With its central Manhattan location, quiet streets, international population and great schools, Murray Hill scores well as a great family neighborhood, but it may not be on your radar as a destination for a day of fun. With major city landmarks like the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station along with unique playspaces, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a day or more. Check out the following guide to Murray Hill to discover great activities, shopping, food and more that the whole family will enjoy.

Watch the World Go By at East 34th St. Ferry Landing

Sometimes the best thing to do in Manhattan is to sit and watch everything going on around you. The busy ferry landing at East 34th Street is a great place to stop with a cup of cocoa and watch the watery world go by. Kids can see the comings and goings of SeaStreak catamarans, New York Water Taxis and NY Waterways East River Ferries, along with local police boats, barges, tugboats and fishing boats. Junior aviators will enjoy getting close-up views of the helicopters flying into and out of the heliport located here. When you’re ready to stand up and do something, enjoy the East River Greenway at 34th Street, a riverfront promenade filled with local children, fisherman and complete with exercise stations and terrific views of the bridges, the United Nations, Roosevelt Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

East 34th St. Ferry Landing
East of the FDR Drive abd  East 34th St.

Image courtesy of East River Ferry

Where is your favorite family-friendly spot in Murray Hill?

–Stephanie Pedersen