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Downtown Manhattan Museums & Parks

From Ground Zero to Battery Park to the South Street Seaport
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Downtown Manhattan is the center of the financial world, but it also has a mix of museums, shopping and wide open spaces. Luxury... more »

Tips:  Driving around this area is not a good idea. The map has walking directions and the free Downtown Connection bus route connects South ... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your tour at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centers stood. It is both a construction site and an ongoing memorial to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Expect the views to change as construction of the Freedom Tower progresses.

Ground Zero is centrally located; the places on your tour are all just a couple of blocks from it... More

Battery Park City has several parks and playgrounds, plus a lush lawn that invites picnickers and sunbathers. If you are with kids, head to the large playground at Rockefeller Park or borrow sports equipment.

You can walk around the gardens, watch the boats in the harbor and explore the Irish Hunger Memorial. Take a free adult drawing class or... More

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, at the lower tip of Battery Park City, is living memorial to those who died in the Holocaust. It has artifacts on Jewish life before the Holocaust, a very emotional exhibit about the Holocaust (families with young kids are advised to skip parts) and an exhibit on life after.

The immigration exhibit has views of... More

The Skyscraper Museum, in a building with a Ritz Carlton, has miniature scale models of downtown and midtown, plus an exhibit on the planned Freedom Tower. The small museum has exhibits on skyscrapers around the world and Saturday morning family workshops for kids 5+.

Address: 39 Battery Place
Phone: 212-968-1961
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday Noon-... More

The National Museum of American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, part of the Smithsonian Institute, is in the gorgeous old Beaux Arts Customs House.

You can see Native American artifacts, plus art and photography. The museum offers free tours daily at 1pm and free family programming, including films, dance and music.

Address: 1 Bowling... More

The New York City Police Museum displays vintage police uniforms and weapons. An interactive Junior Officers Discovery zone lets kids 3-10 can climb into a police car and emergency services vehicle.

A Sept. 9, 2011, exhibit has Ground Zero artifacts and the Hall of Heroes recognizes officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Address... More

The South Street Seaport and Pier 17 have shops and restaurants plus a free Friday night music festival in the summer. Explore the historic ships, part of the South Street Seaport Museum.

You can also see inside more than 200 real people at "Bodies...The Exhibition."

Address: 12 Fulton St.
Phone: 212-732-7678

South Street Seaport Museum... More