There is so much to do in New York and while we were there we did a mixture of sightseeing we knew we would enjoy crossed with a bunch of activities we knew the kids would love!
If you can plan ahead it’s worth getting a New York Pass where you purchase a number of attractions as one ticket which in general is a lot cheaper than buying entry into each attraction individually. We booked ours through Attraction Tickets, take a look at the options here
Below are the activities we did while we were in New York:
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR
This is an absolutely great way to see the city and also useful to use as transport to get around New York. There are a number of tours that cover different parts of the city including downtown, uptown, Harlem and Brooklyn.
TOP OF THE ROCK
The views from Top of the Rock are fantastic, and I generally prefer it to The Empire State Building purely because I want to see The Empire State Building as part of the view as it’s so iconic and beautiful, which you obviously can’t do if you’re stood on it.
ICE SKATING IN CENTRAL PARK
Ice skating in Central Park was definitely the highlight of the trip, it felt as special as it looks in the films and we were lucky to be there when it snowed. There’s something quite magical about skating gracefully (or not as i was with me) in the beautiful snowy Central Park which is then surrounded by sky scrapers. If you get the chance to do this do it!
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE IN CENTRAL PARK
We hopped on our horse drawn carriage directly after the ice skating and it was an incredible way to see Central Park. We were snuggled up under a blanket while we trotted around the park taking in the sights. My youngest daughter thought she was a princess for the day – it was truly magical!
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
This was an absolutely incredible experience. The lift in itself was amazing as the walls on the way up illustrates the historical changes and growth of New York from the early years through to present day. The location is downtown so you see a different view of the city compared to The Empire State Building and Top of the Rock so it’s definitely worth visiting both.
Once you’ve got over your incredible experience of the lift you’re taken through to the observatory to see the most breathtaking views, you can also hire a tablet which gives information on the different landmarks.
Outside there are 2 fountains where the World Trade Centre Towers once stood, with the names of those who lost their lives etched into the surround.
The ferry cruise gives you fantastic views of the whole city, when you’re in the city you almost forget how iconic The Empire State building is but when you see it from the ferry it is absolutely incredible. You also get fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline. On the journey you also pass by The Statue of Liberty which alone is worth it. If you get the chance book a ferry cruise as part of your package.
M&M’S WORLD – GREAT WITH THE KIDS
We visited M&M World in Time Square while we were waiting for our table at Bubba Gumps and I was unaware how much M&M merchandise there was. The kids were certainly entertained for the 40 minutes we were there so if you’ve got little ones take a look
If you are in the area go and take a look at the Macy windows! There’s also a Build-A-Bear Workshop around the corner where you can pick up some NYC outfits or teddy bear.
If you have daughters pay American Girl a visit as there is nothing like it in the UK. You get to pick a bespoke doll that looks like you, dress it like you and get it’s hair styled like yours in the salon! Be prepared to pay for it though as the create your own dolls are $200 each, we didn’t buy one but my girls still loved the experience.
ROCKEFELLER PLAZA FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE
If you are in New York over the Christmas period you have got to pay The Rockefeller a visit to see the enormous Christmas tree!
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