New York, New York. It needs no introduction. This iconic city – hailed as the centre of the universe by many New Yorkers - might not be the first destination that comes to mind for families, but foodies, culture vultures and shopaholics alike will be in their element here, including even the grumpiest of teens.
The beating heart of the arts world with museums, galleries and
festivals galore; and a shopping and dining haven with numerous
international influences, from hearty street food to the seriously
gourmet (heads up that a hefty part of your day will likely be
taken up by deciding what to eat, but we can recommend our
favourites), this city is almost unbeatable for a glamorous
Almost all of the sights in the Big Apple are walkable in you're
in Manhattan, but the Subway system is so easy to use that
venturing further afield is never a problem. The best way to
experience the city on foot is on a guided walking tour. Explore
the historic streets of Harlem; the exotic flavours of Chinatown;
the bustling and glittering Financial District; and the streets of
Little Italy before you head to the upmarket neighbourhood of
Chelsea to walk the High Line.
When it comes to family-friendly things to see and do in the
'city that never sleeps', you can't get more iconic than Lady
Liberty herself. A boat ride to Liberty Island is a must, and gives
incredible views of the city from the water as you get closer and
closer to one of the world's largest statues. Rising 151ft into the
air and standing as a beacon for opportunity and freedom, be sure
to stop off here for a stroll around and some amazing photos,
before jumping back on the boat to head to Ellis Island to learn
about the city's migrant history that made it the international hub
that it is today.
Once you're done seeing the sights of the concrete jungle - from
the famous department stores to the sobering 9/11 Memorial - head
for the leafy paths of Central Park; a green oasis in the heart of
the hustle and bustle. The park is home to Central Park Zoo;
Belvedere Castle; John Lennon's Strawberry Fields; and the 20 acre
lake where you can boat in the summer and skate in the winter.