Let your family enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City in the late fall and early winter. With the holiday season abuzz, there is so much to do and to see with children. Let this day, spanning from the top of Manhattan down to the bottom of the park, take you through some of the most open spaces in the city as you enjoy the cool air, the changing colors and a few exciting experiences.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 923-3700
Hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM (November – February, open later in spring/summer) Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
Admission: Adults $25, Seniors $17, Students (with ID) $12, Children under 12 Free. NOTE: All admissions are suggested. Should you wish or need to pay less, simply speak with the admissions desk.
Often overlooked by tourists and native New Yorkers alike, this museum operated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a true gem hidden in the North of the city. Located in Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters features impressive medieval architecture housing some amazing works of art. Its out of the way location and quiet nature make it ideal for families who want to avoid the thickest crowds and loudest noise. The real treat of visiting in the fall and winter is that the museum is perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Though the normally beautiful gardens will not be in bloom, you will have a stunning view of granite cliffs across the river and the boats on the water. Framed by colorful leaves or snow this is a breathtaking sight.
Address: 59th St, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 439-6900
Hours: Monday/Tuesday 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Wednesday/Thursday 10 AM – 10 PM
Friday/Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM
Getting There: Approximately 20 minutes by cab from The Cloisters, or 35 minutes by downtown A train.
Admission: Monday – Thursday: Adults $11.25, Children (11 and under) $6, Seniors $5
Friday – Sunday (and Holidays): Adults $18, Children $6, Seniors $9
Skate Rentals $8, Locker Rentals $5 (plus refundable $6 deposit)
Trump rink (sometimes known as Wollman Rink) brings the joy of ice skating right to the heart of Central Park. Enjoy this quintessential fall and winter activity in an open air environment while still enjoying views of some of the city’s most spectacular buildings. The rink can get crowded especially on weekends and holidays, however VIP packages are available online for an additional fee that allow you to cut the line as well as receive some nice benefits like warm drinks, snacks and a heated rest area.
Address: (Spans from 59th Street to 110th Street with multiple entrances)
Phone: (212) 310-6600
Hours: Daily 6 AM – 1 AM (however families will want to steer clear after dark)
Famous Central Park spans 843 acres in the center of Manhattan and is filled with walking paths, open space, food, drink, fun and all number of activities. Just because the weather is brisk doesn’t mean there is nothing to do there, you may just want to limit your time. Grab some hot cocoa and stroll the park, enjoying the tranquil retreat in the middle of the big buildings. If so inclined you can take a pedicab ride or grab a more substantial meal. Our insiders tip for a bit of free fun? Find one of the park’s many mounted police officers, volunteers or park rangers. They tend to be very friendly and are used to children approaching them, asking about the horses, and will often let children pet them.
Address: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 759-3000
Hours: Tea service runs 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Getting There: Just off the south end of the park. Walking distance from the southernmost end or a short cab/subway if you are higher up.
Admission: $31 to $50, book via OpenTable
Get out of the cold and warm up in style at a New York City landmark. The world famous Plaza Hotel has been featured in movies and television, is home to visiting stars and dignitaries and now…your family. Even if you can’t afford to stay here, you can enjoy the fun of an English style high tea right in NYC!
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Families visiting New York may also want to stop by world famous Times Square for a special treat. While this has always been one of New York’s most awe inspiring sights for visitors, there is a new draw that has been said to have tourists’ “jaws actually dropping.” A new digital billboard spanning an entire city block, on Broadway from 45th to 46th street, will amaze families as they enjoy what over 24 million LED pixels looks like displaying everything from digital art to advertising. We recommend a quick stop (or drive) by to enjoy this epic and free viewing opportunity.