New York City is often seen as a destination that would be more suited to adults traveling with their partner or a group of friends. The city is known for how busy, bustling and exciting it is, which does not immediately make it sound particularly welcoming to those seeking a family-friendly travel experience.
However, while New York may have a reputation as a grown-ups-only travel destination, there are actually plenty of family-friendly things to do, see, and experience, with the following all particularly worthy of consideration…
#1 – Visit the Rose Center for Earth and Space
If you like your family vacations to have an educational theme, then the Rose Center for Earth and Space is an absolute must-include on your NYC travel itinerary. Located within the American Museum of Natural History – which is well worth the visit in and of itself – the center offers the chance to learn more about the universe, with all information provided courtesy of NASA, so you can be sure it’s as up-to-date and accurate as can be.
#2 – Delight in the heights at the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure
Many families looking to visit a zoo in New York will likely choose the world-famous Central Park Zoo, but the Bronx Zoo should definitely be an alternative – or even additional! – contender. Visitors over the age of seven are able to enjoy the zoo’s “tree top” adventure, which involves zip lines and a rope adventure course, as well as numerous exhibits to explore and over 6,000 different animals to see.
#3 – See a child-friendly Broadway show
While many Broadway shows are undoubtedly more suited to adults than children, there are countless options that make for wonderful viewing for families, including Beetlejuice, Mean Girls, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. By choosing one of the many child-friendly options available, your kids can experience the magic and wonder only a Broadway show can provide.
#4 – Escape the city bustle by visiting Queens County Farm Museum
New York may be best known as the ultimate urban destination, but families wishing for a quieter, quainter experience will find themselves well-served by the Queens County Farm Museum. The farm’s history dates back as far as the 17th century and remains a working farm to this day, so you and your kids can explore the historical buildings, tour the corn maze, take hayrides and much more besides for a peaceful rural-esque experience that allows you to take a breather and see a side of New York that is often overlooked.
#5 – Touch the sky at the One World Observatory
The One World Observatory, which is located atop the One World Trade Center, is the perfect choice for curious kids who want to see the city at its very best. You’ll travel to the observatory via some of the fastest elevators in the world, and can then marvel in the panoramic views, aided by tech innovations, for a day out that will live long in the memory.
The above spots demonstrate that New York is the perfect choice for families, so if you’re looking for your next vacation destination, the Big Apple could well be the perfect choice for you.