Five best ways to tour New York City

New York City is one of the most famous places in the world. Millions of tourists visit the city every year just to see the world-famous Big Apple. There's little surprise in learning that tours are the most popular way to see the sights; after all, it can be difficult to see them all by yourself. However, there are many different tours of New York that you can choose from; how would you know … [Read more...]

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with kids

Families with school-aged and teen kids will likely plan to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum during a trip to New York City. Even without small children, however, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with kids is a heavy, sometimes difficult experience, and it's good to go prepared. Here's what you need to know:   What to expect at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with kids: It's … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Enjoy New York with Kids in Tow

To some parents, traveling with kids is a daunting thought. There is so much you want to do, but when you have kids in tow, it's not as easy to see the shows, visit the sites, and eat at the restaurants you enjoy. However, when you travel to New York with kids, remember that you can still have a great vacation. Go to the Zoo If you want to see one of the best zoos in the world, don't pass up … [Read more...]

Five kid friendly New York City hotels for spring break travel

 Who doesn't love New York City in the spring? Great travel deals abound in this 'off season', the weather is perfectly suited to museum touring or watching Broadway shows, and you might even luck out with a sunny day for Central Park. If you're planning to visit New York City this spring break, pick from among the following five kid friendly New York City hotels:  1. Westin New York Grand … [Read more...]

Fun winter activities for kids in NYC

Winter is considered by many to be one of the best times of year to visit the bustling city of New York. There are so many fun activities for both children and adults alike that you can be sure to keep your kids entertained during your stay. If you are currently looking to organize your trip you will be able to find many cheap hotels in New York online. With this in mind, here is a quick overview … [Read more...]

NYC with kids: making sense of subways, taxis, and trains

During our four days in New York City this past June, we relied exclusively on subway trains, taxi cabs, and our own feet to get us where we needed to go. Despite being accustomed to using public transportation in other cities, I will admit we found the NYC subway system to be overwhelming with first. By the time we were ready to leave, we (almost) felt we had it figured out, but to help … [Read more...]

New York City with kids: what to do in Central Park

Central Park is not only an iconic stop in New York City, it's a welcome respite from the noise, crowds, and outright stimulation of city touring. During our three days in New York, we ducked into this leafy green sanctuary more than a few times, and discovered something new with each trip. Since it can be hard to get your bearings while in the park, a good place to start (before you … [Read more...]

New York City with kids: Times Square and Rockefeller Center

There's lots to do in the vicinity of Times Square and Rockefeller Center with kids, and the nice part is, you can easily walk from point to point. Start out in the afternoon to visit the Rockefeller shops before they close (which is surprisingly early) and save the Times Square portion of this pit stop for evening, as this is its time to shine. (I liken visiting Times Square in the day to … [Read more...]

New York City with kids: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

While visiting NYC with kids, the Statue of Liberty is a must-do. We found, however, that Ellis Island's Immigration Museum is an even more interesting stop, so be sure to do both. You’ll want to start your trip planning with a visit to the Statue Cruises website, where you can purchase your ferry tickets (you can also purchase them at the New York Visitor’s Center at 234 W. 42nd). Because … [Read more...]

New York City with kids: a stay at Affinia 50

We chose to stay at Manhattan's Affinia 50 for our kids' introduction to New York City, and within moments of checking in, I knew we'd made the right decision. It was instantly made clear to me that Affinia 50 does things differently than standard big city hotel chains: they're small enough to be personal, but large enough to provide the amenities families need. First off, they deliver on … [Read more...]