What is There for Your Family to do When You’re in New York?

By on October 24, 2017

If New York City is a new trip for you, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! November and December offer everything you and the family could want.

The Holiday Season comes before the winter storms and deep freeze that New Yorker’s expect in January and February. So, you can take advantage of the usually crisp, brisk, sunny days.

Thanksgiving in NYC

The season starts with the NYC Marathon which takes runners through the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, too. If you want to run, walk, or roll on November 5, 2017, you can register at TCS New York City Marathon.

November closes with the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fun and memories for people of all ages runs from 9:00 A.M. to Noon over 2.2 miles from 77th and Central Park to 34th and Seventh Ave.

Early birds can view the balloons and bands assemble at the Park. You can stake out a spot at the curb along the route among the spirited crowds. If cost is no issue, you can secure premier seating at grandstands or from hotel or office windows along the route. (Veteran parade fans recommend rooms no higher than fourth-floor level.)

Some restaurants offer reserved seating and brunch for your viewing pleasure. But, you might save some money at off route hotels with large suites and full kitchens like the Residence Inn by Marriot, located not far from the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, Pelham Bay, and Morris Park.

New York for Family Vacation

Christmas in NYC

“Must-dos” include the Christmas Tree and Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center as well as the iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Adults can skate for $25-32; children under 11 and seniors pay $15. Explore The Rink at Rockefeller Center for hours, deals. and holiday packages. Tickets for the Rockettes start at $35, but many are committed to groups and tours, so make your reservations early. (The show runs for weeks at three shows per day starting November 10th.)

But, there’s more to do, some of it for free. Manhattan residents enjoy the Bryant Park Winter Village with its 17,000-sq. ft. ice rink surrounded by 125 shops and eateries. Grand Central Station and the Bronx Gardens host delightful and meticulously executed model train shows. And, CBS New York recommends the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at the entrance to Central Park.

You can find more than one rendition of The Nutcracker plus lights and music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral or St. John the Divine. Broadway stages Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia this year, but you can save a dollar and increase your participation at The Natural History Museum, Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum, or Chelsea Piers.

First time tourists want to hit famed sites like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Grand Central Station. But, when traveling with children, you want to gear your adventures to their ages and preferences. They might find a bus tour of pizza parlors or cupcake stores a lot more fun than trailing you through museums all day.

NYC is a winter wonderland of lights and sounds. With some research, planning, and budgeting, you can make it a huge experience for you and the family.

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