New York with kids
The museum is great, and the roof terrace has stunning views of the cityPosted 4 years ago
The Staten Island ferry is exciting for kids , and is free
Ice skating in the park, depending on when you are going
Horse and carriage ride around the park
Walk over brooklyn bridge around sunset, then into grimaldis pizza
The met will be great for kids, its massive, but a flying visit would be just as goodPosted 4 years ago
I was blown away by the roman jewellery, just stunning
The roof terrace is fabulous
If you go up the Empire State, when you get to the top, have a good look round there is a little door that leads to another lift that takes you up another 5 floors or so, right to the top, they don’t tell people about this, but its a nice little extrajambalayaSubscriber
Circle Line boat tours
Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island (you might skip this if you do a circle line tour as the boats go up to the statue I recall)
FAO Swartz (Toy store on 5th very near the bottom corner of the park)
Times Square (inc Disney store etc)
Find a cool diner – there are lots throughout the city
Central Park and the “local crowd” is pretty entertaining on a sunny weekend
The city is very safe these days and it’s quite easy to walk around, it shouldn’t be too hot next monthPosted 4 years agokonabunnyMember
Hands on science museum place in New Jersey.
Drop them off for a sports day at Chelsea Piers. Batting cages (if they’re still there) on the west side.
Bronx Zoo instead of Central Park mini zoo?
Dave and Busters.
Use Barnes and Noble as place to have lunch and grab some air conditioned quiet(er) time.
Go to Met, pay what you want, don’t attempt to drag your kids around everything but “pop in” for an hour to a specific room or area.
Go to a baseball match at Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island.Posted 4 years agosandal100Subscriber
I preferred the Rockafella tower as that gives you a good view of the Empire State Building. Also, see what’s on at Madison square gardens, basketball may be playing at home and also the Yankees may be at home too. Although I’m not entirely sure when the seasons start and end so one or both may not be playing!Posted 4 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
* Natural History Museum.
* USS Intrepid (and Concorde, and Enterprise).
* Walk the old overhead railway (www.thehighline.org).
* There’s a giant M&M’s store near Times Square.
* Grand Central Station.
* Breakfast in Pershing Square Cafe, directly opposite the entrance to Grand Central, under the bridge).
If you’re with kids, don’t try to public transport your way in from the airport. The NY subway and trains aren’t the most obvious to use, so with tired kids, luggage, and commuters it might all end in tears. Taxis to Manhatten are fixed charge at about £40.
Speaking of the subway, use cash in the machines. They throw tantrums and occasionally make multiple charges on UK credit cards, which leads to the bank mistakenly blocking the card. If it asks for a ZIP code when you buy the ticket, put in 99999.Posted 4 years ago
I prefer Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge as it wobbles and Williamsburg is a very interesting/cool place. Lots of cyclists use the W bridge too.
Eat at ‘Fish’ on Bleecker Street and then drink in the Blind Tiger directly opposite. Bliss. Breakfast at Amy’s Bakery.
For adults Greenwich Village is infinitely preferable to all that uptown shopping and towers.
Oh and buy incredibly cheap jeans and Carhartt stuff at Dave’s on Avenue of the Americas (check it out online)Posted 4 years ago
AirBnB is a website where people offer accomodation from couch surfing to renting complete apartments. It gives you an immediate local link, gives you the opportunity of ‘eating in’ if you so wish and is cheaper than hotels (plus all the tipping etc). I’ve done it twice (5th Avenue and West 4th) and would not consider any alternatives now.Posted 4 years ago
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