As cliché as it may sound, New York City is an ideal getaway for a family vacation. Despite the fact that it is not a cheap city by any means, people flock to NYC to enjoy the weather, a countless list of attractions and other interests. In this post, we are discussing everything you need to know about visiting NYC with your family.
- Get a tourist pass. New York Pass can offer free entry to a bunch of attractions for a set number of days, and you can also consider the CITYPass, which offers access to six museums and attractions, including the much-famed Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can skip standing in queues and save some money.
- Book your tickets in advance. You can always check online for upcoming jazz concerts and the top Broadway shows, and the good thing is you can book tickets in advance for events. For jazz shows, check respective clubs for calendar of events, while you can find show tickets for Broadway shows for the same day at a discount, at the TKSS booth located in Times Square.
- Do take the kids to Central Park. You cannot come to NYC and not visit Central Park with the entire family. It is almost impossible to cover the entire park, but there are many attractions, and you can find a nice spot for a picnic. Amusement attractions, special events, concerts, and even areas to exercise – there’s everything for the family.
- Take the Staten Island Ferry. If you are looking for some easy things to do, take the Staten Island Ferry for amazing views of the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty, and everything else, and the best part? The ferry ride is free, and in the evening, the lights of NYC are magical to watch.
- Enjoy shopping at the flea markets. A great alternative to expensive stores is the long list of flea markets, and when you are on a budget with the kids, this is a great way to explore and buy a few souvenirs. If in Manhattan, head to GreenFlea, and in Brooklyn, there is the Brooklyn Flea market.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on your stay, we would highly recommend that you check for hotels and stays in advance at a cheaper rate. Book what you can before you arrive to save money, and yes, do try some of the cheap pizzas.