Everyone should visit New York at least once in their lifetime but it can be hard to know what to do when traveling with family. So, here are some things to do in NYC with kids.
Whether you are passionate about food, love a bit of culture, or maybe are a bit of a theatre buff, NYC has something for everyone. Airlines like Cathay Pacific fly direct from a host of destinations making it easier than ever to visit one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world. Flying with an infant is manageable too – even with long-haul flights.
The Color Factory
Inspired by the colors of the city, this collaborative exhibit will appeal to all ages. Different rooms host an array of colors and interactive experiences. From a giant ball pit to an ombre-balloon-filled room, it’s fun for all the family. Book your tickets online to get discounted rates.
The High Line
Explore NYC like a local by heading to The High Line- a 1.45-mile elevated park built on an abandoned railway. It consists of a wide-plan ted walkway with art and murals. There are water features and loads of differing views to enjoy along the way. This is one of the best free things to do in NYC and a must-see, no matter what type of traveler you are.
There are events hosted from time to time throughout the year too. It’s something entirely different for all the family to enjoy.
You can also combine your trip the High Line with a food tour nearby.
This mile-long iconic bridge provides amazing views of downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Freedom Tower. It’s not to be missed so get the camera ready!
New York Aquarium
Located off Coney Island Boardwalk, in the busy borough of Brooklyn is the New York Aquarium. As well as having the chance to see otters, seals, and penguins, there are some amazing shows held in the aqua theater. The kids are guaranteed to have a ‘whale of a time’.
New York is renowned for its theatre district so there are hundreds of plays and musicals to choose from. Whether it’s the ever-popular Lion King, Wicked or Harry Potter, you will never be short of choices.
You can get Broadway tickets a number of different ways – here are a few ways to get Broadway tickets to help you with your trip.
If you are staying in NYC with children, look at the Westgate NYC Hotel near Grand Central Station or the Econo Lodge in Times Square – both offer comfortable, large rooms for you and your family and are in great locations to visit Broadway, Times Square and other sites in the city.
With bright lights, interactive stores and themed restaurants, Times Square is a great place to visit, especially with the family. Head to the Disney store for a bit of magic, get the perfect family photo or check out the many things to do in Times Square.
Take a tour
There are loads of family-friendly tours every day in NYC. Disney on Broadway is one of them and is guaranteed to be a hit with kids and parents alike. Go behind the scenes and experience the magic close up. Try on costumes from different shows and find out about the history of Broadway. It will keep the kids entertained throughout.
Watch a game
Whether it is a baseball game at Yankee Stadium or a Giants American football game, you will have fun at these events. Check availability before your trip to NYC – we booked tickets directly from Ticketmaster.
A trip to New York with the kids wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Central Park. Expanding over around 840 acres, it makes for a truly beautiful day out. There are loads of things to do once you get there.
It has sports facilities as well as amusement attractions and even has its own zoo! It really does give taking the kids to the park a whole new meaning.
This exhibition of unusual, interesting and interactive artifacts is a great way to spend an afternoon in NYC; especially when it is too cold/too hot/too wet.
Kids will love this museum and free admission is included with the New York City pass.
Regardless of how particular your children might be with food, you will always be something they will like. You can make it even more fun visiting the likes of Ellen’s Stardust Diner. It not only provides an array of food choices but also has singing waiters! It’s an interactive and fun way to enjoy a family meal.
Enjoy your time in NYC and tell us about your favorite things to do in New York with kids in the comments below!
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