Are you planning a trip to New York City soon? I’ve been lucky enough to visit NYC many times over the last 15 years with and without my kids. My parents live in New York, so occasionally we make to NYC during our visits.
I am certainly not an expert on NYC, but I do have various recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do while you are in New York City. I’ve included all of them in this New York City Travel Guide.
New York City Activities
All year long, visitors can enjoy the major landmarks and attractions here, like seeing the Statue of Liberty or visiting Times Square and Ground Zero.
A plus on any trip to New York City is the abundance of free things to do around the area. For example, during the summer kids can play free games like Kubb at Bryant Park while parents enjoy a drink at the cozy park bar and During the winter season, everyone can ice skate at Bryant for free. Bryant Park isn’t the only fabulous park you should go to. New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.6645, so you can find a playground almost anywhere you go!
Museum of Natural History – DINOSAURS
Ripley’s Believe it or not! in Times Square – 30% off
The Ride – The Ride is a tour bus that sticks to mainly the area around Times Square. The tour guides are silly, sarcastic, and will keep teens and tweens super entertained.
Obviously a major thing to do in NYC is shop. We love to go shopping when we are there. Here are some of our favorite shops to hit: Bloomingdales, H&M in Times Square, and Uniglo on Madison Ave.
New York City Hotels
Soliders, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmen Club (Military Hotel) – This hotel is for military and their families, as well as police and firefighters. The rooms are substantially cheaper than other hotels in NYC. The rate per person and it is based on rank and age. This hotel does not have an elevator and the family rooms are on the fourth floor. Our family room had six twin beds in it and a desk. There was also a tv, with cable and an AC unit in the window. Bathrooms and showers are shared by gender. Each morning in the lobby, they provided free coffee and free bagels. There is free wifi in the building and computers and printers on the main floor. There are two subway stations nearby. There is no parking, but they will give you a coupon at the check in desk for parking.
Warwick – Good location, near the famous shops and central park. They have large rooms, good for families. I think all of their rooms have double beds. You have to pay for Internet. We had zero view. The room and the bathroom were clean. The bathroom has a bathtub.
New York City Restaurants
New York has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 7.5828. With this in mind, be sure to indulge in some over the top dessert experiences in NYC, like ice cream creations at the famous Serendipity, crazy milkshakes at Buns Bar, and more massive milkshakes at Black Tap.
Black Tap – crazy milkshakes
Buns Bar – insane over the top Freakshakes
Calle Dao a Cuban/Chinese fusion restaurant with an excellent happy hour.
Malthouse – Near the 9/11 memorial. They have the best brunch with bottomless brunch cocktails on Sundays.
Tir Na Nog – Best Irish food in NYC
Carmine’s in Little Italy
Grimaldis – pizza
New York City Holiday Sights
If at all possible, visit during the holiday season to see the Rockettes, Macy’s Christmas windows, Dyker Holiday Lights and the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. While you’re there, take a spin around the ice skating rink.
Dyker Heights Holiday Lights in Brooklyn