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Family Holidays, Family Friendly Hotels & Things to do with Kids in New York



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New York, New York! This delightful city is host to numerous activities that will ensure your family holiday is one to remember.

Possibly one of the World’s most famous cities, New York offers enough attractions for the whole family that will keep you occupied for weeks or months. This fabulous city, most commonly known as the ‘Big Apple’, is home to celebrities, Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and more movies and comedy shows than you’ll ever have the time to watch on television.

Although the city is often thought of as a built up metropolis, and it certainly is that, it is also home to several parks, two of which are large enough to house a small city each. Most people aren’t aware of the opportunities that exist to extend your holiday beyond what would traditionally be thought of as a city break, but for families who want to experience both aspects of a holiday, New York really can offer it all.

One of the best things about New York is its proximity to some of the most exciting attractions the USA has. Not too far away is the Niagara Falls; iconic Manhattan Island is a short distance from its centre; and then of course you have the chance to witness Times Square and the downtown Theatre District for yourselves.

There is no bad time to visit New York, although you should be aware that they can often experience very cold winters with heavy snow. Christmas time is a magical experience, with ice skating in the parks and open carriageway rides through the streets, and this is also a great time for some cheaper Christmas shopping. The summer months bring the heat, and this is perfect for taking advantage of the outdoor activities that the city has to offer.


Things to do in New York with Kids

A great activity for the whole family is to hop on one of the comprehensive tours offered by many companies throughout the city. There are so many to choose from that it’s best to book in advance, and these tours can take in all the major sights in one day. Travel from the Empire State building to Manhattan, or take in the Statue of Liberty and Central Park in the same day. There is no age limit for most of these tours.

Central park was designed in mid 19th century as a “people’s park” and covers over 800 acres of landscaped greenery, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, rustic bridges, and playgrounds. Kids can enjoy flying kites, roller blading, horse-drawn carriage ride, watching jugglers and listening to storytellers and musicians.

The younger kids will enjoy Central Park Zoo, not as big as the Bronx Zoo, but the kids will love the polar bears, penguins, and rainforest creatures. Central Park Zoo has its own collection of exciting child friendly attractions too. Adjacent to the zoo, is Tisch Children’s Zoo, which is full of little delights for young ones, including a petting zoo where they can feed some animals. More details...

Visit the Rockerfella Centre, especially magical during the Christmas festive season, with its shows, gigantic Christmas tree and ice skating rink.

Check out toy stores in Manhatten, the famous FAO Schwarz toy store on Fifth Avenue is very child friendly and home to one of the largest toy collections in New York City.

For a unique tour of the city, grab a helicopter tour and take to the skies above the best recognized skyline in the world. Your trip will take you across the rooftops as you gaze down on some of the best known buildings and the packed streets below you. Flights aren’t long, but they do offer a unique perspective, and there’s no age limit either although the smallest children will have to sit on an adults lap.

Travellers to New York might not think of Whale Watching as a typical experience, but if you travel on this tour to Boston, then that’s exactly what you can do. Jump aboard a high speed catamaran and you and your family will soon be whisked off across the waves to try and catch a glimpse of these remarkable creatures at play. Food and drinks can be bought on the vessel, and you’ll have the services of a guide to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Children aged 2 years and over are welcome. More details...

Don’t forget a trip to the theatre! New York is famous for being the home of Broadway, and some of the best shows can be found playing here throughout the year. The whole family can enjoy a production of Cats or the Lion King, and this is the perfect form of evening entertainment. There are loads of local restaurants nearby to cater for a pre-theatre menu for you as well, so you can get your evening off to a great start.


Where to stay in New York with Kids?

New York is a bustling city, so at the end of a long day you will want to retire to a relaxing comfortable hotel, where children are very welcome. Although most hotels regard themselves as child friendly, we have listed some of the best and recommended child friendly hotels below:


Recommended Family Friendly Hotels in New York

Doubletree Times Square is ideally located on Broadway. All the spacious suites are furnished with a microwave and refrigerator. There is an entire floor of childproof suites, and a Kids Club for children aged between 3 to 12. More details...

We also love the Omni Berkshire Place located adjacent to Madison Avenue. This child friendly hotel provides children with a bag of sweets upon check-in as well as milk and biscuits on their first night. The concierge can also provide a complimentary children's suitcase, on request, full of fun stuff, such as colouring books, games and checkerboards. More details...

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The Hotel Beacon is in a great location on Manhattan’s on Upper West Side, and has rooms and suites with kitchenettes and living areas, perfect for a family stay. More details...

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The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park is an expensive option, but it provides everything needed for an enjoyable stay. The kids will love the in room cookies and milk, whilst parents will enjoy the full-service spa. More details...

2-Day Niagara Falls Tour from New York by Bus


Leave the hustle and bustle of New York City behind and enjoy a relaxing 2-day overnight trip to Niagara Falls. You'll travel to upstate New York by bus and visit both the American and Canadian sides of the falls to discover the majestic beauty of Niagara! The following day, you'll enjoy premium outlet shopping on the way back to New York. This overnight tour is a must-do when visiting New York City!

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New York Beast Speedboat Ride


Hold onto your hats and get ready for the ride of your life aboard "The Beast" speedboat! Fast, loud and funny, "The Beast" delivers spectacular views and pumping music on a New York trip that's a rollercoaster, water ride and 30 fun-filled minutes of high-speed cruising, all in one!

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New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour


Create you own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big Apple and, with lively tour guides to keep you entertained and informed, you are sure to learn facts old and new about the city that never sleeps! Choose the Downtown Loop for a 24-hour ticket covering Lower Manhattan or upgrade to the 48-or-72-hour All Loops tickets that include Harlem, Brooklyn and the Night Tour to really make the most of your time in New York City! For even more value, opt for the Freestyle New York Package and benefit from a 72-hour All Loops ticket plus 3 additional options including cruises, attractions, meals and museums including the Empire State Building, UN Building and Guggenheim Museum.Whatever tour you choose, you can hop on and off the distinctive double-decker buses at any of the 50 stops and discover New York at your leisure. A must-have tour for any visitor to the Big Apple!Special Offer - Upgrade from the 24-hour ticket to the 48-hour ticket and save a minimum of 38%; upgrade to the 72-hour ticket or New York Freestyle Package and save almost 60%! The longer the ticket duration, the more you will save - plus you benefit from four loops for the price of one. BOOK NOW! - Book Now!

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New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour including Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry Ticket


Navigate your way through the streets of Manhattan with the New York Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour before heading over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! With up to four different bus routes to choose from, enjoy unlimited travel over 48-hours and check out all the main attractions including the Empire State Building and Central Park. Complete your NYC sightseeing experience with a complimentary round trip ferry ticket destined for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island valid for the length of your stay.Due to damages from Hurricane Sandy, this tour currently features an alternate itinerary. See below for details.

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New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Harbor Cruise


Design your own itinerary and explore the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. In summer the top deck is open and in winter clear screens allow for unobstructed views of New York. Tickets are valid for 48 hours, allowing you to set your own pace and see as much or as little as you like. There are over 40 stops around the city.

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New York Harbor Hop-on Hop-off Cruise including 9/11 Memorial Ticket


Take the express route to the new National September 11 Memorial in New York City on a one-day hop-on-hop-off cruise through New York Harbor! Your hop-on hop-off ticket is valid for one day and includes exclusive timed admission to the 9/11 Memorial site, where you'll see the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terror attacks, and witness the World Trade Center rebuilding taking place.Departing from Pier 84 in Midtown, the cruise will make its first stop at Battery Park, a short walk from the 9/11 Memorial, where you have guaranteed admission. Inside the memorial, you'll have unlimited time to reflect by the pools that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood. When you're ready, rejoin your cruise. In addition to the 9/11 Memorial, this exciting tour gets you close to such iconic sites as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island, just to name a few!

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New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Shopping and Top of the Rock


This New York package includes a 72-hour ticket on the New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, ticket on a harbor cruise, ticket to Top of the Rock Observation Deck and a Woodbury Common Shopping Tour - everything you need to see and do in New York!Special Offer - Save over 46% with this combo package - nearly half the cost you would pay for separate admission to each attraction and activity! - Book Now!

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New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Ellis Island Ferry Ticket and Top of the Rock or Empire State Building


Everything you need to see New York with freedom and independence! Includes a ticket on the Ellis Island ferry (Statue of Liberty), and either Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Empire State Building.Design your own itinerary of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. In summer the top deck is open and in winter clear screens allow for unobstructed views of New York. Tickets are valid for 72 hours and there are over 40 stops around the city.Special Offer - Save over 35% with this combo package - nearly half the cost you would pay for separate admission to each attraction and activity! - Book Now!

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New York, New York Neighborhoods Tour


Be escorted by one of the knowledgeable guides and be taken for a walk through the Manhattan, Chinatown, Little Italy and historic South Street Seaport. See the Statue Liberty, America's most famous national monument, Ellis Island and the Museum of Immigration.

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Perfect Picnic Delivery to New York City Parks


Enjoy the famous parks of New York City like a local! Skip the hassle of having to visit several different specialty stores and relax while a delicious picnic lunch is prepared for you with convenient pickup locations in Central Park, Battery Park or the Lower East Side. Take in the beautiful views while enjoying a romantic picnic with a loved one, or enjoy a family picnic or classic picnic with friends. These gourmet picnics even come with their own picnic surfaces, cutlery and a reusable cotton tote for cleanup.Booking price is per picnic

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New York City Highlights Cruise


Experience the grandeur of New York's skyline on this two-hour highlights cruise. Sit back and relax while you cruise past New York's major sights, and enjoy a close encounter of the best kind with the Statue of Liberty.

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New York City Lunch Cruise


Dine on an all-you-can-eat buffet as you cruise through the waters of New York Harbor. Enjoy live entertainment, listen to our DJ play your favorite songs and see the endless stream of city sights, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

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THE RIDE New York City


Strap on your seat belt and prepare for THE RIDE, the most exciting entertainment experience to hit New York City! This dynamic and interactive part-show, part-city tour will have you amazed by the sights and sounds of New York as you whiz through its streets on a theatrical tour bus. Hop aboard THE RIDE to see a Broadway-caliber show with New York City at center stage!Special Offer - Book your ticket for THE RIDE with us and save over 12% over other websites - BOOK NOW! - Book Now!

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York


Daytime or night-time - anytime is the right time to visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Perched 70 stories above the city at Rockefeller Plaza, the panoramic views of Manhattan are unequaled anywhere else in New York City.Breathtaking vistas stretch for miles in every direction. You'll see New York's famous landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Plus, your view includes the Empire State Building! Quite simply, it is the most spectacular view in New York City.Special Offer - Book now and save 14% compared to local admission price! Flexible voucher redemption policy means your visiting time is not restricted to date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather! - Book Now!

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Madame Tussauds New York


Sing, dance, laugh and play at Madame Tussauds New York, where you are the star of the show! More than 200 lifelike models of your favorite celebrities line up to provide you with the experience of a lifetime in the heart of Times Square.

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6-Day Ultimate East Coast Tour by Private Plane: New York City, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Toronto & Pennsylvania Amish Country


Looking to explore the best of the East Coast in affordable luxury? Fly on a private plane? Stay in four-star hotels? There’s no cheaper or more convenient way to tour America's East Coast highlights than on this six-day, small-group tour by private plane. Flying by air means less time is spent on the road, so you can experience top East Coast attractions like Niagara Falls and Washington DC at a leisurely pace. Four-star hotel accommodation, two meals a day and entry to selected attractions are all included on this great-value, all-inclusive tour!With a maximum of 30 passengers, this small-group tour allows you to see multiple destinations on a more intimate, engaging level with your travel hosts and receive personal, first-class attention. Flying into private airports means you’ll save time avoiding long lines at commercial airports like JFK. A thrilling and enriching way to explore the East Coast at a great price!

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