The Family Traveler
A Suggested Itinerary
Dear Family Traveler,
Welcome to Your Day in New York
Kids, parents, and even grandparents, can experience fun together. New York City is a wonderful family destination anytime of year with museums, zoos, and attractions for all ages. Central Park has playgrounds, jungle gyms, and other outdoor opportunities.
From pizza tastings to cupcake tours, there are a variety of tours we can recommend whose guides are great at making it fun for both parents and children. Coney Island events and summer festivals to story times and shop openings. Wear a comfy pair of shoes and begin your journey today.
In this suggested itinerary we have included a place to stay and three activities to complete which will take you around the popular Lower Manhattan Neighborhood of Greenwich Village.
Upper West Side + Central Park
The Upper West Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is bounded by Central Park on the east, Riverside Park and the Hudson River and on the west, West 59th Street to the south, and West 110th Street to the north. Unlike Midtown with urban steel and glass skyscrapers, the Upper West Side has a more residential feel with tree lined streets in the summer and families pushing strollers, walking dogs, and dining outdoors. It has served as the set of many a famous movie include “You’ve Got Mail” a romantic comedy with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The Upper West Side is home to Lincoln Center, which hosts performing-arts institutions like the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City ballet. Amid the grand apartment buildings of Central Park West, the American Museum of Natural History presents everything from dinosaurs to outer-space exhibits. On weekends, families emerge from stately brownstones on quiet side streets to line up for brunch or bagels.
One of the best places to stay with children is the Upper West Side because of its central location. A short walk to Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and other major sites. The hotel itself offers great accommodations because of the comfortable one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites which come with small kitchens in case you don’t want to go out and instead prepare a meal at the hotel. The suites have separate living rooms with sofabeds and the upgraded suites have furnished terraces.
Grab Something to Eat
The Meatball Shop
Since opening on Second Avenue in 2013, the Meatball Shop has become staple with Upper East Side families—for both dinner and brunch. Like the shop's other locations, young visitors can mark (using a crayon) what they'd like to order off the "Ballers in Training" menu. Kids can choose a ball (beef, chicken or veggie), plus a sauce and two sides for $7. Make sure everyone saves room for the restaurant's popular (and delicious) ice cream sandwiches for dessert. This location also gets crowded, so definitely plan accordingly.
Dig for Dinosaur Bones
American Museum of Natural History
Who doesn't love to see dinosaur bones? Or a life-sized model of a blue whale? The American Museum of Natural History offers visitors of all ages wonderful exhibits (https://www.tripsavvy.com/amnh-visitors-guide-1613169) where you can explore science and the natural world up close. Only after visiting with my own kids did I realize that the displays offer all the excitement of a zoo (ANIMALS!) without the difficulty of finding them in their habitat. Be warned: there are gifts shops on nearly every level, so it's hard to avoid them!
Stroll in the Park
Escape the bustle of the city and discover a quiet oasis in the heart of Manhattan. From picnics on the Great Lawn and boating on the lake to horse-drawn carriage tours, riding the historic carousel and visiting animals in the zoo, Central Park is a New York must.