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Top 15 Places to Visit in New York

As one of the most exciting cities in the United States and the world, New York has a plethora of family fun to offer. You’ll need an abundance of time if you want to do it all, so we have narrowed down the list to the top 10 places to visit in New York for families.

Children’s Museum of the Arts

New York is a city of museums, but this museum is unlike the rest as it’s for children. Aside from the thousands of brightly-coloured drawings and paintings made by kids, the 10,000 feet area is full of endless hands-on workshops and kid-centric activities, more than enough for your children to let their curiosity and creativity run wild.

Drop by during summer and let the little ones join a few of the numerous programs that provide them with an avenue to express their creative and artistic selves.

One World Observatory

It was a close contest between the Empire State Building and One World Observatory, but in the end, we went with the latter. Take adventurous kiddos high up to get a glimpse of New York from a different perspective. They will love being on one of the fastest elevators and also in one of the world’s tallest buildings.

One World Observatory not only offers visitors a unique viewing experience, but it’s also an excellent place for families to spend countless hours interacting with the city. On the way to the 102nd floor is a variety of educational and interactive activities that focus on technology and visual arts.

Central Park

Any visit to New York is incomplete without dropping by Central Park, the country’s first public park. The park is massive, and in it, you will find a boathouse, a zoo, a conservatory garden, and an endless number of playgrounds for children to explore. They might get a scrape or two but will have memories to last a lifetime.

Various activities in Central Park were created with children in mind. Depending on the season, a few notable ones worth the time are Tisch Children’s Zoo, Belvedere Castle’s Henry Luce Nature Observatory, Central Park Carousel, and ice skating.

American Museum of Natural History

Home to the most extensive collection of dinosaurs, you could easily spend a whole day at the American Museum of Natural History as little ones get lost in exploration. One of the museum’s highlights is the Discovery Room, where children aged between 5 and 12 can get a closer look and have a hands-on experience with specimens and artefacts. They can create their very own collection of minerals or hunt for animals in a replica of the African baobab tree.

Another interesting feature is the Hayden Planetarium. Also considered one of the best planetariums in the country, the planetarium has two observatories that take guests on spectacular virtual journeys. You get plus points if your children are big fans of Night at the Museum.

New York Botanical Garden

Famed for its superb exhibitions, the New York Botanical Garden is an excellent place for children, regardless of the season. The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is a must-see as it offers more than just greens and flowers. Tiny tots can run through a maze, climb copious amounts of boulders, and take a closer look at plant life at the Pond Pavilion. In addition to a pond, the 12-acre landscape has a meadow and woodland.

Several exploration programs for kids are available all year round. Don’t miss the Holiday Train Show if you visit in the winter.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Located along the East River, the world-class waterfront park has plenty of fun for the whole family, scattered throughout the different sections that contain six refurbished piers, all brimming with playgrounds. Don’t miss the iconic carousel at Empire Fulton Ferry, the slide Mountain Playground at Pier 6, and roller-skating with the kids at Pier 2.

Don’t forget to take time to admire the gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline after enjoying all the activities and filling your stomach with delicious food.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

As cliché as it may sound, you’ve never been to New York if you haven’t seen Lady Liberty up close. Plus, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a must. Remember to head to Ellis Kid to see the interactive exhibit so that the kids can imagine what it was like to immigrate to the United States.

There is an audio tour created especially for children aged 6 to 10 that takes place on the pedestal of Lady Liberty while children at least 4 feet can climb to the top of Lady Liberty’s crown.

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Another famous New York City attraction, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum is where you can let the children’s imagination take flight as they learn the history of American travel.

Aside from the different aircraft that have a special place in history, the museum offers a variety of programs and activities, as well as indoor and outdoor exhibits, throughout the year that aims to educate, entertain, and engage children. With so many things to see, you should spend at least half a day in the museum.

Bryant Park

One of the best places in New York to visit during winter, Bryant Park has an ice skating rink that opens as early as 8 in the morning until as late as 10 in the evening. Block a spot for the kids so they can skate ahead of time and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.

Kids Week takes place annually and is full of fun, kid-friendly outdoor activities primarily designed for children ages 4 to 6. However, everyone is welcome, even adults! The whole family can enjoy afternoons with a slew of activities, including puppet shows, science projects, magic and music.

Madison Square Garden

Synonymous with the city of New York, Madison Square Garden is a treat for sports and music fans. The city’s oldest active sporting facility also happens to be one of the busiest music venues in the world and hosts hundreds of events annually. If you’re in luck, you might just be able to watch a concert or see the New York Rangers play.

You can glimpse the Garden with a 60-minute guided tour that will take you to the luxury suites, backstage areas, and the iconic concave ceiling.

Radio City Music Hall

The largest theatre in the world at the time of its opening in December 1932, Radio City Music Hall has a seating capacity of almost 6,000 and is one of the most recognizable entertainment sites in the world. It hosts hundreds of events and receives more than 2 million visitors annually. The Hall offers daily Backstage tours that give people a closer look at the venue.

Explore the beauty and the history of Radio City Music Hall in the 60-minute guided tour. You’ll visit The Roxy Suite, also known as the secret apartment, see the art deco masterpieces, and see exclusive views of the auditorium, all while listening to the colourful history of the Hall, as told by the knowledgeable host.

Times Square

Some people may tell you to avoid Times Square but it’s undeniable that it is part and parcel of New York. Yes, it’s filled with overpriced items, huge crowds, and chain restaurants, but there’s it’s also one of the most visited spots in New York, and it’s a must for tourists.

However, you might want to avoid going there during rush hour or the day. Times Square at night is like daylight and you’ll be surprised that your photos will come out better. At nighttime, Times Square is lit up like Christmas and it’s a sight to see!

9/11 Memorial and Museum

A monument to human courage, dignity, and sacrifice, the 9/11 Memorial honours the people who perished during the attack that happened on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The memorial is free to the public and is open seven days a week. The museum, however, is only open five days a week and has an admission fee.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for timed visits. Various tours can be purchased up to 6 months in advance. Children under the age of 7 get free admission, however, a ticket is still required for entry to monitor the capacity.

Grand Central Terminal

More popularly known as Grand Central Station, this Beaux-Arts building is a famous landmark and has been featured in various movies and TV shows such as Just My Luck, The Bone Collector, and Carlito’s Way. First opened in 1913, it is a terminal for both the train and subway stations. One of its most beautiful features is the Grand Staircase where you can stop and look out over the concourse.

The spectacular ceiling has been restored and showcases an etherial scene. Inside the terminal are a variety of restaurants and retail shops.

Fifth Avenue

More geared toward the adults in the family, Fifth Avenue is one of the most popular shopping streets in the US where you will find flagship stores such as Tiffany, Cartier, Bergdorf-Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue. However, even non-shoppers will still enjoy a walk along the avenue.

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