They say New York City is the City that never sleeps.
It is mostly true, as we have walked around the city until pretty late, and the city was still buzzing.
It, however, does nap occasionally, and I know this because I went to grab a Starbucks at 3am
(due to jet-lag) one early morning and it was pretty quiet..... and Starbucks was closed!
No coffee for me until later that morning...
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For sure, New York City is one of the most interesting and exciting cities to visit, for families,
parents and children alike. It can be filled with enough activities that will please everyone in the family.
In this Review:
* What to see and do
* How to get there
* Where to go
* Activities for the children
.. plus much more
Firstly, we share with you the basics of New York City .....
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United States Dollar.
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Taxi Ride Costs
A typical taxi fare from the Airport to the City will cost you approximately $55, depending where in New York you are staying.
To get a more accurate cost, visit the Taxi Fare Finder page - click here.
There are different Airport options in New York.
1- JFK - learn more here
2- La Guardia - learn more here
3- Newark - learn more here
When is the best time to travel to New York?
The weather varies greatly throughout the year in New York City. Naturally, it is very cool to really cold between December and March (with an average of degrees 26 to 50F, and -2 to 9deg C). The most glorious weather is seen between June and August (ranging between 45to90F and 8 to 30 degC).
See Weather.com for more weather details for New York City.
Tips to Great Success in travelling through New York City:
Get yourself an New York Pass Card - If you are likely to visit the major attractions
(Monuments, Historic Buildings, Museums) this is a must-have. It also provides special
offers and access to special pricing for Tours and Cruises.
Get accustomed to the Subway Lines - these are a great way to get around. New York
has a great Subway system... definitely make use of it, but MAKE SURE you understand
which line you should be on and where you need to get off.
Definitely do a Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour - this will have you see a lot of New York City
How to get there?
Find out how you can get there... click here.
Where to Stay?
The Map of New York
How do you know where to stay, and where your base should be?
Click here for a great Map of New York with Landmarks.
Our Top 5 Attraction Recommendations include:
1. The American Natural History Museum
Located at 79th Street and Central Park West.
The exhibitions change, so click here to learn about the current exhibitions.
At least 3/4 of a day. There are so many exhibitions - permanent and visiting ones,
that your children will not possibly get bored. It would not be difficult to fill an entire
day here. Anticipate that you may stay there for lunch and relax and enjoy the Museum.
It is brilliant!!
Don't forget to...
Plan what you are going to see and in what order. Glance at the map for say, 10 minutes and then plan your itinerary.
This will give you the best chance to see as much as you can and prevent 'things that you couldn't get to see'.
2. Central Park
Central Park is a huge Park located in Upper Manhattan.
There are so many activities that you can take part in.
a) Take a horse and buggy around the Park. (it's best to take them from
the bottom end of the Park (approx. 61st Street)
b) The Central Park Zoo - just below 65th Street.
c) Belvedere Castle (seen in the Surfs). It provides the best and highest
view of Central Park and the CityScape.
and much more.....
Recommended Time to Spend there?
You can most definitely spend a full day walking around Central Park
admiring the view and participating in the activities (the Zoo etc)
3. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Complex
Without a doubt, this was a highlight of ours. The Intrepid Carrier offers indoor and outdoor activities, which is great - just in case the weather is unfavorable. The children can experience virtual simulators, watch demonstrations and other fantastic programs available for all children.
3/4 to a full day
Don't forget to...
See the Space Shuttle Pavilion.
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4. "The Garden"
If your children are interested in Sports, check what is on at Madison Square Garden.
You can watch a game, whether it be basketball, ice-hockey or see a concert.
5. The Disney Store in Times Square
Cap off your holiday with a visit to the Disney Store in Times Square.
The store has a great variety of things to buy for your little and big ones.
Other sights to consider are...
Children's Museum of Manhattan
If you are looking for some indoor time with the children, the Children's Museum is a great
way to spend a few hours. Click here for the Calendar of Events
The M & M Store
Found on Times Square, the kids will love choosing some M & M's to munch on during your stay.
Dylan's Candy Bar
Located at 1011 3rd Avenue, the kids will love being treated.
If you happen to go to NYC at Christmas time, you may wish to visit Skating Rinks around the City:
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
The Rink at Winter Village in Bryant Park
Wollman Rink in Central Park
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