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.

Read a Book at The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the NY Public Library

Often referred to as the New York Public Library system's "main branch," the beaux-arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. It may be on the far reaches of Murray Hill, but it remains a favorite with kids and their parents who love the daily baby, toddler, grade school, tween and teen programs, as well as its Sunday hours. Professional children’s librarians help kids and grownups navigate the library’s vast literature and media collection. Plus, they have art exhibits that bring books to life.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the NY Public Library
Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.
Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun., 1 pm - 5 p.m.

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

–Stephanie Pedersen