There's Plenty To Do For People Of All Ages In New York City And Beyond

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The holiday weekend is filled with lots to do here in our area, whether we get rain or sunshine.

Fleet Week is the biggie, with free tours of military ships in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island and there’s lots of action all weekend.

“If you see an aerial demonstration or a land assault attack, there will actually be people fast-roping out of helicopters and helicopters landing and people like storming the beach,” Navy Cmdr. Scott Fever told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu on Friday.

There’s an air show at Jones Beach, and local Memorial Day parades, along with free kayaking on the Hudson River.

There’s also a special two-hour walking tour through Central Park on Memorial Day. They will start at Columbus Circle and will show you how the park has been used to honor our military veterans for years.”

New rides are open at Coney Island, and you can take a free ferry to Governor’s Island. If we get lots of rain, museums are also a good option.

“The MET is usually closed on Mondays, but this Monday for Memorial Day the kids can go to the MET and have a great opportunity to play, sketch, and have some fun discussions all about art,” Savvy Mommy’s Victoria Pericon said.

This is also the last weekend for the butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. For music lovers, The New York Philharmonic will have a free Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine. If you love movies, “Men in Black 3” hits theaters, and if your kids are big fans of “The Avengers,” there’s more than just the movie to see.

“You’ll want to take them to Madame Tussaud’s in Times Square for the Marvel 4-D experience. It’s a great way for the kids to interact with their favorite characters, and for Mom and Dad to look like the cool super heroes that they are,” Pericon said.

And if you see our “heroes” in uniform this weekend, make sure you thank them for their service.

What do you plan on doing this weekend? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below …