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.
Barnum MuseumWhere: 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 pmAdmission: Children under 4, free; Children (4-17), $4; College Students, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors, $5Built 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 pmAdmission: Children under 3, free; Children (3-12), $9; Adults, $11; Seniors, $936 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 & PlanetariumWhere: 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact: 203-372-3521; www.discoverymuseum.org Hours: Closed Mondays;Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., Noon-5 pmAdmission: Members, free; Children under 5, free; Children (5-8), $7; Students, $7; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7Explore 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 CenterWhere: 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 personLearn about the history of the Bush-Holley House, from the Colonial-era family that lived there through the art colony that grew there.
Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force MuseumWhere: 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 reservationsThe 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.
Submarine DriveWhere: Bridge & Thames Streets, Groton (I-95 Ex. 85N/86S) Contact: www.town.groton.ct.us/about/tourism.asp Hours: Year-roundAdmission: FreeVisit the USS Flasher Submarine Monument, the USS Croaker Submarine Memorial, Fort Griswold State Park, and the Submarine Veterans’ Memorial Tower.
Mark Twain’s HouseWhere: 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 moreThe Mark Twain House is a National Historic Landmark, 19-room, Tiffany-decorated Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived with his family.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center 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.
Mystic Aquarium 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 MuseumWhere: 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
Lyman Allyn Art MuseumWhere: 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 MuseumWhere: 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 Admission: Free 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 NorwalkWhere: 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.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 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 CenterWhere: 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 ArtWhere: 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.
F1 BostonWhere: 290 Wood Road., BraintreeContact: 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.
Fenway Park Guided Tours 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, BostonContact: 866-JFK-1960; www.jfklibrary.org Hours: Daily, 9 am-5 pm; Last Introductory Film at 3:55 pmAdmission: Children under 13, free; Youth (13-17), $7; Students with valid ID, $8; Adults, $10; Seniors (62+), $8The 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 BostonWhere: 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, BostonContact: 617-859-0648; www.topofthehub.net Hours: Daily, 10 am-8 pmAdmission: Children under 13, $7.50; Students with valid ID, $9; Active Military, free; Adults, $11; Seniors (62+), $9The 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 MuseumWhere: 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 VillageWhere: 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.
Funtime AmericaWhere: 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 ChildrenWhere: 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 CenterWhere: 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 MuseumWhere:49 Washington Street, Newark Contact: 973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Open Monday January 19 and Monday February 16Weds.-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 ParkWhere: 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 Admission: Free 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 availablePlay 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 ZooWhere: 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset Contact: 732-469-4000; www.commerfordzoo.com Hours: Sun., Jan. 18, 10 am-6 pmAdmission: Children under 12, free; All others $10 per person; Game and ride tickets are $2 eachWith games, rides, and animals, this indoor Fair and Zoo are not to be missed!
West Orange, NJ
Turtleback ZooWhere: 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.
Bronx ZooWhere: 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, $2Tickets 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 GardensWhere: 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.
Brooklyn Children’s MuseumWhere: 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 16-17Weds.-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 MuseumWhere: 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 AlleyWhere: 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 gameAdmission: $6 per person per lane; Rates vary for Cosmic bowl and special promotions.
New York AquariumWhere: 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 MuseumWhere: 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 MuseumWhere: 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
Atlantis Marine World & Atlantis Explorer 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 detailsAtlantis 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 pmAdmission: 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, $3.50Explore our fascination with putting things in the sky, from kites and balloons to ourselves. Group rates are available; please call 516-572-4066.
Fun ZoneWhere: 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. FunstationWhere: 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.Daniela Weiss-Bronstein