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Family friendly travelling in New York

Family vacations can be a delicate balancing act, but New York has everything you’ll need to keep the kids happy and give yourself a well-deserved break. A vacation in the Big Apple is perfect for families of all shapes and sizes, and offers enough diversity and attractions to satisfy every interest. Planning a trip to this family-friendly city is a pleasure—with so much to look forward to, the excitement begins before you’ve even left home.

Things to see in New York

Get your first taste of New York with a ride on the hop-on hop-off bus. This is a great way to see all the sights without having to walk far—especially handy with toddlers in tow. There’s a choice of routes with narration pointing out all the places of interest, so just hop off wherever you like, or make a note to return for a more leisurely look. Older children will be moved and impressed by the National September 11 Memorial, where you can view the huge reflecting pools that commemorate the World Trade Center attacks. Afterward, visit the accompanying museum and take part in a variety of kids’ activities like storytelling and art. Central Park Zoo is a favorite stop for fans of the Madagascar movie series. New York’s oldest animal park is compact enough to explore easily with kids of all ages, featuring an indoor rainforest, a penguin house, and a special children’s zoo for the little ones.

Family-friendly hotels in New York

With such a varied selection of accommodation on offer, there are plenty of family-friendly New York hotels to choose from in every price range and location. Most offer basic conveniences like free WiFi (which teenagers will love), air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms, even at the budget end of the market. More upscale options often include free breakfast or access to swimming pools—sure to keep the little ones entertained. Family rooms are a great way to get a good deal in a more upscale hotel, and many child-friendly hotels in New York offer babysitting services and free cribs for infants.

Where to stay in New York

If your kids are light sleepers, look for a hotel in a quieter district. The residential streets around Central Park are filled with charming brownstone family hotels, and staying here brings the bonus of easy access to fresh air and recreation. You’ll get more for your money by venturing outside of the city center, so consider staying in Brooklyn— here, you’ll find popular hotel chains with some of the best family-friendly facilities in New York, such as swimming pools and 24-hour gyms. Discerning teenagers will appreciate the funky vibe in hip Chelsea, famous for its historic food market and alternative culture.

How to get to New York

International flights land at JFK or Newark, while domestic services use LaGuardia. All three airports have convenient and frequent transportation links to downtown Manhattan and the New York subway. Families traveling with young children or heavy luggage may prefer to pre-book an airport shuttle direct to their hotel for a hassle-free start to the vacation. Getting around the city is easy by bus or subway, but taxis can be a more convenient means of transportation for family groups. The iconic yellow cabs are a friendly, safe, and, above all, authentic way to navigate New York’s busy streets.

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