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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Things to do in New York City for a Fun Summer Family Vacation







All the fun things to do in New York City make it a fantastic vacation destination for families during the summer. NYC has everything parents with kids of varying ages are looking for.

View of New York City from Top of the Rock's Observation Deck

Start your vacation with an overview of New York City. Head off to the Top of the Rock's Observation Deck, located at the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center, to have a 360-degree look of the splendor of New York City. Or you can bring the family to the Empire State Building. The NY Skyride is particularly a thrill for the kids as it gives a three-dimensional virtual tour of New York City.

Empire State Building


The many museums in New York City provide a great learning experience through fun activities for the kids. If you are looking for a thing to do to tickle the minds of the youngest members of your family in New York City, take them to the Children's Museum of Manhattan, which features Dora the Explorer and other characters your children are fond of. Next, join the Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour where they can learn about eyewitness stories and personal accounts of people who participated in the Recovery through the displayed exhibits. This will be a very interesting experience for older kids and teenagers.

One World Trade Center


See New York City at your feet from on top of the One World Observatory which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Ride to the 102nd floor in the Sky Pod, and watch the virtual city skyline transform across centuries of history.  Built inside each of the observatory's elevators are nine, 75-inch displays that create the illusion that you are viewing Manhattan's skyline through glass elevator windows. During the 59-second ride, visitors are shown a detailed recreation of New York City's industrialization and construction. The elevator appears to emerge from bedrock in the year 1500, revealing marsh land yet to be colonized, and then quickly advances to show the rapid expansion that led to the Manhattan we know today.  See video below.

Learn about the construction of the 1,776-foot-tall (540-meter) skyscraper, which has sweeping views that stretch up to 50 miles (80 km) across the city. Browse the cafés and restaurants in the One World Observatory, and enjoy New York from a whole new perspective.



Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close is one thing visitors always include in their New York City itinerary. There are different tours and cruises such as the Lady Liberty Helicopter Flight and Liberty Cruise that can give you a closer look at the very famous American icon.

Statue of Liberty

Sports fanatics find themselves with an interesting thing to do in New York City in the summer. Share the energy and excitement of New Yorkers at Rucker Park in Harlem as professional athletes play their respective sports in a court that is celebrated every year! Or you can always catch a ball game in the court or in a ball park like Yankee Stadium.

Central Park Horse & Carriage Tour


Have an afternoon stroll and picnic with your family for some down time in Central Park for free! At Central Park, parents can sit and relax while watching their children enjoy themselves running around or skating. To make the most of your Central Park stop, check out the expanse of Central Park Zoo with all its polar bears, penguins, monkeys, lions, zebras and a lot of other animals. Take the Central Park Horse & Carriage Tour and step back a little in time and experience the most beautiful park in Manhattan from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. For more information on what to see and do in Central Park visit centralparksightseeing.com

Tour the locations that inspire some of our greatest movie and TV locales during a New York City TV and Movie Tour through the Big Apple. Some of the city's most acclaimed actors and actresses serve as guides during a sight-seeing trip you'll never forget. See the buildings, parks, and landmarks that have become instantly recognizable after serving as set locations in some of the most popular movies and television shows of all-time.



Throughout the years, New York City has made a starring turn in hundreds of films and TV shows, from classic comedies to modern melodramas. See some of the most recognizable real-life scenes on this TV and movie location tour.



Highlights of this tour include: Visiting the Park featured in Glee, The Mindy Project and When Harry Met Sally, etc. Going to the popular spots from Friends including  the gang's apartment building. Spot The Original Soup Man, along with other Seinfeld locations. See the Daily Bugle offices from 'Spider-Man', hotels featured in Modern Family and American Hustle, McGee's Pub, the inspiration for MacLaren's in 'How I Met Your Mother' and much more!

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Take the kids to Coney Island, a New York City neighborhood that features an amusement area that includes 50 or more separate rides and attractions.

Coney Island, NY


While the beach and boardwalk are open all year round (although lifeguards are only on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day) and Nathan's Hot Dogs and the New York Aquarium are open almost every day of the year, the rides and attraction are generally open on weekends from Easter until Memorial Day, all week long from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and then weekends from Labor Day until the end of October.

The Coney Island Cyclone (opened on June 26, 1927)


During the week, rides and attractions may open at noon and run until the late evening. During the weekends, the same rides and attractions open around noon and may run until the early morning.

Coney Island Wonder Wheel


While in Coney Island visit Luna Park, an amusement park that opened on at the former site of Astroland, which had been in operation for 46 years. Today's Luna Park is named after the original 1903 Luna Park which existed until 1944 on a site just north of the current park. Luna Park has continued to grow in stature as a popular NYC tourist attraction, home to dozens of rides ranging from thrilling to mild, as well as numerous games, eateries and retail kiosks.

New York City houses a lot of hotels for your lodging needs. Get ready to be treated like royalty at The Lotte New York Palace, which is conveniently located within walking distance from St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and the high-end shops in New York City. See complete list of top hotels in New York City here.

Have an alone time with your spouse with an intimate romantic dinner at the View Restaurant. Located atop the hotel, the View Restaurant serves exquisite cuisine with an incredible view of the entire city giving you an amazing outdoor dining experience perfect for the summer. Catching a musical or a play in Broadway is one more thing to do with your spouse in New York City that you both should experience.

Fun (and educational) for the kids, alone time for the parents. The things to do in New York City will surely make your family summer vacation a blast!





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