Every little boy has a fascination with fire engines and firefighters, or so one would think from visiting the FDNY Museum in Soho. Host to many a young boy's dream birthday party and awe-inspiring to the under 10 set, it's also a great spot for adults interested in the history of firefighting.
The small, two-floor museum is jam-packed with historical artifacts and firefighter paraphernalia dating back to the 18th century, including antique firefighter outfits, original and modern fire engines, badges, tools, leather fire buckets, and a taxidermy dog who helped save many lives in his day.
Don't miss the very touching 9/11 memorial with photos from the fateful day, as well as photos of those who served and lost their lives.
Try on the full firefighter gear (you might want to pump some iron in advance; this stuff weighs a ton!) and learn how the Dalmatian came to be known as firefighter's best friend.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation.