Family Vacation Ideas

Written by Amy Hall
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The Big Apple has a host of fun family attractions, such as the outdoor ice rink at Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, FAO Schwarz, which just happens to be a dreamland for most kids, and numerous museums, shops, and restaurants to keep everyone entertained. Manhattan has a little bit of something for everyone, so if you are trying to come up with some exciting family vacation ideas, New York City should fit the bill. Before you jump the gun and book a hotel reservation for you and the crew, stop for a moment to consider some cost effective alternatives.

It's no secret that lodging in Manhattan can be extremely expensive, which may not be suitable for families on a budget. More people are discovering firsthand just how wonderful it can be to stay at a New York City bed and breakfast as opposed to a large hotel. A bed and breakfast is simply more charming, more personal, and much more affordable. When you stay in a bed and breakfast, you get to know the hosts as well as fellow travelers, and you can get the inside scoop on attractions in Manhattan that are worth seeing and those that are not.

There are bed and breakfasts located throughout the city, as Manhattan is made up of different zones containing various neighborhoods. Depending on your own personal tastes and agenda, you can decide which neighborhoods would be better suited to your plans. You may want to stay near a trendy Tribeca neighborhood, where many celebrities live, as well as Chinatown, Ground Zero, Battery Park, the NY Stock Exchange, and the Statue of Liberty, to name a few popular attractions. Or, you could go a different direction and stay in the famous Greenwich Village, which is also close to Chelsea, Soho, NYU, Little Italy, and many off-Broadway theaters. If the big ticket thrills are what you're after, you may want to stay near Rockefeller Center, which is also in the vicinity of Carnegie Hall, Penn Station, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, and the theater district. If you're a Midtown East resident, you'll find the Chrysler Building, Bloomingdale's, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Grand Central Station, and the Museum of Modern Art. Or, if Central Park is what you're excited about, stay on the Upper West Side, also near the Museum of Natural History and Harlem. Another option is to choose the Upper East Side with Museum-Mile, Madison Avenue, Central Park and the zoo, and numerous hospitals.

Fun Family Vacation Ideas in New York City

As you can see from the extensive list above, there is a whole lot to do and see while you are in Manhattan with the family. It would be almost impossible to take in all the sites in one weekend, but you could surely fit in some of the most popular attractions. Manhattan is a bustling city that is lovely to visit year round. However, if you don't like crowds in the heat of summer, you may want to schedule your trip during the spring, autumn, or winter seasons. Remember, Christmas time in New York is incredibly festive and the city truly does take on the holiday spirit from November through January.

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