Even in our pedestrian city, kids love getting their hands on big chunky vehicles of all shapes and sizes. If your tot was hailing taxis before his second birthday, you may want to add these seven places to your to-do list. You’ll discover the city’s collection of fire trucks, submarines, helicopters, excavators and other mind-blowing vehicles.

Marvel Over a Big Red Fire Engine

Do the kiddos freak over the lights and sirens of a fire truck zooming down the street? If so, check out the New York City Fire Museum. This is your chance to get up close and personal with a life-size antique fire truck (although no climbing is allowed). The kids can Ooh and Aah over a collection of antique firefighting tools, a horse-drawn ladder wagon, and modern equipment like the jaws of life. Younger enthusiasts may like playing dress-up with real firefighting clothes and helmets. Plus, our city’s friendliest retired firefighters are happy to answer questions from your curious minds.

Insider’s Tip: The museum is stroller-friendly with elevator access to the second and third floors. If you’re hungry, walk north on Hudson Street to Westville, Pret A Manger, Hale and Hearty Soups, Dig Inn Seasonal Market, Starbucks or Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Go: New York City Fire Museum278 Spring St., SoHo

Hours: Open 7 days a week: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $8 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and children over 2 years old.

Photo courtesy of Julia Neff

Where does your little mechanic like to explore vehicles?

–Ashly Grzyb