The Big Apple Made Easy

It’s the perfect time to visit New York with the entire family.
By Lola Méndez

New York City is always a good idea, especially when traveling with family. The Big Apple has endless activities that everyone will enjoy, from grandma to the little ones. Enjoy the city’s green spaces, snag tickets to new Broadway show openings, book memorable walking tours, eat outdoors, and enjoy the city that never sleeps as it thrives in the summer. Here’s how to plan the best multi-generational NYC summer trip.

Before you start planning an itinerary that caters to everyone in the family’s NYC bucket list (a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty! A kids-friendly Broadway show! Row boating and a picnic in Central Park!) be sure to make a reservation at a hotel suitable for multi-generational travel. Summer is a popular time to travel to NYC, so making a booking in advance is crucial.

Omni Berkshire Place in Midtown East is one of the top family-friendly hotels in Manhattan. The friendly staff is very helpful and will provide fun extras like kid-friendly maps of New York City. You’ll be within walking distance to many places you’ll want to take your children including FAO Schwarz, American Girl Place New York, The LEGO® Store Fifth Avenue, and M&M’S New York—all of which are experiential shopping destinations that will entertain your children for hours. Adults in the family will be pleased to be near cultural centers for evening shows. Check the schedule and grab tickets to a performance on Broadway Theater District, Radio City Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Take the family to the Top of the Rock to soak in spectacular views of the dazzling city.

The Peninsula New York in Midtown East is a five-star hotel known for its world-renowned service and attention to detail. The award-winning hotel affords a relaxing stay in New York on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, still within walking distance to all the Midtown sites. This is a great hotel option for families who want to incorporate downtime and relaxation into their itineraries as it features a glass-enclosed pool. There are even child-sized
robes and slippers for the kiddos.

To maximize your family’s NYC vacation, purchase the New York CityPass to gain access to the best attractions in the city with a generous 40% discount. The pass is valid for nine consecutive days starting from the day of first use and includes prepaid admission to family favorites including the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Guggenheim Museum, Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

While the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock are classic viewpoints of NYC, don’t skip going to the One World Observatory as well. Not only is the venue equipped with interactive exhibits all about NYC’s history and innovation, but also offers memorable 360° views of the Empire State, Rockefeller, Chrysler, and other iconic buildings that make NYC’s skyline so famous.

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