Why New York City Should Be Your Next Family Vacation

If you’re looking for a holiday which has a lot of bang for your buck New York is the destination for you. This bustling community offers tourists so much to do and see, and with the average flight from Florida costing $387, it’s a bargain destination.

Visit Grand Central Terminal

Or perhaps you’d prefer to travel by train instead, taking in Grand Central Terminal in all its glory. Many journey through this iconic building, with an estimated 82 million visiting the station annually. Built between 1903 and 1931, the architectural marvel houses many retail locations and the Grand Central market which are open for business on a daily basis. You can also enjoy fine dining here at one of the multiple restaurants and eateries, which is handy after a long out of state journey.

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Spend Some Time At Times Square

After some considerable time cooped up in a train or aircraft, you may feel that you want to stretch your legs a little. New York isn’t short on wonderful places to roam to. How about visiting the bright lights and billboards of Times Square and rubbing shoulders with the (wax) celebrities of Madame Tussaud? Or maybe have a tipple or two in the Hard Rock Café while listening to some live music?  

Think Green

If you’d prefer to be a little more wholesome how about visiting some of the green spaces of New York? Skyscrapers and grey clouds may come to mind when you think about the city, but New York is actually the greenest city in the US, and despite being 843 acres, the world-renowned Central Park is in fact only its fifth biggest park. Whatever your sport you’re likely to find it in one of New York’s 1700 parks and playgrounds from skating to horseback riding, soccer to softball. We recommend taking a stroll around the Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre waterfront space in the heart of Brooklyn with riverside esplanades. Hop on Jane’s Carousel, the park’s very own restored 1920’s merry-go-round. If you’re lucky enough to visit NYC in the summer, be sure to take in one of the parks outdoor movies when the sun sets.

Rockefeller Center

If, however, you travel to the Big Apple in the winter be sure to take lots of photos of the snow-covered city with twinkling fairy lights overhead. Nothing is quite like New York in the holiday season. Head over to the Rockefeller Center where the winter tradition of ice skating and sipping hot chocolate to take away the winter chill is welcomed. Even if you’ve never laced up skates in your life and spend most of the time on your butt, you’re sure to have a brilliant time.

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A Cultural Affair

New York is home to many museums and galleries all waiting to help you expand your brain; including the American Museum of National History, the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian, which is the world’s largest museum and research complex. If you’ve got time make sure to take a trip to the vast Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, which covers 16.3 acres. Opened in 1962, it houses 12 arts organisations including the world-famous New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet.

If ballet and classical music isn’t your thing, you’re sure to find a show at one of the hundreds of theaters in New York. There are 39 Broadway theaters in the city, most of which are found on the Great White Way and countless off-Broadway theaters all vying for the attention of tourists. Discounted tickets can often be found online, or in the box offices, and these don’t just apply to the smaller venues so you may just get a good deal on a show at the Palace Theater or the Lyceum during your stay.

See The Sights

No trip to NYC would be complete without visiting all of the popular tourist destinations the city has to offer. Overlooking New York is the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from the people of France. Guided tours are available here and at the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, which originally allowed 12 million immigrants to pass through in search of the American dream. If you’re feeling brave, you could always take a trip to the observatory on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building where you get the best view of the city.

Shop Till You Drop

Before you leave New York, don’t forget to pick up some gifts for your friends back home. With the huge amount of choice available in the city, you shouldn’t have a problem grabbing some great buys. With shops such as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Saks on Fifth Avenue, as well as some unique boutique stores you’ll be spoilt for choice.