Although we moved out of Manhattan before having kids, we still love driving over to the city some weekends to get our fix of the Big Apple. Don’t be intimidated by the frequent sirens and towering skyscrapers; New York City is full of great activities and adventures for families.
One of the absolute must-see attractions in New York for families with children is Central Park. You can take the kids for a picnic on a sunny day, go ice skating in the park’s huge ice rink in the winter and visit the wonderful Central Park Zoo any time of the year. The little ones can ride on the carousel in the middle of the park, while you parents should be sure to check out Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial.
Empire State Building
If your little ones aren’t too freaked out by heights, then the city’s tallest and most iconic skyscraper is a huge treat for the whole family. Ride the elevators all the way to the top and snap some pictures of the ants down below.
American Museum of Natural History
If your child is going through a dinosaur-obsession phase, don’t miss this world famous museum. Huge fossils and models of ancient animals fill the beautiful building, making for an education and entertaining day out for the whole family.
If you don’t mind venturing a little further afield, Coney Island is a wonderful historic attraction about an hour away from midtown by subway. Hosting over 50 different rides and amuseuments, there’s also a beach and boardwalk that’s open to explore all year round. Even if your little ones are too small for the rides, the New York Aquarium at Coney Island makes for a perfect day out. Don’t forget to pick up a famous Nathan’s hot dog while you’re there.