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New York is a renowned destination for tourists who want to shop until they drop, couples looking for a romantic break or groups of friends looking for a fun vacation, but it is also great for families. If you are thinking of booking a trip to the city that never sleeps, we take a look at the top ten attractions in New York for families, to give you a little inspiration.
Wherever you decide to visit on your New York vacation, Millennium Broadway New York Times Square is the ideal destination if you want to travel around the city easily.
1. Central Park
Central Park had to be the top of our list as there is no better family activity than taking a walk in the park together on a great day. Whether you crunch trough the leaves during fall, ice-skate during winter or splash in the water fountains during summer, the whole family will have heaps of fun exploring this city landmark.
2. The Statue of Liberty
Take a tour of the Hudson on Lady Liberty and see your children’s eyes light up as they get their photograph taken with this iconic New York attraction.
Open 8.30-17.15 daily with prices starting from $12 for adults and $5 for children with under 4’s free
3. The Empire State Building
It may be a long way up but the views from the top of this 102 story skyscraper are nothing short of spectacular. If you are brave enough to reach the viewing platform, your kids will feel like they are on top of the world and you can even enjoy a game of ISPY at the top!
Open 8-14 daily with prices starting from $17 for adults and $12 for children
4. The Bronx Zoo
With over 600 species of animals from around the globe, The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the world and the whole family will love it. You can step inside the Congo Gorilla Forest or Tiger Mountain and immerse yourself in a world that is a far cry away from the city that surrounds this wonderful outdoor space.
Open 10-17.00 daily with prices from $33.95 for adults and $23.95 for children
5. New York Hall of Science
For a hands-on museum experience for budding scientists, the New York Hall of Science provides hours of fun. Adults are encouraged to take part in activities and experiments alongside their children and parents do not have to worry about getting told off for allowing their children to touch everything in sight.
Open 9.30-17.00 Mon-Fri, 10-18.00 Sat and Sun with prices starting from $15 for adults and $12 for children
6. Bryant Park
Bryant Park is an idyllic place to visit as you take time out in this oasis of calm among NYC’s largest skyscrapers that surround the park. In summer you can enjoy the pétanque court where you can learn the classic French boules game. There is also a carousel, a putting green, chess and lots of entertainers, singers, and jugglers to keep the children occupied while you set a picnic and soak up the atmosphere.
7. The American Museum of Natural History
With 27 adjoining buildings and 45 exhibition halls, you will never run out of things to do at The American Museum of Natural History. In our opinion, you can never see enough dinosaur skeletons and mummies from Ancient Egypt and we all know how much kids love learning hands-on rather than from a school textbook.
Open 10-17.45 daily with prices starting at $19.00 for adults and $15 for children.
8. New York Aquarium
Coney Island is a fun day trip from the centre of Manhattan that features both in and outdoor exhibitions, including a fun sea lion entertainment show. This is the largest aquarium in New York and is situated on the main boardwalk on Coney Island, where there are lots of other fun attractions for children and families.
Open 10-16.30 with tickets priced at £11.95 for adults and children with under 2’s going free
9. Catch a Baseball Game
The kid will not forgive you if you do not take a trip to the Yankee stadium on your NYC vacation. Yes, you will have to buy all of the memorabilia from the gift shop, but what an awesome experience for young baseball fans. If the weather is nice when you visit the city, you can even join in with a game with the locals in one of the many courts dotted around the New York
10. Watch a Show on Broadway
The last of our top 10 attractions for families in New York is Broadway. You may think of Broadway as a place for friends to catch a musical or theatre fans to catch the latest Shakespeare production, but it is never too early to introduce your kids to the joys of the stage. There are plenty of family-friendly Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Shrek, and The Wizard of Oz, so grab your popcorn and enjoy a bit of New York Culture together.
Don’t be put off visiting New York because you have kids, you need to go to New York because you have kids!
If you are tired after your whirlwind tour of the city, you can kick back and relax with the kids in the heart of Times Square at Millennium Broadway New York Times Square. The 626 room hotel is a place where families can enjoy the luxury that they deserve.