The Ultimate Guide To A Family Trip To NYC

Are you planning your next family vacation? If so, and you have decided on New York, you have certainly made a wise choice. New York is one of the most famous cities in the world, yet alone the United States. It is a place that attracts people of all ages for many different reasons, from the famous Broadway to the plentiful shopping opportunities. But what are the best ways to spend your time as a family when visiting The Big Apple? Read on to discover more about some of the activities you should enjoy, as well as some useful tips that will help you to make the most of your family holiday here.

Enjoy the incredible parks - When you think of New York, you don’t usually think about greenery and peace and tranquility, right? However, NYC provides some of the best urban parks in Northern America. You have probably heard of the most famous one. This is, of course, Central Park. A trip to New York simply is not complete without it. If you would like to experience one of the other options, High Line is a good choice. Virtually all of the parks are free to enter and open to the public. They make great spots for children to have fun and burn off some steam.

Embrace public transport - A lot of people find public transport a bit scary and daunting. This is especially the case for those who are travelling with children. They worry that public transport will be too busy and confusing. However, it is the best way to get from place to place when in this big city. Not only will it help you get around New York as quickly as possible, but as cheaply as possible too. Journeys only cost a few dollars, so this should fit into your budget well, especially when you contrast it to the amount of money you would spend on a taxi. Plus, most kids find the subway fun - it’s like a holiday activity!

Plan what museums you are going to visit - When you go on a New York holiday, you need to plan how you are going to spend your time because there is so much to see and do. It is likely you will want to incorporate one or two museums into your trip when you are visiting the Big Apple as a family. After all, there are lots of museums here. The most popular museum is probably the American Museum of Natural History. It is a great choice for children because it gives them plenty to explore. The only trouble is that it is huge, and so you will definitely need to give yourself at least a day. There are lots of different things that make this museum special, and we need to give a particular mention to the show at the Hayden Planetarium. It makes you feel like you are boarding a spaceship, as your seats recline. Your children will love it. If you are on a tight budget, you may wish to visit one of the free museums, like the American Folk Art Museum and the National Museum of American Indian.

Book for space - When booking a hotel, you need to consider your options, no matter where in the world you are going to. However, one thing you need to be extra cautious about when it comes to booking a trip to NYC is the amount of space you get in your hotel room. Most NYC hotels are small and cramped. This makes it difficult to find family rooms, so book in advance and do a lot of digging before you choose a hotel.

Enjoy a tasty dessert at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory - The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is a must visit. This is the best way to reward your kids if they have been well-behaved during the trip. Of course, the ice cream is the main attraction, with so many different flavours to choose from. However, the vnue itself is just as impressive, as the shop is a converted 1920’s fireboat house.

Try some ice skating - A lot of people assume that they can only go ice skating if they spend the Christmas period in New York, but this is not the case. You can enjoy ice skating right through until April at The Rockefeller Center. A little tip… go for a VIP igloo if your budget will allow it. This means you have somewhere to leave your shoes and backpacks, as well as giving you a space to warm up. Plus, you will get a S’mores hot chocolate and cookies thrown in too!

See a show on Broadway - Last but not least, for any family that is taking a trip to New York, seeing a show on Broadway is a must. There are so many incredible shows; the difficult part is choosing one. If you have slightly older children, top show Sleep No More may be the best choice. For a classic that never disappoints, you can’t go wrong with the Lion King.

As you can see, there is a lot to love about New York for families. Use the tips above when booking your next trip! From embracing what may seem like a frightening public transport system to making sure you book for space when choosing a hotel, there are lots of little things you can do to make your trip go as smoothly as possible. Plus, there is a lot to see and do here too for families, so make sure you make the most of Broadway and take a trip to the incredible American Museum of Natural History.

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