6 Enjoyable Itineraries for Children in NYC

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One of many questions we get requested by readers most frequently is: “I’m bringing my youngsters to NYC! What ought to we do?” My boys have lived in NYC their complete lives — which is type of loopy to consider — so we’ve explored so much. Listed below are six itineraries we love doing with little dudes…

natural history museum

whale natural history museum

Itinerary #1: See an enormous whale (Higher West Facet)
The American Museum of Pure Historical past is magical with its Tyrannosaurus rex, animal dioramas, and massive mannequin of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling. Within the whale room, there’s additionally a glass elevator that my youngsters love taking on and down by themselves. And in the summertime, you’ll discover sprinklers on the roof!
What’s close by: For lunch, get burgers and fries on the close by Shake Shack or attempt the legendary chocolate chip cookies at Levain Bakery. In case your youngsters nonetheless have power to burn, head to the nice wood playground proper throughout the road. Or you may take a stroll across the Higher West Facet, which appears like old-school New York from the flicks — large residence buildings with uniformed doormen; bookstores, bagel spots, and the enduring Jewish grocery Zabar’s; and, after all, sprawling Central Park.

met with kids

met with kids

Itinerary #2: Rely bums on the Met (Higher East Facet)
The wonderful thing about the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork is that children underneath 12 are free, so that you don’t must really feel stress to remain for hours. My youngsters suppose it’s humorous to “rely bums” within the nude work, or we’ll head straight to the Temple of Dendur (like in When Harry Met Sally!).
What’s close by: Should you’re hungry, seize a sizzling canine or pretzel from the meals vans out in entrance; or stroll a number of blocks north to Café Sabarsky for elegant Viennese truffles and sandwiches. The Higher East Facet feels deliciously fancy — hold a watch out for older {couples} in beautiful coats and plenty of tiny canine.

Central Park

Itinerary #3: Stroll round Central Park and let the magic occur
This huge (843 acres!) park is stuffed with surprises and delights, so that you don’t want a plan. Simply stroll round and also you’ll come throughout road musicians, bubble-makers, carousels, grassy lawns, and ice-cream stands. Should you’re in a playground temper, take a look at the pyramid and bridges at Heckscher Playground; in the summertime, it turns into an epic water park, with cool jets spraying each method, even contained in the tunnels. And, in case your youngster, like Anton, believes they’re secretly a knight, get them to the Belvedere Citadel. (Very castle-y.)
What’s close by: Carry a picnic to get pleasure from whereas lounging on the Nice Garden. Should you’d like cheese, bread, or ready meals, swing by Butterfield Market on eighty fifth and Madison.

west village

washington square park fountain

Itinerary #4: Wander the West Village
After I first got here to this neighborhood method again in 2002, I couldn’t imagine how charming it was. Assume: attractive brownstones, magnolia bushes, and cafés on each nook. Our household has since spent many beautiful days simply soaking all of it up. Bleecker Playground is toddler-heaven, with swings, slides and a giant sandbox. Should you’re hungry, deal with yourselves to cupcakes on the well-known Magnolia Bakery (proper subsequent to the park) or cease by Murray’s Cheese for pungent goodness. Three Lives is a captivating bookstore; and on a sizzling day, you may stroll to Washington Sq. Park and dip your toes within the glowing clear fountain.
What’s close by: For lunch, seize a slice at Bleecker Avenue Pizza or Joe’s, or get pleasure from a sit-down lunch at Café Cluny, a reasonably spot with sandwiches and dependable celeb sightings.

dumbo carousel

janes carousel in dumbo

Itinerary #5: Journey a horse (Dumbo)
If you would like your coronary heart to swell, head to Jane’s Carousel within the night’s golden hour — or actually anytime. For $2, you may journey a horse (my boys suggest “the up and down ones”) positioned proper between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, so that you absorb attractive views as you spin. There’s additionally an adjoining meadow for working round and people-watching afterward.
What’s close by: Luke’s Lobster Shack is only a couple blocks away, or you may hit up OddFellows for inventive ice-cream flavors, like Malted Banana and Kitchen Sink.

Coney Island rides

Coney Island

Itinerary #6: Courageous the rides at Coney Island
For a few years, our boys went completely bananas for the rides at Deno’s Surprise Wheel — automobiles that go in a circle, boats that go in a circle, planes that go in a circle, fireplace vans that go in a circle… you get the gist. Since turning 9 or so, they’ve leveled as much as the larger rides at Luna Park, together with the well-known wood rollercoaster, The Cyclone, which is an official New York Metropolis Landmark.
What’s close by: The amusement park meals is dear and never nice, so we often pack a lunch after which get gelato on the boardwalk.

What would you add? Performs? Retailers? Dim sum? New York is such a enjoyable cling.

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(Central Park boats picture by Ben Wagner. Murray’s Cheese picture by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. Washington Sq. Park fountain picture by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo.)


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