Are you planning a trip to New York City with your kids? There are so many places and things to do in NYC with your kids that they will enjoy every moment of your time there. New York is famous for irresistible feasts and tourist attractions. Make your trip memorable with your kids by taking them to places that will bring a smile to their faces.
Here are the 10 best tours and things to do in NYC with kids
1. Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a great destination for kids which emphasizes early childhood education, creativity, health and world cultures. There are many play areas where you can spend time with young ones and enjoy special adventures with Dora. Special shows are organized for kids that let them know about children of other lands. If your kid is six or under, then this is a must visit place for him or her. Its open from 10 A.M to 7.P.M on weekends.
2. Empire State Building
Nothing beats the view from the Empire State Building in order to get a grasp of the size of New York City. You can buy express tickets and let your kids enjoy the breathtaking view of the building. They will surely cherish this time.
3. Dylan’s Candy Bar
Who can miss the Dylan’s candy bar in NYC? It’s like a little candy land for your kids. There are more than 7,000 delicious confections so it will be a yummy treat for your kids. With endless choices of chocolates and treats, your kids will love you even more for this experience. The bar also offers personalized mugs for your kids. The ultra-sensory experience is enhanced with delectable smells, a candy timeline and a vast milieu of candy songs and commercials, giving its customers not just a sugar high but a sweet lasting euphoria.
4. The Bronx Zoo
You cannot just miss the trip to the Bronx Zoo with your kids. Its the largest metropolitan zoo of U.S and among the largest in the world with more than 4,000 animals. Giraffes, zebras, lions, camels and so many species of birds, your kids will love this place for sure. There are special tram and monorail rides too for kids. The zoo is open from 10 A.M to 5 P.M. This is such a fun place to go as a family, and I highly recommend it.
5. New York Botanical Garden
This garden is neighbor to the Bronx Zoo, and is a wonderland for everything that grows. It features more than a million plants on 250 acres and is a place for study and research as well as enchantment and exploration. This is a historical landmark located in Bronx. With recreational green spaces and educational facilities, it is an ideal place for your kids. They will get to learn about ecology, plants and great eating habits. It has more than 50 gardens and plantings including wetlands and waterfalls.
6. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Madame Tussaud’s New York is a wax museum located on 42nd Street close to Times Square in New York City. Your kids will surely love this place, as they would get to click many pictures for their social networking sites. Pictures with their favorite celebrities, from the theme section to movie idols and cartoons, every wax figure looks real-as-life.
7. Broadway Experience
The Broadway experience is a must for your kids when in NYC. The most popular show for kids is The Lion King. It’s a 2.5 hours show and there is no dress code, so you can completely relax and have a good time with your kids while watching this musical. Kids are sure to remember it vividly. It is important to pick a production wisely, especially when bringing young children to their first Broadway performance.
8. The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous wonders of the world. The experience is fascinating for kids and adults too.The view from Liberty Island is just great and standing beside the Statue of Liberty will give a great thrill to your kids. Your kids can even climb up the torch and enjoy the breathtaking skyline view.
9. Brooklyn Bridge
The walkway above the East River all the way from Manhattan to Brooklyn is just spectacular. It’s 1.3 miles long and it can take about 30 minutes to cross. Click some memorable pictures with your kids on this bridge.
In the colder months, kids just love to play on the ice. Bryant Park will give you a magical Christmas feeling when you visit in the winter. You can go ice-skating with your kids here and have a great time. The park is open from 8 A.M to 10 P.M, so you have plenty of flexibility when planning. Wollman Rink in Central Park is another place for ice-skating. This place has also been featured in many movies. Both of these Manhattan ice skating rinks are open from the end of October through March.
There are so many things to do in NYC with kids, so do plan your trip today and get ready for an amazing experience!
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Tonya Carroll is a freelance writer and a travel blogger. She is a 20-something fun loving and ambitious female who set up NYC.moresocial.ly as a place to document all of her amazing personal and professional travel experiences in witty, informal and honest blog posts. She has visited luxurious hotels and destinations around the world and aims to inspire fellow Travelistas to pursue their dream career in travel.