub.net
Hours: Daily, 10 am-8 pm
Admission: Children under 13, $7.50; Students with valid ID, $9; Active Military, free; Adults, $11; Seniors (62+), $9
The Skywalk Observatory is the place to go for views of Boston and surrounding areas. You can also learn about the history of immigration in Boston at the Dreams of Freedom Museum. Group reservations are available.
Sandwich Glass Museum
Where: 129 Main St., Sandwich
Contact: 508-888-0251; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org
Hours: Closed January; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays;
Weds.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-14), $1.25; Adults, $5
Collection of 5,000 pieces of antique glass; Recreation of the home of Rebecca Burgess, who acted as navigator on board a clipper ship headed to Chile in the 1850s.
Old Sturbridge Village
Where: 1 Old Strubridge Road, Sturbridge
Contact: 508-347-3362; www.osv.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Youths (3-17), $7; Adults, $20; Seniors (65 and older), $18; Military discount available with valid ID; Group rates available by advance reservation
Old Sturbridge Village, staffed with history interpreters, is the largest outdoor museum in the Northeast. Check the Activities & Events page on their website for calendar listings in January and February.
Where: 111 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood (Exit 120, Garden State Pkwy)
Contact: 732-583-4600; www.funtimeamerica.com
Hours: Sun., 10 am-10 pm; Mon.-Weds., Noon-9 pm; Thur., Noon-10 pm; Fri., Noon-11 pm; Sat., 10 am-Midnight
Admission: Free, pay for rides and games individually
Safe family fun, ranging from a Rock Wall to Laser Tag. A Science Center, Video Arcade, and Softplay Castle add to the options. Value Packages available.
Florham Park, NJ
Imagine That !!! Discovery Museum for Children
Where: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
Contact: 973-966-8000; www.imaginethatmuseum.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5:30 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; Children, $9.95; Adults, $7.95; Children must be accompanied by an adult; No strollers allowed
16,000 square foot Interactive Children’s Museum for toddlers to age 8. Over 50 safe hands-on exhibits to explore. Check the Calendar page on their website for Weekend activities.
Jersey City, NJ
Liberty Science Center
Where: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Contact: 201-200-1000; www.lsc.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm; Sun., 9 am-5 pm
Admission: Children under 2, free;
Exhibits, Junior (2-12), $11.50; Adult (13+), $15.75; Teacher, $5; Senior (62+), $11.50;
IMAX, Junior (6-12), $7; Adult (13+), $9; Teacher, $8; Senior, $7; Combo Tickets vailable;
IMAX Movies are not suitable for children under 6; Group prices available
Exhibits cover topics such as infection, the food chain, fossil fuels, and skyscrapers. Special events are listed on their website on the Public Programming page. Movie listings are on the Theaters page.
The Newark Museum
Where:49 Washington Street, Newark
Contact: 973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Open Monday January 19 and Monday February 16
Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm;
Admission: Museum, Members, free; Children, $6; Students with valid ID, $6; Adults, $9; Seniors with valid ID, $6;
Planetarium, Children under 12, $2; Students with valid ID, $2; Adults, $3; Seniors with valid ID, $2; Discounts available
With a wide variety of exhibits, tours, galleries, and a Junior Museum, there’s plenty to explore. Check the Family Programs Calendar on their website to see what special activities, tours, and shows are featured each day.
Bergen County Zoological Park
Where: Forest Ave, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-3771 ext 10; www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/parks/zoo.htm
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm
The zoo, situated in Van Saun Park, has a wide variety of animals living in recreated natural habitats. The zoo includes a petting area and playground.
New Jersey Children’s Museum
Where: 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-5151; www.njcm.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; All others, $10 plus tax per person; Group rates are available
Play and learning areas include the Wild West, a Ballet Studio, a Giant Train Set, and a Construction Zone. January 18 is the 12th annual Teddy Bear Weekend Jamboree. See their website for details.
Garden State Exhibit Center, Kids Fun Fair and Traveling Zoo
Where: 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset
Contact: 732-469-4000; www.commerfordzoo.com
Hours: Sun., Jan. 18, 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 12, free; All others $10 per person; Game and ride tickets are $2 each
With games, rides, and animals, this indoor Fair and Zoo are not to be missed!
West Orange, NJ
Where: 560 North Field Ave, West Orange
Contact: 973-731-5800; www.turtlebackzoo.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-3:30 pm; Park closes half hour after last admission
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children, $3; Adults, $6; Seniors, $3
The zoo features a new endangered species carousel. Group rates are available for groups over 15 people; winter season group rates are $3 per person (pre-paid). Information as well as a map can be found on the website.
Where: Bronx River Parkway & Fordham Rd, Bronx
Contact: 718-367-1010; www.bronxzoo.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $11; Adult, $15; Senior (65+), $13; Wednesday is pay-what-you-wish day; Parking $12;
Congo Gorilla Forest, $1-$3, depending on the weather;
Zucker Bug Carousel, $2
Tickets are available online. We highly suggest that you use the map on the website to plan your day; due to the size of the zoo you can’t see all animals in one day.
New York Botanical Gardens
Where: 200 Street & Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Contact: 718-817-8700; www.nybg.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $5; Students with valid ID, $11; Adults, $13; Seniors, $11
Tickets include Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Rock and Native Plant Gardens (weather permitting), the Tram Tour (weather permitting), and The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library. Groups of 15 adults or more qualify for a discount on full-price admission.
Where: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-735-4400; www.brooklynkids.org
Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Monday January 19; Monday & Tuesday February 16-17
Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm, Totally Tots opens at 11 am; Sun., 10 am-5 pm;
Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; All others $7.50 per person; Free before 11 am every Sunday, through February 28 (does not apply to groups)
Learn about the animals in your neighborhood, create artifacts, and share your artwok on the gallery display board. Check Calendar of Events on their website for special programming.
Jewish Children’s Museum
Where: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-907-8833; www.jcmonline.org
Hours: Closed Friday and Shabbat;
Sun., 10 am-6 pm; Mon.-Thur., 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 2, free; All others $10 per person
The Jewish Children’s Museum is geared towards elementary-school aged children and their families. Exhibits teach about topics such as Shabbat, the Land of Israel, and Kosher food. Tickets are available for purchase on their website.
Maple Lanes Bowling Alley
Where: 1570 60th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-331-9000; www.bowlmaple.com
Hours: Lane Availability, Sun., 8 am-Midnight; Mon.-Weds., 8:30 am-11pm; Thur., 8:30 am-6 pm, 9:15 pm-11 pm; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 am-Midnight; Closing is at the end of the final game
Admission: $6 per person per lane; Rates vary for Cosmic bowl and special promotions.
New York Aquarium
Where: Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-265-3474; www.nyaquarium.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm; Last entry is 45 minutes before closing
Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Child (3-12), $9; Adult, $13; Senior (65+), $10
Group rate $6 per person, please call 718-741-1818 at least 2 weeks before visit to make a group reservation; Admission Fridays from 3 pm is pay-as-you-wish.
New York Transit Museum
Where: 130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn; Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Contact: 718-694-1600; www.mta.info/mta/museum
Hours: Closed Mondays and Major Holidays;
Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., Noon-5 pm,
Admission: Members, free; Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $3; Adults, $5; Senior Citizens (62+), $3; Seniors free on Wednesdays;
Group visits can be set up by calling 718-694-1873 Mon.-Fri. between 10 am-5 pm. Exhibits include Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 about the building of the subway, and Fare Collection, about the different collection devices employed throughout the MTA’s history.
The Living Torah Museum
Where: 1640 41st Street, Brooklyn
Contact: 718-686-8170; www.thelivingtorahmuseum.com
Hours: Guided tours only; Sun.-Mon., 9 am-9 pm; Fri., 9 am -1 hour before Shabbat; Sat., 1 hour after Shabbat- 1 am
This museum presents a unique spin on Torah, with an archeological exhibit that displays items such as a contract from the city of Ur, an exhibit on the 39 Melachot, and much more!
Long Island, NY
Where: 431 East Main St., Riverhead
Contact: 631-208-9200; www.atlantismarineworld.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-17), $18; Adults (18-61), $21; Senior (62+), $18; All tickets plus tax; Group rates are available, please see website for details
Atlantis Marine World is themed around the fabled lost city of Atlantis. Atlantis is rated one of the top marine parks in the Unites States, with much to do for people of all ages.
Cradle Of Aviation Museum
Where: Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City
Contact: 516-572-4111; www.cradleofaviation.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-5 pm
Admission: Cradle of Aviation, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8; Adults, $9; Seniors (62+), $8;
Classic IMAX, Children (6-12), $6.50; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50;
Hollywood IMAX, Chilren (6-12), $11.50; Adults, $13.50; Seniors, $12.50;
Firefighters Museum, Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $3.50; Adult, $4; Senior, $3.50
Explore our fascination with putting things in the sky, from kites and balloons to ourselves. Group rates are available; please call 516-572-4066.
Where: 229 Route 110, Farmingdale
Contact: 631-847-0100; www.funzoneamusements.com
Hours: Sun., 10 am-10 pm; Mon.-Thur., 11 am-10 pm; Fri., 11 am-Midnight; Sat., 10 am-Midnight;
Admission: Pay for rides & games individually; Group rates are available
Fun Zone has a large indoor arcade, rides, and special events. Events can be found listed on their website; please check for updates.
Where: 40 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynnbrook
Contact: 516 599-7757; www.funstationfun.com
Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday;
Thur., Sun., 11 am-9 pm; Fri.-Sat., 11 am-10 pm; Rides close one hour before park closes
Admission: Ride Tickets, $1 each, Tickets per ride varies
At this Indoor Entertainment Center, there is much to do – rides, games, and a multi-level maze are just some of the things that will keep your family busy. <SPAN style=”FONT-STYLE: italic; mso-space