Traveling to New York is always a good idea, regardless of the time of the year. Today we are sharing with you our top list things to do in NYC with your kids and family.
Although without any doubt, there are thousands of things to do in NYC with kids. We often go to NYC and I can say now that we have visited almost all NYC tourist attractions by now and this blog post is to share with you a list of what my kids enjoyed the most during our last time in the city, and that we think you kids will enjoy it too.
1. Visit the zoo in Central Park NYC
What animals are in the Central Park zoo
At the entrance and in the center of the Zoo you will find the California sea lions which are very used to being the center of attention.
In addition to sea lions, there are 2 polar bears, red pandas, monkeys, leopards, Antarctic penguins, seals, and some birds. Going to this zoo made me think of one of my children’s favorite movies: Madagascar.
Definitely a must-do with your kids, because visiting this Zoo is so much fun. You don’t need to carry snacks for your kids since there are restaurants, cafés and shopping stores inside and outside the zoo.
Where to buy the entrance tickets to the Central Park Zoo in New York?
It is best to buy tickets online from their official website: Central Park Zoo Since they avoid queuing, just show the tickets on your mobile to pass.
Central Park Zoo tickets price
- Children under 2 years = FREE
- Children 3-12 years = $ 13
- Adults = $ 18
- Adults +65 years = $ 15
As I said before if you are visiting New York with children, this is one of the mandatory stops! Don’t get nervous, you won’t stay all day at the Zoo, the tour takes about 2hrs.
2. Central Park walks tours with kids
Central Park is gigantic. If you decide to start your day with a visit to the zoo, you could do more than just see the animals there.
Things you can do with your kids in Central Park NYC:
- Central Park walking tours
- Central Park – Horse carriage rides
- Renting bikes in Central Park!
- Central Park rickshaw tours.
3. Ice Skating Rinks in NYC for Kids and Families.
Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC for families.
Here I share the 3 most famous ice skating rinks in New York. These skating rinks open their doors in October and close between March and April.
How much is ice skating in NYC?
a) Bryant Park skating rink
It is a public park between the 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd streets in Midtown. New York and its really nice and good experience to share with your kids.
This is where we decided to embark on the ice skating adventure in the heart of Manhattan.
Entrance fees are free if you have your skates, but in case you don’t you will have to pay skates rental.
Skates Rental Price: $20 per person for as long as you want.
b) Rockefeller Center ice skating rink
5th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets, through Channel Gardens, on the Rockefeller track. You have to pay for the entrance and the skate rental if you don’t have your own.
Adults: from $25 to $32 per session –
Children over the age of 11: $15 per session
skate rental is $12
c) Central Park ice skating rink
The skating rink is located on the 62nd with 5th avenue, on the east side of Central Park.
The entrance fee is $12 on Monday- Thursday and $19 on weekends and holidays.
Price includes the rental of skates and you can skate as long as you want.
2. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on foot is very nice. I was trying to figure our starting point, whether from Manhattan to Brooklyn or the other way around.
I wanted our walk to be in the afternoon, so we could as well enjoy the sunset.
Also, I was careful picking up a day that had a reasonable temperature because we were visiting NY in March second week which is cold in NY and I wanted that the walk was pleasant for us.
What is the best way to walk the Brooklyn Bridge?
For us, the best way was to start the walk from Brooklyn and the best way to access the Brooklyn entrance was taking a walk from Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall subway stop (Subway lines 4,5 and 6) to the Brooklyn Bridge – You can also take J or Z trains to Chambers St. stop.
As I said, we started the walk from John Street Park, you can use this Google map for the location and starting point.
Don’t worry you won’t get lost. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge is something that thousands of tourists do all the time during the year so just follow the crowd.
Don’t forget to take a moment to just enjoy the incredible view of Manhattan.
Brooklyn is an area full of Italian restaurants: Pizza, pasta, and salads in the Mediterranean style. Which is perfect to enjoy Italian homemade food.
Our walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan took almost 2hrs, this because we stop so many times to take pictures and of course to enjoy the wonderful sunset and the view, but just to be clear, cross the bridge is only 25 minutes walk.
If you decided to take this walk in winter or spring I recommend being sure to wear the proper clothing to stay warm and safe. Remember NY it’s freezing during this time.
5. Visit the Statue of Liberty NYC
If you go to New York this is a must-do! You cannot leave NY without visiting The Most Famous Lady in the city.
We took a tour around Ellis Island because unfortunately, this trip was organized at the last minute and most tickets to visit the island were sold out.
If you plan to visit the island and be close to the Statue of Liberty I suggest you, to book your tickets in advance. There are many online options for this.
The tour around Ellis Island takes at least 1 hour and it was a very nice tour which I recommend doing, and we are really looking forward to going back and visit as well Ellis Island.
How to get to The Statue of Liberty by subway?
Well, you can’t get to the Statue of Liberty by subway buy you will arrive at the port where the ferries leave to the island. Check the map below
6. Visit Times Squares with kids
I love times squares, and it doesn’t matter how many times you have already visited it; It will always amaze you. So, it’s fascinating to see how kids stand in awe by the lights and details well.
As I said Time Squares leaves you quite astonished and it feels like we are all a part of a big party. You can’t miss it! Go and have fun 🙂
Recommendation for the kids to visits the Disney store located next to 5th Avenue.
ATTENTION: Time Squares incredible but also is a very crowded place, thousands of people come and go in all directions. So, Do not take your eyes off of your kids!
Tips for a walk in New York with kids
Traveling and doing things with kids is very different from when you are alone. I decided to create a list for you, of things that should not be missing in your bag when going on a tourist walk with kids.
- Carry child’s document attached to a phone number to call in case of emergency.
- Take an extra outfit for the children with you.
- Take Snacks in your bag: children do not understand that they’re visiting a museum, and they should wait till the tours ends. When they feel hungry, they’re hungry, so providing snacks for them is a good idea.
- Take a bottle of water with you.
- Carry with you an antibacterial gel: It is necessary for children and adults to use it. Germs are everywhere.
- Sunblock, Even if it is a cloudy day we must use sunblock protection.
- Moisturizer cream to avoid a winter rash
Brief recapitulation: Things to do in NYC with kids.
1. visit the Zoo in Central Park
2. Take a Central Park walking tour
3. Horse carriage ride in Central Park
4. Bike ride in Central Park
5. Rickshaw tour in Central Park
6. Fun ice skating
7. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
8. Visit The Statue of Liberty
9. Visit Times Square
10. Go to The American Museum of Natural History
Now, Sharing my last photo from NYC with you to say goodbye for now because definitely we will be back soon with more tips.
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