New York is traditionally known as the city that never sleeps and is not somewhere you head to if you’re expecting some peace and quiet. It’s buzzy, vibrant atmosphere means that there is something to do at any time day and night, while the choice of restaurants, bars, sights, museums, theatre, shopping and activities means there is non-stop culture and entertainment. But how does that fit in with taking a young family along?
Here are some tips that can help make life that little bit easier if you’re exploring the city with young kids…
Jumping queues in New York City attractions
New York really is the city that has everything, but beyond the hustle and bustle of the yellow cabs and the crowded streets, there are plenty of things to do with kids in tow. New York is actually a pretty family-friendly city. For example, a lot of the attractions provide pushchairs. All it takes is a little more planning, and this is where a CityPASS deal comes into its own.
With any of these trips, one of the biggest pains when travelling with kids is the waiting around. Tired, over-excited kids do not make the most patient queue companions, however, plenty of snacks as well as devices in your bag can make all the difference. Even better is getting a New York CityPASS which can save you both time and money, letting you skip those ticket lines and get straight to the main attraction.
New York’s Museums
The American Museum of Natural History has a fantastic museum-wide scavenger hunt through their impressive collection of dinosaurs and dioramas. It’s a huge place, the biggest natural history museum in the world, and can get incredibly busy so get there early to allow yourself enough time to get around it all. You can be queuing for a couple of hours so again, the CityPASS tickets prove invaluable here.
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a great experience for both children and adults. Housed inside a real aircraft carrier it has the Space Shuttle Enterprise, Cold War-era submarines and some of the world’s fastest jets. Just the aircraft carrier alone is impressive enough and it offers a really personal view of what it might have been like for soldiers when it was in use.
Sights of New York City
These museums are great for kids, but you don’t have to stick to child-orientated attractions to keep them entertained, there are plenty of other places to visit in New York that will keep everyone happy. The Statue of Liberty has a children’s audio tour and there are lots of fun facts about this iconic structure that will hold their interest, for example, it wears an 879 size shoe and gets hit by lightning 600 times a year. Also, the Empire State Building is a great place to be at dusk when all the lights start coming on over the city.
And if everyone gets a bit tired of traipsing around, take a seat on one of the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and rest your legs while you see the sights from the water.
If you plan carefully and be prepared, there’s no reason why the whole family can’t enjoy a trip to this iconic city.
*This is a collaborative post with CityPASS