How To Explore NYC With Kids

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NYC with kids. Photo: Laura Aziz/Unsplash; Edited: NYC Tours & Photo Safaris

New York City is an urban hub that offers something for everyone, including the smallest members of your crew. Gather the entire family for an enchanting getaway. After all, there’s much more to New York City than sleepless nights at some of the most-sought after clubs, days full of endless window shopping, and 2 p.m. mimosas on a charming Upper East Side sidewalk at a cafe considered to be a local gem. Are you ready to discover a kid-friendly side of New York City? If the city is a playground, it should be shared by kids and adults alike.

Your guide to fun-filled New York City family vacations starts here. Spark your imagination and keep the littlest travelers busy with some of our favorite kid-friendly NYC attractions.

Tip: Visiting NYC with kids? Book a private photo safari and enjoy a custom family-friendly itinerary complete with photos of you and your loved ones to keep.

1. The Met Fifth Avenue

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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch,1853–1890) | Irises | 1890. Photo: The Met

Younger and older kids alike enjoy a variety of special activities. Be sure to stop by the information desk to inquire about kids’ tours, and sketching or art projects you can have your kids participate in. Be sure to stop by the souvenir shop so kids can take a look at postcards of some of the artwork they saw.

2. Coney Island

For a true boardwalk experience, Coney Island, with its Nathan’s Famous, ice cream stands, giant beach, aquarium, and more than 50 rides and games is the perfect place for a fun day with the kids. While the Cyclone may be a bit hectic for some — it’s a historic 1927 roller coaster that gives you serious whiplash — there are plenty of other enjoyable thrill rides for the whole family. Recommendations: if you’re up for a walk or don’t mind a quick cab ride have lunch at L&B Spumoni Gardens nearby, home to homemade spumoni and the best Sicilian slice of your life.

3. Central Park

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Central Park. Photo: NYC Tours & Photo Safaris.

A premier destination for locals and visitors alike, Central Park is a coveted escape amongst the city’s skyscrapers and busy streets. Whether you and your family are in need of break from all the walking you’ve been doing or the little ones need to burn off a bit of energy, Central Park offers a premier setting for family escapes. Tip: For a quirky park experience head to The High Line, an old elevated railway converted into a flora filled urban park with public art, food vendors, aerial views and lots of events.

4. Yankee Stadium

Indulge dreams of a chance to catch a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Bringing the entire family together to share in one of America’s favorite pastimes is a surely memorable way to spend your vacation. Join others in celebrating the New York Yankees!

5. Dylan’s Candy Bar


Make Vacation Sweet With a Stop at Dylan's Candy Bar. (Image Via Dylan's Candy Bar)

Make Vacation Sweet With a Stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar. (Image Via Dylan’s Candy Bar)

Experience the sweetest part of the city. Dylan’s Candy Bar’s flagship location on Manhattan’s Upper East Side combines three floors of candy inspired fun with a sugar rush unlike any other. Our tip? Don’t miss out on the Candy Cafe.

6. Molly’s Cupcakes

Not only does Molly’s have some of NYC’s most delicious homemade cupcakes, but you’ll have the option to choose a treat from the display case or craft your own creation. Our pick: the “Cookie Monster” featuring vanilla chocolate chip cake, a raw cookie dough center, buttercream frosting and a mini chocolate chip cookie topping. Savor your dessert while sitting on one of the counter-side swings and playing one of their myriad board games on offer.

Arts, culture, the great outdoors and even a bit of sports can all be incorporated into family vacations to New York City. When you bring the entire family to The Big Apple and utilize our guide to kid-friendly attractions, you’ll find an endless variety of things to do in Manhattan and beyond.

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