Best Ways to Enjoy New York with Kids in Tow

To some parents, traveling with kids is a daunting thought. There is so much you want to do, but when you have kids in tow, it’s not as easy to see the shows, visit the sites, and eat at the restaurants you enjoy. However, when you travel to New York with kids, remember that you can still have a great vacation.

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Go to the Zoo

If you want to see one of the best zoos in the world, don’t pass up the opportunity to go to the Bronx Zoo. You’ll see a number of unique animals and exhibits, and your kids will have a blast. You can even go for a reduced rate if you head to the zoo on a Wednesday. Wednesdays are the zoo’s suggested donation day, which means that you simply pay what you can afford for you and your family. This is a great way to have some fun on a budget.

Hit up a Museum

While you probably shouldn’t pack the entire trip with museum visits if you’re headed to New York with kids, visiting one or two museums is a great way to spend some time. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan allows both you and the kids a fun time. The museum offers exhibits that are interactive so your kids don’t get bored. You’ll have as much fun watching your kids play and learn as you will seeing the exhibits yourself. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on how much you spend on the trip, keep in mind that the first Friday each month is free.

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Don’t Push Too Much

It’s important when you’re vacationing with kids to make sure that your trip isn’t too packed with adventures. Make sure that you take some time to just relax. When you’re planning your trip, check Gogobot for a hotel with a pool so that you and the kids can stay in for a while. This allows you all to unwind a little bit. When you’re not pushing to get everything done all at once, you’re all going to enjoy the trip much more.

Check Out Central Park

When you’re in New York, you need to take some time with the kids to check out Central Park where you’ll be able to sit back and relax outdoors. However, there is also a ton of things to do in the park, including renting bikes, going horseback riding, or checking out one of the many free concerts in the park. No matter what your interests or what entertainment your family is looking for, you’re likely to find something to please in Central Park. The best part is that there is something going on in the park year round, so you don’t have to worry about scarce activities in the winter.

Going to New York is a great experience for families. There are things to do for all interests and for families of all sizes. Plan your trip out ahead of time, but make sure that when you’re traveling with kids you’re ready for some flexibility.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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  1. I find that when visiting New York with kids that don’t have much experience in cities, the congestion and noise can get very overwhelming. While every kid wants to visit Time Square, spending too much time in these busy sections, like Times Square, Chinatown/Canal Street, 5th Avenue…even popular museums and stores that get overcrowded…can be a bad idea. I’ve learned to balance time between those stops with time in Central Park or other playgrounds (the one in Battery Park City along the river is a nice break when in Lower Manhattan), or walks along quieter side streets.

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