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Melissa
Los Angeles

New York City

What are top 3 NYC experiences for kids?

Taking my daughter to Manhattan for her first trip this fall (late Sept) -- she's 8 years old, and tagging along with me on business (we'll meet up with family in NYC).  

We only have a couple days in the city -- I'm thinking Broadway show for sure, Central Park and seeing Statue of Liberty.  What other age appropriate awesomeness should we be sure to fit in?

Also, where can we get amazing eats??  Haven't been to NYC in almost ten years, so I have some major foodie catching up to do (bear in mind, with an 8 year old in tow, so doesn't have to be toddler friendly per se - but not overly adult atmosphere either).

Any tips much appreciated!!


7 Answers

answered by
Megan from West Virginia

We just got back from a trip there and my eight year old daughter loved The Central Park Zoo (not huge,takes a couple hours,be sure to watch the sea lions at lunch), Nintendo World, The Hershey's Times SquareBuild-A-Bear Workshop, and the fountain in Washington Square Park. We saw Matilda on Broadway and she loved it, didn't seem like it would be all that great at first honestly but after a few minutes even us adults loved it. As far as food goes you can hardly find bad pizza if your daughter is into that, Junior's has good and relatively inexpensive food located in both Brooklyn and Time's Square. If you want something fancy yet family friendly both Tavern On The Green in Central Park and Del Posto were very accommodating and made her a simple pasta dish that she loved.Hope you both have a wonderful time!


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  1. Central Park Zoo (attraction)
  2. Nintendo World (attraction)
  3. Hershey's Times Square (restaurant)
  4. Build-A-Bear Workshop (attraction)
  5. Washington Square Park (attraction)
  6. Tavern On The Green (restaurant)
  7. Del Posto (restaurant)
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answered by
Diana

The American Girl Place for a young girl is a dream come true. It can be pricey, so beware! 

American Girl Place - 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017


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answered by
Andrea from Los Angeles

High Line Park  The High Line is an elevated park built on on old railroad track, and there are food and gelato carts for a little treat.  It's really cool.  Then you can go down to the Chelsea Market and have lunch and go into the great bookstore there.  The High Line starts at the new Whitney Museum and goes over the Chelsea Market.  There are great views of the Hudson & the city.  If you drill down on google maps into the Chelsea Market, you can see the individual food stalls/shops, etc.


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answered first by
Nars from Boston

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answered by
Diane from New York City

The Top of the Rock or the Empire State Bldg. Maybe Madame Tussauds New York. If she's into it the American a Girl Doll center. Definitely try for Alladin or Lion king tickets. American Museum of Natural History- DINOSAURS! 

Fun for children and adults tea at Alice's Tea Cup - Chapter II


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answered by
Brian from Irvington

If you find yourself near Rockefeller CenterBill's Bar & Burger is a reliable ace for kids. Good quality burger type food, I remember kids menu and crayons and all that stuff. We showed up a little before 12noom which was fine but definitely got crowded closer to 12:30. I hear gazillion bube show is good. Don't miss out taking the subway somewhere!


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answered by
Reid from Los Angeles

We were just there in June with my twin 9yr old daughters. They loved the Statue of Liberty and if you have time, the Bronx Zoo. We skipped the Broadway show since living in Los Angeles we would probably get all the major kid-friendly shows. Our hotel was near Grand Central Station and my kids loved the mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. Have an awesome time.


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