New York: New York City
Fly in/out: New York City, LaGuardia Airport
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Ball Park Price: $800/person for 5 travellers (airfare not included)
Best Season: Any time except Winter
DAY ONE: Fly in to New York City, LaGuardia Airport, LGA. Take Carmel Limo to Marriott Marquis, Times Square. Take a walk to Central Park explore the Tisch Children’s Zoo, Central Park Carousel and Belvedere Castle. During the summer, stop at the Amusement Park inside Central Park.
DAY FOUR: Head to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty. Plan the whole day for lines during peak season.
DAY SEVEN: Take a visit to the top of the Rockefeller Center with a morning secured scheduled visit. Depart for home.
- We find NYC, hectic, frenetic, busy and yet very culturally enriching and enjoyable for the kids.
- Of all the museums, we love the “Met” the most for our girls and the American Museum of Natural History for our boys.
- There are so many things to do with kids in NY and many of the attractions are seasonal so we use Timeout for our best current choices.
- We were fortunate with our timing of our visit to see the Statue of Liberty Crown. We booked tickets in advance and took the earliest ferry. Visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences in all of NYC.
- Our family had a split vote between our two favorites- Lion King and Wicked. Both were spectacular Broadway shows for the family.
- Spending a morning on the Manhattan Yacht Brunch Cruise was perfect for our hungry family who enjoyed the buffet brunch and the great tour of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.
Places to stay
- For our family, it was about location. The Marriott Marquis offered a great central location in Times Square.
- Le Parker, Meridien, caters nicely to families and offers an indoor pool for a break from the NYC crowds.
- An affordable two-bedroom for families in Manhatten if available is Affinia.
- For us dining is all about family friendly menus, location and reservations. We use opentable.com to book most of our dinners in NYC.
- For great NYC brick-oven pizza and steps from our hotel in Times Square, try John’s Pizzeria. Great atmosphere and reasonable prices.
- Located in the Casablanca Hotel, Toni Di Napoli has classic italian and great ambiance. We always split the entrees.
- For the chocolate lover, try M&M’s World New York, and Chocolate Works.
- With this itinerary, we didn’t feel the need for a car rental. We used taxis and public transportation and got around fairly well.
- Book most of your excursions in advance including the Manhattan Yacht cruise which was fabulous.
- If you hope to climb the Statue of Liberty Crown, book tickets in advance. Also download the Junior Ranger booklet in advance if your child is interested.
- If you’re family is willing to take risks, you can purchase half price tickets the day of the Broadway show through TKTS.
- If you plan on seeing some of the major attractions in New York, consider purchasing the New York City pass for discounts.
- Don’t make the mistake of taking kids to inappropriate Broadway shows like “Hair.” For best age-appropriate kid friendly recommendations go to Broadway.com and do your research.
Watch a very entertaining movie, featuring multiple sites and sounds of New York City, Devil Wears Prada.