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Things To Do In NYC For Families On Vacation

February 8, 2018 10:26 am

With so many attractions and activities, an NYC family vacation is bound to be a memorable trip.

Seeing the Big Apple is an unforgettable experience that children of all ages can appreciate regardless of their interests. It’s also an educational experience allowing sightseers to tour some of the most iconic landmarks in American history. NYC has something for everyone in the family.

If you’re planning a family vacation to New York, you’ll make the most of your trip for you and your family if you put some research into which sights you’ll see. We’ve put together a list of some of the best places in NYC to bring the whole family.

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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A New York City must for all visitors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are located at the southern tip of Manhattan.

This site is one of the most important historical sights that kids visiting New York for the first time will want to see to get a greater understanding of not only New York history, but American history as well.

From Battery Park, sightseers can take a free ferry to Ellis Island. The ferry ride itself is an interesting experience that gives passengers panoramic views of New York harbor.

Once at Ellis Island, visitors can learn about New York’s long history as a hub of immigration and the 12 million immigrants who first arrived in New York via Ellis Island.

Admission: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall | New York Pass

Centrally located in Midtown Manhattan below Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall offer history, art, culture, and entertainment.

Rockefeller Center is an iconic landmark that was originally commissioned by the wealthy Rockefeller family in the 1930’s. Nowadays, Rockefeller Center is a National Historic Landmark. It’s also a significant building architecturally as it showcases the Art Deco style of the early 20th century at its peak.

Inside the Rockefeller Center, there is shopping, dining, and the Top of the Rock which offers birds-eye views of Midtown. Outside Rockefeller Center, there is a skating rink that young visitors can take advantage of during the winter months for some exercise.

Visitors during the holiday season can also catch a glimpse of the famous Christmas tree that is put up each year in Rockefeller Plaza. The Radio City Music Hall serves as a venue for concerts throughout the year and is home to the famous Rockettes. This dancing troupe puts on a Christmas Spectacular each year that never fails to put the audience in the holiday spirit.

Admission: Rockefeller Center Tour tickets are included with the New York Pass.
Admission: Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour tickets are included with the New York Pass.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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Although a newer addition to NYC’s tourist offerings, this has quickly become one of the biggest attractions in the city. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum was constructed as a tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attack in 2001. The museum details the history of the event and shows different types of artifacts related to the attack.

Set some time aside to get the full experience from this unforgettable landmark. The museum itself contains more than 10,000 artifacts, and the memorial contains two reflecting pools for sightseers.

Admission: 9/11 Memorial & Museum tickets are included with the New York Pass.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Located on the East side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in New York and includes pieces from all over the world in its permanent collections.

A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides not only an education on art but also on world history. Not only are works of western art on display, but also works from Africa, Asian, India, and the Middle East. Collections show artifacts tracing back to prehistory all the way up to modern times.

Those who have already visited the Museum might want to come back to check out some of the rotating exhibitions. While there are seven different permanent collections departments at the Museum, the Museum always offers a wide variety of temporary exhibitions covering diverse topics.

The museum also offers interactive educational programs geared towards for families with young children.

Tip: check out the museum’s current exhibitions when planning your visit.

Admission: Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Central Park With The Family

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Central Park is one of the most scenic destinations in New York and offers a variety of activities for families, making it the perfect NYC family vacation thing to do. Make unforgettable memories with your family on a group bicycle or walking tour that explores Central Park sights you’ll recognize from some of your favorite films.

Even New York natives can get lost in the extensive grounds of Central Park. Among the many family activities in the park are boat rides, touring Central Park zoo or exploring Belvedere Castle. A day in Central Park will tire out even the most energetic kids. The park also provides great photo opportunities thanks to some of the beautiful scenery.

Admission: Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Yankee Stadium

For sports-loving families, Yankee Stadium is an interesting sight to visit both during and outside of the baseball season. Yankee Stadium is open for tours throughout the year, and the stadium has artifacts from baseball history on display.

Yankee Stadium is a good destination for families wishing to get out of Manhattan and see some other boroughs. Located in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, Yankee Stadium gives New York visitors a chance to ride the subway and experience everyday life for a typical New Yorker.

Admission: Yankee Stadium Classic Tour tickets are included with the New York Pass.

Remember To Save On Attraction Admission

Many of the great attractions in New York City have something special in store for the entire family. Whether you’re interested in sightseeing, taking a tour or enjoying art at a museum, an NYC family vacation is easy to plan with The New York Pass.

If you plan on visiting multiple attractions, you’ll be paying the admission price for your entire family at the door for each venue. Consider using the New York Pass which grants you free entry to over 90 attractions in New York City. That way you can save more and see more. For more information on the New York Pass, click here.

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