Best Kept Secrets of the South Street Seaport Museum
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Sail away for a celebration at sea! Mini-mates can board the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer for a private sailing adventure featuring activities fit for a sailor. Kids (and adults) can learn about the harbor, help raise the sail, tie knots, stand look-out, and learn how to use navigational tools while sailing past the landmarks of the city.
Sailing is a great option for a family day out, says Ann Tuomey Depiro, director of operations at the museum. The Pioneer is also available for charters during the summer.
Families seeking a bit of a wilder ride can take the 30-minute Shark Speedboat, leaving from Pier 16, on an adventure to the Statue of Liberty. Pier 16 is also the place to book a sightseeing cruise with the Circle Line and New York City’s Water Taxi.
Parents: Know before you go!
Visit the museum’s website to see an updated list of scheduled programs and events.
The museum’s galleries at 12 Fulton Street are closed to the public until further notice.
The lobby at Schermerhorn Row is open, and the museum has put several objects on display for visitors.
Walking tours are available upon request.
When visiting the historic ships on Pier 16, guests can leave strollers at the bottom of the gangways where they will be monitored by a visitor services associate. There is no coat check.
The museum is located within a historic landmark district, so call ahead to inquire about special needs access.
There are family and handicapped-accessible public restrooms at the head of Pier 15. The museum has restrooms available for museum visitors only in the Visitor Center up a short flight of stairs.
Personal photography is allowed in the museum’s spaces, but flash photography is prohibited inside the galleries at 12 Fulton Street.
When the kids get hungry, there’s no shortage of dining options in and around the Seaport. If you’re visiting in the summer, many restaurants in the area offer outdoor seating and there are food trucks stationed on Pier 16 offering fare such as sandwiches, salads, tacos, burgers, and pizza. You can also check out the burgeoning artisanal food scene at Smorgasburg, an outdoor food festival along Fulton Street open late May through October. Offerings include Red Hook Lobster Pound, Schnitz, and Pizza Moto.
Still have some wind in your sails? The neighborhood is a magnet for shoppers, with boutiques and retail shops lining Front and Fulton streets. Pick up some stylish duds for the kids at L.O.L. Kids or head to any one of the area’s pop-up shops.
Want to Go?
Location: 12 Fulton St., Downtown Manhattan
Price: Free entry to lobby area at 12 Fulton Street. Museum admission: $12; $8 seniors and students; $5 children ages 2-11.
Bowne Print Shop: Daily, 11am-7pm
Waterfront and ships (Pier 16): Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm; check website for sailing schedule
Visitors Services Lobby: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Guided Tours: The museum offers privately guided tours of the galleries throughout the year. Scheduled tours are listed on the website, and tickets can be purchased in advance online.
For more information: 212-748-8600 or southstreetseaportmuseum.org