What to Do in New York City with Kids

If you're struck with a craving to visit the Big Apple but are wondering what to do in New York City with kids, don't worry for a minute. While many people think that visiting a city with kids is a hassle, the truth is with a little preparation it can be one of the most rewarding trips you can take. Visiting New York City with kids offers endless opportunities for a little education - in the arts, culture, theater, science, and more. Parents who want to instill a curiosity about the world in their kids will find almost too much to do in the city that never sleeps.


At the top of most lists of what to do in New York City with kids will be visiting museums. Instead of boring afternoons wandering through quiet halls, New York City museums offer a drastically different environment. Take the Museum of Natural History , for example. Kids will love seeing a massive T-Rex at the dinosaur exhibit or visiting the planetarium. This museum also has incredible IMAX movie presentations and a fascinating exhibit on evolution. It would be easy to spend an entire trip in museums, but there's plenty more to do in New York City with kids too.

Shopping as Entertainment

If you've got some money to spare for some souvenirs, you'll have plenty to do with the kiddos. Stop by the amusement-filled FAO Schwartz or the Disney Store , which double as attractions and retailers.

The Major Attractions

New York City is full of major tourist attractions that your kids will marvel at. Wake up early and board the boat for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island . Ride the subway to Brooklyn and walk the Brooklyn Bridge back towards Manhattan for incredible views. To gain a bird's eye view of the city, jump in the elevator of the Empire State Building and gaze down at the grid of streets below. Not a single moment of a trip to New York City will be boring for your kids. And of course, don't forget the Central Park Zoo !

Add a Dose of Culture

If you're still wondering what to do in New York City with kids, one of the most enriching might be cultural activities. The lights are bright on Broadway , and whether you choose a classical musical or the hottest new production, your kids are sure to be in awe of this spectacle (shows have included everything from "The Lion King" to "Beauty and the Beast"). The city is also full of opportunities to hear the symphony, see the ballet, or celebrate holidays with special stage productions. To add a really special feel to a trip to New York, treat your kids to a night on Broadway.

Appealing Activities to Kids

If you're planning a trip to New York City with kids, ask them what they would like to do. Options include ice skating at Rockefeller Center , taking a horse and buggy ride in Central Park , or attending a sports game at Madison Square Garden . When you present your kids with options, you might be surprised at how much input they might have for your trip. From the latest concert to early morning television shows, there are plenty of activities that will appeal to kids that you can't do while at home.

Benefits of Manhattan Vacation Rentals

Staying at a hotel with kids can sometimes be difficult, but when you choose a vacation rental, New York City will be at your fingertips. You can keep costs down by preparing some of your own meals in your private kitchen. Kids will love the chance to explore local bakeries and shops. During the warmer months you can also prepare picnics and head to the nearest green space or park to enjoy the great outdoors in New York City.

As long as their basic needs are met (think carrying water bottles and knowing where public bathrooms are located) kids won't complain for a minute during a trip to New York. In this instance, you can both get what you want.

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