Although we’ve all seen the popular media version of New York streets with bustling crowds and flying elbows in the movies, visiting New York City with family can actually be a wonderful experience. From Broadway to museums to fine dining, visiting New York City can be a family affair that offers culture, fun, and history for everyone.
8 Places to See When Visiting New York City
There’s no shortage of sites and entertainment to take in when visiting New York City, and much of it is family friendly. It has so much culture, history, and more to offer that it’s the perfect spot for a family vacation. In fact I have been a couple of times in recent years and although people perceive New York as dangerous I have felt pretty safe travelling there with friends and for blogging conferences. I look forward to being able to bring my teenage theatre loving daughter with me one day soon.
American Museum of Natural History
Almost everyone loves a museum, and no kid can say no to dinosaur bones. That makes the American Museum of Natural History a great spot to visit on your family getaway. This Upper West Side fixture has wings devoted to dinosaurs, ocean life, and space. They even have a 94-foot blue whale model. That’s cool and memorable.
Who doesn’t love a zoo? One of the most famous zoos in the nations, the Bronx Zoo sprawls across 265 acres, with about 5,000 animals calling it home. The kids will love the Bug Carousel and the family can take the Wile Asia Monorail which tours the exhibits that house the elephants and deer.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
When visiting New York City, it pays to stop by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Of course, they have a wide variety of plant life and lovely scenery, but they also have some of the most colorful, kid friendly fests in the city, including the Cherry Blossom celebration, Chile Pepper Fiesta, and Ghouls & Gourds festivals.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Want to give the kids a chance to let off some steam and see one of the most unique playgrounds around? Then visit Brooklyn Bridge Park. This 85 acre park features lovely terrain and a playground like no other. The Pier 6 Playground features a Water Lab, a stone area with water fro splashing, and huge sandbox with a molecular styled climbing structure called Sand Village.
When visiting New York City with family, you can’t miss Central Park. This famous park has been the setting for many movies from romantic comedies to thrillers to horror movies. It’s more than just acres and acres of trees and open spaces, however. It also features an ice skating rink which doubles as an amusement park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the world famous carousel, and more.
For a day filled with nothing but old fashioned fun, Coney Island is the place to go when visiting New York City with the family. This world famous and historic amusement park features everythign from sword swallowers to the Mermaid Parade to all manner of carnival rides.
Empire State Building
Get a birds eye view of New York City at the top of the Empire State Building. But before that, take in the lobby of this massive structure. It was restored to its original Art Deco glory in 2009. After that, take a high speed elevator to the 86th floor observatory or get some fresh air on the open air deck. Be prepared to wait though depending on the time of day and time of year that you travel. Some people swear by going late at night because lines can be shorter then.
Last but not least on where to go when visiting New York City with the family is Greenwich Village. This area is all about magic and whimsy. Tiny houses, secret gardens, and funky shops abound in this area, and there are even theaters featuring the best in anime as well as free summer musicals for the kids. Wherever you go, it all leads back to Washington Square Park, the heart of the magic that is Greenwhich Village.
There’s So Much to See in New York City
These 8 places to see when visiting New York City with the family are just the tip of a very, very large iceberg. New York City is vast, and so is the variety of places and events to take in. If you’re planning on visiting New York City, rest assured that it can be a great spot for an active family vacation.