New York City
A hotbed of culture, food, music, museums, art, and more, it’s no wonder that New York City (NYC) is one of the most popular and recognizable travel destinations in the world. Due to all the hustle and bustle of this city, you might not realize how much it has to offer for kids. Take little ones for a ride on Battery Park’s famous (and beautiful) Seaglass Carousel, or to see a life-size dinosaur at the Natural History Museum. Boys are sure to love the Intrepid, a museum located on a legendary aircraft carrier. History buffs will enjoy a trip to Ellis Island, and there are tons of museums for art lovers, like the MET and the MoMa. And all kids are sure to be mesmerized by the lights of Times Square, surrounded by their favorite cartoon characters. Central Park is a must-see, and if you visit in the winter, it’s a great spot for ice skating. If you have the time, check out one of the many kid-friendly Broadway shows, such as The Lion King or Frozen. Plus, there are many kid-friendly dining options, including famous dessert spots like Dylan’s Candy Bar. There’s just so much to do in the Big Apple! No matter your bucket list, NYC is sure to check the boxes, satisfy your palate, and feed your soul.
Plan Your Trip
Every family planning a trip to New York City is consumed with researching the many wonderful attractions and activities. But don’t forget you have to take breaks in between to eat! We asked our group contributors to share their suggestions for unique New York City restaurants to visit with kids. Your family will not be disappointed eating at any of these choices! Warning – many are overpriced and will require reservations in advance, so pick one or two to add onto your itinerary for the unique experience they offer.
There are so many rich experiences for families to enjoy in New York City. We asked our group contributors to share their recommendations for the best indoor activities for families visiting NYC and they did not disappoint. From museums to toy stores and popular interactive experiences, we collected the best ones for you to explore on your next trip!
If you’re lucky enough to visit New York City during great weather, we have the perfect list of outdoor activities for you to take advantage of. From a nostalgic visit to Coney Island to the hub of all tourist activities, Times Square, we covered it all. Kids and parents alike will have a great time with these ten New York City outdoor activities.
There are two groups of opinions from our contributors when it comes to whether you should plan a trip to NYC during Christmas – one is that it will be amazing and magical, and the other is that it will be crowded and cold. But if you have your heart set on visiting during December school break, we rounded up the best places to visit to get into the holiday spirit!