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Every family that has an opportunity to visit the Big Apple should be sure to take advantage of it. However, it can be very stressful managing your family in this bustling metropolis, especially navigating the many options for entertainment and fun. Every family will have different needs and interests, so be sure to keep in mind the tastes of your individual family members, and be ready to compromise. Here are some more tips on making the most of your family vacation in New York City.
First, consider your family members’ interests and check out the major locations that meet your needs. There are famous museums like the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as world-renowned landmarks like the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. If you try to do them all, however, you will burn out and have a less than stellar time. Keep in mind the distance between activities and locations and plan accordingly.
One way to maximize the number of sights that you can see is by using an organized tour service. Look into double-decker buses as well as walking tours and ferries. All of these options allow your family to conveniently see a number of interesting things without the stress of organizing your own routine. If you choose to tour the city by yourself, consider using public transportation to save time and money. Otherwise, stick to taxis, as parking in New York City is inconvenient and costly.
Finally, don’t over-schedule your trip, and leave yourself opportunities for surprises and spontaneity. You may spot a TV show being filmed, or take part in a public art project like Sing for Hope, which installs street pianos in new york city. Stay open to trying new kinds of cuisine and checking out smaller establishments, off the beaten track. You will find that, contrary to some old stereotypes, New York City can be a very friendly place for tourists, provided you follow the usual rules of pedestrian etiquette on the streets. If you’re staying at a hotel, ask your concierge for tips.
Your family can have a great time visiting New York City as long as you plan well but stay flexible. Choose a few major trips, considering joining a tour, and look out for surprising opportunities. And don’t forget to take pictures!