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.

Play Away Dreary Days at Gymboree

Murray Hill doesn’t have many chains - restaurants, clothing stores or other shops - but it does have an outpost of Gymboree, the national chain of indoor children’s gyms. With multiple class options each day, plus drop-in and drop-off open play time, this expansive indoor playspace is a savior on cold and rainy days for kids birth to age 5. Plus, it’s one of the few neighborhood options for indoor birthday parties.

235 E. 38th St.
Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

–Stephanie Pedersen