A couple of years back one of my best friends travelled to New York to live out a dream of visiting this iconic city and visiting some of its key attractions.
Since her trip I have been massively interested in looking into visiting myself but with 2 kids in tow the likelihood is we will need to look at some more family friendly attractions.
So in light of our increased interest in family travel here are our top five family attractions we intend to visit when we finally get to New York and visit.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France when America celebrated its 100th birthday and is located on Liberty Island only a short ferry trip to visit.
This copper plated 305 feet tall sculpture is a symbol of freedom and the views from her iconic crown is said to be spectacular.
If you are planning to visit you will need to pre book as it is pre booked only for a tour inside and up to the top.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan. Initially you might think is all about the view but the Empire State Building is far more than just a view.
There is obviously the world-famous skyline from the open aired observatory, which can even be viewed at night (till 2am) but there is also so much more to this building than just looking out of it. Looking round inside is claimed to be just as spectacular with its beautiful art deco lobby and murals.
You will also find exhibits on the Empire State Buildings award-winning sustainability retrofit that shows how they are reducing their total energy usage.There is also a Dare to Dream exhibit that shows the dream of the Empire State Building from conception through to the competition which I would love to see too.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most recognisable landmarks. Completed in 1883 this amazing feat of engineering became the very first road to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn and this beautiful suspension bridge is something I have longed to photograph in real life for a long time … not to mention jumping in a taxi and travel on.
My kids would probably have gotten bored by this stage as I think Brooklyn Bridge may take a more adult mind to appreciate but Brooklyn Bridge Park is on its door step and would make an ideal place to pass a few hours drinking in everything on offer. From prime picnic spots on the waterfront to multipurpose fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts. Or how about an hour of skating in the in-line skating rink or even passing some tim in the playground.
One World Observatory
One World Observatory at the World Trade Centre is the tallest building in the United States at 1,250 feet above ground level so views are something this has in abundance. The venue has super fast sky pod elevators and on the 102 floor there is a glass portal in the floor that gives you a view of below.
There is also the option of dining and drinking at the One World Observatory to add to the experience!
Central Park is one of my all time must locations. With hundreds of things to do this 843 acre park has it all! green fields, bridges, architecture, water and space
During the summer months the outdoor amphitheater host Shakespeare in the Park and during the winter months you will find the iconic ice-skating rink shown in so many movies.
Since Central Park is so extensive on the attraction front there are numerous ways to discover what it has on offer from horse-drawn carriages to Central Park Pedicab Tours where you can book from one hour through to 3 hours depending upon how much of Central Park you want to see. For me seeing the park with a tour guide would be a must as I would want to make sure that I didn’t miss anything!
If you have travelled to New York I would love to hear where else you would recommend.