Big City LifeWhen you think of family vacation rentals in New York, your mind may automatically picture the skyscrapers of Manhattan. It will take two elevator rides to get to the top of the Empire State Building , but the view, especially in the evening, is one of a kind. In fact, if you plan to visit in the winter, push a handful of snow off the edge. You are so high up that instead of falling to the ground, the snow will swirl up into the air and dance around.
Gather everyone together for a group photo in the middle of Times Square . This is an iconic part of the state of New York. From there, take the Brooklyn Bridge that will lead you right into the heart of Brooklyn. Because you are going to splurge and eat out a few times, add the Roll-n-Roaster to the list. Pizza, hamburgers, soups, and salads can handle the appetite of every person in your party.
Long IslandNo matter where you find family vacation rentals in New York, you have to at least make a stop at the Hamptons, located on Long Island. Take a walk in Westhampton to view older mansions and enjoy a cool breeze. Southampton is where you want to spend time shopping and finally, East Hampton has more of a trendy, "younger" vibe. If the weather is warm, the New York Times suggest a visit to Scoop du Jour to get an ice cream cone; take a walk and enjoy the scenery while you consume your treat.
If you need a break from the glitz and fashion you can check out Montauk. This area has a much more casual feel; it's a great place to cast a line or try out surfing. A stop by the Montauk Point Lighthouse will give everyone in the family a chance to take in a spectacular ocean view, see some historical documents, and even get a feel for the solitary life of a lightkeeper.
Also, don't forget about the beaches of Fire Island while you are here on Long Island.
Beside the Lakes and OceansWhen searching for family vacation rentals in New York you will notice that water sports play is readily available when you stay in places like the Finger Lakes area, Lake Placid, and Lake George. In most locations you can swim, kayak or even fish. This is perfect for a larger group with older children, as it gives everyone a little freedom to spend time testing out the waters.
Saratoga Springs has its own version of an important body of water. You can bring your own containers if you want to bring water home with you. If you need a little adult time you can schedule an appointment at the Roosevelt Baths and Spas to get a feel for the benefits of a soak. While not near the water, Hunter Mountain gives you the sensation of being away from everything with the opportunity to bike, hike or just relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds you.
New York states has so much to offer families, that it's impossible to cover it all. What's your favorite New York vacation spot?