Home of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street and Central Park, you’ll never run out of things to do in the city that never sleeps. NYC has something for everyone, from arts and theater, to museums and food. No wonder it’s the most visited city in the USA!
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What to know before you travel to New York City with Kids
New York City is the most dense major city in the United States as well as a popular destination, boasting tens of millions of visitors annually. With so much to do and so much excitement in the city that never sleeps, no wonder it is at the top of so many family’s bucket lists! The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Broadway Shows, Central park, Culture and History Museums, there are many reasons to visit the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
Given the immense size of NYC, plan for several days in order to take in all the sights. Be sure to dedicate enough time to each! No visit to NYC is complete without a trip to Central Park, a tour of Our Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, the Iconic architecture and engineering of the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, and the somber remembrance of One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Fountains.
Book a flight into one of the city's three major airports- JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia. But how do you pick the right one? We suggest flying into the airport which will provide you the best convenience and access into the city based on your lodging destination.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will be your airport of choice if your destination is Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, or Fort Greene. However, if you are trying to get into upper Manhattan- you’ll likely spend way more time than necessary on the subway. With a 15.7 mile distance to Times Square, expect an hour travel time.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Although technically located in New Jersey, Newark is the next most convenient airport, especially if you are heading into Manhattan.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Is often overlooked, but if your final destination is Long Island City, Astoria, Williamsburg, or Manhattan’s East Side, you might consider flying into here. LGA is often ranked the worst airport in the US for flight cancelations and delays. However, it is the smaller and closest of the three for getting to Times Square.
We would not recommend renting a car in New York City. Getting around among the traffic and crowds, combined with the cost and very limited parking, makes cars the most impractical choice for exploring. Uber, Lyft and Taxis are the way to go for passenger car city travel.
NYC public transit falls into two categories: buses and subways. For visitors and locals alike, the New York Subway will make getting around easy, quick and inexpensive. The subway runs 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year with trains every 2-5 minutes during rush hour and every 5-15 all other times. Subways serve most of Manhattan and the outer boroughs along the main lines. To branch off from there, you’ll find buses are particularly helpful. Expect by the end of your trip to be navigating public transit like a native New Yorker!
The best times to visit the Big Apple are from April to June, then from September to early November when the weather is mild and pleasant, but the tourist crowds are not overwhelming. Summer gets hot and humid, while winter brings freezing temperatures and snow. Year-round, there is always plenty to do, see and experience.
Be sure to take seasons into consideration when packing for NYC. Expect temperature swings, a variety of events, and to be out and about for long stretches. Be sure to pack for the right items for what you want to do. The top tips for what things to bring are: comfortable walking shoes, a good daypack, and dress in layers.
The city averages 234 days with at least some sunshine. Winters are cold and damp, with freezing temperatures and snowfall regularly. Spring and Autumn can be unpredictable. Be aware temperatures in these seasons will range from chilly to warm, although they are usually mild with low humidity. Summers are typically warm to hot and humid, with average temperatures in the upper 70°F range. Due to the urban heat island effects, can often reach above 90°F.
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