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New York City

Visiting New York City

Definitely put the City That Never Sleeps on your travel to-do list. New York’s frenetic energy, cultural diversity, and abundance of attractions will keep you busy from the moment you arrive to the minute you say goodbye. Where else on earth can you get authentic Laotian, Colombian, and Thai cuisine, day or night?  Or experience all the best parts of one destination just by hopping on a train? While you should definitely experience the touristy side of NYC at least once in your life, keep in mind that the city is made of neighborhoods — each of which has its own unique character. Turn a corner, and you might find yourself on a quiet tree-lined street. Turn another, and you’re in the middle of a bustling fish market. It’s a truly amazing place where you never know what you might see next.

Visiting New York City with Kids

There’s an overwhelming amount of things to do when you’re visiting NYC with kids, so I recommend planning your itinerary in advance whether you want to hit the most famous sites in New York or you’re planning a more relaxed trip that will include things like shopping at the American Girl Cafe and a lot of time wandering around Central Park. You probably know that NYC has top-notch museums, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly shopping experiences, but did you know that there are also amazing play spaces and child-centric events all over the city?

The Plaza Hotel’s Eloise at the Plaza experience is great fun for any little girl or boy who’s a fan of the famous children’s book character. The High Line is a great place to learn more about the city’s history, see cool public art, and let kids run off some steam. And there are playgrounds everywhere. In between attractions, there’s no shortage of spots where you can grab a snack, whether you’re craving health food or a huge Instagram-worthy milkshake.

Central Park Is a Must Visit Destination

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan? Head over to Central Park, and wind your way deep into its center where you can relax and lose yourself in nature. This is one of the most photogenic parks anywhere in the world — and one of the most interesting to explore. Much like the city itself, you’ll find something new around every turn in Central Park, whether it’s the famous carousel, Belvedere Castle or the Imagine mosaic. Though you’ll find multiple playgrounds scattered around the park, one of the things kids seem to like to do best is climb over the rocks that are one of the most interesting parts of the landscape.

Using the New York Pass®

The New York Pass is an all-inclusive pass for sightseeing in New York City that lets you visit 100 New York City attractions at a deep discount just by scanning the pass as you enter. Using it is one of the easiest ways to save some money when you visit the city and to skip the lines at select attractions. Passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 consecutive day options, and the pass lets you visit each attraction one time during your stay. The longer you stay, the more you’ll save. Tip: If there are specific places you plan to visit during your NYC trip, make sure the attractions you’d like to visit are part of the pass option you choose.

Luxury Hotels in New York

There are so many luxury hotels in New York City that it can be hard to choose one. Check out my luxury hotel reviews before you book to get an idea of what kind of amenities you’ll find at some of my favorite NYC hotels. And then consider booking through me. I have access to exclusive VIP amenities as an Independent Affiliate of Cadence® Travel, and when you book with me, you will be flagged as a VIP in the hotel’s reservation system and you’ll automatically get extras like complimentary breakfasts, room upgrades, spa credits, and more at many luxury hotels in and around the city.

Need something to remind you of the taste of NYC? How about the Baked NYC brownie!