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New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State.


The state’s most populous city, New York City, makes up over 40% of the state’s population. Two-thirds of the state’s population lives in the New York metropolitan area, and nearly 40% lives on Long Island. The state and city were both named for the 17th century Duke of York, the future King James II of England. With an estimated population of 8.62 million in 2017, New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. The New York metropolitan area is one of the most populous in the world. New York City is a global city, home to the United Nations Headquarters and has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, as well as the world’s most economically powerful city. The next four most populous cities in the state are Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse, while the state capital is Albany.


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8 Unique New York City Restaurants to Visit with Kids

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.

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People ice skating in Bryant Park New York

New York City Christmas Activities with Kids

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!

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Boy looking at Empire State Building New York through telescope

10 Best New York City Outdoor Activities with Kids

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.

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Boy hugging giant plush bear at New York City toy store

11 Best Indoor New York City Activities with Kids

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!

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