I was a little apprehensive about traveling to New York with kids. Quickly, I realized this is one of my favorite cities and we have returned numerous time. There is an endless amount of things to do in New York with kids, amazing places to stay, and incredible food. New York City should be on every family’s bucket list! Read on to plan your trip to New York with kids today using our Ultimate Guide to New York with Kids.
We have been on our fair share of bus tours throughout the years. HOWEVER… This is NOT your typical bus tour! In fact, it’s rather the opposite. I will adamantly proclaim that this is THE BEST BUS TOUR EVER!!! Picture a tricked out bus complete with hydraulics, stadium seating and a ton of gorgeous flat screen TVs. With a host that is funny enough to rival the likes of the best late night television talk show hosts and then pour in some crazy surprise guests.
I’m talking about dancing, singing, laughter, and tears of joy. This is one tour you absolutely CANNOT miss! It was not only the best tour we took in New York… and the BEST BUS TOUR we have EVER taken!!! No visit to NYC is complete without a trip to America’s first public park. Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban parks in the world. Central Park is massive. Inside you can find a zoo, a conservatory garden, a castle, boathouse and of course playgrounds and plenty of room for the kids to run wild. It’s also the perfect place to escape the chaos of people, honking taxi’s and cars that cover the city day and night.
As wonderful as this park is I think it would be best visited by families during the day. It is completely enormous and was meant for people to literally get lost in it. So… it may not be the best place to be after dark. I wasn’t sure how the kids would react to the 9/11 memorials or the museum. The attacks occurred before they were born and even though I know we mention it (and they cover it a bit at school) I knew they would have lots of questions. Standing at the base of where the building fell on that tragic day was deeply saddening. To think of all the innocent lives lost, the first responders that never made it out… memories just came flooding back to my mind. I am not going to lie. It was HARD. The kids could feel the mood and they grew somber. As expected the questions came pouring out. Thankfully the 9/11 museum was right there. What better way to give the kids the answers they needed than by visiting the exhibits?
The kids were able to view the television footage, stand before one of the fire trucks that were mangled and melted on that horrible day. It really helped them understand why all the adults around them were upset. They learned a lot that day and handled it incredibly well. Olivia our 2-year-old was obviously too young but our four older munchkins range from 8-13 years old and I would totally recommend the museum for that age group.
The Empire State Building is world-famous In fact, Cornell researchers analyzed millions of Flickr photos and concluded that the Empire State Building is the most photographed building in the world back in 2011! The Empire State Building is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Their 86th and 102nd-floor observatories are open to visitors (for a fee) enabling anyone to score incredible 360° views of New York City and beyond. An incredibly fun family-friendly thing to do in New York with kids is Rockefeller center. This iconic area of Manhattan is home to many NBC hit shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Today Show & Jimmy Fallon. Not to mention the awesome Radio City Music Hall, the rink at Rockefeller, the Channel Gardens, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and tons of dining and shopping too! We enjoyed taking in the sights and strolling around the shops. We walked through the Lego store and were mesmerized by the Lego version of New York City- it’s spectacular! The kids also loved taking turns having their photo taken in the famous red chair from the hit show The Voice at the NBC Studio Store.