Family-Friendly Guide to New York City

by Mel

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Heading to the Big Apple with your family? Be sure to check out these family-friendly stops in New York City!

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Visiting New York City With Kids

Last Fall, we took our family of four to New York City. It was my 5th visiting the Big Apple, but the first with children! Needless to say, we learned a lot, saw a lot, and came home exhausted!  Here’s a list of some of our favorite things we did with children.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

For amazing views of New York City, walk the Brooklyn Bridge. And bring your camera along. You can rent bikes and bike it, but there are usually crowds so it may be a bit crazy.

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Eat at Grimaldi’s or Julianna’s Pizza

After you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, order pizza from the famous Grimaldi’s or Julianna’s . Be prepared to wait in line, but for amazing pizza, it’s worth it.

Tip: If you are traveling with kids, order a Juliana’s pizza to go as soon as you start walking across the bridge. Your pizza will be ready when you get across. Eat it at Jane’s Carousel and then take a fun ride with an unbeatable view.

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Visit the Empire State Building

For an awesome view of the New York City, go to the top of  Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center.

From our experience:

We have visited both the Empire State Building and The Rock (as it’s called by locals.) We visited the Empire State Building during the day and we loved seeing the entire city and gaining better perspective of where are the famous NYC landmarks are in relation to everything else.

Going to the top of The Rockefeller Center at night was really cool, too and a bit cheaper. I had just gotten engaged when I visited though, so I could have a biased experience. empire-state-building

Walk the Highline Park  + Visit Chelsea Market

Another cool perspective of the city from above,the Highline Park is an old elevated railroad turned walking paths. The Highline Park is also really close to Chelsea Market, so you can hit up both at the same time.

Chelsea Market is a fun place to shop for arts and crafts and grab some food. There are a lot of unique artisans and restaurants.

From our experience: 

We visited Chelsea Market in the fall and it was so cute and festive for Halloween with pumpkins everywhere! Even if you don’t plan to shop, it’s a fun place to browse around.

 

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Central Park

You could spend a week just exploring Central Park alone. There are miles of trails and paths, and tons of playgrounds. If you want to enjoy some quiet in New York City, plan to spend a good chunk of time in Central Park.

From our experience:

Some of our favorite places in the park include:

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Broadway Shows & Plays

See a Broadway show. Or two. Or three. There are tons of shows that are kid-friendly, but if you are traveling with younger children, find a good sitter.

Tip: You can try and snag lottery tickets for a show the day for usually half price and front row seats. If you aren’t that lucky, try an online or official ticket shop near Time Square.

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The 9/11 Memorial 

Visiting the 911 Memorial is a neat experience.

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Other favorites:

-Visiting the Met or Guggenheim or other famous museums. You can enter the Met by donation, so you can pay just a few dollars to enjoy the huge museum. Make sure to go to the rooftop for a cool view of Central Park and the entire city.

-Seeing Time Square at night.

-Taking the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island. You can get a great view of the Statue of Liberty from the boat ride. It’s a much cheaper option.

-Visit Governor’s Island. (Only open in the Summer)

-The Reading Room at New York Public Library

-Shopping at Flying Tiger

-Visit the LDS Temple at Columbus Circle

-St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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What else am I missing from this list? Tell me your favorites!

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