Family Fun in New York City
Embark on a great New York adventure designed for the entire family. Visit the city’s icons, from the tallest buildings to the biggest dinosaurs, and explore the many great neighborhoods. Stroll the specialty shops on Fifth Avenue or enjoy the city’s sprawling green spaces. Just pack everyone’s most comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of walking in the Big Apple.
Insider’s Tip: Bypass some crowds by browsing during the designated meal times in the café (you can find this information on the website). Just plan to skedaddle before the meal is over and the rush from the café crowds the store.
Insider’s Tip: Discover a new favorite picture book in the free-of-charge Reading Room, the park’s shady reading nook with tables and portable shelves stocked with beloved kids’ books.
Insider’s Tip: Seeing as it is the backyard for the entire city, Central Park is pretty enormous (843 acres and 2.5 miles long). Little feet will wear out before you can enjoy all of the park’s spoils. Save visits to the kid-friendly Belvedere Castle, Carousel and any of the 21 designated play areas for another day.
Insider’s Tip: Bookmark or print out the for kids/by kids map of Chinatown, which highlights some restaurants and shops that kids will dig.
Insider’s Tip: If have you some flexibility, skip the pricey express passes that let you jump the lines for the elevator and simply call (212) 736-3100 to get current wait times as well as visibility. Arriving early in the morning may also help you avoid the crowds.
Insider’s Tip: With spraying sprinklers and water features, it’s hard to leave dry. Instead of worrying about a change of clothes, have kids wear swimsuits or bring an inexpensive poncho to avoid a full wardrobe change. And fast-drying shoes are a must if you plan to continue on a downtown adventure.
Insider’s Tip: Check the monthly calendar online to see if any special events coincide with your visit. Quantities are limited at the free monthly mini-build, but if you get there early that day you may score some free Legos.
Insider’s Tip: The museum’s admission is actually a suggested donation price. Local moms suggest that if you’re popping in simply to visit T-rex, offer a payment that you’re comfortable with. But if you’re gearing up for a full day of fun, stick with the suggested prices.
Insider’s Tip: Everyone wants to sit on the same side as Lady Liberty, which is the side facing New Jersey, but both sides offer pretty views. About 15 minutes into to the return trip to Manhattan, head downstairs and stand outside on the lower deck in the front of the boat for the approach to Manhattan.
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