I have never been to New York – and to be honest it is absolutely right up there on my bucket list of places to visit! I have been saying for years that I would absolutely love to visit one day and yet still not booked it and been!
A trip to the States with young children for most people nowadays usually entails a visit to Florida for Disneyworld or its Californian counterpart Disneyland; however, we have thought about wanting to buck the trend and go to the Big Apple, New York City. New York is the most populated city in North America, and potentially a stressful place to take youngsters, however, the variety of child-friendly attractions and activities make New York the ideal destination!
Older children (and of course adults) will delight in being able to walk in the places that they have only seen in films. You cannot turn a corner without identifying the landmarks that have been made recognisable through the silver screen. Highlights include Grand Central Station, and, of course, Central Park.
Here are 5 sights and places to visit if you’re also considering a trip there as a family soon:
1/ Central Park
Central Park is the most famous urban park on the planet, and exploring it is an adventure in itself. It is home to Central Park Zoo which showcases animals from around the world. There are numerous adventure playgrounds to stop off at while you hunt for the bronze statue of Alice in Wonderland: Alice holding court from her perch on the mushroom.
While a trip to a museum is usually met with a groan, how about a museum sleepover? New York’s museums are wonderful during the day, but at night? Imagine being able to see the glowing fish tanks or sleeping under the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic blue whale! You will all be exhausted from the experience, but memory making doesn’t get much better than this, and you will all be talking about it for years. Make sure you book well in advance as these spectaculars are very popular.
You can’t really go to New York and not go to a Broadway show! Visiting something like ticketsales.com helps to find a show that you will all enjoy; there is always something for everyone, and with matinee performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, your little one’s bedtime does not need to be compromised either. The theatres of Broadway provide a great escape from the razzamatazz and sensory overload of Times Square, whilst satisfying your cultural needs too.
4/ High Line
This is a wonderful way to explore the city. The High Line is a former railway track that has been turned into an elevated park in Manhattan. It runs for 1.5 miles, and so it is just the right length for little legs to conquer. The High Line has wildflowers, greenery and various art installations – all set to the background of the best views of New York.
5/ The Shops
It may turn your blood cold at the prospect of taking your children shopping in New York, but you cannot fail to be impressed by the stores of New York. American Girl is a store for speciality dolls. The scale of the store will have your children’s jaws hit the floor! They can build their own doll to their specifications – an amazing opportunity to create an extra special keepsake of their trip to New York. If dolls are not your child’s thing, how about the Lego store on Fifth Avenue? With wall to wall Lego and play areas, you will want to stay for hours.
So with these places and tips in mind, would you consider a trip to NYC with your children? I think it’s a place we will definitely bear in mind to go soon! The whole place really captures my imagination and I know we would make some amazing memories as a family.
Love, Jess x