As a born and raised New Yorker, NYC holds my heart! It is the perfect destination for families because there is something fun for everyone and you’ll never run out of things to do. I didn’t put any recommendations for dinners because I usually like to eat near whatever hotel we’re staying at so we can walk there with the kids.
Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
Today is all about Central Park. In the morning, take a carriage ride to get a feel for the park. On your trip you are likely to pass the zoo, Wollman Rink, the Dairy, the Carousel, the Pond, and the Dakota. The drivers are knowledgeable about the park but also entertaining and my kids always liked hearing all the facts.
Location: Central Park between 5th and 6th street.
Have lunch at Alice’s Tea Cup. As soon as your children walk into the restaurant they are given a pair of fairy wings and are sprinkled with fairy dust. Seriously…what kid wouldn’t love that? Have the Mad Hatter so you get a taste of everything.
There are 3 locations: 102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Ave, 156 East 64th Street, and 220 East 81st Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue.
Spend the afternoon at the Central Park Zoo. It is such a quaint zoo that lets you have a fun zoo experience without having to do an entire day of staring at animals. This is a great place to watch adorable animals such as penguins, snow leopards, grizzly bears, polar bears, monkeys, and sea lions. There is a beautiful rain forest section that lets you forget you are in the middle of a busy city. Don’t forget to do a 4-D movie while you’re there.
Location: 64th Street and 5th Avenue
NYC is filled with endless possibilities of family attractions. So many, that it can seem overwhelming to plan how to get to and from all of them. One solution to consider is a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. There are many options for passes and you can choose one that best fits your family’s needs. The tour I took was the Grey Line bus tour and it had four options: downtown, uptown, Brooklyn/Bronx, and a night tour. With this type of tour you can set your own itinerary at your own pace.
OVERVIEW: Lion King in NYC was by far the best play we have ever taken the girls to. We’ve seen some local theater with them but nothing compared to Broadway and this Tony award winning show. As most of you know, Lion King is a play about a young lion, Simba, who is to succeed his father as king. He is convinced he is to blame for a horrible death and he flees into exile. He meets some inspiring friends, falls in love, and returns to claim the kingdom that is rightfully his. Pretty deep stuff huh? Well, Disney has a way of creating cute, talking animals as characters and adding some catchy music so it suddenly becomes kid-friendly. The play is actually based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Kids and adults will be singing the soundtrack, containing music by Elton John, for weeks to come.
If anyone deserves to be the leader of this country, it should be the creator of American Girl Dolls because that person is an absolute genius! If you have young girls I’m sure you know all about these dolls because they are a cult for young girls in the US. I am not quite sure what makes this doll so special but they seem to have a magical power over the female gender that convinces you a doll needs a multitude of outfits and accessories. And if you think the company is just about the dolls, you haven’t hit the tip of the iceberg.