Family Travel

New York City

Holiday spirit, top-notch sightseeing, and museums

Tags : city dining family historical

Kids love New York for its parks, holiday spirit, famous toy stores, planetarium shows, baseball, fun stuff to eat, and hands-on museums.

New York also has an endless variety of restaurants (and many deliver to hotels), 150 top-notch museums, and more than 10,000 retail shops. Each week, thousands of families arrive for famous attractions like Ground Zero, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.

Plan ahead and find the right pace, remembering to take into account everyone's needs (better yet, get everyone involved in the planning). 

If your trip to New York is during the late fall or winter, head to Rockefeller Square for ice skating under a giant Christmas tree. If your kids are old enough, try to take in the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the nearby Radio City Music Hall. The festive atmosphere and incredible decorations in New York definitely bring in lots of visitors during the holidays, so book early.

Ground Zero at the site of the World Trade Center towers is sure to make you feel the impact of what occurred on September 11, 2001. The nearby Tribute Center honors the courage of firefighters, police officers, port authority, and citizens.

Take a Circle line ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan to visit both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Over 40 percent of America's families can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, where over 12 million immigrants arrived by steamship. Walking right up to the base of the 305 foot Lady Liberty is an unforgettable experience for all. Admission to the Ellis Island museum and the Statue of Liberty are included in the cost of the ferry.

Consider purchasing a City Pass for families for your New York visit, with discounts and free admissions on a variety of top New York attractions like the Brooklyn Children's Museum, New York Hall of Science, The Museum of Television & Radio, the Empire State Building Observatory, and the Bronx Zoo. Review the passes offered by companies such as Visit Ticket, City Pass, and The New York Pass.

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