New York Family Vacation
What are the best things to do in New York with the family?
Many parents arriving in New York with their offspring of all ages are overwhelmed by the vastness of the city and the variety of sightseeing possibilities.
Without giving you a precise itinerary, we suggest some interesting spots by neighborhood (museums, parks, shops, restaurants ...). This will allow you to concoct a program adapted to their interests and also to your budget.
Practical advice for visiting New York with children
- Side accommodation, most hotels have rooms with 2 queen beds which are perfect for a couple with 1 or 2 toddlers. On the other hand, baby cribs are not very common.
Other option: apartment rental (or exchange), more spacious; you can also have breakfast there before setting out to conquer the city and cook some noodles on the way back in the evening.
- Do not overload the day with little ones because, as you can imagine, New York is big (especially for small legs)!
- Mark your route before departure, no unnecessary detours, and provide good, comfortable shoes.
- Book tickets in advance to avoid queuing at museums and major attractions like the Empire State Building.
- Children under 1,10 m (44 inches) travel for free on buses and metro (up to 3 for a paying adult).
- Taxis, much cheaper and much more numerous than in Paris, can be economical from 3 or 4 people. Do not hesitate to use them, especially at the end of the day, when fatigue is felt.
- Edog, cupcake or ice cream, shopping session for teenagers, sports or outdoor activity, etc.
- The restaurents New Yorkers (and améfrites, pizzas, bagels, small shakes, they won't know where to turn!
In Lower Manhattan
- Statue of Liberty : you might as well start with the spectacular! But beware, long queues ... Book imperatively!
- The very 12 years old only (audio guide in French very well done).
- A walk on the banks of the Hudson River, arranged in a promenade of several kilometers and punctuated by superb playgrounds, skating rinks, etc. A good way to reach the basins of World Trade Center and soberly evoke, for the older ones, the inescapable events of September 11th. Unmissable, the climb to the top of One World Observatory, treated like a Disney attraction.
- See Manhattan slowly light up from the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset or from the free river shuttle to Staten Island.
Around Greenwich Village and Meatpacking District
- Little stroll in Greenwich Village and the High Line. How about renting rollerblades from the Chelsea Piers and skating quietly along the Hudson? Unless you prefer cycling.
Around Times Square, Theater District and Midtown
- Times Square shops around ((M & M's in the lead, with its fascinating silos of chocolate candies of all colors), you will have something to do and something to spend too.
- - Broadway musicals remain a myth but beware of the language barrier, because we miss a lot of things, even by choosing a show for children… and given the price of the ticket, it is better to think twice!
- Go up to sky.
- The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), of course from the last 2 levels, where works.
- For lovers of the genre, The Intrepid Sea-Air planes and a submarine).
- It's hard to resist in front of the many shops in Midtown. Among our favorites, American Girl Place et Nintendo World.
In and around Central Park
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) 3 hours will suffice for you to explore the grandiose Egyptian section and contemporary painting, for example.
- We go directly into Central Park, a must have for kids. In the middle of the enique.
- American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museums in the world, the one that inspired the film Night at the Museum with its dinosaur floor and the fascinating section of stuffed animals.
- Children's Museum of Manhattan.