The Family Side Of The Big Apple: If you’ve brought your family to New York City you may be wondering if there are family-friendly activities and places to take your children. Thankfully a city this size has not forgotten the younger generation and you’ll be pleased to know it more than caters for your growing kids.
There are some pretty well-known tourist spots that I’m sure your child or children will love:
The Statue Of Liberty
Situated on Liberty Island, this magnificent statue was a gift from France in the 19th century. This statue has become one of the most famous landmarks on the planet and it’s a must-see for anyone of any age. Maintenance work is currently being undertaken (August 2012) so visitors are not able to go inside the statue, but it’s still work the visit and your view won’t be spoiled by the work being carried out.
You’ll be happy to learn there are exhibits and shows on Liberty Island aimed at children every day, and they’ll be entertained for a little bit longer than they thought. If you want to add a bit more excitement to your trip, why ask about booking a ferry tour of the statue?
This world-famous park that has 38 million visitors a year offers a lot of entertainment to children of any age and it’s surprising how many events and exhibitions take place every month. Central Park is home to concerts, sports, and so much more. It’s not just about jogging or sitting on the grass enjoying the sun; it’s also about Central Park Zoo.
Central Park Zoo is amazing and is home to animals from all over the world. Open March through November, you and your kids can watch the sea lions being fed at 11:30, 2pm & 4pm as well as getting very close to some animals at the Tisch Children’s Zoo. This Zoo is free to enter once you have purchased your tickets to Central Park Zoo (Prices start from $13 at the time of writing).
Dylan’s Candy Bar
This excellent sugar emporium that can be found at 1011 Third Avenue at 60th Street is great for kids of any age and is crammed full of sugary treats that have to be seen to be believed. You don’t have to pay to visit Dylan’s but you should be prepared to pay a little extra for the delights on sale.
Not only is there candy for sale in this brightly colored bar, but you will also find a unique range of chocolate, gifts and even clothes & accessories.
If you’re all feeling a bit peckish after walking around this incredible sugar emporium, you can always dive into the candy café for a bite to eat. Sit in a cupcake booth and treat yourself to a lovely fresh pizza or perhaps an incredible fantasy sundae. Dylan’s Candy Bar has to be seen to be believed, and once it’s seen, it has to be enjoyed.
There is so much on offer in New York City that your children will have plenty to do. I’m sure they will come away with a list of places they want to visit the next time you vacation in the Big Apple.
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