New York City is a fascinating city for people of all ages. This city that never sleeps is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Park your car at Heathrow, enjoy some in-flight entertainment and have a couple of G&Ts then when you land in New York, take a taxi from John F. Kennedy International, and start exploring everything New York and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Here are 6 of the best family friendly destinations in New York City.
Times Square is a major tourist destination for entertainment. The huge billboards are a very popular attraction. You can visit the popular Broadway Theater District where you can often find screen stars acting in plays. The area is known for its bright lights, entertainment and shopping. You can also visit the Madame Tussauds and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island and it is a massive structure that stands 93 metres tall. It was designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It is a statue of a Roman Liberty goddess who holds a torch in her right hand. In her left hand she holds the tabula ansata which has the date of the US independence carved on it in Roman numerals. This is an iconic landmark that visitors to New York City should definitely not miss.
Central Park is 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan and there are so many things for families to do. The park was designed by architects Frederick Law Olmstedand and Calvert Vaux in 1858. It has been used as a cinematic location for a number of movies and is also the most visited urban park in the world. It has several attractions for visitors such as a zoo, a carousel, pedestrian paths, a reservoir and boat rides. You can go walking, cycling, skateboarding, jogging, ice skating, and inline skating. There is also an enclosed play area for children and there is a beautiful lake to walk around.
Coney Island is a fabulous amusement park that also has great public and private beaches. The amusement park has very popular attractions like the Cyclone roller coaster, circus sideshows, Luna Park, Parachute Jump, Thunderbolt and the Wonder wheel. The Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place in June place on Surf Avenue and it features floats and various other acts.
Natural History Museum
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest in the world. It has an average of 5 million visitors annually and the museum is spread over two million square feet. You can learn more about history, space, animals, gems and minerals, different cultures, and many more fascinating topics.
The Brooklyn Bridge
This stunning feat of architecture was completed in 1883. You can easily walk from Manhattan and when you reach the bridge there are plenty of pedestrian paths, and a bike promenade to explore. It is a great way to get the family out for an active day. There are lots of great places to eat in the area so be sure to indulge after burning all of those calories walking.