The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets, and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 12, Girl age 12, Girl age 12, Girl age 7, Boy age 5.
Address: 830 Fifth Avenue New York City, NY 10065
Hours: Varies for lessons, public skating, and events
Admission: Will Vary
Description: Trump Skating Rink, also referred to as Wollman Rink in Central Park, is one of the most famous skating rinks in the USA, possibly the world. Public skating, ice skating, hockey, and lessons are all available. This rink is used for special events and and can be reserved for private parties. Many people come here each day and it is a top tourist attraction in NYC.
Our Experiences: This is a great place to visit, and they offer great lessons for all ages. Loved by all in our family. This is a magical place, especially during the holiday time. Everyone cannot wait to do it again.
Address: 830 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 360-1399
Hours: Varies Depending On the Current Performance Schedule
Admission: Adults $10, Children Under 13 $7
Description: The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre has been delighting kids and adults for many decades. Marionette productions are created based on the classics that most children know and love, for a charming experience that many families would enjoy.
Our Experience: Our younger ones really enjoyed the production. The older ones were a bit bored and were not as enthused as the younger ones. The older kids thought it was okay but it was not a favorite stop for them.
Address: FifthAvenue New York City, NY
Description: Window shopping on Fifth Avenue is a tradition for many residents and tourists in New York City, especially during the holiday season. Stores along this stretch include the Apple Store, FAO Schwartz, Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman, American Girl, NBA store, and many others.
Our Experience: Everyone in our family really enjoyed window shopping on Fifth Avenue. We popped into a number of favorite stores, including American Girl and the NBA store, as well as some new ones. This is always a popular favorite that everyone looks forward to.
Admission: Starting at $50
Description: A horse and buggy ride in New York City can be a magical experience. It is possible to walk up to one of the many horse and carriage teams in Central Park or nearby and hire them to take you for a ride. You can also reserve a carriage for a custom trip that will take you anywhere you want to go in the area.
Our Experiences: The horse and buggy was really touristy, but kids really enjoyed it. Everyone in the family would recommend this experience.
Address: 767 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 336-1440
Hours: 24/7 every day of the year
Description: The Apple Store is always open, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. This is the flagship store for the company, with a wide variety of the latest Apple products and almost 300 employees. This is a must visit for anyone who is interested in Apple or the products that they sell. The store features a transparent elevator and spiral glass staircase, and it must be seen to be believed.
Our Experience: Our kids love visiting this place because of the buzz and vibe, and they can spend long periods just exploring.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips.