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What to do in NYC with my 12 year grand daughter?

Taking my 12-year-old grand daughter to New York for the first time.  Are there any shows that are geared to a 12 year old?

We will do the typical tourist stuff like Statue of Liberty and Radio city music hall. We are staying in time square.

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top answer by
Marc from London

Take her to the High Line Park which is a park that is on an elevated train track.  Along the way take time to shop in the Meatpacking District, have a coffee, and enjoy some time outside.

(Before the park was created)After

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answered by
Julia from New York City

Matilda, Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, Matilda, and Finding Neverland are probably all considered kid-friendly shows to see.

As for other things to do with your granddaughter, I'd suggest venturing outside of Times Square to get a more authentic NYC experience. The American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side is a really fun experience for kids; all my friends with kids love to take them there.

Eat ice cream on the High Line Park in Chelsea for a nice walk break. Ride the Staten Island ferry to get a nice waterside view of the city.

In Central Park, check out Belvedere Castle--it provides a nice overview of the park. The Central Park Zoo is also a fun way to spend some time. 

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  2. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  3. High Line Park (attraction)
  4. Central Park (attraction)
  5. Belvedere Castle (attraction)
  6. Central Park Zoo (attraction)
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answered by
guy from Chicago

NYC is very much a walking city but if your grand daughter (and you) are willing to walk I think you can have a wonderful day.  

The High Line Park is nice to see and you can pick it up on the northern end and walk to Chelsea (New York) or the Meatpacking District.  Chelsea has a lot of famous contemporary art galleries and even if you don't care for the art it is amazing to walk in and out of them.  In the Meat Packing District you can go to Chelsea Market which is an industrial warehouse that is converted into a really interesting collection of stores and shops.  From the Meat Packing District I would walk south and stroll through the West Village.

Another nice walking tour is to go to City Hall Park and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  You get to see nice views of the city from the bridge.  Once on the other side you can have great pizza at Grimaldi's Pizzeria but be prepared to wait.  Strolling around the area called DUMBO is also interesting.  

Aside from that you really can't go wrong with the numerous museums.  

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  2. Chelsea (New York) (neighborhood)
  3. Meatpacking District (neighborhood)
  4. West Village (neighborhood)
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  6. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  7. Grimaldi's Pizzeria (restaurant)
  8. DUMBO (attraction)
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Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Bertha!! I loved New York City. Minskoff Theatre has the best representation of The Lion King. A show made for the imagination of kids, teenagers and adults. There is simply nothing else like it!

Enjoy it!!

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I don't know about the shows but for tickets go to Times Square and there is a tickets booth where all tourists lineup these tickets are at discount and the line moves pretty fast you'll get a good deal there on a show

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answered by
Jeff from Brooklyn, New York

American Museum of Natural History is a "natural" choice for children.  As it the Bronx Zoo, or the smaller children's zoo in Central Park.

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answered by
Adam from New Jersey

The best way to have fun in New York especially for touristy things is to focus on one neighborhood at a time.  This way you won't have to spend time or money going from one section to another.  An example of this, which hits fun touristy stuff, is a day dedicated to things around Central Park.  Go to the Central Park Zoo.  Near the Zoo is the The Metropolitan Museum of Art which will give you a listing of objects that a tween might know.  (They have some material that will be familiar if she knows the Percy Jackson series).  There is also the American Museum of Natural History with its dinosaurs.  These are all in and around Central Park which is fun to navigate through.  

If you are going to the Statue of Liberty, consider other things that you can do where the boat will drop you off.  If this is downtown, think of South Street Seaport.

Have fun!

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Take her on the Staten Island Ferry you will get to see the Statue of Liberty and take pictures it's better than going to the Statue of Liberty which will take you a few hours you can also go to stone street the seaport and Wall Street and see where George Washington refuse to be king of the United States they are all in the same area there is also a helicopter tour in that area on the East River the boardwalk is there you can walk it when you get to a certain point there is an elevated park with Adirondack chairs that you can just chill out in very nice

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answered by
Carol from Fort Lauderdale

Some great suggestions have been made. One more that I think is a great experience is the lower east side Tenement Museum. See how the early immigrants coming into NYC lived. Educational and interesting for all ages. Enjoy!!

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answered by
Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

Depending on your granddaughter's interests, here is list with a variety of activities  to choose from:

Bronx Zoo, Central Park ( can rent boat), Children's Museum Of Manhattan, Broadway show (Alladin, Wicked, Matilda), American Museum of Natural History, Chelsea Piers Complex, Dylan's Candy Bar, Serendipity 3 Ice-cream parlor, Top of the Rock, Century 21 Department Store by World Trade Center. 

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  1. Bronx Zoo (attraction)
  2. Central Park (attraction)
  3. Children's Museum Of Manhattan (attraction)
  4. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  5. Chelsea Piers (attraction)
  6. Dylan's Candy Bar (restaurant)
  7. Serendipity 3 (restaurant)
  8. Top of the Rock (attraction)
  9. Century 21 Department Store (attraction)

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