New York Family Vacations

Written by Serena Berger
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Upon first considering Manhattan for a family vacation, your initial thought may be that the city isn't a great place for young children. However, you might be surprised to learn that many families trek to New York City every year for some fun and excitement. Sure, it may take a little getting used to in order to deal with crowded streets, taxi cabs, and the subway system. However, there are many places to see that are geared towards children, including numerous museums, FAO Schwarz, and even some Broadway shows.

Central Park is a wonderful place to take the family for an outdoor picnic. You may wish to bring your roller blades or a kite, as children can take part in such activities in Central Park. There are also other public parks in Manhattan that have jungle gyms, swing sets, and sandboxes for children to play on and have some fun in the fresh air. For some educational fun, there is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, to name a few big ones.

You can take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry with the kids and enjoy a scenic view of the harbor, or you can ride up to the top of the Empire State Building and get a bird's eye view of the city and the surrounding areas. If you have children, you must hit FAO Schwarz, as this is the most spectacular toy store in the entire world. Children could easily spend all day in FAO Schwarz, so be prepared for a struggle when it is time to leave.

Fun New York City Family Vacations

In terms of lodging in Manhattan, it may be more cost-effective to rent a furnished apartment or guest house for a few days instead of staying in a pricey hotel. If you go this route, you will have a kitchen at your disposal, so you can cook many meals yourself, instead of spending money at restaurants. Furthermore, you can often get a place with two or more bedrooms, so the family has a little space to stretch out.

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